Jane Fonda (who is Jane Fonda?)

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Jane Fonda is an acclaimed American actress, activist, and former fashion model. She was born on December 21, 1937, in New York City, to a notable acting family; her father was Henry Fonda, a prominent actor, and her brother, Peter Fonda, was also an actor.

Early Career and Breakthrough

Fonda studied acting with Lee Strasberg and became popular in the 1960s with movies like "Tall Story" (1960), and "Period of Adjustment" (1962). Her breakthrough role came in the 1965 movie "Cat Ballou," which established her as a talented actress.

Hollywood Success and Awards

Throughout her career, Fonda has garnered numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances in "Klute" (1971) and "Coming Home" (1978), and an Emmy Award for her performance in "The Dollmaker" (1984). Her other notable films include "Barbarella" (1968), "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969), "The China Syndrome" (1979), "On Golden Pond" (1981), and "The Morning After" (1986).

Fitness Venture

In the 1980s, Fonda released a series of aerobic-exercise videos that were hugely popular, known as the "Jane Fonda's Workout" series, which became a recognisable aspect of her career and influence on popular culture.


Fonda is well-known for her political activism, especially her opposed stance to the Vietnam War and civil rights issues. Her visit to Hanoi in 1972 caused controversy, leading to the nickname "Hanoi Jane," bringing her both scorn and applause from different corners. She has also been active in feminist and environmental causes.

Later Career and Current Work

In her later years, Fonda focused on television and streaming services, achieving success with the series "Grace and Frankie" (2015–2022) alongside Lily Tomlin. She has maintained a presence in films as well, with elder-stateswoman roles in movies such as "Monster-in-Law" (2005) and "Book Club" (2018).

Personal Life

Fonda has been married and divorced three times: to French filmmaker Roger Vadim, politician Tom Hayden, and media mogul Ted Turner. She has two children, Vanessa Vadim and actor Troy Garity.


As a cultural icon, Jane Fonda's influence spans across film, fitness, and activism. Fonda has continued her activism into the 21st century, focusing on climate change and environmental issues, by leading her "Fire Drill Fridays," advocating for urgent action on climate change.

For detailed information on Jane Fonda's life and career, her autobiography "My Life So Far" provides personal insights, and there are various documentaries and interviews available. Additionally, comprehensive information can be found on her IMDb profile and factual profiles such as her Biography.com entry.

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