One of the actors in the interpretation of classic Hollywood gold. Henry Jaynes Fonda was born on May 16, 1905 in Grand Island, Nebraska (United States).
After completing his secondary education he moved to the University of Minnesota where he studied journalism while working as a messenger in an office.
It was at that time was bitten by the bug of interpretation, joining the Omaha Community Playhouse, a theater group headed by Marlon Brando’s mother, Dorothy.
Later, in the mid-20′s attempt to try his luck on Broadway with the University Players, a group of actors directed by Joshua Logan among them were James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, who became his first wife.
At the end of the decade, Henry Fonda was forged a name in the world of theater, thanks to works like ‘The Farmer Takes a Wife. ”
The film adaptation carried out by the Fox marked his debut on the big screen. Here the film was known as “Contrasts” (1935) and was directed by Victor Fleming and co-starring Janet Gaynor.
From 1935 to 1981, Fonda’s career became one of the most prolific and remarkable in the history of cinema.
In its first stage intervened in big films like “Trail of the lonesome pine” (1936) by Henry Hathaway, “You Only Live Once” (1937) by Fritz Lang, “Jezebel” (1938) by William Wyler, “Wolves North “(1938) Hathaway,” Land of bold “(1939) of King Henry or” Young Lincoln “(1939) and” Drums Along the Mohawk, “both directed by John Ford.
These titles became Henry Fonda in one of the favorite actors of the American public.
In the 40′s his best work would be “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940)-with-including Oscar nomination led by his friend Ford, “The Return of Frank James” (1940) Fritz Lang, “The Lady Eva “(1941) of one of the greats of comedy, Preston Sturges,” Six destinations “(1942) by Julien Duvivier,” The Ox-Bow Incident “(1943) William Wellman,” My Darling Clementine “(1946 ), “The Fugitive” (1948) and “Fort Apache” (1948), three back of the great John Ford.
In the early 50′s, Henry Fonda made her film career with more calm and his appearances on the big screen lost the frantic pace he had chaired the first stage of his career, marked by his long contract with 20th Century Fox.
Now free, Henry returned to his roots when he could, and theater.
In the mid-returned to films and retold with the help of John Ford, with whom he appeared in “Scale in Hawaii” (1955), movie finished by Mervyn LeRoy.
Other films of the decade were “War and Peace” (1956) by King Vidor, “Twelve Angry Men” (1957), Sydney Lumet, “Hunter outlaws” (1957) by Anthony Mann, “The Wrong Man” (1957) Alfred Hitchcock and “Warlock” (1959) by Edward Dmytryk.
In the 60 and 70 participated in television series and in several major titles such as “Storm Over Washington” (1962) by Otto Preminger, megalomaniac projects like “The West Was Won” (1962) and “The Longest Day” (1962) ; estimable films as “Item Limits” (1964) of Lumet, the hilarious comedy “The Single Girl” (1964) by Richard Quine, in “The Boston Strangler” (1968) by Richard Fleischer, “Madigan” (1968) Don Siegel, in several westerns like “The Rounders” (1965) by Burt Kennedy, “Once Upon a Time” (1968) by Sergio Leone, “Firecreek” (1968) by Vincent McEveety, “The social club of Cheyenne “(1970) Gene Kelly,” The day of the cheats “(1970) by Joseph L. Mankiewicz or “My name is none” (1974) by Tonino Valeri. He also appeared in forgettable films disaster typical of the era.
Fonda received an Oscar shortly before his death for his role in “On Golden Pond” (1981), Mark Rydell film co-starring with another glory of the heyday of American film, Katharine Hepburn, who also get the precious golden statue. A year earlier, the veteran actor had given an honorary Oscar.
Henry Fonda would die of heart failure on August 12, 1982 in Los Angeles, leaving a widow at his fifth wife Shirlee Mae Adams, with which he married in 1965.
Earlier, Fonda was married to Margaret Sullivan in 1931, which was barely a year. Subsequently he married Frances Seymour Brokaw, a link that would last 14 years, from 1936 until 1950, in which Frances would commit suicide.
His third wife was actress Susan Blanchard, seen in “The Prince of Darkness” (1987) by John Carpenter, with whom he married in 1950 and divorced in 1956. The previous marriage to his last marriage was to Italian actress Afder Franchetti (whom he met on the set of “War and Peace”) and married in 1957 and divorced in 1961.
His link to Frances Seymour Brokaw had his children Jane and Peter, both celebrated performers.
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