Actress who portrayed gentle Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind. Her performance in the 1946 film, To Each His Own, earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
She is of British heritage but was born in Japan, and her first stage production was at the Hollywood Bowl, playing Hermia in A Midsummer's night Dream.
She is the elder sister of Joan Fontaine.
She participated in school drama club.
She was married and divorced twice, having one child in each marriage.