Henry Jaynes Fonda was born on May 16, 1905 – died August 12, 1982. Henry Fonda was an iconic, highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. Fonda’s subtle, naturalistic acting style preceded by many years the popularization of Method acting. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor, and made his Hollywood debut in 1935. Fonda’s career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated performance as Tom Joad in 1940s The Grapes of Wrath, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel about an Oklahoma family who moved west during the Dust Bowl. Fonda had a small role with his son, Peter, in 1979’s Wanda Nevada, with Brooke Shields. Fonda was married five times. His marriage to Margaret Sullavan in 1931 soon ended in separation, which was finalized in a 1933 divorce. In 1936, he married Frances Ford Seymour. They had two children, Peter and Jane. In 1950, Seymour committed suicide. Fonda married Susan Blanchard, the stepdaughter of Oscar Hammerstein II, in 1950. Together, they adopted a daughter, Amy (born 1953), but divorced three years later. In 1957 Fonda married Italian Countess Afdera Franchetti. They remained married until 1961. Soon after Fonda married Shirlee Mae Adams, and remained with her until his death in 1982. Fonda’s relationship with his children has been described as “emotionally distant.” In Peter Fonda’s 1998 autobiography Don’t Tell Dad, he described how he was never sure how his father felt about him, and that he did not tell his father he loved him until his father was elderly and he finally heard the words, “I love you, son.” His daughter Jane rejected her father’s friendships with Republican actors such as John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, and as a result, their relationship was extremely strained. Jane Fonda also reported feeling detached from her father, especially during her early acting career. Henry Fonda introduced her to Lee Strasberg, who became her acting teacher, and as she developed as an actress using the techniques of “The Method”, she found herself frustrated and unable to understand her father’s effortless acting style. Fonda’s wife Shirlee, daughter Jane and son Peter were at his side when he died. He also suffered from prostate cancer, but this did not directly cause his death and was only mentioned as a concurrent ailment on his death certificate. In the years since his death, Fonda’s career has been held in even higher regard than during his life. He is widely recognized as one of the Hollywood greats of the classic era. On the centenary of his birth, May 16, 2005, Turner Classic Movies honored him with a marathon of his films. Also in May 2005, the United States Post Office released a thirty-seven-cent postage stamp with an artist’s drawing of Fonda as part of their “Hollywood legends” series. Henry Fonda Theater is located at 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.


Original Henry Fonda Autograph, signed on a Publicity Document. Avco Embassy Pictures Corp. 6601 Romaine Street Los Angeles, CA 90038. Henry Fonda stars as Fire Chief in the New disaster epic “City on Fire”. Approx. size 8 1/2 x 11 inches, 3 pages. Regular Price – $ 285.00 / Sale Price – $ 145.00.

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