AKA Jane Seymour Fonda Born: 21-Dec-1937Birthplace: New York City Gender: Female Religion: Born-Again Christian Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Actor, Activist Party Affiliation: Democratic Nationality: United States Executive summary: Barbarella Jane Fonda was 12 years old when her mother checked into an asylum and killed herself there, slashing her own throat.Her father, actor Henry Fonda, quickly remarried, and a woman who was only 10 years older than Jane became her stepmother.
Some in America considered her activism akin to treason.
Stuck for half her career with the nickhame 'Hanoi Jane', Ms Fonda is among those who has signed up to the anti-Trump initiative.
“I wanted to do a television show that showed the realities of being an older woman.” Just how hard is it to be a woman seeking work in Hollywood after 50 (or 60, or 70), I ask. But I am 77 years old now, and those opportunities just aren’t there.” She holds up her hands to take in the full sweep of the suite, sculptures, chandeliers and all, before adding. So, for us, it’s all about trying to stay young.” • Jane Fonda says Hanoi Jane photo will hurt "to my grave" Unusually for someone in her position, Fonda has been open about her efforts in this department – having cosmetic surgery on her jowls, eyelids and the bags under her eyes. I have friends – one of whom is the beloved Vanessa Redgrave – who have allowed us to see them age. When I mention the phrase sex symbol, though, she scoffs.
“I haven’t been put up in the Waldorf for a long time.” Tulea, sound asleep on the sofa beside her, looks like she could get used to it. “It is OK for men to get older, because men become more desirable by being powerful. Is that kind of surgical intervention essential for an actress who wishes to continue working in Hollywood after a certain age? “Because of Barbarella, people think that I was kind of a glamour queen,” she says, looking dubious.
However, the thrice-married, thrice-divorced Fonda believes the comedy also has a serious point to make, in finally representing women of her generation on screen. It’s not like it’s too much, it’s not like you can’t see my wrinkles, right? “But I think it probably bought me a decade of work.” For the record, she looks good for 77, but without the terrifyingly frozen or suspiciously smooth appearance acquired by many devotees of the surgeon’s knife.
“We are the fastest-growing demographic in the world, and yet we have no face in the mass media,” she says, leaning forward, elbows on knees. I was a movie star, and I produced a lot of my own movies. And she still embodies well-groomed glamour, with her voluminous highlighted hair and rail-thin figure dressed, today, in a diaphanous pale-green blouse and black trousers.
There is, however, a long tradition of Hollywood stars and other notable artists venturing into the political arena especially when the White House is at stake, with varying degrees of success.
Clint Eastwood made a widely derided appearance at the Republican convention four years ago in support of Mitt Romney.
To hear Jane Fonda and Sam Waterston tell it, they have a lot of fun on the set of “Grace and Frankie,” but it’s not always easy. WATERSTON: And my experience was, “This is funny, and that’s not! So here it is.” FONDA: And I think it’s even more true in Season 2. I’m really excited for Season 2 because I had this expectation that Season 1 would end with Sol and Robert’s wedding. What were you guys expecting when you were in production? So even though I’m called a producer, I couldn’t be an actor-producer because it was all too new to me. Like, one thing I learned is never work with anybody on episodic television that hasn’t done it before.