Hollywood icon Joan Fontaine lived in this Brentwood home with her second husband, William Dozier, and her two daughters, Deborah and Martita. A fire in 1961 destroyed the house, but photos of the interior remain. This photo isn't the best, but the reason I wanted to post about Fontaine today was because of a comment she made in her 1978 autobiography, No Bed of Roses, about losing her her book collection in that house fire.
"My mind’s eye swept every room in the house. The three rooms filled with bookshelves. First editions, signed copies by author friends, reference books now out of print. I realized that I’d started life anew.”
Three ROOMS of books. That's an incredible collection - to lose it all in an instant must have been heartbreaking.
You can browse more photos of Fontaine's Brentwood home at Architectural Digest.