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August 12, 1982: Actor Henry Fonda is dead

Today in History: August 12, 1982: Actor Henry Fonda is dead

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1982 - Oscar-winning actor Henry Fonda, who played heartland Americans in dozens of films including The Grapes of Wrath and Mr Roberts, died of heart failure. He was 77. Fonda’s fifth wife, Shirlee, was at his bedside at Cedan-Sinai Medical Centre when he died. His daughter, Jane, and son, Peter, arrived at the hospital after they received word of his death. Fonda, who wore a heart pacemaker for eight years, won the best actor Oscar for his role in On Golden Pond, but was too ill to attend the Academy Awards presentation last spring. Fonda has been hospitalised five times in the past 18 months. A funeral was unlikely. “I don’t like funerals,” Fonda told his biographer. “And it’s in my will that there won’t be one.”

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