Bridget Fonda is an American actress and a member of the prominent Fonda acting family. She was born on January 27, 1964, in Los Angeles, California, to a family of actors, including her father Peter Fonda, grandfather Henry Fonda, and aunt Jane Fonda. Bridget Fonda began acting in school productions and made her film debut at a young age.
She attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Fonda made her film debut in a non-speaking role in the 1982 comedy "Partners." Her first significant speaking role came with the 1988 movie "You Can't Hurry Love," and she then played the title character in "Scandal," which was based on the Profumo Affair in the UK.
Fonda's breakout role was in "The Godfather Part III" (1990) as Grace Hamilton, which brought her to a wider audience. Following this, she starred in a number of notable films throughout the 1990s, such as "Single White Female" (1992), where she played alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh, and "Point of No Return" (1993), an American remake of the French film "La Femme Nikita."
She continued to have leading roles in various genres, including the romantic comedy "It Could Happen to You" (1994) with Nicolas Cage, the drama "A Simple Plan" (1998), directed by Sam Raimi, and "Jackie Brown" (1997), directed by Quentin Tarantino.
In addition to her film work, Fonda has appeared on television, including an Emmy-nominated performance in the 1997 TV movie "In the Gloaming," directed by Christopher Reeve.
By the early 2000s, Fonda had started to step back from acting, with one of her last roles being in the 2001 television film "The Chris Isaak Show." Since then, Bridget Fonda has maintained a low public profile, focusing instead on her personal life.
She married film composer Danny Elfman in November 2003, and they have a son together. The couple's relationship and Fonda's withdrawal from the spotlight have contributed to her maintaining a relatively private life away from the Hollywood scene.
Fonda was involved in a serious car accident in Los Angeles in February 2003, which resulted in a fracture in her vertebra. After her marriage and the birth of her child, she essentially retired from acting.
While Bridget Fonda's acting career has been inactive in recent years, her past work remains recognized. Her performances have been characterized by their versatility, playing everything from compelling leads in thrillers to lighter roles in romantic comedies.