The first majorbiography of the iconic actor Henry Fonda, a story ofstardom, manhood,and the American character Henry Fonda's performances inThe Grapes of Wrath,Young Mr. Lincoln,The Lady Eve,12 Angry Men,On Golden Pond helped define ""American"" in the twentieth century. He worked with movie mastersfrom Ford and Sturges toHitchcock andLeone. He was aBroadway legend. He fought in World War II and was loved the world over. Yet much of hislife was rage and struggle. Why did Fonda marry five times tempestuously to actress Margaret Sullavan, tragically to heiress Frances Brokaw, mother of Jane and Peter? Was he a man of integrity, worthy of the heroes he played, or the harsh father his children describe, the iceman who went onstage hours after his wife killed herself? Why did suicide shadow his life and art? What memories troubled him so? McKinney'sFonda is dark, complex, fascinating, and a product ofglamour andacclaim, early losses and Midwestern demons a manhaunted by what he'd seen, and by who he was.
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St. Martin's Press
October 02, 2012
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