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Frances Ford Seymour

American socialite

Frances Ford Seymour
Seymour in 1938
Born
Frances Ford Seymour

(1908-04-04)April 4, 1908
DiedApril 14, 1950(1950-04-14) (aged 42)
Resting placeOgdensburg Cemetery, Ogdensburg, New York, U.S.
OccupationSocialite
Spouse(s)
(m. 1931; died 1935)

(m. 1936)
Children3, including Jane and Peter Fonda

Frances Ford Seymour Fonda (April 4, 1908 – April 14, 1950) was a Canadian-American socialite. She was the second wife of actor Henry Fonda, and the mother of actors Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda.

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Biography

Born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, Seymour was the daughter of Sophie Mildred (née Bower) and Eugene Ford Seymour. According to her daughter Jane, medical records revealed that Seymour was a victim of recurrent sexual abuse in her childhood.[1][2]

On January 10, 1931, she married George Tuttle Brokaw, a millionaire lawyer and sportsman. They had one child, Frances de Villers "Pan" Brokaw (October 10, 1931 – March 10, 2008).

A year after Brokaw died, Seymour married actor Henry Fonda on September 16, 1936, at Christ Church, New York City. She had met Fonda at Denham Studios in England on the set of the film Wings of the Morning.[3] The couple had two children, actress Jane (born December 21, 1937) and actor Peter (February 23, 1940 – August 16, 2019), but their marriage was troubled. According to Peter Fonda, these difficulties later gave him empathy for the marital problems of actor Dennis Hopper, his co-star in the 1969 film Easy Rider.[4]

Seymour died by suicide 10 days after her 42nd birthday, while she was a patient at Craig House, a sanatorium in Beacon, New York.[5] Her suicide came three and a half months after Fonda asked her for a divorce.[6] She is buried in Ogdensburg Cemetery, Ogdensburg, New York.

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References

  1. ^ Trafford, Abigail (2005-05-03). "Mothers, Lost And Found". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-07-01. Fonda is able to track down old medical records and learns that her mother was sexually molested as a child. She also interviews her mother's friends. A very different mother emerges.
  2. ^ "Jane Fonda reveals mother was sexually abused as a child before committing suicide when actress was 12". New York Daily News. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  3. ^ Andersen, Christopher P. (1990). Citizen Jane: The Turbulent Life of Jane Fonda. Dell Pub. p. 450. ISBN 9780440209430.
  4. ^ Ayers, Chris (22 June 2014). "Uneasy riders". The Sunday Times. Times Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  5. ^ Capretto, Lisa (August 17, 2015). "How Jane Fonda Uncovered The Truth About Her Mother’s Death". HuffPost. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Bosworth, Patricia (24 September 2011). "Connected, Darkly, to Jane Fonda". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 18 July 2018.

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