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Joan Fontaine becomes U.S. citizen

Joan Fontaine becomes U.S. citizen

April 23, 1943: Joan Fontaine, standing between Pvt. Lamberos S. Hajizomeni, left, and Sgt. Carmelo Musumeci, takes the oath of citizenship.

The next morning, the Los Angeles Times reported:

Joan Fontaine, blond film actress who was born in Tokyo of British parents but raised in California, yesterday realized the second of her two great ambitions–American citizenship.

Almost unrecognized, the slim actress stood up in Federal Judge Leon R. Yankwich’s court in a class of 250, many of them soldiers, and took her oath of loyalty to the United States.

For Miss Fontaine, 24, it marked the second time in little more than a year that her dreams literally came true.

She said she had always looked forward to the day when she would be granted citizenship and, like most actors and actresses, had hoped to win the annual Academy Award for acting ability. This ambition was won last year when she won the award for her role in “Suspicion.”

The actress, who is the sister of Olivia de Havilland, moved with her parents to California from Japan when she was 2 years of age and settled in Saratoga, Santa Clara County.

Fontaine’s real name is Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland. She is now 95 and living in California. This photo by former staff photographer Charles Strite was published in the April 24, 1943, Los Angeles Times.

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