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 and Joan Fontaine.
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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 Saratoga, California and encouraged them to pursue acting careers. After both of her daughters reached film stardom, she returned to acting with a notable role in Billy Wilder's drama The Lost Weekend (1945) as the mother of Jane Wyman's character. She also played supporting roles in two films with her daughter Joan, Ivy (1947) and The Bigamist (1953). She also made a few television appearances during the 1950s. Lilian Fontaine died in 1975 from cancer, aged 88. Filmography
The Lost Weekend (1945) The Locket (1946) Suddenly, It's Spring (1947) Time Out of Mind (1947) The Imperfect Lady (1947) Ivy (1947) The Bigamist (1953) Waterfront (1954; TV) Studio 57 (1955; TV) Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1955; TV) Passport to Danger (1956; TV) Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (1957; TV)
^ 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 April 2014. ^ Lilian Fontaine on IMDb