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Jane Fonda ACTOR

Jane Fonda was born on December 21st, 1937 in New York City, New York with the birth name Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda.  Her father was actor Henry Fonda and her mother was Frances Seymour Brokaw, who committed suicide when Fonda was just twelve years old.  This was always kept a secret from Fonda, instead she was told that her mother passed from heart failure and it was not until much later in life that the truth was revealed.
At the age of fifteen, Fonda began teaching dance classes in New York and after graduating from Emma Willard School she went on to study at Vassar College, however prior to earning her degree she dropped out to pursue a career as a fashion model appearing on magazine covers. 
Then in 1954, she appeared on stage with her father at the Omaha Community Theatre in a production of, "The Country Girl".  After she became acquainted with Lee Strasberg in 1958, he helped influence her interest in an acting career.

Jane also has an accomplished actor in brother Peter Fonda who is probably best know for his role in the classic movie "Easy Rider" (1969) which costarred Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper.
She joined the Actors Studio in New York and by 1960 she was appearing on such films as, "Tall Story" also starring Anthony Perkins, Ray Walston, Marc Connelly, Anne Jackson, Murray Hamilton, Bob Wright and Tom Laughlin, followed by, "Period of Adjustment" (1962) starring with Anthony Franciosa, Jim Hutton, Lois Nettleton, John McGiver, Mabel Albertson and Jack Albertson, "Sunday in New York" (1963) starring with Cliff Robertson, Rod Taylor, Robert Culp, Jo Morrow, Peter Nero and Jim Backus, "Cat Ballou" (1965) co-starring Lee Marvin, who won an Oscar for his dual role, Michael Callan, Arthur Hunnicutt, Reginald Denny, Dwayne Hickman, and singers Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, "Any Wednesday" (1966) also starring starring Rosemary Murphy, Jason Robards and Dean Jones, "Barefoot in the Park" (1967) with Robert Redford, Charles Boyer and Mildred Natwick "Barbarella" (1968) with John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Anita Pallenberg and Marcel Marceau and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969) co-starring Michael Sarrazin, Red Buttons, Susannah York, Gig Young, Bonnie Bedelia, Allyn Ann McLerie and Bruce Dern, a role which earned Fonda her first Oscar nomination.
Throughout the 1970's and 80's she remained working in the industry but also remained in the public eye for her political views and involvement.  She continued to work in the film industry winning her first Academy award for Best Actress for her role in the film, "Klute" (1971) starring with Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider, Sylvester Stallone, Rita Gam and Teri Garr, succeeded by, "A Doll's House" (1973) with Edward Fox, Trevor Howard and David Warner, "Julia" (1977), "California Suite" (1978), "Coming Home" (1978) also starring Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Robert Ginty, Kathleen Miller, Olivia Cole and Robert Carradine, for which she won her second Academy Award and "Rollover" (1981).  She was also in the highly successful film, "Nine to Five" (1980) with Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman.
Along with her work as an actress and in politics many remember her for her involvement in the aerobic exercise craze with her videos as well as workout book titled, "Jane Fonda's Workout Book".  In total between 1982 and 1985 she starred in over twenty exercise video's and in 2010 she made a come back with two more exercise video's aimed at an older generation.
During her lifetime she has been very public in regards to her political opinions.  She was very opposed to the Vietnam War and has publicly protested the Iraq War.  She showed her support for the Alcatraz Island occupation American Indians in 1969 and has always been a feminist and actively in support of civil rights.  
Throughout her career she as made quite a name for herself in the industry and has earned a number of honors for her amazing talent as an actress.  She has received a total of five Oscar nominations for Best Actress for her roles in the films, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969), "Julia" (1977), "The China Syndrome" (1979), "The Morning After" (1986) and for her role in, "On Golden Pond" she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.  In 1981, Fonda received the Women in Film Crystal Award and in 2008, she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

In 1989 she starred in the film, "Old Gringo" and then retired from the industry to focus on her personal life.  She made a comeback in 2005 starring in the film, "Monster-In-Law" and also published her autobiography, "My Life So Far" which became a Best Seller and in 2011 she released her latest book, "Prime Time: Making the Most of Your Life".  Other more recent roles include the films, "Georgia Rule" (2007) and "Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding" (2011).   
She has married three times throughout her lifetime, first to Roger Vadim in 1965 and they had one child before the marriage came to an end in 1973.  She then married, Tom Hayden in 1973 and they also had one child together before this marriage ended in 1989.  Her third husband was, billionaire mogul Ted Turner whom she wed in 1991, however by 2001, another marriage had come to an end.  She has not re-married and her latest honor was in 2011 when she was ranked #9 in Men's Health magazine as the, "100 Hottest Women of All Time".

2011   Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding
2011   Et si on vivait tous ensemble?
2007   Georgia Rule
2005   Monster-in-Law
1989   Old Gringo
1989   Stanley & Iris
1986   The Morning After
1985   Agnes of God
1984   The Dollmaker
1982   Nine to Five
1981   On Golden Pond
1980   Nine to Five
1979   The Electric Horseman
1979   The China Syndrome
1978   California Suite
1978   Comes a Horseman
1978   Coming Home
1977   Julia
1977   Fun with Dick and Jane
1976   The Blue Bird 
1973   A Doll's House
1973   Steelyard Blues
1972   Tout va bien 
1971   Klute 
1969   They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
1968   Barbarella
1968   Spirits of the Dead
1967   Barefoot in the Park
1967   Hurry Sundown 
1966   Any Wednesday
1966   The Game Is Over
1966   The Chase
1965   Cat Ballou
1964   Circle of Love
1964   Joy House
1963   Sunday in New York 
1963   In the Cool of the Day 
1962   Period of Adjustment
1962   The Chapman Report
1962   Walk on the Wild Side
1961   A String of Beads
1960   Tall Story

Matinee Classics - Barbarella starring Jane Fonda, John Phillip, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea, Marcel Marceau, David Hemmings, Claude Dauphin and Ugo Tognazzi
Matinee Classics - Nine to Five starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Sterling Hayden, Elizabeth Wilson, Henry Jones, Lawrence Pressman, Marian Mercer, Ren Woods, Norma Donaldson, Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini, Peggy Pope, Richard Stahl and Ray Vitte
Matinee Classics - Sunday in New York starring Cliff Robertson, Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor, Robert Culp, Jo Morrow, Jim Backus and Peter Nero
Matinee Classics - Sunday in New York starring Cliff Robertson, Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor, Robert Culp, Jo Morrow, Jim Backus and Peter Nero

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