updated 12/15/2013 AT 8:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/15/2013 AT 8:45 PM ET
Hollywood stalwart Joan Fontaine, best known for her roles in director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1939 Rebecca and her Best Actress Oscar-winning role in his 1940 film Suspicion, died Sunday at her northern California home, according to several reports. She was 96.
Details of her death were not immediately available.
In addition to playing a mousey spouse in both the Hitchcock films, first alongside Laurence Olivier and then to Cary Grant, Fontaine’s other well-known movies included 1943’s The Constant Nymph, which got her a third Oscar nomination, 1944’s Jane Eyre with Orson Welles, 1952’s Ivanhoe with Robert Taylor, and 1957’s controversial Island in the Sun with Harry Belafonte.
Her final role was in a 1994 TV movie.
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland in Tokyo to British parents, Fontaine recalled for PEOPLE in 1978: “My mother, Lilian de Havilland … was beautiful, gracious and a talented actress. My father was an English professor at Waseda and Imperial universities in Tokyo who left Mother for our Japanese maid when I was 2. My mother later married a department store manager, George Milan Fontaine, but she remained the dominant figure in our lives.”
While her older (by one year) sister, Olivia de Havilland, best known for playing Melanie in Gone with the Wind, sought an acting career, Joan studied at the American School in Tokyo before joining de Havilland in Los Angeles, where she too got a screen test.
Among Fontaine’s earliest roles were in 1939’s all-star The Women at MGM, and with Cary Grant that same year, in RKO’s Gunga Din.