Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda
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Born Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda
December 21, 1937 (1937-12-21)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active 1960 - present
Spouse(s) Roger Vadim (1965-1973)
Tom Hayden (1973-1990)
Ted Turner (1991-2001)

Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is a two-time Academy Award-winning 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 and has appeared in films ever since. She has won two Academy Awards and received several other awards and nominations. She initially announced her retirement from acting in 1991, and said for many years that she would never act again, but she returned to film in 2005 with Monster in Law, and later Georgia Rule released in 2007. She also produced and starred in several exercise videos released between 1982 and 1995.

Fonda has served as an activist for many political causes, one of the most notable and controversial of which was her opposition to the Vietnam War. She has also protested the Iraq War and violence against women. She describes herself as a liberal and a feminist. Since 2001, Fonda has been a Christian. She published an autobiography in 2005 and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ancestry and family

Fonda was born in New York City, the daughter of actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Ford Seymour, and named Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda. Henry Fonda had distant Dutch ancestry, and the surname Fonda originates from Friesland, a northern province of the Netherlands. The "Lady" part of Jane Fonda's name was apparently inspired by Lady Jane Seymour, to whom she is distantly related (niece) on her mother's side. The "Jayne" comes from her father's mother maidenname Jaynes married to William Brace Fonda born 1879. Her brother, Peter Fonda (born 1939), and her niece Bridget Fonda (born 1964), are also actors. She has an older half-sister, Frances Brokaw, as well as an adopted sister, Amy, who was born in 1953.

When Fonda was twelve years old, her mother committed suicide after voluntarily seeking treatment at a psychiatric hospital. After Seymour's suicide, Henry Fonda married Susan Blanchard. Although all of Henry's children seemed to like Blanchard, Blanchard and Henry Fonda divorced.

Acting career

Before starting her acting career, Fonda was a fashion model, gracing the cover of Vogue magazine twice. Fonda became interested in acting in 1954, while appearing with her father in a charity performance of The Country Girl, at the Omaha Community Theatre. After attending The Emma Willard School in Troy, NY and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, she was introduced by her father to renowned drama teacher Lee Strasberg in 1958, and subsequently joined his Actors Studio.


Fonda in 1968's Barbarella, the role that made her into a universal sex symbol

Her stage work in the late 1950s laid the foundation for her film career in the 1960s. 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. Period of Adjustment and Walk on the Wild Side followed in 1962. In A Walk on the Wild Side, Fonda played a prostitute, and earned a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer.

In 1963, she appeared in Sunday in New York. Newsday called her "the loveliest and most gifted of all our new young actresses". However, she also had her detractors—in the same year, the Harvard Lampoon named her the "Year's Worst Actress". 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 stardom at the age of twenty-eight. After this came the comedies Any Wednesday (1966) and Barefoot in the Park (1967), the latter co-starring Robert Redford.

In 1968, she played the lead role in the science fiction spoof Barbarella, which established her status as a sex symbol. 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.


Fonda won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1971, again playing a prostitute, the gamine Bree Daniel, in the detective murder mystery Klute. Her second Award was in 1978 for Coming Home, the story of a disabled Vietnam War veteran's difficulty in re-entering civilian life.

Between Klute in 1971 and Fun With Dick and Jane in 1977, Fonda spent most of the first half of the decade without a major film success, even though she appeared in films such as 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, it would appear that she categorically rejects 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." From her own point of view, her absence from the silver screen was related more to the fact that her political activism provided a new focus in her life. By the same token her return to acting with a series of 'issue-driven' films was a reflection of this new focus. "When I hear admonitions ... warning outspoken actors to remember 'what happened to Jane Fonda back in the seventies', this has me scratching my head: And that what would be...?"

In 1972, Fonda starred as a reporter alongside Yves Montand in Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin's film Just Great. The film's directors then made Letter to Jane, in which the two spend nearly an hour discussing a news photograph of Fonda.

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. She also received positive reviews and an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of playwright Lillian Hellman in the 1977 film, Julia. During this period, Fonda announced that she would make films only 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. She followed with popular and successful films such as The China Syndrome (1979), about a cover-up of an accident in a nuclear power plant; and The Electric Horseman (1979) with her previous co-star, Robert Redford.


In 1980, Fonda starred in the office-politics comedy Nine to Five with Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. Her character was re-entering the workforce after a divorce had devastated both her finances and self-confidence. The film was one of Fonda's greatest financial successes, contributing significantly to her wealth. She had long wanted to work with her father, hoping it would help their strained relationship. She achieved this goal when she was cast as a supporting actress alongside Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond (1981). The film brought Henry Fonda his only Academy Award for Best Actor, which Jane accepted on his behalf, as he was ill and home bound. He died five months later.

Fonda continued appearing in feature films throughout the 1980s, most notably her role of Dr. Martha Livingston in Agnes of God. She finished off the decade by appearing in Old Gringo, for which she received a worst actress Razzie nomination.

Exercise videos

For many years, Fonda was a ballet enthusiast, but after fracturing her foot while filming The China Syndrome, she was no longer able to participate. To compensate, she began actively participating in aerobics and strengthening exercises under the direction of Leni Cazden. The Leni Workout became the Jane Fonda Workout and thus a second career for her, which continued for many years.

In 1982, Fonda released her first exercise video, titled Jane Fonda's Workout, inspired by her best-selling book, Jane Fonda's Workout Book. The Jane Fonda's Workout video eventually sold 17 million copies, the most of any home video ever. The video's release led many people to buy the then-new VCR, in order to watch and perform the workout in the privacy and convenience of their own homes. Fonda subsequently released 23 workout videos, five workout books, and thirteen audio programs. Her most recent original workout video was released in 1995.

Exercise videos in chronological order:

  • 1982: Jane Fonda's Workout (aka Workout Starring Jane Fonda)
  • 1983: Jane Fonda's Pregnancy, Birth and Recovery Workout
  • 1983: Jane Fonda's Workout Challenge
  • 1984: Jane Fonda's Prime Time Workout (re-released as Jane Fonda's Easy Going Workout)
  • 1985: Jane Fonda's New Workout
  • 1986: Jane Fonda's Low Impact Aerobic Workout
  • 1987: Jane Fonda's Start Up (aka Start Up with Jane Fonda)
  • 1987: Jane Fonda's Sports Aid
  • 1987: Jane Fonda's Workout with Weights (re-released as Jane Fonda's Toning and Shaping)
  • 1988: Jane Fonda's Complete Workout
  • 1989: Jane Fonda's Light Aerobics and Stress Reduction Program (re-released as Jane Fonda's Stress Reduction Program)
  • 1990: Jane Fonda's Lean Routine Workout
  • 1990: Jane Fonda's Workout Presents Fun House Fitness: The Swamp Stomp
  • 1990: Jane Fonda's Workout Presents Fun House Fitness: The Fun House Funk
  • 1991: Jane Fonda's Lower Body Solution
  • 1992: Jane Fonda's Step Aerobic and Abdominal Workout
  • 1993: Jane Fonda's Favorite Fat Burners
  • 1993: Jane Fonda's Yoga Exercise Workout
  • 1994: Jane Fonda's Step and Stretch Workout
  • 1995: Jane Fonda's Personal Trainer Series: Low Impact Aerobics & Stretch
  • 1995: Jane Fonda's Personal Trainer Series: Total Body Sculpting
  • 1995: Jane Fonda's Personal Trainer Series: Abs, Buns & Thighs

In 2005, some of Fonda's popular programs were re-released on DVD. One included her Complete Workout from 1988 and her Stress Reduction Program from 1989, a second DVD included her 1991 Fun House Fitness series, and a third DVD included her 1995 Personal Trainer Series.

Fonda has been credited with popularizing the phrase "go for the burn".

Retirement and return

In April 1991, after three decades in film, Fonda announced her retirement from the film industry. In May 2005, however, she returned to the screen, after a fourteen-year absence, with the box-office success Monster-in-Law, a comedy in which she played the manipulative prospective mother-in-law of Jennifer Lopez's character.

In July 2005, the British tabloid The Sun reported that when asked if she would appear in a sequel to her 1980 hit Nine to Five, Fonda replied "I'd love to".

Fonda's most recent project is the Garry Marshall-directed, Georgia Rule. She starred along with Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan. The movie opened in theaters May 11, 2007.

In the course of her career, Fonda has received seven Oscar nominations, winning twice.

Political activism

During the 1960s, Fonda engaged in political activism in support of the Civil Rights Movement and in opposition to the Vietnam War.

Along with other celebrities, she supported the Alcatraz Island occupation in 1969, which was intended to call attention to Native American issues. (In the 1990s, she was criticized by Native American activists for making the perceived racist, sports-fan celebration gesture, "The Tomahawk Chop", at Atlanta Braves baseball games with her then-husband Ted Turner.)

She likewise 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", and said "we must support them with love, money, propaganda and risk." In a 1979 appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, she was asked about her past praise for Huey Newton and won laughter and applause for her response: "I've said a lot of off-the-wall things in my life. All I can say about that is I was naive and utterly wrong."

Fonda has also been involved in the feminist movement since the 1970s, which dovetails with her activism in support of civil rights.

Opposition to the Vietnam War

In April 1970, Fred Gardner, Fonda and Donald Sutherland formed the FTA tour ("Free The Army", a play on the troop expression "Fuck The Army"), an anti-war road show designed as an answer to Bob Hope's USO tour. The tour, referred to as "political vaudeville" by Fonda, visited military towns along the West Coast, with the goal of establishing a dialogue with soldiers about their upcoming deployments to Vietnam. The dialogue was made into a movie (F.T.A.) that contained strong, frank criticism of the war by service men and women. It was released in 1972.

In the same year, Fonda spoke out against the war at a rally organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She offered to help raise funds for VVAW, and, for her efforts, was rewarded with the title of Honorary National Coordinator. On November 3, 1970, Fonda started a tour of college campuses on which she raised funds for the organization. As noted by the New York Times, Fonda was a "major patron" of the VVAW.

In March 1971, Fonda traveled to Paris to meet with National Liberation Front (NLF) foreign minister Madam Nguyen Thi Binh. According to a transcript that was translated into Vietnamese and back to English, Fonda told Binh at one point: "Many of us have seen evidence proving the Nixon administration has escalated the war, causing death and destruction, perhaps as serious as the bombing of Hiroshima." Afterwards, Fonda traveled to London, where she again came under fire for making a speech that discussed the use of torture by US troops in Vietnam. Her financial support to VVAW at this time was apparently not significant, as the organization ran out of money within a month, and one of its prominent leaders, John Kerry, was called upon to raise the necessary funds.

"Hanoi Jane"

Fonda visited Hanoi in July 1972. Among other statements, she repeated the North Vietnamese claim that the United States had been deliberately targeting the dike system along the Red River stating that “I believe in my heart, profoundly, that the dikes are being bombed on purpose”. Columnist Joseph Kraft who was also touring North Vietnam, believed that the damage to the dikes was incidental and was being used as propaganda by Hanoi, and that if the U.S. Air Force were "truly going after the dikes, it would do so in a methodical, not a harum-scarum way."

In Vietnam, Fonda was photographed seated on an anti-aircraft battery used against American aircrews. She also participated in several radio broadcasts on behalf of the Communist regime, asking US aircrews to consider the consequences of their actions. In her 2005 autobiography, she states that she was manipulated into sitting on the battery, and claims to have been immediately horrified at the implications of the pictures. Fonda says that it was not what was in her heart at all, and wasn't the reason why she was even there. She was there to film evidence of the Nixon Administration's plan to blow up the dikes (a plan that Fonda says "Johnson, to his credit decided not to do"), and the lie the administration had been giving to the public, that troop returns were imminent. She expressed regret for her actions many times over the years, but some Americans remain hostile to her. "I've learned that a picture does not capture what was actually in your heart."

During this visit she also visited American prisoners of war (POWs), and brought back messages from them to their families. When cases of torture began to emerge among POWs returning to the United States, Fonda called the returning POWs "hypocrites and liars." She added, "These were not men who had been tortured. These were not men who had been starved. These were not men who had been brainwashed." On the subject of torture in general, Fonda told The New York Times in 1973, "I'm quite sure that there were incidents of torture... but the pilots who were saying it was the policy of the Vietnamese and that it was systematic, I believe that's a lie." Several American POWs and other eyewitnesses, including former POW and current US Senator John McCain, disagree with this sentiment.

The POW camp visits also led to persistent stories—decades later circulated widely on the Internet and via email—that the POWs she met had spat on her, or attempted to sneak notes to her which she had then reported to the North Vietnamese, leading to further abuse. These claims have been debunked by Snopes.com by talking to the ex-POWs named in the stories.

Although Fonda's actions in July 1972 did not receive widespread coverage at the time (The New York Times, for example, ran only a brief UPI story and no photograph), her trip was perceived by many as an unpatriotic display of aid and comfort to the enemy, with some characterizing it as treason; the Nixon Administration, however, dismissed calls for legal action against her. Years later, she was labeled as Hanoi Jane by her critics and compared to war propagandists Tokyo Rose and Hanoi Hannah.

In 1972, Fonda funded and organized the Indochina Peace Campaign. It continued to mobilize antiwar activists across the nation after the 1973 Paris Peace Agreement, when most other antiwar organizations closed down.

Fonda's regrets

In 1988, Fonda admitted to former American POWs and their families that she had some regrets, 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."

On the Charlie Rose program, Fonda noted that her regrets were limited to the photo appearance with the anti-aircraft gun, and that she was "proud" of her activism against "the bombing of the dikes".

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. 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."

Feminist causes

Jane Fonda in the lobby of the theater immediately after the conclusion of the telecast of the 62nd Academy Awards (Jane is holding Ted Turner's arm), March 26, 1990
Jane Fonda in the lobby of the theatre immediately after the conclusion of the telecast of the 62nd Academy Awards (Jane is holding Ted Turner's arm), March 26, 1990

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, Fonda established the Jane Fonda Centre for Adolescent Reproductive Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; the goal of the centre is to 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.

Fonda strongly feels that many gender stereotypes are damaging to individuals of both genders. In 2004, she served as a mentor to the first ever all- transsexual cast of The Vagina Monologues.

In the days before the Swedish election on September 17, 2006, Fonda came to Sweden to support the new political party Feministiskt initiativ in their election campaign.

In My Life So Far, Fonda says that she considers patriarchy to be harmful to men as well as women. She also states that for many years, she feared to call herself a feminist, because she believed that all feminists were "anti-male". But now, with her increased understanding of patriarchy, she feels that feminism is beneficial to both men and women, and states that she "still loves men". She states that when she divorced Ted Turner, she felt like she had also divorced the world of patriarchy, and was very happy to have done so. On October 5, 2006, Fonda spoke at the University of Notre Dame on "Feminization of Poverty", however the lecture dealt more with the subject of patriarchy. Nonetheless she was granted a standing ovation by both students and faculty, following her 50 minute address.

Native Americans

Fonda came to Seattle in 1970 to plead the case of Native Americans led by Bernie Whitebear, who had invaded and occupied part of the grounds of Fort Lawton, intending to secure a land base to serve Indians in Seattle, Washington which had the largest "urban Indian" population in the Northwest. Urban Indians are those who left the reservations in search of jobs in cities but remained in poverty since they could not get federal benefits off-reservation. Fort Lawton was in the process of being surplussed by the Army and turned into a park by the city of Seattle, and Fonda came to Seattle to help Whitebear argue "Indians had a right to part of the land that was originally all theirs." Ultimately Whitebear and Fonda were successful, leading to the construction of the Daybreak Star Cultural Centre in Seattle's Discovery Park.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Fonda continued to participate in political activism, particularly in connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During a trip to Jerusalem in 2002 (billed as a promotion of "world peace"), Fonda was criticized by right wing Israelis, and heckled as she arrived for a meeting with leading Israeli feminists. Three hecklers, members of Women for Israel's Tomorrow, criticized her controversial stance during the Vietnam War, her stance toward Israel, and said that she "came to Israel as a guest of Peace Now".

Opposition to the Iraq War

Fonda has argued that the military campaign in Iraq will turn people all over the world against America, and has asserted that a global hatred of America will result in more terrorist attacks in the aftermath of the war. In July 2005, Fonda said that some of the war veterans she had met while on her book tour had urged her to speak out against the Iraq War.

In September 2005, Fonda and George Galloway postponed their anti-war bus tour due to the slow start to the relief operation now underway in the Gulf Coast, which had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Fonda then planned to take a bus tour in March 2006 with her daughter and several families of military veterans but later scrapped her plans, mostly because she felt like she would distract attention from Cindy Sheehan's activism. She remains opposed to the Iraq War and to President George W. Bush in general.

On January 27, 2007, Fonda participated in an anti-war rally held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., declaring that "silence is no longer an option."

Members of the conservative organization Free Republic staged a counter-protest which included a life-sized effigy of Fonda with a sign reading "Jane Fonda; American Traitor; Bitch."

Anti-Fonda protests

Protestors in Waterbury, Connecticut, led by a Republican political activist who was a WWII veteran, threatened to disrupt filming of Fonda's 1990 picture Stanley and Iris, but when filming began she was well-received by the community, and the city's Board of Aldermen decisively defeated a resolution saying she was not welcome in the city.

In the U.S. presidential election, 2004, her name was used as a disparaging epithet against John Kerry, the former VVAW leader, who was then the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie called Kerry a "Jane Fonda Democrat". In addition, 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. Fonda appeared on CNN to defend Kerry against these attacks.

In early 1982 the initial showings of the movie On Golden Pond in Davis, California, were protested by a group of approximately 20 members of the UC Davis College Republicans, who held signs, handed out flyers, and marched in a circle on the sidewalk to draw attention to elements of her political activism which they considered unpatriotic.


In 2001, Fonda publicly announced that she had become a Christian. She stated that she strongly opposed bigotry, discrimination, and dogma, which she believes are promoted by a small minority of Christians. Her announcement came shortly after her divorce from Ted Turner. Fonda stated publicly on Charlie Rose in April 2006 that her Christianity may have played a part in the divorce as Turner had allegedly criticized religion.


On April 5, 2005, Random House released Fonda's autobiography My Life So Far. 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, due in part to her commitment to the Christian religion, and that it will determine the things she will be remembered for. Fonda also claims that her autobiography shows that "she is so much more than what we as America knows her as".

Fonda's autobiography was praised by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and several other newspapers. Fonda has held book-signing events all over the United States since publishing her book.

Romantic relationships

Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda (then married) near their home in Malibu, from Look Magazine, May 13, 1969, photo by Douglas Kirkland
Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda (then married) near their home in Malibu, from Look Magazine, May 13, 1969, photo by Douglas Kirkland

Fonda married first husband Roger Vadim, a French film director, in 1965. The couple had a daughter, Vanessa, born in 1968, and named for actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave. According to her 2005 autobiography, Fonda participated in sexual threesomes at Vadim's suggestion.

In 1973, shortly after her divorce from Vadim, Fonda married author and politician Tom Hayden. Their son, Troy Garity (born 1973) was given his paternal grandmother's surname. "Troy" was an Americanization of the name of a Vietnamese man accused of conspiring to kill Robert McNamara in Vietnam. Fonda and Hayden raised a foster daughter, Mary Luana Williams, who is an activist born to members of the Black Panthers. Fonda and Hayden divorced in 1990.

Ted Turner and Jane Fonda on the red carpet at the 1992 Emmy Awards, photo by Alan Light
Ted Turner and Jane Fonda on the red carpet at the 1992 Emmy Awards, photo by Alan Light

Fonda's married third husband, cable-television tycoon and CNN founder Ted Turner, in 1991. The pair divorced in 2001. In My Life So Far, Fonda wrote she "left the father's house" when she divorced Turner.

Fonda has also had romantic relationships with Alexander "Sandy" Whitelaw, a film director, with whom she was involved in 1960; Donald Sutherland, with whom she co-starred in Klute and dated in the 1970s; and Barry Matalon, a hairdresser whom she dated in the 1990s.

In 2007, she met a new partner, Lynden Gillis, at a book-signing in New York. When he walked up to her for her to sign his book she said "Wow, you look like a movie star!" Gillis then gave her his business card and told her she should call him. Fonda accidentally lost the card. Later, she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and told the story. She pleaded with him to call her office, which he did, then got scared and hung up when she said hello.


Year Film Role Other notes
1960 Tall Story June Ryder
1962 Walk on the Wild Side Kitty Twist
The Chapman Report Kathleen Barclay
Period of Adjustment Isabel Haverstick Nominated - Golden Globe
Golden Globe - Most Promising Newcomer
1963 In the Cool of the Day Christine Bonner
Sunday in New York Eileen Tyler
1964 Les Félins (Joy House, The Love Cage) Melinda
La Ronde (Circle of Love) Sophie
1965 Cat Ballou Catherine 'Cat' Ballou Nominated - Golden Globe
1966 The Chase Anna Reeves
La Curée (The Game Is Over) Renee Saccard
Any Wednesday Ellen Gordon Nominated - Golden Globe
1967 Hurry Sundown Julie Ann Warren
Barefoot in the Park Corie Bratter Nominated - BAFTA Award
1968 Spirits of the Dead Contessa Frederica
Barbarella Barbarella
1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Gloria Beatty Nominated - BAFTA Award; Nominated - Golden Globe;
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
1971 Klute Bree Daniels Academy Award for Best Actress; Golden Globe;
Nominated - BAFTA Award
1972 All's Well Suzanne
1973 Steelyard Blues Iris Caine
A Doll's House Nora Helmer
Golden Globe - Henrietta Award, World Film Favorite - Female
1976 The Blue Bird The Night
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane Jane Harper
Julia Lillian Hellman BAFTA Award; Golden Globe;
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
1978 Coming Home Sally Hyde Academy Award for Best Actress
Comes a Horseman Ella Connors
California Suite Hannah Warren
Golden Globe Henrietta Award, World Film Favorite - Female
1979 The China Syndrome Kimberly Wells BAFTA Award; Nominated - Golden Globe;
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
The Electric Horseman Alice 'Hallie' Martin
Golden Globe Henrietta Award, World Film Favorite - Female
1980 Nine to Five Judy Bernly
1981 On Golden Pond Chelsea Thayer Wayne Nominated - BAFTA Award; Nominated - Golden Globe;
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Rollover Lee Winters
1984 The Dollmaker Gertie Nevels Emmy Award
1985 Agnes of God Dr. Martha Livingston
1986 The Morning After Alex Sternbergen Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
1989 Old Gringo Harriet Winslow
1990 Stanley & Iris Iris Estelle King
2005 Monster-in-Law Viola Fields
2007 Georgia Rule Georgia
Preceded by
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for Women in Love
Academy Award for Best Actress
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