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Also Known As: Jane Seymour Fonda Died:
Born: December 21, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, entrepreneur, director, model

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Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda had undergone nearly as many transformations throughout her career as a cat has lives, with each new phase of her life - however scandalous or controversial - keeping the public eternally fascinated. As the daughter of film legend Henry Fonda, she parlayed the family name into a movie career that began with "Tall Story" (1960). Her comedic role in "Cat Ballou" (1965) was followed by a full-fledged metamorphosis into a 1960s sex kitten, as embodied in decadent French director and then-husband Roger Vadim's "Barbarella" (1968). Disturbed by her sexual exploitation, Fonda recreated herself as the cause-conscious champion of Black Panthers, Native Americans and anti-war activists, and her visit to North Vietnam in 1972 earned her the lasting enmity of the Right, who venomously dubbed her "Hanoi Jane." But she was able to shake off such abuse with successful films like "Coming Home" (1978) and "9 to 5" (1980), while making another career turn as "Queen of the Exercise Video," when her aerobic workout tapes helped popularize at-home exercise, raking in millions. Though she retired from acting in 1990 and primarily came to be known for her less-than-idyllic marriage...

Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda had undergone nearly as many transformations throughout her career as a cat has lives, with each new phase of her life - however scandalous or controversial - keeping the public eternally fascinated. As the daughter of film legend Henry Fonda, she parlayed the family name into a movie career that began with "Tall Story" (1960). Her comedic role in "Cat Ballou" (1965) was followed by a full-fledged metamorphosis into a 1960s sex kitten, as embodied in decadent French director and then-husband Roger Vadim's "Barbarella" (1968). Disturbed by her sexual exploitation, Fonda recreated herself as the cause-conscious champion of Black Panthers, Native Americans and anti-war activists, and her visit to North Vietnam in 1972 earned her the lasting enmity of the Right, who venomously dubbed her "Hanoi Jane." But she was able to shake off such abuse with successful films like "Coming Home" (1978) and "9 to 5" (1980), while making another career turn as "Queen of the Exercise Video," when her aerobic workout tapes helped popularize at-home exercise, raking in millions. Though she retired from acting in 1990 and primarily came to be known for her less-than-idyllic marriage to cable tycoon Ted Turner, Fonda re-emerged in 2005 to reactivate her career, cementing her place as one of Hollywood's truly iconic actresses.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
 Butler, The (2013)
4.
 No (2012)
5.
 All Together (2012)
6.
 Georgia Rule (2007)
7.
 Sir! No Sir! (2005)
8.
 Until the Violence Stops (2004) Herself
9.
 Tell Them Who You Are (2004) Herself
10.
 Searching for Debra Winger (2003) Herself
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Milestones close milestones

1954:
Debut as stage actress at Omaha Community Theatre in "The Country Girl"; appeared with father Henry Fonda
1959:
Appeared as a model on the covers of such magazines as <i>Esquire, Vogue, Ladies' Home Journal, Glamour</i> and <i>McCall's</i>
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After college, moved to Paris to study painting and languages
1960:
Made Broadway debut in "There Was a Little Girl"; received Tony Award nomination as Featured Actress (Dramatic)
1960:
Film acting debut, "Tall Story"
1962:
Earned first Golden Globe playing a prostitute in "A Walk on the Wild Side"
1963:
Last Broadway appearance for over 45 years, "Strange Interlude"
1964:
First of four collaborations with director and future husband Roger Vadim, "Circle of Love"
1965:
Played the title role in "Cat Ballou"; its success led to her being able to demand a salary equal to that of her father
1966:
First of four collaborations with Robert Redford, "The Chase"
1967:
Starred opposite Redford in movie adaptation of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park"
1968:
Directed by husband Vadim in the science fiction spoof "Barbarella"
1968:
Acted with brother Peter Fonda in the Vadim-directed episode of "Metzengerstein"
1969:
Earned first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for Sydney Pollack's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
1971:
Gave an Oscar winning performance as Bree Daniels in "Klute"
1972:
Earned the nickname 'Hanoi Jane' while visiting North Vietnam
1972:
Co-produced, co-wrote, and acted in the feature film "FTA/Free the Army/F*ck the Army"
1974:
Formed the production company I.P.C. (Indo-China Peace Campaign) with Tom Hayden and Bruce Gilbert
1974:
Co-directing debut, "Introduction to the Enemy"
1977:
Returned to features in Fred Zinnemann's "Julia"; first screen collaboration with Vanessa Redgrave
1978:
Earned second Best Actress Oscar for "Coming Home"
1979:
Founded her fitness company Workout Inc.; opened first aerobics studio
1979:
Received an Oscar nomination for her role in "The China Syndrome," co-starring Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas
1979:
Again co-starred with Redford in "The Electric Horseman"
1980:
Co-starred in one of her biggest commercial successes to date, the comedy "Nine to Five" with Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton
1981:
Acted for first and only time with father (his role won him the Best Actor Oscar) in the feature "On Golden Pond"
1982:
Released first exercise video "Jane Fonda's Workout"
1982:
Executive produced the ABC sitcom version of "Nine to Five"
1984:
Delivered Emmy-winning performance in ABC TV-movie "The Dollmaker"
1985:
Played the role of Dr. Martha Livingston in the feature adaption of "Agnes of God" opposite Meg Tilly in the title role
1986:
Earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of an alcoholic murder suspect in the thriller "The Morning After"
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Formed production company Fonda Films in late 1980s
1989:
First Fonda Films project "Old Gringo" flopped; also co-starred with Gregory Peck and Jimmy Smits
1989:
Last feature film as actor for 16 years, "Stanley & Iris"
1992:
Announced her retirement from acting to spend more time with third husband Ted Turner
2001:
Returned to acting for one-night only appearing in a gala benefit staging of "The Vagina Monologues" at Madison Square Garden in NYC
2005:
Returned to acting after a long hiatus to star opposite Jennifer Lopez in comedy hit "Monster-in-Law"
2005:
Published her autobiography <i>My Life So Far</i>
2006:
Received a six-figure contract with L'Oreal Paris' Age Re-Perfect cream, which was aimed at women over 65 (Fonda was 68)
2007:
Played Lindsay Lohan's grandmother in the Garry Marshall directed "Georgia Rule"
2009:
Returned to Broadway after 45 years to play a present-day musicologist in Moises Kaufman's "33 Variations"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play
2012:
Co-starred with Catherine Keener in the comedy-drama "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding"
2012:
Played news channel CEO Leona Lansing on Aaron Sorkin's drama series "The Newsroom" (HBO)
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Education

Brentwood Town and Country School: Brentwood , California -
Emma Willard School: Troy , New York -
Art Students League of New York: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Vassar College: Poughkeepsie , New York - 1956 - 1960

Notes

She has dedicated herself to working with pregnant teens in the Atlanta area, creating the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, a nonprofit organization established with funds from the Turner Foundation.

Received an honorary degree from Emerson College in May 2000.

In March 2001, it was announced that Fonda had donated $12.5 million to Harvard University's School of Education to study the role of gender in education. Her donation was reportedly the largest in the school's history to that date.

Comparing third husband Turner to her father: "Oh, he's very much like my father, with none of the bad parts. He's like my father, and sometimes he even sounds like him, and sometimes he looks like him. He loves fishing, my dad was a fisherman... One big difference. I never know how to say it in English, but 'bien dans sa peau.' Ted is well within his skin. Ted is not afraid of expressing need, and he loves women, and he is not threatened by them."---Jane Fonda to Vanity Fair, April 1997.

"I have been successful, famous, financially independent... all of those things are true," says Fonda. "Yet, behind the closed doors I was afflicted with the disease to please, and would totally give up my own voice. That shows how insidious misogyny is, that even for someone like me, it can invade your core."---Fonda talking about her memoir, "My Life So Far" to CNN.com, April 5, 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Alexander Whitelaw. Six years her senior; involved at time of her feature debut, "Tall Story".
husband:
Roger Vadim. Director, producer. Together from 1963; married in 1965; divorced in 1973; died February 11, 2000.
companion:
Donald Sutherland. Co-starred in "Klute"; together in the early 1970s.
husband:
Tom Hayden. Author, politician. Married in January 1973; separated in 1989; divorced in 1990.
companion:
Barry Matalon. Hairdresser.
companion:
Lorenzo Caccialanza. Soccer player. Italian.
husband:
Ted Turner. Executive. Met in 1989; became engaged in 1990; married on December 21, 1991 at Avalon Turner's plantation in Capps, Florida; separated in January 2000; Fonda filed for divorce in April 2001; divorce official as of May 22, 2001.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Henry Fonda. Actor, producer, stage director.
mother:
Frances Seymour Brokaw. Committed suicide on October 14, 1950, when Jane was 12 years old.
brother:
Peter Fonda. Actor, director, producer.
daughter:
Vanessa Vadim. Born in 1968; father, Roger Vadim; named after Fonda's friend Vanessa Redgrave.
son:
Troy Garity. Actor. Born in 1973; father Tom Hayden; named after a Vietnamese resistance leader and given paternal grandmother's surname; portrayed his father in "Steal This Movie", a biopic about Abbie Hoffman.
niece:
Bridget Fonda. Actor. Born in 1964; daughter of Peter Fonda.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Jane Fonda's Workout Book" Simon & Schuster
"Jane Fonda's Workout Book for Pregnancy, Birth, and Recovery Simon & Schuster
"Women Coming of Age" Simon & Schuster
"Jane Fonda's Year of Fitness, Health, and Nutrition" Simon & Schuster
"Jane Fonda's New Workout and Weight-Loss Program" Simon & Schuster
"Jane Fonda's New Low Impact Workout and Weight-Loss Program" Simon & Schuster
"Jane Fonda's New Pregnancy Workout and Total Birth Program" Simon & Schuster
"The Fondas"
"Jane Fonda: Cooking for Healthy Living"
"My Life So Far"
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