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Lynn Fontanne (1887–1983)

Lynn Fontanne was a British actress of French and Irish descent. She spend most of her acting career in the United States, and she is considered among the great leading ladies of American theatre. She formed an acting duo with her husband Alfred Lunt (1892-1977). Fontanne had few film roles, but was once nominated for the Academy Award for Best ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Known For

The Magnificent Yankee Fanny Bowditch Holmes
Stage Door Canteen Lynn Fontaine
The Guardsman The Actress


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 1967/II Anastasia (TV Movie)
Grand Duchess Marie
 1965 The Magnificent Yankee (TV Movie)
Fanny Bowditch Holmes
 1956-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Dowey
- The Old Lady Shows Her Medals (1963) ... Mrs. Dowey
 1960 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
 1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Essie Sebastian
- The Great Sebastians (1957) ... Essie Sebastian
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Lynn Fontaine
 1931 The Guardsman
The Actress
 1925 The Man Who Found Himself
Mrs. Macauley Jr (as Lynne Fontanne)
 1924 Second Youth
Rose Raynor
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 1970 A Birthday Gala Tribute Noel Coward (TV Special)
Self - Performer
 1970 The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 1 June 1970 (1970) ... Self
 1970 The 24th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Self - Honorary Award Recipient
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 1987 Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (TV Series documentary)
- A Woman's Lot (1987) ... Self (uncredited)
 1965 The 17th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special)
Fanny Bowditch Holmes

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Other Works:

She acted in Friedrich Durrenmatt's play, "The Visit," at the Royalty Theatre in London, England with Alfred Lunt, Philip Lowrie, George Rose, Brian Wilde, John Wyse, and Richard Huggett in the cast. Peter Brook was also director. See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 8 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Lynne Fontanne


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Was awarded a degree of Doctor of Letters from Russell Sage College in 1950. The Lunts also received the United States Freedom Medal in a ceremony at the White House in 1964. See more »

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