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Susan Blanchard (socialite)

Not to be confused with Susan Blanchard (actress).

Susan Blanchard (born March 8, 1928)[1] is an American socialite and former lyricist and theatrical producer. She was the third wife of actor Henry Fonda, with whom she adopted a daughter, Amy (born 1953), and the second wife of actor Richard Widmark.


The younger child of Dorothy Kiaora Blanchard, a native of Australia, and Henry Jacobson, a New York businessman,[2] Susan Jacobson took her mother's surname after her parents' divorce and was known as Susan Blanchard thereafter.

In 1929, her mother, a former actress turned interior decorator, married the lyricist and producer Oscar Hammerstein II. Susan Blanchard had four siblings: a brother, Henry Jacobson, Jr.; a half-brother, James Blanchard Hammerstein (1931–1999); and two step-siblings, William and Alice Hammerstein.

Susan Blanchard studied at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.[3] Her only sibling was an older brother, né Henry Samuel Jacobson (April 27, 1926 - January 28, 1997).


  • Henry Fonda (December 27, 1950 - May 1956; divorced); one daughter, Amy (born and adopted 1953)
  • Michael Wager (married 1962; divorced)
  • Charles Douglas Ades (married 1971; divorced)
  • Richard Widmark (1999 - March 24, 2008; his death)


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