The Fondas

Peter Collier, Author Putnam Publishing Group $22.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-399-13592-7
Coauthor with David Horowitz of books on the Rockefellers et al., Collier here offers a probing biography of the prominent acting family. The Fondas are shown as individuals quite different from their applauded characterizations on screen and stage. The late Henry Fonda's stellar performances epitomized the gentle hero, yet his second wife, Frances, mother of Jane and Peter, committed suicide. Both children, affected by their father's indifference to them, competed for his attention, according to Collier. Peter won, at least briefly, when he starred in the blockbuster film Easy Rider. But his career later stalled and he took to drugs and womanizing. Jane, in her turn, became a smash hit in movies, then became a controversial figure as a Vietnam protester. She emerges as the most pitiable of the three Fondas in the book, a star who has failed to find ``authenticity as a person.'' Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Vanity Fair; BOMC selection. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-425-13184-8
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