The first major biography of the iconic actor Henry Fonda-a story of stardom, manhood, and the American character Henry Fonda's performances-in The 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 masters from Ford and Sturges to Hitchcock and Leone. He was a Broadway legend. He fought in World War II and was loved the world over. Yet much of his life 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's Fonda is dark, complex, fascinating, and a product of glamour and acclaim, early losses, and Midwestern demons-a man haunted by what he'd seen and who he was.
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"Fonda, the somber and complicated American actor, is portrayed in a dark and complex, yet strangely current, biography--the first major one available. Joe Barrett narrates in a direct and unadorned manner. The content is too often pedantic and sensational for example, the author refers to Fonda's "crack-up," as opposed to "emotional breakdown." While it's all here--Fonda's five marriages, strained relationships with his children, WWII contributions, as well as impressive acting credentials late in life--Barrett's raspy, straightforward narration seems to emphasize the pedestrian text, which does not offer any serious insights. Fonda's life deserves a better treatment of his struggling anguish, which made his Tom Joad in the film THE GRAPES OF WRATH impossible to forget. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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