Margaret ‘Parky’ DeVogelaere, Peter Fonda’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Getty Peter Fonda and Margaret DeVogelaere

Actor Peter Fonda passed away on August 16. The Hollywood veteran was 79. According to People, Peter died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

Fonda, who’s the brother of actress Jane Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda, and the father to Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda, married his wife, Margaret “Parky” DeVogelaere, in 2011. The couple tied the knot during a ceremony in Hawaii. He was 71 when he said, “I do,” for the third time in his life, Margaret was 57.

Peter was previously married to Susan Brewer, who’s the mother of his two children. His second marriage, to Portia Crockett, ended in divorce in 2011. After the divorce was finalized, he married Margaret the same year.

Following the tragic news of Peter’s death, his family put out the following statement, “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away. [Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer. 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 honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”

Here’s what you need to know about Margaret “Parky” DeVogelaere Fonda….

1. Parky First Met Peter in 1974 and Her Dad Didn’t Like Him

Peter and Margaret “Parky” DeVogelaere Fonda officially tied the knot on Father’s Day in 2011. Fonda posted of the wedding day in Hawaii on Instagram writing, “My beautiful wife a year or two after we met in Lahaina in ’74…. Da Kine!! She’s wearing the first ring I gave her and the earrings I bought her the first time I met her. Her father was very suspicious. He wasn’t keen on her being with me. He suggested that I was a commie! He had told her that she was NEVER going to date an actor.”

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Peter And Christopher Plummer working together!!!

A post shared by Parky Fonda (@mefonda) on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:48am PDT

Parky kept a low social media profile, rarely tweeting or posting photos on her Twitter and Instagram account. In her few posts, she documented vacations with Peter to vineyards, New York City, and fangirled over her husband hanging out with fellow veteran actor Christopher Plummer.

2. Peter & Margaret Attended the 2019 Vanity Faire Oscar Party

Margaret DeVogelaere, Peter Fonda, Bernie Taupin, and Heather Taupin

Looking ever in love, Peter and Margaret attended this year’s Academy Award most coveted after-party, Vanity Faire’s annual bash. During the Oscars ceremony on February 14, 2019, they attended Elton John’s 27th annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

3. Peter Continued to Star in Movies & TV After Marrying Margaret

Margaret Devogelaere, and Peter Fonda

While Peter is best known for his Oscar-nominated film, “Easy Rider,” a movie which he starred in, co-wrote and produced, and was again nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in 1998’s “Ulee’s Gold,” he never retired from the industry. With Margaret’s full support, Peter continued to appear in numerous TV and movie projects up until his dying days. Parky rarely tweeted, but when she did it was typically a proud post of Peter’s latest feats, which included Easy Rider making its way to Broadway.

After marrying Margaret in 2011, he filmed a two-episode guest star on “CSI:NY” and appeared on “Hawaii Five-O.” Peter followed that up with a series of 20 movie roles. He most recently completed work on the film, “The Magic Hours,” and he starred as Skylar in the movie, “Skate God,” which is set to be released in 2020.

4. Margaret “Parky” Appeared as Herself in a Documentary Film

Unlike most of Peter’s famous family, Margaret was not an actress. However, she did appear as herself in the documentary film, “How We Covered It,” which was released in 2013. Directed and written by Andy Bowles, the documentary showed a film festival experience as seen through his eyes, and his team of red carpet anchors as the covered a 10-day celebrity filled event. How We Covered It also starred Ann Margaret, Conor Allyn, G.W. Bailey, and Tanner Beard.

5. Peter and ‘Parky’ were Red Carpet Regulars in Hollywood

Peter Fonda and Parky Fonda attend The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles

Proving age is just a number, Peter and Margaret, who’s nickname was “Parky,” regularly attended all of Tinseltown’s high-profile events. Together, they walked the red carpet at numerous movie premieres, award shows, the American Film Institute’s 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams in 2016, and the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee in 2017.

Peter and Parky loved non-industry events, too. Peter liked to post on Instagram photos of them attending the Fleetwood Mac show at the Hollywood Bowl, sharing tex-mex dinners, and hanging out at the beach.

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