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Auction History Result

6s007 HENRY FONDA signed letter 1936 replying to his first fan letter that included a poem!

Date Sold 5/27/2018
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An Autographed Letter (measures 7 1/4" x 10 3/4" [18 x 27 cm]; 1 page) (Learn More)

Henry Fonda was a highly successful actor from the 1930s to the 1970s. He is also well known for being the father of Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda, and the grandfather of Bridgette Fonda! He started on the stage in 1926 (both on stage and behind the scenes), and he spent many years in community productions before getting his big break in 1935. He had an unusual relationship with Margaret Sullavan (briefly his wife), and James Stewart, and the three were lifelong friends. Some of his movies include: 12 Angry Men, How the West Was Won, The Grapes Of Wrath (nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for this film), The Ox-Bow Incident, My Darling Clementine, The Lady Eve, Mister Roberts, Fail-Safe, Fort Apache, The Longest Day, Advise and Consent, You Only Live Once, On Golden Pond (winner of the Best Actor Academy Award for this film), The Best Man, Drums Along the Mohawk, Jezebel, Tales of Manhattan, and The Wrong Man (to name a few)! He passed away in 1982 at the age of 77.
Important Added Info: Note that this item has been personally autographed (signed) by Henry Fonda! He was responding to a "fan letter" that he was sent, where the fan wrote an entire poem about Mr. Fonda, and Mr. Fonda wrote "I certainly enjoyed it, especially the poem. I'd say it's pretty clever although I think you overrate me. It's the first piece about myself I've had sent to me." and after several more sentences, he closed with "Thank you very much for the letter and the poem, it's really swell." We would interpret this to mean that this was the very first fan letter that Mr. Fonda received, but obviously, he received many, many more over the following years! Also note that this letter also includes the envelope this letter was originally mailed in. Our consignor is a longtime collector who purchased this signed item from a reputable dealer, and while he does not have a "certificate of authenticity", we are certain the letter and the signature are authentic.

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Condition: very good.
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