Jane Fonda

Actress + Writer
Born Dec 21, 1937

Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. She rose to fame in the 1960s with films such as Barbarella and Cat Ballou. She has won two Academy Awards, an Emmy Award and received several other movie awards and nominations during more than 50 years as an actress. After 15 years of retirement, she returned to film in 2005 with Monster-in-Law, followed by Georgia Rule two years later.… Read More

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1937 Birth Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda was born on December 21, 1937, in New York City, the daughter of actor Henry Fonda and the Canadian-born socialite Frances Ford Brokaw, née Seymour. … Read More


1950 12 Years Old On April 14, 1950, when Fonda was twelve, her mother committed suicide while under treatment at a psychiatric hospital. … Read More
1954 16 Years Old Fonda became interested in acting in 1954, while appearing with her father in a charity performance of The Country Girl, at the Omaha Community Playhouse. … Read More


1958 20 Years Old Upon returning to the states, in 1958, she met Lee Strasberg and the meeting changed the course of her life, Fonda saying, "I went to the Actors Studio and Lee Strasberg told me I had talent. … Read More
1960 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Fonda made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play There Was a Little Girl, for which she received the first of two Tony Award nominations, and made her screen debut later the same year in Tall Story. … Read More
1963 25 Years Old In 1963, she appeared in Sunday in New York. … Read More
1965 27 Years Old Fonda married her first husband, French film director Roger Vadim, on August 14, 1965, at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. … Read More


1968 30 Years Old In 1968, she played the title role in the science fiction spoof Barbarella, which established her status as a sex symbol. … Read More
1971 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Fonda won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1971, again playing a prostitute, the gamine Bree Daniels, in the murder mystery Klute.
1972 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Fonda was a visible political activist in the counterculture era during the Vietnam War and has been more recently involved in advocacy for women. She was famously and controversially photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft battery on a 1972 visit to Hanoi. … Read More
1973 35 Years Old On January 19, 1973, three days after obtaining a divorce from Vadim in Santo Domingo, Fonda married activist Tom Hayden in a free-form ceremony at her home in Laurel Canyon. … Read More
1977 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Through her production company, IPC Films, she produced films that helped return her to star status. The 1977 comedy film Fun With Dick and Jane is generally considered her "comeback" picture.


1978 40 Years Old She won her second Oscar in 1978 for Coming Home, the story of a disabled Vietnam War veteran's difficulty in re-entering civilian life.
1980 42 Years Old In 1980, Fonda starred in 9 to 5 with Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. … Read More
1982 44 Years Old …  In 1982, Fonda released her first exercise video, titled Jane Fonda's Workout, inspired by her best-selling book, Jane Fonda's Workout Book. … Read More


1990 52 Years Old Fonda and Hayden were divorced on June 10, 1990 in Santa Monica.
1991 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Divorced from second husband Tom Hayden, she married billionaire media mogul Ted Turner in 1991 and retired from acting.
1995 57 Years Old She released five workout books and thirteen audio programs, through 1995.


2001 63 Years Old Divorced from Turner in 2001, she returned to acting with her first film in 15 years with the 2005 comedy Monster in Law. … Read More
2004 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 2004 presidential election, her name was used as a disparaging epithet against John Kerry, the former VVAW leader, who was then the Democratic Party presidential candidate. … Read More
Fonda was photographed seated on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft battery; the controversial photo outraged a number of Americans, and earned her the nickname "Hanoi Jane". In her 2005 autobiography, she wrote that she was manipulated into sitting on the battery; she had been horrified at the implications of the pictures and regretted they were taken.
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In 2009, she returned to Broadway after a 45-year absence, in the play 33 Variations, which earned her a Tony Award nomination, while her recurring role in the HBO drama series The Newsroom (2012-2014), has earned her two Emmy Award nominations.
She also released another five exercise videos between 2010 and 2012.
In 2011, she published a second memoir, Prime Time.
2012 74 Years Old In 2012, Fonda began a recurring role as Leona Lansing, CEO of a major media company, in HBO's original political drama The Newsroom. … Read More
2013 75 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, Fonda had a small role in The Butler, portraying First Lady Nancy Reagan. … Read More
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