Captivating memoirs of an Italian aristocrat from the days when the jet set still existed.
A captivating memoir of European and American high society by the beautiful Italian who became the fourth Mrs Henry Fonda.
At once revealing, witty and engaging, Never Before Noon takes us from the brilliant world of European aristocracy to the excitement of New York and the glitter of Hollywood.
Afdera Fonda, with her ghostwriter Clifford Thurlow, disarmingly recalls the secret, eighteen month courtship that preceded her marriage to Henry Fonda and her complex rapport with Peter and Jane Fonda, soon to become stars in their own right.
The memoir also treats us to Afdera Fonda's extraordinary escapades with such friends as Ernest Hemingway, John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Warren Beatty, John Huston, the English peer with whom she fell madly in love and her spell in an Italian prison for smuggling 'a single joint in her suitcase.'
'Full of jokery and imagination and intimacy. There is a great rhythm to the writing and it is a pleasure to read. I have had the most wonderful 'visit' with Afdera Fonda because all her charming details of spirit are in this book,'
Diana Vreeland, Vogue
'Like the garden if Finzi-Continis, the book resonates with emotion and regret. Fonda is wonderful at describing her childhood under the thumb of Mussolini .... not so much as a book as an all-night jamboree...'
The Washington Post