Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00138484: HENRY FONDA

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Definitive and uncommonly early 8x10-inch color 20th Century-Fox publicity portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in about 1939, not long after the onset of his film debut. In fine condition for its age, with very mild border creasing; a tiny wrinkle on the lapel of his jacket; and a few very faint surface scuffs and scratches to his facial area and hair, all completely invisible when the photograph is viewed head-on. One of Hollywood's most enduring actors, Henry Fonda's film career began in 1935, when 20th Century Fox lured him from the Broadway stage to recreate the role of Dan Harrow in the film version of The Farmer Takes a Wife. He went on to starring roles in Way Down East (1935) and Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936), and the latter established what would prove his permanent onscreen persona: An intense, insistent, unflappable standalone of profound integrity. He thereafter headlined in The Moon's Our Home (1936); Wings of the Morning (1937); Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once (1937); the Bette Davis gem Jezebel (1938); Jesse James (1939); The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939); John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), for which he earned an Oscar nod, My Darling Clementine (1946), The Fugitive (1947), and Fort Apache (1948); Lillian Russell (1940); The Lady Eve (1941) and You Belong to Me (1941) with Barbara Stanwyck; Tales of Manhattan (1942); The Ox-Bow Incident (1943); The Long Night (1947); Mister Roberts (1955); War and Peace (1956); Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1956); 12 Angry Men (1957); Warlock (1959); The Longest Day (1962); How the West Was Won (1962); Fail-Safe (1964); Battle of the Bulge (1965); Yours, Mine and Ours (1968); The Boston Strangler (1968); Madigan (1968); Once Upon a Time in the West (1968); and, later in life, Billy Wilder's Fedora (1978) and On Golden Pond (1981), for which he earned the Academy Award he probably should have won for countless prior performances.