Jessica Biel pens touching tribute to the late Peter Fonda: ‘I’m forever grateful for him and the impact he had on me and my career’
Jessica Biel is ‘forever grateful’ she got to work with the late Peter Fonda.
The 37-year-old actress penned a touching tribute to the legendary actor, who passed away this week from lung cancer, in which she thanked him for the ‘impact’ he had on her career when they worked together on the 1997 film Ulee’s Gold.
Taking to her Instagram account, Biel said: ‘I had the honor working with #PeterFonda on the first movie I ever made (as an angsty teenager with a nose ring). Ulee’s Gold was a huge opportunity and he believed in me.
Remember when: Jessica Biel penned a touching tribute to the late Peter Fonda, in which she thanked him for the ‘impact’ he had on her when they worked together on the film Ulee’s Gold
‘I’m forever grateful for him and the impact he had on me and my career. I’m sure countless others can say the same. Rest in paradise❤️’
The photo Jessica posted with the caption was from the time of filming Ulee’s Gold, with Biel and Fonda posing at a doorway with fellow cast member Vanessa Zima.
Ulee’s Gold tells the story of a homely beekeeper who fights to bring his dysfunctional family back from the brink, with Fonda playing the central titular role.
Biel played Ulee’s troubled teen daughter Casey in the film.
Golden girl: Taking to her Instagram account, Biel said: ‘I had the honor working with #PeterFonda on the first movie I ever made’; here she is seen at the 2017 Oscars ceremony
Peter died at the age of 79 on Friday morning, and his family subsequently revealed that he suffered respiratory failure due to lung cancer.
In a statement, the family said: ‘It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away.
‘In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.
‘And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.’
Peter was the son of iconic film and stage actor Henry Fonda, and the younger brother of two-time Academy Award winning actress Jane Fonda.
He was best known for his starring role as Wyatt in 1969’s Easy Rider, and also held roles in films including The Hired Hand and The Trip.
Fonda was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Ulee’s Gold, almost 30 years after his first Oscar nomination, for co-writing Easy Rider.
A storied career: Fonda was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Ulee’s Gold, almost 30 years after his first Oscar nomination, for co-writing Easy Rider