Henry Jaynes Fonda

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Henry Fonda even though exempt, left in 1943 for the war.  After boot camp he went of officer candidate school (OCS) in Quonset, Rhode Island and trained as a Naval Air Combat Intelligence officer. (''Don't Tell Dad'', p9)  He would later, for this received a Bronze Star.  The children saw little of their father between Peter's birth and his departure for the war, as he made ten films during this time.  For a while, an artist in need of a place to stay, bunked out in the playhouse.  "I think my mother had an affair with him.  I hope she did" (''Don't Tell Dad'', p10)
 
Henry Fonda even though exempt, left in 1943 for the war.  After boot camp he went of officer candidate school (OCS) in Quonset, Rhode Island and trained as a Naval Air Combat Intelligence officer. (''Don't Tell Dad'', p9)  He would later, for this received a Bronze Star.  The children saw little of their father between Peter's birth and his departure for the war, as he made ten films during this time.  For a while, an artist in need of a place to stay, bunked out in the playhouse.  "I think my mother had an affair with him.  I hope she did" (''Don't Tell Dad'', p10)
  
In 1946 he played Wyatt Earp in ''My Darling Clementine''.  You can [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6301798759/102-9279843-7223326?ie=UTF8&tag=countyh-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=6301798759 buy it here] or watch several minutes [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WXwO7Hqluo here on YouTube].  In 1948 Henry returned to Broadway starring in ''Mister Roberts'' for it's multi-year run, ending sometime in 1950.  He would reprise this role for the 1955 film version.</td><td>http://www.hotmoviesale.com/dvds/27209/1/Henry-Fonda-The-Signature-Collection.jpg<br>(Credit HotMovieSale.com)</td></tr></table>
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Henry Fonda and [[Jimmy Stewart]] were best friends according to Peter Fonda.  And it must be just after Henry returned from the war, that Peter relates a story of how Henry and Jimmy built a glider for hours together, exchanging only a few words.  Both were men of few words.
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In 1946 Henry Fonda played Wyatt Earp in ''My Darling Clementine''.  You can [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6301798759/102-9279843-7223326?ie=UTF8&tag=countyh-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=6301798759 buy it here] or watch several minutes [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WXwO7Hqluo here on YouTube].
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Around this time, when Peter was "six or seven", he and his mother Frances went to visit Pan who was in a boarding school on the East CoastPeter relates a bizarre and terrifying experience, not explained to him, of being "checked for a tapeworm" at Johns Hopkins. (''Don't Tell Dad'', p27-9)
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In 1948 Henry returned to Broadway starring in ''Mister Roberts'' for it's multi-year run, ending sometime in 1950.  He would reprise this role for the 1955 film version.</td><td>http://www.hotmoviesale.com/dvds/27209/1/Henry-Fonda-The-Signature-Collection.jpg<br>(Credit HotMovieSale.com)</td></tr></table>
  
 
===1949-1954===
 
===1949-1954===

Revision as of 15:07, 27 August 2008

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