Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Henry Fonda (1905-1982) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Grand Island, Nebraska born screen legend and patriarch of the Fonda acting family began acting in Omaha after dropping out of college. He traveled east in the late 1920s and appeared in summer stock where he met actress Margaret Sullavan, who he married in 1931, the first of Fonda's five marriages. Fonda followed Sullavan to Broadway in 1932, and from there he was plucked by Hollywood to make his film debut in The Farmer Takes a Wife, reprising a role he had just played on Broadway for over one hundred performances. This began a Hollywood career that included over ninety feature film performances through On Golden Pond (1981), the role that won Fonda his Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Fonda had received an Honorary Oscar the previous year, and had received a Best Actor nomination four decades prior for his legendary performance in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Fonda is also credited with a nomination for Best Picture for his part in producing 12 Angry Men (1957), in which he also starred. Fonda continued acting on both coasts throughout his life with some of his most popular film credits including Jezebel (1938), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), The Lady Eve (1941), my own favorite Fonda in The Ox-Bow Incident (1942), Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine (1946), reprising the title role from Broadway in Mister Roberts (1955), Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1956), the President in Fail-Safe (1964), and the steely blue-eyed killer in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). Other Henry Fonda titles that I enjoy include You Only Live Once (1937) and A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966).
Birthday: May 16