Susan Jacobson (Blanchard) (1928 - d.)

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Susan Blanchard (born Susan Jacobson) 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 (born June 7, 1899 — died August 3, 1987), a native of Australia, and Henry Jacobson, a New York businessman, 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 record 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. Her only sibling was an older brother, né Henry Samuel Jacobson (b. April 27, 1926 — d. January 28, 1997).