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On Golden Pond Movie

Movie Summary for On Golden Pond


A witty yet memorable 80s movie, which won three academy awards. A retired couple on vacation at their summer cottage gets a visit from their daughter and her fiancé.

On Golden Pond DVD


Aged couple Ethel Thayer (played by Katharine Hepburn) and her husband Norman Thayer Jr (played by Henry Fonda) are on a retreat at their summer cottage home when their daughter Chelsea (Jane Fonda) shows up with her fiancé in the movie On Golden Pond.

Chelsea and her fiancé are on their way to Europe and leave Chelsea’s inquisitive and smart-mouth stepson Billy (played by Doug McKeon) in her parent’s care and is shocked to find out how all three got along during her absence in the movie On Golden Pond.


Ethel Thayer - Katharine Hepburn
Norman Thayer Jr. - Henry Fonda
Chelsea Thayer Wayne - Jane Fonda
Billy Ray - Doug McKeon
Bill Ray - Dabney Coleman
Charlie Martin - William Lanteau
Sumner Todd - Chris Rydell


The fedora that Henry Fonda wears in the movie On Golden Pond was gifted to him by Katherine Hepburn. It was originally owned by her lover, Spencer Tracey.

On Golden Pond was Henry Fonda’s last film before he passed away in 1982.

Academy Awards:

Henry Fonda won for Best Actor In A Leading Role for the role of Norman Thayer, Jr. in On Golden Pond.

Katharine Hepburn won for Best Actress In A Leading Role for the role of Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond.

Jane Fonda won for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for the role of Chelsea Thayer Wayne in On Golden Pond.

Mark Rydell won for Best Director for On Golden Pond.

Dave Grusin won for Best Original Score for On Golden Pond.

Bruce Gilbert, Producer won for Best Picture for On Golden Pond.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie On Golden Pond was released to theatres on 12/04/1981 by Universal, and grossed $119,285,432 at the box office in the US.

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