Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind01563
  • Name: Henry Jaynes FONDA
  • Given Name: Henry Jaynes
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 16 MAY 1905 in Grand Island, Hall Co., NE
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  • Death: 12 AUG 1982
  • Age: 77y 2m 27d in Los Angeles, CA
  • Note:
  • Cremation: Ashes scattered
  • Note:
    b. Grand Island, Hall Co., NE; 1910, 1920 & 1930 US Federal Census, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE; 1940 US Federal Census, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA (Henry Fonda, b. 1905, NE, Head); res. Greenwich, CT; SSDI Los Angeles, CA; o. Actor; WWII US Navy LT JG; [U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949: Henry J Fonda - Ship, Station or Activity: Satterlee; Ship Number or Designation: DD 626; Muster Date: 1 Jul 1943]; [National World War II Memorial - Henry Fonda Hollywood, CA U.S. Navy Patrick B. Miano]; [National World War II Memorial - Henry Fonda Grand Island, NE U.S. Navy Joe Arsena]; [Henry Fonda - cremated, eyes donated to Manhattan Eye Institute]; [After famous film star Henry Fonda died of a heart attack, his actor children, Jane and Peter, were stunned to find that they'd been left out of his will, because he felt they were financially independent. He left over $100,000 to his adopted daughter, Amy, and everything else to his fifth wife Shirlee.] >> <<

    [UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 - Name: Henry Fonda, Arrival Date: 12/8/1932, Estimated Birth Year: abt 1904, Port of Departure: New York, New York, United States, Ship Name: Plymouth, England]; [UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 - Name: Henry Fonda, Arrival Date: 6/22/1936, Estimated Birth Year: abt 1905, Port of Departure: New York, New York, United States, Ship Name: Southampton, England]; [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Name: Henry J Fonda, Arrival Date: 21-Mar-1955, Port of Departure: Paris, France]; [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Name: Henry J Fonda, Arrival Date: 11-Jun-1956, Port of Departure: Gander, Newfoundland]; [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Name: Henry Jaynes Fonda, Arrival Date: 7-Jun-1957, Port of Departure: Rome, Italy]

    [When Henry was still an infant, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where his father William opened a print shop. As a child, Fonda liked to write, winning a short story contest when he was ten years old. Two years later he began working in his father's shop after school. After graduating from Omaha Central High School in 1923, Fonda entered the University of Minnesota to study journalism. William Fonda insisted that his son hold a job while in college, and Fonda held two. He worked as a physical education instructor at a settlement house and for the telephone company. The strain of maintaining two jobs may have contributed to Fonda's dropping out of school after about two years. In 1925, Fonda returned to Omaha, to look for a job in journalism. He made his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando. He moved to the Cape Cod University Players and later Broadway, NY to expand his theatrical career from 1926 to 1934. His first major roles in Broadway include "New Faces of America" and "The Farmer Takes a Wife". The latter play was transferred to the screen in 1935 and became the start-up of Fonda's lifelong Hollywood career. The following year he married Frances Seymour Fonda with whom he had two children: Jane and Peter Fonda also to become screen stars. He is most remembered for his roles as Abe Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Tom Joad in Grapes of Wrath, The (1940), for which he received an Academy Award Nomination, and more recently, Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond (1981), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1982. Henry Fonda is considered one of Hollywood's old-time legends and was friend and contemporary of James Stewart, John Ford and Joshua Logan. His movie career which spanned almost 50 years is completed by a notable presence in American theater and television. On January 22, 1981, the same year that On Golden Pond came out, Henry Fonda signed his last will. It was only three pages long, but it expressed in a simple and direct way a thoughtful consideration for his family. A year later, Henry Fonda died, leaving a legacy of great film roles. On the silver screen, he was always at his best when he played a humble man faced with big problems. When you read his will in Appendix A, you can see how much he was a simple man in real life, too. For example, he provides modest instructions concerning his funeral and cremation: "It is my wish that there be no funeral or memorial service at the time of my death, and that my remains be promptly cremated and disposed of without ceremony of any kind." Cause of death: Heart Failure. Henry's body was cremated at Westwood Village Mortuary and his ashes were reportedly in the possession of his last wife Shirlee (Adams) Fonda.]

    Father: William Brace FONDA b: 12 FEB 1879 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
    Mother: Herberta Lamphear JAYNES b: 26 JUN 1879 in Hudson, WI

    Marriage 1 Margaret Brooke SULLAVAN b: 16 MAY 1911 in Norfolk, VA
    • Married: 25 DEC 1931 in Kernan Hotel, Baltimore, MD
    • Divorced: 1932
    • Note: m. Kernan Hotel, Baltimore, MD; divorced Winter 1932

    Marriage 2 Frances Ford SEYMOUR b: 14 APR 1908 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT
    • Married: 16 SEP 1936 in Christ Church, New York City, NY
    • Married:
    • Event: Widowed
    • Note: m. Christ Church, New York City, NY; [New York City Groom Index 1866-1937, Henry J Fonda & Frances F Brokaw, 17-Sep-1936, Manhattan]
    1. Has Children Living FONDA
    2. Has Children Living FONDA

    Marriage 3 Susan Jacobson BLANCHARD b: 06 DEC 1928 in Philadelphia, PA
    • Married: 27 DEC 1950 in Manhattan, NY
    • Divorced: MAY 1956
    • Note: m. Manhattan, New York City, NY; divorced May 1956; she later married Michael Wager.
    1. Has No Children Living FONDA

    Marriage 4 Living FRANCHETTI

      Marriage 5 Living ADAMS
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