Jane Fonda Fast Facts – KRDO

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Here’s a look into the life of the activist and award-winning actress Jane Fonda.


Date of birth: December 21, 1937

Place of birth: New-York, New-York

Birth Name: Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda

Father: Henry Fonda, actor

Mother: Frances Ford Seymour (Brokaw) Fonda, Celebrities

marriages: Ted Turner (December 21, 1991 – May 22, 2001, divorced); Tom Hayden (January 20, 1973–1990, divorced); Roger Vadim (August 14, 1965 – January 16, 1973, divorced)

Children: with Tom Hayden: Troy Garity (July 7, 1973); with Roger Vadim: Vanessa (September 28, 1968)

Education: Attended Vassar College, 1956-1958

Other facts

She is a member of a distinguished family of actors, daughter of actor Henry Fonda, sister of actor and director Peter Fonda, aunt of actress Bridget Fonda and mother of actor Troy Garity and documentary filmmaker Vanessa Vadim.

Her mother’s family can be traced back to Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife. Jane’s mother, Frances Ford Seymour, committed suicide when Jane was 12 years old.

In 1980, 14-year-old Mary Luana Williams of Oakland, California, daughter of an incarcerated member of the Black Panthers, joined Fonda in Santa Monica, California. Mary, who never officially adopted her, is still believed to be Jane’s daughter. in 2010, Mary has reconnected with her birth family for the first time in 30 years.

Fonda started her fitness empire in 1979 with the aerobic studio Jane Fonda’s Workout. The studio released a workout book and VHS tapes and later DVDs.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards and won two.

Nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards and won one.

Nominated for two Tony Awards.


1954 – First appears in the play “The Country Girl” at the Community House in Omaha, Nebraska.

1959 – Professional model who appears on the cover of Vogue and other magazines.

April 6, 1960 – Her first film, Tall Story, is released.

October 10, 1968 – Barbarella, starring Fonda and directed by her husband Roger Vadim, is released.

1970 – Activist work begins, first with involvement in Native American causes and later with what she calls her “GI movement.”

1971-1972 – The FTA Show, an anti-war USO show starring Fonda, Donald Sutherland and many others, opens near Fort Bragg, North Carolina and later tours to military bases in Southeast Asia.

April 10, 1972 – Won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Klute.

July 7, 1972 – Travels to North Vietnam for two weeks. During her visit, she meets with the Viet Cong at an anti-aircraft site and poses for photos with them. She also meets with American prisoners of war and denounces “US imperialism” on Viet Cong radio. This trip earned her the nickname “Hanoi Jane”.

1976 – Co-founded the Campaign for Economic Democracy with husband Tom Hayden.

1977-1991 – Owns and operates Laurel Springs Ranch, a summer performing arts camp for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

April 9, 1979 – Won an Academy Award for Best Actress for “Coming Home”.

December 4, 1981 – On Golden Pond, the only film starring Fonda and her father, is released.

Aug 12, 1982 – Her father Henry Fonda dies.

09/23/1984 – Wins an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Special for The Dollmaker.

June 17, 1988 – On ABC’s 20/20, Fonda apologizes for her actions in 1972. “I want to say something, not just to the Vietnam veterans in New England, but . . . to the men who were there Vietnam, who . . . I have hurt or whose pain I have deepened by the things I said or did. I . . . feel I owe them an apology.”

1994 – Appointed Goodwill Ambassador United Nations population fund.

1995 – Founds the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

December 2000 – Emory University in Atlanta founds the “Jane Fonda Center” with an initial gift from Fonda herself. The center’s mission is to disseminate information that can help reduce risks related to adolescent reproduction, body image and burgeoning sexuality.

2001 – Publicly revealed that she has become a Christian.

2001 – Returns to the stage in the play The Vagina Monologues.

April 2005 – Fonda’s memoirs, “My life so far,” Is published.

May 13, 2005 – Fonda’s first film in 15 years, Monster-in-Law, opens.

May 2007 – Receives a special award, the Palme d’Or, for his career at the Cannes Film Festival.

April 27, 2013 – Fonda leaves her hand and footprint in cement next to her father’s in front of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Henry Fondas were left there on July 24, 1942.

08/16/2013 – Premiere of “The Butler”. Fonda portrayed former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

March 4, 2014 – Random House publishes Fonda’s book, Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More.

June 5, 2014 – The American Film Institute presents Fonda with the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award.

May 8, 2015 – Grace and Frankie, a Netflix series starring Fonda and Lily Tomlin, premieres.

December 1, 2016 – Time Magazine publishes one op ed from fonda about the Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

January 15, 2018 – Reveals in an interview that her doctor removed a cancerous growth from her lower lip.

09/24/2018 – “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” a documentary, premiering on HBO.

May 30, 2019 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announces that Fonda will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards. The award ceremony will take place on October 25, 2019.

October 11 – December 20, 2019 – arrested five times In the US Capitol during the climate protests. Fonda says she moved to Washington for four months and plans to be arrested every Friday to raise awareness of the climate crisis. She calls for the protests “Fire drills on Fridays.”

September 8, 2020 – What Can I Do?: My Journey From Climate Despair To Action is published.

February 28, 2021 – Receives the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 78th Golden Globe Awards.

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