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Jane Fonda BiographyBorn in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by Joshua Logan to appear with her father in the 1954 Omaha Community Theatre production of "The Country Girl". Her interest in acting grew after meeting Lee Strasberg in 1958 and joining the Actors Studio. Her screen debut in Tall Story (directed by Logan) marked the beginning of a highly successful and respected acting career highlighted by two Academy Awards (for her performances in Klute and Coming Home) and five Oscar nominations (for Best Actress in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Julia, The Morning After and On Golden Pond, which was the only film she made with her father). Her professional success contrasted with her personal life, which was often laden with scandal and controversy. Her appearance in several risqué movies (including Barbarella, directed by her then-husband Roger Vadim) was followed by what was to become her most debated and controversial period: her espousal of anti-establishment causes and especially her anti-war activities during the Vietnam War. Her political involvement continued with fellow activist and husband Tom Hayden in the 1970s and early 1980s. In the 1980s she started the aerobic exercise craze with the publication of the "Jane Fonda's Workout Book". She and Hayden divorced, and she married broadcasting mogul Ted Turner in 1991.
SalaryThe Electric Horseman (1979): $1,000,000
Julia (1977): $500,000
Steelyard Blues (1973): $100,000
TriviaChosen as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars (#21) in film history by Empire magazine (1995). Attended Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Her roommate was Lara Parker. Ranked #83 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list (October 1997). Married Ted Turner on her 54th birthday in 1991. Older sister of Peter Fonda. Arrested and charged with drug smuggling (November 1970). She was, and still is, an exercise maven. Atttended Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. Was offered the role of Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist (1973). Ex-sister-in-law of Susan Brewer. 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. Measurements: 33B-24-35 (during "Barbarella), 32B-24-31 1/2 (in 1980), 34C-25-36 (after "small" implants- 1987), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) 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) She was voted the 51st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly. Premiere Magazine ranked her as #32 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005). 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 She and her father were the first father-daughter couple to be Oscar-nominated the same year (1982). Her father was of Italian and Dutch descent and her mother was of Irish and German descent. Is fluent in French. Adopted a daughter, Mary Luana Williams, with Tom Hayden in the 1970s. In her modeling days after college, she was twice on the cover of Vogue magazine. Jane was mentioned on 'Sir Mix A Lot''s 1992 hit single "Baby Got Back". She and her father Henry Fonda are the only father-daughter couple to receive Oscars for leading roles. Visited Sweden in September 2006 to support political party FI (Feministic Initiative) in the national election. FI focuses on issues that will benefit women and is led by the previous leader of Sweden's communist party. Coincidentally, "fi" is also the Swedish military abbreviation for "enemy". Producer Robert Evans wanted Fonda play female lead in Chinatown (1974). Turned down the role of Bonnie Parker, then played by Faye Dunaway, in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Living in France at the time, she did not want to relocate to the U.S. for the part. Announced that she became a Christian (2001). Has been romantically linked to Lynden Gillis, whom she met at a book signing in New York, since 2007. Considers They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) as a turning point in her career. She was a close friend of Gregory Peck, and he frequently attended political rallies with her. Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Leading Actress in a Play for "33 Variations". Recovering from left knee replacement surgery [June 17, 2009]. Claimed, after the Oscar ceremony on April 9th, 1979, that the film The Deer Hunter (1978) was a racist film and that it presented the official version of the war in Vietnam. Is widely considered, along with Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis, to be one of the first women to achieve major movie successes after age 40.
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