Henry Jaynes Fonda

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(Early life (1905-1924))
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[[Lucille Ball]]'s biographer Warren G. Harris in his book ''Lucy & Desi'' relates a story of how Lucy dated Henry Fonda for one date, double-dating with Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart.  He states that Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart were then sharing a house in Brentwood and that the double-date was in-part to dispel any potential gossip that they might be gay lovers.  Rumours had already been swirling around Cary Grant and Randolph Scott.  However Warren seems to place this reported double-date in 1937/8 which is not possible.  It can only have taken place in 1935 or the early part of 1936, as my detailed chronology makes clear.  Henry Fonda himself mentions this episode at ''Dean Martin's Roast of Lucille Ball'', which you can watch [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uxSQdd08Q8&feature=related here on YouTube] (scroll to time 6:25).
 
[[Lucille Ball]]'s biographer Warren G. Harris in his book ''Lucy & Desi'' relates a story of how Lucy dated Henry Fonda for one date, double-dating with Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart.  He states that Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart were then sharing a house in Brentwood and that the double-date was in-part to dispel any potential gossip that they might be gay lovers.  Rumours had already been swirling around Cary Grant and Randolph Scott.  However Warren seems to place this reported double-date in 1937/8 which is not possible.  It can only have taken place in 1935 or the early part of 1936, as my detailed chronology makes clear.  Henry Fonda himself mentions this episode at ''Dean Martin's Roast of Lucille Ball'', which you can watch [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uxSQdd08Q8&feature=related here on YouTube] (scroll to time 6:25).
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At this time, the film version of ... was being shown across the country, and it was apparently for this that Henry Fonda won the Screen Actor's Guild award that month (see [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=14966753&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=29 here]).
  
 
In Jul 1935, the ''New York Times'' is reporting that Henry Fonda is under contact with "Walter Wanger, Paramount producer" and working at the Fox studios in a new version of ''Way Down East''.  That August, "Two hours late on the ''Way Down East'' set, Henry Fonda amazed everybody by confessing he had airplaned it to Omaha to visit his father who is critically ill" ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=103042491&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=3 see here]) Also in 1935, Henry Fonda as "Dave Tolliver" worked in ''The Trail of the Lonesome Pine'' starring Sylvia Sidney and Fred MacMurray, but the film didn't open until Feb 1936.
 
In Jul 1935, the ''New York Times'' is reporting that Henry Fonda is under contact with "Walter Wanger, Paramount producer" and working at the Fox studios in a new version of ''Way Down East''.  That August, "Two hours late on the ''Way Down East'' set, Henry Fonda amazed everybody by confessing he had airplaned it to Omaha to visit his father who is critically ill" ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=103042491&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=3 see here]) Also in 1935, Henry Fonda as "Dave Tolliver" worked in ''The Trail of the Lonesome Pine'' starring Sylvia Sidney and Fred MacMurray, but the film didn't open until Feb 1936.

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