Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine are sisters, but, according to Wikipedia, they are estranged, and they have not spoken to each other since 1975. Does anyone know why. I was happy to learn… It seems that the two actresses had been fiercely competitive even as children, and Joan Fontaine, (who is one year younger) said that Olivia de Havilland never got over having to share their mother with another child. They were even nominated the same year for an Oscar and Joan Fontaine won. I have read reports that when their mother died, Olivia held a memorial service for her and did not invite her sister to attend. It does happen sometimes that sisters just do not get on well together and I guess Joan and Olivia are the same. Having said all that they are both great actresses, Olivia has always been more of a favourite of mine.
Olivia de Havilland "shocked and saddened" by sister Joan Fontaine's death In rare public remarks about her sister and fellow Oscar-winning actress, Olivia d. . .