The Man Who Saw a Ghost: The Life and Work of Henry Fonda

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The Man Who Saw a Ghost: The Life and Work of Henry Fonda

Format:  Hardcover,

428 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9781250008411

ISBN-10: 1250008417

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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, 1""2 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 by who he was.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9781250008411
ISBN-10: 1250008417
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 428
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.5

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Review by Library Journal (2012-10-01)

In this comprehensive study of Henry Fonda's life and work, McKinney (Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History) reveals a solitary man thrust into the public eye by riveting films like The Grapes of Wrath, The Lady Eve, Mister Roberts, and 12 Angry Men. One of America's greatest actors, Fonda touched audiences even as he endured personal tensions and turmoil. Craving independence and immersed in the acting lifestyle, he found little comfort in family. He had five marriages and three children, Jane, Peter, and Amy, but his work always came first. In this biography of the actor, McKinney crafts a psychological account of a mysterious American icon.

Verdict: Those interested in the intimate lives of the stars will appreciate the attention to detail and richness of research. Highly recommended for readers looking to complete their old Hollywood education.

[See Prepub Alert, 5/1/12.] - Rochelle LeMaster, Medina Cty. Dist. Lib., OH

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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, 1 2 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 by who he was.

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