In 2005 the U.S. Post Office honored
Henry Fonda's artistry with this stamp.
Henry Fonda is my one of my favorite actors.
Few can blend both tenderness and masculinity at once the way Fonda did.
Below are two interior shots, one of the stage and then from
The Henry Fonda Theatre pays tribute to Fonda's legacy.
It was so named in hopes of bringing legitimacy
to stage work in Hollywood.
This beautiful rose is called the Henry Fonda Rose.
Fonda loved roses.
It is a Yellow Hybrid Tea
with a plant patent applied for - for official name status.
It is a large bloom, tall bush with light fragrance.
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Grapes of Wrath: One of The Movie Pal's favorite movies of all time.
The Lady Eve: Directed by Preston Sturges, also starring Barbara Stanwyck.
The Wrong Man: Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, also starring Vera Miles.
My Darling Clementine: Directed by John Ford.
The Movie Pal's favorite actor, Henry Fonda
was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, on May 16, 1905.
We move past his childhood and teen years to show him graduating from Omaha Central High School.
He enrolled at the University of Minnesota to major in journalism but flunked out.
He cited having to hold down two jobs to pay for college as reason for not finishing school.
Legend has it that Fonda got into acting because he had nothing else to do.
Of all people, Marlon Brando's mother, Dorothy, asked Fonda to help her with a theater project.
Fonda arrived at the Community Playhouse in Omaha in 1925 and began his career as an actor.
To his surprise he played the lead role in Philip Barry's play, You and I.
In 1926 he had the lead in Merton of the Movies.
Eight years later he had major role on Broadway in New Faces.
In 1935, Fonda moved to Hollywood and eventual legendary status as a great actor.
Memorable performances include:
Tom Joad in Grapes of Wrath (1940), directed by John Ford
Abraham Linocoln in Young, Mr. Lincoln, another Ford film
A moral cowboy in The Ox-Bow Incident
Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine
a tough and gritty military leader, Thursday, in Fort Apache
a beleaguered Navy officer in Mister Roberts
President of the USA in Fail Safe
an aging retiree in On Golden Pond
It was a travesty of cinema justice when Henry Fonda did not win the Oscar
for Best Actor for his performance in Grapes of Wrath for 1940.
The Oscar that year went to his best friend Jimmy Stewart for Philadelphia Story.
Many believe Stewart won the Oscar that year because he did not win the year before
for his performance in the classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Jimmy Stewart's winning
the following year seemed to many to be a consolation prize for the initial snub.
Henry Fonda would eventually win the Oscar for Best Actor for On Golden Pond for 1981.
Henry Fonda served his country during WWII by serving in the Pacific
from 1942 to 1945, rising to lieutenant and earning a Bronze Star and
a Presidential Citation for his bravery.
Henry Fonda died of heart failure on August 12, 1982.
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