Henry Fonda: He Did It His Way

Henry Fonda: He Did It His Way

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Henry Fonda: He Did It His Way

Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince

Throughout his forty-five year career, Henry Fonda—a stable, reassuring archetype of the American male—never gave a bad performance. immortalizing himself in such films as Young Mr. Lincoln, The Grapes of Wrath, and Mister Roberts. The torments of his introverted private life vied with his on-screen dilemmas. Personal dramas included five wives (two of whom committed suicide) and involvements in many of the seminal events (including active service in the Navy during World War II) of the 20th Century. His affairs starred such mega-divas as Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis, and with his second wife, Frances Seymour, he founded a Hollywood dynasty with movie star children, Jane and Peter.

This,Volume One (1905-1960) the first of a two-volume set, celebrates the cinematic subtleties of an actor who was said to never give a bad performance, and whose children evolved into mega-celebrities in their own right. Henry's private life was about passion, a rise from poverty, suicides, artistic victories, heartbreak, and on occasion, love. It reveals painful, unvarnished truths about a self-effacing actor who evolved into everyone's image of the quintessential American male during the "midpoint years" of the American Century.

Volume Two (1961-1982), covers his complicated relationships with his famous and newsworthy daughter, Jane, and his (deceased) son, Peter.

Together, these books give the clearest, most detailed overview of this great American actor ever published.

All this and more from Blood Moon Productions, an award-winning publishing enterprise that specializes in exposing long-suppressed secrets hidden during Hollywood's Golden Age.


Available everywhere in September, 2022 through Ingram and Amazon.com, ISBN 978-1-936003-84-6
Trim size 6x9 Ppg 345 with hundreds of photos

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About the Author:

“Darwin Porter is the master of guilty pleasures. There is nothing like reading him for passing the hours. He is the Nietzsche of Naughtiness, the Goethe of Gossip, the Proust of Pop Culture. Porter knows all the nasty buzz anyone has ever heard whispered in dark bars, dim alleys, and confessional booths. And lovingly, precisely, and in as straightforward a manner as an oncoming train, his prose whacks you between the eyes with the greatest gossip since Kenneth Anger. Some would say better than Anger.” (as quoted from Alan W. Petrucelli’s THE ENTERTAINMENT REPORT at Examiner.com).

Porter began his career writing about politics and the entertainment industry for Knight Newspapers and The Miami Herald. Today, he’s one of the most prolific biographers in the world. His portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Howard Hughes, John and Jackie Kennedy, Paul Newman, Merv Griffin, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and Michael Jackson have generated widespread reviews and animated radio and blogsite commentaries worldwide. Some of his biographies have been serialized to millions of readers in The Sunday Times of London and The Mail on Sunday.

Porter is also the well-known original author of many editions of The Frommer Guides, a respected travel guidebook series that’s among the most prominent and well-respected in the world.

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