Lilian Augusta Fontaine (née Ruse, formerly de Havilland; 11 June 1886 – 20 February 1975) was a British actress and mother of Academy Award-winning British-American actresses Dame Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine.
1 Biography 2 Personal life 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links
Biography She received a scholarship from Reading College at age 13 for her musical talent and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Personal life
Lillian Fontaine's elder daughter, Olivia de Havilland
Lilian Fontaine's younger daughter, Joan Fontaine
After a stage career she married the British patent attorney Walter de
Havilland (1872–1968). Her first daughter, Olivia, was born in 1916,
followed by her second daughter, Joan, in 1917. Lilian decided to end
the marriage in 1919 after discovering that her husband had availed
himself of the services of geisha girls; the divorce was not
finalised, however, until February 1925.
In April 1925, she married the department store manager George M.
Fontaine. They were married until George's death in 1956. Lilian lived
with her two daughters in
The Lost Weekend (1945)
^ UPI (22 February 1975). "Lilian Fontaine, Actress, Dies". The
Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
^ Bubbeo, Daniel (2002). The Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and
Careers of 15 Leading Ladies, with Filmographies for Each. McFarland
& Company. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-7864-1137-5. Retrieved 1