Jane Fonda
Actress, writer
Jane Fonda
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.
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2017 SAG Award Winners Include Emma Stone, Viola Davis And Mahershala Ali
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Seeing green: Jane Fonda and Richard Perry seek $13 million for eco-friendly home
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Music producer Richard Perry and actress Jane Fonda are readying for a scene change in Beverly Hills, listing their eco-friendly home of five years for sale at $12.999 million. Tucked behind gates in the Trousdale Estates area, the four-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom house boasts clean lines, open-plan...
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An Open Letter From That One Guy Who Organized 3.5 Million Illegal Voters
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Though he won the election, Donald Trump continues to claim that 3.5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, which cost him the popular vote.  Many believe his ego simply can’t handle this slight, regardless of the fact that he still ended up, you know, becoming the president. But certain information has come to light that dramatically changes the story. This letter was shoved under HuffPost Comedy’s door Wednesday morning. It’s from a person who claims responsibility for the 3.5 million fraudulent votes. Rather than bother to check the veracity of it, we will simply print the letter in its entirety. Dear America, As a representative of the Dark Alliance of Social Justice Warriors, I’m here to tell you that Donald Trump’s recent claims of massive voter fraud to the tune of 3.5 million cases ... is correct. In this letter, I will explain, point by point, how I and my colleagues ― wielding the ancient leftist powers of the underw ...
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High-Profile Progressives Can Literally Drive Trump Bananas
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Here's a known fact: President Donald Trump has a very, very fragile ego. There is no limit to his butthurt when challenged or mocked, and if you have a large platform, you're in a unique position to chip away at whatever shred of sanity he has left. Consider these points: White House sources recently told The Washington Post that Trump became "visibly enraged" after learning the Women's March dwarfed the crowd at his inauguration and that his joyful mood turned into "flashes of anger" less than 24-hours after he took office. It's also very clear Alec Baldwin has lodged himself under Donald Trump's thin skin, and he's only just getting started. Baldwin's portrayal of Trump on Saturday Night Live is not only awe-inspiring and hysterical, it's the perfect vehicle to showcase much-needed resistance, and most importantly, it drives Trump mad. We all know it drives him mad because he takes the bait and angry-tweets about it every time. When Congressman John Lewis said he would be ...
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Jane Fonda: Celebrities Must Still Speak Out Against 'Predator-In-Chief' Donald Trump
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Jane Fonda says it’s crucial that celebrities continue to speak out against President Donald Trump. “The ‘predator-in-chief’ and his fake news, their tactic is to divide and conquer,” the actress and activist said on Friday’s broadcast of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” After referencing Trump’s childish reaction to Meryl Streep’s powerful speech at the Golden Globes, Fonda revealed she’d repeatedly been told to “shut up” over the last 50 years just “because I was celebrity.” “But what celebrities can do is that they can bring attention to things that wouldn’t normally get attention,” she added. Check it out in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=588308dfe4b096b4a231e6c0,587f1736e4b01cdc64c879bd,587f3990e4b01cdc64c8844e -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Richard Perry and Jane Fonda seek $13 million for Beverly Hills showplace
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Music producer Richard Perry and actress Jane Fonda are readying for a scene change in Beverly Hills, listing their home of five years for sale at $12.999 million. The contemporary-style home, built in 1961 and completely renovated, was previously owned by Emmy-winning television director John...
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Jane Fonda Says People Should Not Be Fooled by Trudeau
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Actress Jane Fonda says people shouldn't be fooled by "good-looking liberals" like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who she says "disappointed" her by approving pipelines from the Alberta oil sands
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
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There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot of ...
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Carnegie Deli - Last of the Latkes
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There's Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Mellon. Dale Carnegie. Carnegie Hill. And then there's Carnegie Deli. From brisket bliss to cloud nine kasha, it's been a heavenly food haven for 79 years. Latkes the size of flying saucers. Plates toppling over with 4" piles of shaved beef and sauerkraut. And now the decades of deli decadence and delight are over. 3D: Disney, Dustin & Deli 1937. The year Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman and Jane Fonda were born; Amelia Earhart disappeared; Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered; Howard Hughes broke his own transcontinental flight record, and the Hobbit was published by J.R.R. Tolkien. Oh yes, and the same year Carnegie Deli opened on Seventh Avenue, just across the street from Carnegie Hall. Remember the old joke: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice." I would have answered: "First find the Carnegie Deli; then just go two blocks north to 57th Street!" Not Just Another Deli When Milton Parker and Leo Steiner too ...
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Where Is She Going?: Sweet Charity Revived
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Where is She Going?: Sweet Charity Revived I had a great time at the New Group's current, vest pocket revival of Sweet Charity, directed by Leigh Silverman. Its clear raison d'être is star Sutton Foster, who creates a goofy and endearing Charity, the perpetually out-of-luck romantic whose eight-year employment in the "rent-a-body business" hasn't hardened her to the possibility of finding love. Even in the opening scene, while waiting for her newest beau, Charlie (his name is tattooed on her arm), she sings to a series of potential new beaus in Central Park who sling her around and upside down, an apt movement metaphor for her grab-at-anything approach to love. The production is carried along by Foster's inspired clowning and song-and-dance brio. She even dances in character. Her sleek Reno Sweeney tapping is here replaced by gangly body language that embodies the character's confusion over her endless bad choices. Oscar, the insurance actuary she thinks may fina ...
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The Final Solution: Will Self-Hating Jews Be Accepted By the Alt-Right?
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Will self-hating Jews be allowed to join the Alt-right movement? It's always interesting to look at the history of Jewish collaboration in the Warsaw ghetto and elsewhere. Now that a new generation of Nazis have come to prominence, it will be interesting to see which Jews will be selected for admission into the precincts of an Aryan white supremacist party that aims to do away with Semites, Blacks, Hispanics and anyone who will pollute the Indo-European blood of the founding fathers. It's nice to have a Jewish lawyer and one wonders if the the late Roy Cohn, who had been a friend and mentor to President-Elect Donald Trump ("What Donald Trump Learned From Joseph McCarthy's Right-Hand Man," NYT, 6/20/16) would have passed muster with the honchos of the Alt-right. What's certain is Sieg Heiling would not be enough; anyone can do that and pretend they were simply watching an old Jane Fonda aerobics tape. Just dressing up like a storm trooper or Aryan Brotherhood gang member as you might ...
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Dolly Parton on Her Latest Projects, the Power of Love and More
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Dolly Parton is a global icon and is one of the most honored female country performers of all time. Achieving 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts—a record for a female artist—and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. In addition to receiving multiple Grammy, Country Music Association, ACMA and AMA awards, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and just this month was the recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during the 50th annual CMA Awards. Although Parton is best known as a country music singer-songwriter, she also wears a multitude of other hats: she is an actress, runs a successful multimedia corporation (Dolly Parton Enterprises) and the popular Dollywood Theme Park, and composed the score for the Broadway musical 9 to 5, based on the acclaimed film o ...
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Shailene Woodley Tells The True History Of Thanksgiving In New Standing Rock Video
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For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a time to break bread with family and loved ones, but for native people the holiday is forever associated with the legacy of violence wrought on indigenous communities since our country’s founding.  Shailene Woodley, who has been one of most high-profile advocates against the Dakota Access Pipeline, is now speaking out about the sanitization of American history in videos released on Thursday at Standing Rock reservation.   “Today is a day that many call Thanksgiving, and it’s a day where kids in elementary school in America are taught false narratives about our native brothers and sisters,” Woodley said, fighting back tears in an interview with TYT Politics. The “Divergent” actress has joined thousands of activists in recent months calling for a permanent ban on an oil pipeline that would carry crude oil across sacred lands, potentially contaminating the population’s fresh water source and disturbing sacred grounds.  “From the time we’r ...
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Jane Fonda And Shailene Woodley To Serve Thanksgiving Meals At Standing Rock
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Jane Fonda and Shailene Woodley will help serve around 500 Thanksgiving meals to people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock on Thursday, The Associated Press reports.  The Dakota Dispatch reports the actresses, who will be among a delegation of 50 people from around the United States brought together by author Judy Wicks, will serve a Wopila Feast to the protestors ― who call themselves “water protectors” ― to thank them for their bravery in fighting to defend the land.  Fonda, a political activist, has been posting stories about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests on social media. Just last week, she shared a link to a short film about the Sioux tribe’s fight and urged her followers to watch.  Meanwhile, Woodley has spent plenty of time with the people at Standing Rock, and was arrested with 26 other protestors back in October. The actress has been vocal about her opposition to the DAPL, speaking out about it during an appearance on “Late Night with Seth ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Fonda
  • 2016
    Age 78
    In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Fonda and others told the stories of the people killed there.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1960s, Fonda engaged in political activism in support of the Civil Rights Movement, and in opposition to the Vietnam War. Fonda's visits to France brought her into contact with leftist French intellectuals who were opposed to war, an experience that she later characterized as "small-c communism". Along with other celebrities, she supported the Alcatraz Island occupation by American Indians in 1969, which was intended to call attention to failures of the government in treaty rights and the movement for greater Indian sovereignty. She supported Huey Newton and the Black Panthers in the early 1970s, stating "Revolution is an act of love; we are the children of revolution, born to be rebels. It runs in our blood." She called the Black Panthers "our revolutionary vanguard... we must support them with love, money, propaganda and risk." She has been involved in the feminist movement since the 1970s, which dovetails with her activism in support of civil rights.
  • 2015
    Age 77
    In 2015, Fonda expressed disapproval with President Barack Obama's permitting of arctic drilling (Petroleum exploration in the Arctic) at the Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details In July, she marched in a Toronto protest called the "March for Jobs, Justice, and Climate," which was organized by dozens of nonprofits, labor unions, and environmental activists, including Canadian author Naomi Klein. The march aimed to show businesses and politicians alike that climate change is inherently linked to issues that may seem unrelated.
    She played an acting diva in Paolo Sorrentino's Youth in 2015, for which she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination.
    More Details Hide Details Her upcoming film roles include Fathers and Daughters with Russell Crowe. Fonda appears as a joint-lead in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. She and Lily Tomlin play aging women whose husbands reveal they are in love. Filming on the first season was completed in November 2014, and the show premiered online on May 8, 2015.
  • 2014
    Age 76
    In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award.
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  • 2013
    Age 75
    In 2013, it was revealed that Fonda was one of approximately 1,600 Americans whose communications between 1967 and 1973 were monitored by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) as part of Project Minaret, a program that some NSA officials have described as "disreputable if not downright illegal".
    More Details Hide Details Fonda's communications, as well as those of her husband, Tom Hayden, were intercepted by Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Under the UKUSA Agreement, the GCHQ sent the intercepted data on Americans to the U.S. government. Fonda has been a longtime supporter of feminist causes, including V-Day, a movement to stop violence against women, inspired by the off-Broadway hit The Vagina Monologues, of which she is an honorary chairperson. She was present at their first summit in 2002, bringing together founder Eve Ensler, Afghan women oppressed by the Taliban, and a Kenyan activist campaigning to save girls from genital mutilation. In 2001, she established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia to help prevent adolescent pregnancy through training and program development. On February 16, 2004, Fonda led a march through Ciudad Juárez, with Sally Field, Eve Ensler and other women, urging Mexico to provide sufficient resources to newly appointed officials helping investigate the murders of hundreds of women in the rough border city. That same year, she served as a mentor to the first ever all-transsexual cast of The Vagina Monologues.
    In 2013, Fonda had a small role in The Butler, portraying First Lady Nancy Reagan.
    More Details Hide Details She had more film work the following year, appearing in the comedies Better Living Through Chemistry and This is Where I Leave You. She also voiced a character on The Simpsons.
  • 2012
    Age 74
    In 2012, Fonda began a recurring role as Leona Lansing, CEO of a major media company, in HBO's original political drama The Newsroom.
    More Details Hide Details Her role continued throughout the show's three seasons, and Fonda received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
  • 2011
    Age 73
    In 2011, Fonda published a new book: Prime Time: Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit—making the most of all of your life.
    More Details Hide Details The book offers stories from her own life as well as from the lives of others, giving her perspective on how to better live what she calls "the critical years from 45 and 50, and especially from 60 and beyond".
    In a 2011 entry at her official website, Fonda explained:
    More Details Hide Details It happened on my last day in Hanoi. I was exhausted and an emotional wreck after the 2-week visit... The translator told me that the soldiers wanted to sing me a song. He translated as they sung. It was a song about the day 'Uncle Ho' declared their country's independence in Hanoi's Ba Dinh Square. I heard these words: "All men are created equal; they are given certain rights; among these are life, Liberty and Happiness." These are the words Ho pronounced at the historic ceremony. I began to cry and clap. These young men should not be our enemy. They celebrate the same words Americans do. The soldiers asked me to sing for them in return... I memorized a song called "Day Ma Di", written by anti-war South Vietnamese students. I knew I was slaughtering it, but everyone seemed delighted that I was making the attempt. I finished. Everyone was laughing and clapping, including me... Here is my best, honest recollection of what happened: someone (I don't remember who) led me towards the gun, and I sat down, still laughing, still applauding. It all had nothing to do with where I was sitting. I hardly even thought about where I was sitting. The cameras flashed... It is possible that it was a set up, that the Vietnamese had it all planned.
    Fonda filmed her second movie in French when she had a leading role in the 2011 drama All Together.
    More Details Hide Details The same year she starred alongside Catherine Keener in Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, playing a hippy grandmother.
    In 2011, she published a second memoir, Prime Time.
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  • 2010
    Age 72
    Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, Fonda underwent a lumpectomy in November 2010, and has recovered.
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    After a fifteen-year hiatus, she released two new fitness videos on DVD in 2010, aiming at an older audience.
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    She also released another five exercise videos between 2010 and 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She currently stars with Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen in the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie (2015).
  • 2009
    Age 71
    In December 2009, Fonda received the New York Women's Agenda Lifetime Achievement Award.
    More Details Hide Details She was selected as the 42nd recipient (2014) of the AFI Life Achievement Award.
    In September 2009, she was one of more than 1,500 signatories to a letter protesting the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival's spotlight on Tel Aviv.
    More Details Hide Details The protest letter said that the spotlight on Tel Aviv was part of "the Israeli propaganda machine" because it was supported in part by funding from the Israeli government and had been described by the Israeli Consul General Amir Gissin as being part of a Brand Israel campaign intended to draw attention away from Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. Other signers included actor Danny Glover, musician David Byrne, journalist John Pilger, and authors Alice Walker, Naomi Klein, and Howard Zinn. Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center stated that "People who support letters like this are people who do not support a two-state solution. By calling into question the legitimacy of Tel Aviv, they are supporting a one-state solution, which means the destruction of the State of Israel." Hier continued, saying that "it is clear that the script protesters are reading from might as well have been written by Hamas."
    In January 2009, Fonda started chronicling her Broadway return in a blog, with posts about topics ranging from her Pilates class to her fears and excitement about her new play.
    More Details Hide Details She uses Twitter and has a Facebook page.
    In 2009, Fonda returned to act on Broadway for the first time since 1963, playing Katherine Brandt in Moisés Kaufman's 33 Variations.
    More Details Hide Details The role earned her a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 70
    In December 2008, Fonda was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.
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  • 2007
    Age 69
    In 2007, Fonda was awarded an Honorary Palme d'Or by Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob for career achievement.
    More Details Hide Details Only three others had received such an award – Jeanne Moreau, Alain Resnais, and Gerard Oury.
  • 2005
    Age 67
    In September 2005, Fonda was scheduled to join British politician and anti-war activist George Galloway at two stops on his U.S. book tour, Madison, Wisconsin and Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details She canceled her appearances at the last minute, citing instructions from her doctors to avoid travel following recent hip surgery. On January 27, 2007, Fonda participated in an anti-war rally and march held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., declaring that "silence is no longer an option". Fonda spoke at an anti-war rally earlier in the day at the Navy Memorial, where members of the organization Free Republic picketed in a counter protest.
    In July 2005, Fonda announced plans to make an anti-war bus tour in March 2006 with her daughter and several families of military veterans, saying that some of the war veterans she had met while on her book tour had urged her to speak out against the Iraq War.
    More Details Hide Details She later canceled the tour, because of concerns that she would distract attention from Cindy Sheehan's activism.
    In May 2005, she returned to the screen with the box office success Monster-in-Law, starring opposite Jennifer Lopez.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, Fonda had a supporting role in the drama Georgia Rule, alongside Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan.
    On April 5, 2005, Random House released Fonda's autobiography My Life So Far.
    More Details Hide Details The book describes her life as a series of three acts, each thirty years long, and declares that her third "act" will be her most significant, partly because of her commitment to the Christian religion, and that it will determine the things for which she will be remembered. Fonda's autobiography was well received by book critics, and was noted to be "as beguiling and as maddening as Jane Fonda herself" in its Washington Post review, pronouncing her a "beautiful bundle of contradictions". The New York Times called the book "achingly poignant".
    In a 60 Minutes interview on March 31, 2005, Fonda reiterated that she had no regrets about her trip to North Vietnam in 1972, with the exception of the anti-aircraft-gun photo.
    More Details Hide Details She stated that the incident was a "betrayal" of American forces and of the "country that gave me privilege". Fonda said, "The image of Jane Fonda, Barbarella, Henry Fonda's daughter... sitting on an enemy aircraft gun was a betrayal... the largest lapse of judgment that I can even imagine." She later distinguished between regret over the use of her image as propaganda and pride for her anti-war activism: "There are hundreds of American delegations that had met with the POWs. Both sides were using the POWs for propaganda... It's not something that I will apologize for." Fonda said she had no regrets about the broadcasts she made on Radio Hanoi, something she asked the North Vietnamese to do: "Our government was lying to us and men were dying because of it, and I felt I had to do anything that I could to expose the lies and help end the war."
    In 2005, Michael A. Smith, a U.S. Navy veteran, was arrested for disorderly conduct in Kansas City, Missouri, after he spat chewing tobacco in Fonda's face during a book-signing event for her autobiography, My Life So Far.
    More Details Hide Details He told reporters that he "considered it a debt of honor", adding "she spit in our faces for 37 years. It was absolutely worth it. There are a lot of veterans who would love to do what I did." Fonda refused to press charges. In a 1988 interview with Barbara Walters, Fonda expressed regret for some of her comments and actions, stating: I would like to say something, not just to Vietnam veterans in New England, but to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I'm very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families. I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless.
    Fonda was photographed seated on a anti-aircraft gun; 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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  • 2004
    Age 66
    According to IRS filings, Fonda founded the Jane Fonda Foundation in 2004 as a charitable corporation with herself as president, chair, director and secretary; Fonda contributes 10 hours each week on its behalf.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie called Kerry a "Jane Fonda Democrat". Also, Kerry's opponents circulated a photograph showing Fonda and Kerry in the same large crowd at a 1970 anti-war rally, although they were sitting several rows apart. A faked composite photograph, which gave the false impression that the two had shared a speaker's platform, was also circulated.
  • 2001
    Age 63
    Fonda was divorced from Turner in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details She returned to acting with her first film in 15 years, the 2005 comedy Monster in Law. Subsequent films have included Georgia Rule (2007), The Butler (2013), This Is Where I Leave You (2014) and Youth (2015).
  • 1995
    Age 57
    She released five workout books and thirteen audio programs, through 1995.
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  • 1991
    Age 53
    She married her third husband, cable-television tycoon and CNN founder Ted Turner, on December 21, 1991, at a ranch near Capps, Florida. The pair divorced on May 22, 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2009, Fonda has been in a relationship with record producer Richard Perry. Fonda grew up an atheist, but turned to Christianity in the early 2000s. She describes her beliefs as being "outside of established religion", with a more feminist slant, and views God as something that "lives within each of us as Spirit (or soul)." She practices Zazen meditation and Yoga.
    Divorced from second husband Tom Hayden, she married billionaire media mogul Ted Turner in 1991 and retired from acting.
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  • 1990
    Age 52
    Fonda and Hayden were divorced on June 10, 1990 in Santa Monica.
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  • 1986
    Age 48
    She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of an alcoholic murder suspect in the 1986 thriller The Morning After, opposite Jeff Bridges.
    More Details Hide Details She ended the decade by appearing in Old Gringo. This was followed by the romantic drama Stanley & Iris (1990) with Robert De Niro, which would be her final film for 15 years. For many years Fonda took ballet class to keep fit, but after fracturing her foot while filming The China Syndrome, she was no longer able to participate. To compensate, she began participating in aerobics and strengthening exercises under the direction of Leni Cazden. The Leni Workout became the Jane Fonda Workout, which began a second career for her, continuing for many years. This was considered one of the influences that started the fitness craze among baby boomers, then approaching middle age. In 1982, Fonda released her first exercise video, titled Jane Fonda's Workout, inspired by her best-selling book, Jane Fonda's Workout Book. Jane Fonda's Workout became the highest selling home video of the next few years, selling over a million copies. The video's release led many people to buy the then-new VCR in order to watch and perform the workout at home. The exercise videos were produced and directed by Sidney Galanty, who helped to put the deal together with video distributor Stuart Karl, of Karl Home Video. Galanty produced the first video and 11 more after that. She would subsequently release 23 workout videos with the series selling a total of 17 million copies combined, more than any other exercise series.
  • 1984
    Age 46
    Fonda continued appearing in feature films throughout the 1980s, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1984 for The Dollmaker, and starring in the role of Dr. Martha Livingston in Agnes of God (1985).
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  • 1980
    Age 42
    In 1980, Fonda starred in 9 to 5 with Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a huge critical and box office success, becoming the second highest-grossing release of the year. Fonda had long wanted to work with her father, hoping it would help their strained relationship. She achieved this goal when she purchased the screen rights to the play On Golden Pond, specifically for her father and her. On Golden Pond, which also starred Katharine Hepburn, brought Henry Fonda his only Academy Award for Best Actor, which Jane accepted on his behalf, as he was ill and could not leave home. He died five months later.
  • 1979
    Age 41
    She won another BAFTA Award for Best Actress in 1979 with The China Syndrome, about a cover-up of a vulnerability in a nuclear power plant.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she starred in The Electric Horseman with her previous co-star, Robert Redford.
  • 1977
    Age 39
    Also in 1977, she portrayed the playwright Lillian Hellman in Julia, receiving positive reviews, BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress, and an Oscar nomination.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, Fonda announced that she would make only films that focused on important issues, and she generally stuck to her word. She turned down An Unmarried Woman because she felt the part was not relevant.
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Troy O'Donovan Garity, was born on July 7, 1973 in Los Angeles and was given his paternal grandmother's maiden name, as the names "Fonda and Hayden carried too much baggage". Fonda and Hayden wanted to give their son a name that "was both American and Vietnamese" and chose "Troy", an Anglicization of the Vietnamese "Troi", as the only name they could think of meeting that requirement. Hayden chose O'Donovan as the middle name after Irish revolutionary Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa. In 1982, Fonda and Hayden unofficially adopted an African-American teenager, Mary Luana Williams (known as Lulu), who was the daughter of members of the Black Panthers.
  • 1972
    Age 34
    In 1972, Fonda starred as a reporter alongside Yves Montand in Tout Va Bien, directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin.
    More Details Hide Details The two directors then made Letter to Jane, in which the two spent nearly an hour discussing a news photograph of Fonda.
    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 gun on a 1972 visit to Hanoi.
    More Details Hide Details She has also protested the Iraq War and violence against women, and describes herself as a feminist. In 2005, she, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem co-founded the Women's Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. Fonda currently serves on the board of the organization. She published an autobiography in 2005.
  • 1971
    Age 33
    Between Klute in 1971 and Fun With Dick and Jane in 1977, Fonda did not have a major film success.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in A Doll's House (1973), Steelyard Blues and The Blue Bird (1976). From comments ascribed to her in interviews, some have inferred that she personally blamed the situation on anger at her outspoken political views: "I can't say I was blacklisted, but I was greylisted." However, in her 2005 autobiography, My Life So Far, she rejected such simplification. "The suggestion is that because of my actions against the war my career had been destroyed... But the truth is that my career, far from being destroyed after the war, flourished with a vigor it had not previously enjoyed." She reduced acting because of her political activism providing a new focus in her life. Her return to acting in a series of 'issue-driven' films reflected this new focus.
    Fonda won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1971, again playing a prostitute, the gamine Bree Daniels, in the murder mystery Klute.
    More Details Hide Details She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Klute and another in 1978 for Coming Home as well as the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1978, for the story of a disabled Vietnam War veteran's difficulty in re-entering civilian life.
  • 1968
    Age 30
    In 1968, she played the title role in the science fiction spoof Barbarella, which established her status as a sex symbol.
    More Details Hide Details In contrast, the tragedy They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) won her critical acclaim, and she earned her first Oscar nomination for the role. Fonda was very selective by the end of the 1960s, turning down lead roles in Rosemary's Baby and Bonnie and Clyde, which went to Mia Farrow and Faye Dunaway, respectively.
  • 1965
    Age 27
    Fonda married her first husband, French film director Roger Vadim, on August 14, 1965, at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had a daughter, Vanessa, born on September 28, 1968, in Paris, France, and named for actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave.
  • 1963
    Age 25
    In 1963, she appeared in Sunday in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Newsday called her "the loveliest and most gifted of all our new young actresses". However, she also had detractors—in the same year, the Harvard Lampoon named her the "Year's Worst Actress" for The Chapman Report. Fonda's career breakthrough came with Cat Ballou (1965), in which she played a schoolmarm turned outlaw. This comedy Western received five Oscar nominations and was one of the year's top ten films at the box office. It was considered by many to have been the film that brought Fonda to bankable stardom. After this came the comedies Any Wednesday (1966), opposite Jason Robards and Dean Jones, and Barefoot in the Park (1967), co-starring Robert Redford.
  • 1960
    Age 22
    She averaged almost two movies a year throughout the decade, starting in 1960 with Tall Story, in which she recreated one of her Broadway roles as a college cheerleader pursuing a basketball star, played by Anthony Perkins.
    More Details Hide Details Period of Adjustment and Walk on the Wild Side followed in 1962. In Walk on the Wild Side, Fonda played a prostitute and earned a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She rose to fame in 1960s films such as Period of Adjustment (1962), Sunday in New York (1963), Cat Ballou (1965), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and Barbarella (1968). Her first husband was Barbarella director Roger Vadim. A seven-time Academy Award nominee, she received her first nomination for They Shoot Horses, Don't They (1969) and went on to win two Best Actress Oscars in the 1970s for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978). Her other nominations were for Julia (1977), The China Syndrome (1979), On Golden Pond (1981) and The Morning After (1986). Her other major competitive awards include an Emmy Award for the 1984 TV film The Dollmaker, two BAFTA Awards for Julia and The China Syndrome and four Golden Globe Awards. In 1982, she released her first exercise video, Jane Fonda's Workout, which became the highest-selling video of the time. It would be the first of 22 workout videos released by her over the next 13 years which would collectively sell over 17 million copies.
  • 1958
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Real talent. It was the first time that anyone, except my father — who had to say so — told me I was good. At anything. It was a turning point in my life. I went to bed thinking about acting. I woke up thinking about acting. It was like the roof had come off my life!" Her stage work in the late 1950s laid the foundation for her film career in the 1960s.
  • 1954
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After dropping out of Vassar, she went to Paris for two years to study art.
  • 1950
    Age 12
    On April 14, 1950, when Fonda was twelve, her mother committed suicide while under treatment at Craig House psychiatric hospital in Beacon, NY.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Fonda's father married socialite Susan Blanchard (born 1928), just nine years his daughter's senior; this marriage ended in divorce. At 15 Fonda taught dance at Fire Island Pines, New York. She attended Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut. Fonda attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, where she was an undistinguished student. Before starting her acting career, Fonda was a model, gracing the cover of Vogue twice.
  • 1937
    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).
    More Details Hide Details According to her father, their surname came from an Italian ancestor who immigrated to the Netherlands in the 1500s. There, they intermarried and began to use Dutch given names, with Jane's first Fonda ancestor reaching New York in 1650. She also has English, Scottish, and French ancestry. She was named for the third wife of Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, to whom she is distantly related on her mother's side. She has a brother, Peter, an actor, and a maternal half-sister, Frances de Villers Brokaw (aka "Pan"), whose daughter is Pilar Corrias, owner of Pilar Corrias Gallery in London.
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