THE FONDAS: A HOLLYWOOD DYNASTY

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A family portrait records the career of the distant partiarch Henry Fonda; shows how daughter Jane went from film star to shrewd businesswoman; and tells how Peter's early success was usurped by a drug addiction

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Collier, who has coauthored family biographies of the Fords ( LJ 11/15/87), Kennedys ( LJ 9/15/84), and Rockefellers ( LJ 4/1/76), has written an incisive study of the Fonda family: the patriarch, Henry, whose strong, calm demeanor hid any emotion; the druggie son Peter, who was never able to repeat the success of his counterculture epic Easy Rider ; and the superstar daughter Jane, whose several personas, Collier maintains, have each been the handiwork of a powerful man in her life. This is a more rounded portrait of Jane and the family than Christopher Andersen's Citizen Jane ( LJ 5/15/90). Still, no punches are pulled in depicting the excesses of both Jane and Peter, who, according to Collier, never recovered from the suicide of their mother, and alternated between rebelling against their withdrawn father and trying to get his attention. A well-written, readable addition to overworked territory. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/90.
- Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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