Parallel Lives: The Shocking Tragedy Shared By Jane Fonda And Her Biographer
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Patricia Bosworth
I spent 10 years writing "The Public Life of A Public Woman" and I’m often asked, “What is Jane really like?” Simply put, she is driven, manic, imperious, moody and a workaholic second to none. She is also a risk-taking, rule-breaking woman -- funny, generous and exceedingly vulnerable. In short, she has all the characteristics of a suicide survivor, which makes sense since Jane’s mother, Frances Fonda, killed herself when Jane was only 12.
And believe me, I know about suicide survivors; my brother shot himself in the head when he was only 18 and I was only 20. Six years later my father, Bartley Crum, a San Francisco lawyer who was blacklisted after defending the Hollywood Ten, took an overdose of sleeping pills. I met Jane not long after his death and immediately began seeing her in myself. I too was compulsive, ambitious and detached. Like her I never stopped working, driven by guilt and shame, always hoping to forget my private tra
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