Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda
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Jane Fonda Biography

Jane Seymour Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an Academy Award-winning American actor, writer, producer, and political activist. Fonda, who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, describes herself as a liberal, and more recently, as a feminist and a Born-again Christian.

Jane Fonda was born in New York City to actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Ford Seymour. Seymour, who was of Irish and German descent, was the second of Fonda's five wives, and had previously been married to millionaire George Tuttle Brokaw. In 1950, when Jane was twelve years old, Seymour committed suicide after voluntarily seeking treatment at a psychiatric hospital. Although Henry Fonda was primarily of Dutch and British descent, the surname Fonda originates in Italy. Her name was apparently inspired by Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII of England. As a girl she was frequently called "Lady Jane", a nickname she greatly disliked. Her brother Peter Fonda (born 1940) and his daughter Bridget Fonda (born 1964) are also actors. She also has an adopted sister, named Amy, who was born in 1953. Read Full Bio >>


Jane Fonda Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series "The Newsroom" (2012). Nominated
2005 National Board of Review, USA Won
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Chemistry Monster-in-Law (2005). Nominated
2001 Savannah Film and Video Festival Won
2001 Film Society of Lincoln Center Won

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Jane Fonda Trivia

  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#21). [1995]
  • Mother of Vanessa Vadim with Roger Vadim
  • Attended Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • Is the subject of an erroneous urban legend. When Vassar was a women's college, the story goes, Jane Fonda refused to wear the elegant white gloves and pearls that were the attire for the daily Tea in the Rose Parlor. When confronted, Fonda returned to the parlor wearing the gloves and the pearls, and nothing else.
  • Ranked #83 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
  • Retired from acting in 1992.
  • Married Ted Turner on her birthday in 1991.
  • Daughter of Henry Fonda.
  • Sister of Peter Fonda.
  • Aunt of Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda
  • Arrested and charged with drug smuggling. [November 1970]
  • Her birth was the cause of some interruptions during her father's filming of Jezebel (1938) with Bette Davis.
  • She was, and still is, an exercise maven.
  • Mother of Troy Garity
  • Fonda was arrested in 1970 after allegedly kicking a cop when she was found carrying a large amount of what appeared to be pills. All charges were dropped after the pills were identified as vitamins.
  • Atttended Emma Willard School in Troy, NY.
  • Announced her separation from husband Ted Turner. [January 2000]
  • Was offered the role of Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist (1973).
  • Jane now openly admits that she suffered from bulimia from age 13 to age 37. While modeling, she said she lived on cigarettes, coffee, speed, and strawberry yogurt.
  • Sister-in-law of Susan Brewer.
  • Born at 9:14 AM EST
  • Shortly after her divorce from Ted Turner, she announced she had become a born-again Christian. Speculations are that this may have played a part in their seperation, since Ted Turner has expressed highly critical opinions on religion in general.
  • The suicide of her socialite mother Frances Seymour Brokaw was kept from her as a teenager, and she was told that she'd died of heart failure. Household newspaper and magazine subscriptions were canceled, and the staff and student body of Fonda's high school were instructed not to discuss the incident. Fonda learned the truth months later while leafing through a movie magazine in art class.
  • Measurements: 33B-24-35 (during "Barbarella), 32B-24-31 1/2 (in 1980), 34C-25-36 (after "small" implants- 1987), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Her out-of-retirement movie, Monster-in-Law (2005) will come out the same time as her autobiography, "My Life So Far" and the same time her workouts are re-released to DVD format in stores.
  • Protested alongside fellow actresses Sally Field & Christine Lahti, and playwright Eve Ensler urging the Mexican government to re-investigate the slayings of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-Texas border. (February 2004)
  • Two sisters, Pan and Amy.
  • She was voted the 51st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "There Was a Little Girl."
  • She was voted the 32nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
  • Born on the same day Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) premiered.
  • In 1982, she accepted the Oscar for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" on behalf of her father Henry Fonda, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
  • Of the Oscar-winning father-daughter couples, she and her father are one of two couples (the other is Hayley Mills/ John Mills) where the daughter won an Academy award before the father did.
  • She and her father were the first father-daughter couple to be Oscar-nominated the same year (1982).
  • She and The China Syndrome (1979) co-stars Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas have all won Oscars for Leading Roles. Fonda won for Klute (1971), Lemmon won for Save the Tiger (1973), and Douglas won for Wall Street (1987).
  • Her father was of Italian and Dutch descent and her mother was of Irish and German descent.
  • Stepdaughter of Shirley Fonda
  • Is fluent in french
  • Passed on the title role in Norma Rae (1979), which won a Best Actress Oscar for its eventual star Sally Field.
  • Adopted a daughter, Mary Luana Williams, with Tom Hayden in the 1970s.
  • Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Monster-in-Law (2005). She failed to receive a nomination, however. (Had she gotten the nomination, it would have been her first Razzie nomination in 16 years. She was previously nominated for Worst Actress at the 1990 Razzie Awards for her performance in the film Old Gringo (1989).)
  • In her modeling days after college, she was twice on the cover of Vogue magazine.


Jane Fonda Photos

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    "The Butler" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    "The Butler" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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    Jennifer Lopez Honored with the 2,500th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 20, 2013

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    66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "Inside Llewyn Davis" Premiere - Arrivals

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    66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian" Premiere - Arrivals

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    2013 TCM Classic Film Festival - Jane Fonda Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre

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