National Board of Review Award Best Acting "Suspicion" 1941
New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Actress "Suspicion" 1941
Oscar Best Actress "Suspicion" 1941
National Board of Review Award Best Acting "Rebecca" 1940
1994 Had featured role as the title character's grandmother in the Family Channel TV-movie "Good King Wenceslas"
1986 First TV miniseries, "Crossings" (ABC)
1986 Starred in Aaron Spelling-produced primetime gothic soaper, "Dark Mansions" (ABC); took over when Loretta Young pulled out of project; pilot not picked up by network
1985 Appeared as one of the interviewees in the feature documentary about Alfred Hitchcock, "The Thrill of Genius"
1980 Received daytime Emmy nomination for her cameo on "Ryan's Hope" (ABC)
1978 Published autobiography "No Bed of Roses"
1978 First TV-movie, "The Users" (ABC)
1966 Left film acting after "The Witches"
1961 Hosted and narrated the syndicated TV series "Perspectives on Greatness"
1957 Played sister of Jean Simmons, Sandra Dee and Piper Laurie in Robert Wise's "Until They Sail", starring Paul Newman
1956 Starred opposite Dana Andrews in Fritz Lang's "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt"
1954 Performed on Broadway in Robert Anderson's "Tea and Sympathy" with Anthony Perkins
1948 Starred opposite Louis Jourdan in Max Ophuls' "Letter From an Unknown Woman"; film made by her company, Rampart Productions
1948 Acted opposite James Stewart in "You Gotta Stay Happy"
1947 Played change of pace role as a murderess in "Ivy"
1944 Had title role of "Jane Eyre", opposite Orson Welles
1943 Received Oscar nomination as Best Actress for "The Constant Nymph"
1941 Won Best Actress Oscar for "Suspicion" (with Cary Grant), also directed by Hitchcock; at the time, she was the youngest leading lady to ever take home the prize
1940 Achieved star status with her appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (opposite Laurence Olivier); earned first Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1937 - 1939 As a contract player at RKO, appeared in such films as "A Damsel in Distress" (1937, opposite Fred Astaire) and "Gunga Din" (1939), playing the only femme speaking role
1935 Film debut in "No More Ladies", billed as Joan Burfield
1932 Returned to Japan at age 15, attending the American school of Tokyo; had falling out with father after about a year (date approximate)
1919 Immigrated to USA
Made one-shot return to acting in "Rikki" (lensed 2002), a feature produced under the auspices of Animal Rights Awareness
Back in California, introduced to May Robson, making her stage debut as the ingenue in "Kind Lady" in support of Robson
Signed to a movie contract after her appearance in "Call It a Day" with Violet Hemming and Conway Tearle; when Hollywood bought the rights to the play, her role went to older sister Olivia de Havillan
Began appearing on TV anthologies in the 1950s