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I Pledge Allegiance…Or Do I? June 3, 2016

source: Riviera Cocktail

source: Riviera Cocktail

Perhaps it was a spontaneous self-exam? Or halfway to a clutch-the-pearls moment? Was it smugness or disdain?

Place: Monte Carlo, 1959, Red Cross Gala

People: Peter Ustinov, Italian Baroness Afdera Franchetti, Elsa Maxwell, and Henry Fonda

In the late 1950s, when Jane Fonda asked her father how he prepared before going on stage, she was baffled by his answer, “I don’t know, I stand there, I think about my wife, Afdera, I don’t know.” Jane, a proponent of Method Acting, could not understand how effortlessly her father prepared for a role. (wikipedia)

He must not have thought about his fourth wife for long, however, as he divorced her in 1961 and moved on to wife #5.

No wonder Barbara Stanwyck gave him the look.




7 Responses to “I Pledge Allegiance…Or Do I?”

  1. Dave Says:

    Took me a while to realize that was her arm. Oops

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  2. Paul Says:

    Cool – I enjoy seeing the old actors, etc.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Benson Says:

    I think it was both. She was smug in her disdain for the character. Five Times ! Wow

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  4. Liz Says:

    Those pearls!

    Liked by 1 person

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