Saturday, April 28, 2007

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Best Actress (nom)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Best Actress - Drama (nom)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Golden Globe
Best Actress (win)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
New York Film Critics Circle

Jane Fonda (1978)

Best Actress (win)
Coming Home
Best Actress (win)
British Academy Awards
Best Actress - Drama (win)
Coming Home
Golden Globe
Henrietta Award (World Film Favorite) (win)

Golden Globe
Best Actress (win)
Coming Home
L.A. Film Critics Association
Best Actress (win)
Comes a Horseman
L.A. Film Critics Association
Best Actress (win)
California Suite
L.A. Film Critics Association

Roger Vadim directing Jane as Barbarella (1967)

Peter, Henry & Jane (1961)

There Was A Little Girl

This is a rare February 29th, 1960 playbill from the Original Broadway production of the DANIEL TARADASH play "" which played the Cort Theatre in New York City. (The production opened February 29th, 1960 and closed after only 16 performances.) ..... The play starred JANE FONDA (in her Broadway debut) and DEAN JONES (both are pictured on the front cover) as well as WHITFIELD CONNOR and RUTH MATTESON and featured JOEY HEATHERTON, PETER HELM, SEAN GARRISON, MICHAEL VANDEVER, TOM GILLERAN, VAL RUFFINO, GARY LOCKWOOD, MARK SLADE, PHILLIP PRUNEAU, SHARON FORSMOE, BARBARA DAVIS and WILLIAM ADLER..... CREDITS: Book by DANIEL TARADASH from a novel by CHRISTOPHER DAVIS; Sets designed by JO MIELZINER; Costumes designed by PATTON CAMPBELL; Original Music composed by LEHMAN ENGEL; Directed by JOSHUA LOGAN; Produced by ROBERT FRYER and LAWRENCE CARR .

Jane Fonda & John Philip Law

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Jane Fonda

Best Actress - Musical or Comedy (nom)
Any Wednesday
Golden Globe

Jane Fonda Nude Scenes

‘Barbarella’ is a film Jane Fonda may feel is merely a light-hearted romp in contrast to the serious films she is proud of – but it’s one she shouldn’t be ashamed of.

As strange as it may seem, at one time Jane felt uncomfortable about her body – at least when it came to exposing it, which was inevitable when hubby Roger Vadim directed her.

She had a lean, coltish figure, didn’t wear a brassiere and her breasts weren’t the pneumatic type favoured in some quarters. When she began filming ‘Any Wednesday’, studio head Jack Warner said he didn’t like the size of her breasts and ordered her to wear a bra.

She had observed, “When I first became an actress, I was told that I didn’t look right. That I wasn’t right. I had to dye my hair blonde. I had to wear falsies, my lips were repainted. That all helps to make your mind alienate you from what you are, not only inside, but outside.”

Thursday, April 19, 2007

French Fonda

In 1963, Fonda returned to France to work on a film with director René Clément, "Les Félins" (1964) meeting and felling in love with Vadim, (fresh from relationships with Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot), a Parisian style leftist intellectual horrified by anything that smacked of the bourgeois who encouraged Fonda--whom he married in 1965--to rid herself of supposedly outmoded qualities like sexual jealousy by introducing her to ploygamous encounters and remaking her image into the type of "sex kitten" that populated his risque films.

Jane Fonda & Janis Joplin

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A Letter To Jane (1972 France 51mins)

In Letter to Jane, news photograph first appears on the screen Jane Fonda towering above some Vietnamese, and on the sound track Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin discuss the implications of the photograph. Their talk is didactic, and reveals what Laura Mulvey referred to later as Godard's “always interesting” misogyny (quoted in Williams 1992: 84). Certainly the intensity of a film consisting of a still picture and two ideologues berating the subject of the picture has something of the feeling of a show trial about it. The Marxist/Maoist Dziga Vertov movement and Jane Fonda's own short career as a bourgeois idealist collide in what in retrospect is a film by two rather privileged intellectuals who both seem to lack a sense of history's ironies. Thus, the entire premise of Letter to Jane is a deconstruction of a notorious news photograph of Jane (Hanoi Jane was her nickname in America at the time) visiting Hanoi and surrounded by Vietnamese communists. Letter to Jane is, in one sense, a very long lecture (or harangue) by two filmmakers that is almost the purest example of agitprop in cinematic history as well as possibly the most graceless. But it still makes fascinating viewing and sums up a period in the political life of cinema that can be linked to the more formalist stylistic strictures of Lars Von Trier's Dogma Group.

Jane Fonda Circle of Love Brroadway Billoard 1964

Thanks to Vadim’s productions, her naked image was consumed like no other American actress’s – in one case eight storeys high, on a billboard over a Broadway theatre promoting 1964’s Circle of Love.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Jane Fonda born:1937

Hollywood legend has it that Bette Davis was forced to talk to a blank wall rather than her co-star Henry Fonda during filming of her close-ups in Jezebel; the reason was that he had repaired to New York to attend the birth of his daughter Jane.
A child of privilege, the young Jane Fonda exhibited the imperious, headstrong attitude and ruthlessness that would distinguish both her film work and her private life. The teenage Fonda wasn't keen on acting until she worked with her father in a 1954 Omaha Community Theatre production of The Country Girl. Slightly interested in pursuing a stage career at this point, Fonda nonetheless studied art both at Vassar and in Europe, returning to the states to work as a fashion model. Studying acting in earnest at Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio, Fonda ultimately starred on Broadway in Tall Story, then made her film debut by re-creating this stage appearance in 1960.
A talented but not really distinctive player at this time, Fonda astonished everyone (none as much as her father) by becoming one of the first major American actresses to appear nude in a foreign film. This was La Ronde (1964), directed by her lover (and later her first husband) Roger Vadim. The event was heralded by a giant promotional poster in New York's theater district, with Fonda's naked backside in full view for all Manhattan to see. Vadim decided to mold Fonda into a "sex goddess" in a series of lush but forgettable films; the best Fonda/Vadim collaboration was Barbarella (1968), which scored as much on the actress' sharp comic timing (already evidenced in such American pictures as Cat Ballou, 1968) as it did on her kinky costuming. In the late '60s, Fonda underwent another career metamorphosis when she became involved in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Her notorious visit to North Vietnam at the height of the conflict earned her the sobriquet "Hanoi Jane," as well as the enmity of virtually every ex-GI who fought in Southeast Asia.
Even so, Fonda's film stardom ascended in the early '70s; in 1971, she won the first of two Oscars for her portrayal of a high-priced prostitute in Klute (her other was for Coming Home [1978]), and Fonda's career flourished despite a sub-rosa Hollywood campaign to discredit the actress and spread idiotic rumors about her subversive behavior (one widely circulated fabrication had Fonda destroying the only existing negative of Stagecoach because she despised John Wayne).
In the 1980s, the actress realized several personal and career milestones: she worked with her father on film for the only time in On Golden Pond (1981); she assisted former peace activist Tom Hayden, whom she had married in the early '70s, in his successful bid for the California State Assembly; and she launched the first of several best-selling exercise videos. She also won an Emmy for her performance in the TV movie The Dollmaker (1984). After her marriage to Hayden ended in the early '80s, Fonda married media mogul Ted Turner in 1991 (the couple would divorce in 2000), and began curtailing her film appearances, all but retiring from the screen after her lead role opposite Robert De Niro in 1990s Stanley & Iris. Though occasionally glimpsed performing the "tomahawk chop" at Atlanta Braves games during her marriage to Turner, Fonda was no less the social activist in the 1990s than she was two decades earlier: among her projects was the production of several "revisionist" dramatic specials and documentaries about the history of Native Americans, duly telecast on Turner's various worldwide cable services.
Just when it seemed audiences might have seen the last of Fonda on the bigscreen, she returned in 2005 with the romantic-comedy Monster In-Law. Starring Fonda as a meddling mother bent on disrupting the planned nuptials of her son (Michael Vartan) and his fiance (Jennifer Lopez), the film went on to be a modest box-office success despite mixed reviews from critics. 2005 also saw the release of Fonda's bestselling autobiography My Life So Far, after which time she took some time off. She got back in the saddle a few years later iwth 2007's Georgia Rule, playing the hard-driving grandmother of a rebellious teenager played by Lindsay Lohan. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Jane Fonda 1970

In April 1970, Fonda and actor Donald Sutherland formed “FTA” (which meant, depending upon the source, either “Free the Army” or “F*ck the Army”), an anti-war, quasi-USO road show billed as “political vaudeville” which toured military towns along the West Coast and throughout the Pacific. FTA’s antics and dialog with U.S. soldiers were later made into a documentary. Fonda also worked with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, appearing at a 1970 rally the group organized in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Vietnam veteran and future Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry was involved in organizing the rally (the two were photographed sitting near each other at the event). For her assistance, Fonda was given the title of Honorary National Coordinator. On November 3, 1970 she began a tour of college campuses and raised funds for VVAW. (Also on that date, Fonda was arrested for allegedly kicking a U.S. Customs agent; charges were later dropped. In the police mug shot, her upraised left hand is clenched in a “Black Power” or “Power to the People” salute).

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Roger Vadim's BARBARELLA

Jane Fonda & Warren Beatty

Splendor In The Grass...1959
William Inge was still rewriting the screenplay, further refining the part of the high school football hero to fit Warren Beatty, who continued to visit the playwright frequently at his apartment on Sutton Place. Jane Fonda, who had become pals with Beatty while they were preparing to costar in Parrish, thought at first that he was Bill Inge’s boyfriend.After both Beatty and Fonda were famous, she often would be included on the long list of his girlfriends, but their relationship was more like brother and sister. “Warren and I became friends—not lovers, but friends,” said Fonda. Beatty’s intimate circle recognized the distinction. “He did only hang out with Jane,” affirmed Verne O’Hara, who still sometimes shared her husband’s hotel suite with Beatty, and was thus able to observe his bedroom partners firsthand. In O’Hara’s evaluation, “Warren was of the good girl/bad girl school in those days.” Jane Fonda, who had graduated from Emma Willard—similar to the seminaries for young ladies both Tat and Blanche MacLean had attended—was the former. As Tom Laughlin noted, “Jane was not a sex machine. She was a sensitive, beautiful, caring person…what would you look to, Eva Marie Saint? That kind of sensitive, beautiful quality.”When he went out with Jane Fonda in 1959, Beatty entertained her with tales of his carnal adventures, which seemed to surprise and amaze the essentially Baptist son of Ira and Kathlyn Beaty as much as they did the sheltered Fonda. “We mostly talked about sex,” Fonda recalled, laughing. “I mean, we talked about lots of things—I’m not saying that we didn’t talk about professional things, but…maybe it was because I was just his friend that Warren would talk to me about his lovers, which I found fascinating.”

Jane Fonda Life Cover 1968

Jane Fonda 1965 Cat Ballou

Ann-Margret was first choice for the title role but turned it down.

Jane Fonda Rolling Stone

By Kathleen Parker July 27, 2005
Like millions of Americans, I heaved a sigh of relief upon reading that Jane Fonda finally is going to speak out against the war in Iraq. Where has she been?
On book tour promoting her autobiography-in-progress, My Life So Far. We might have guessed a real-time sequel was in the offing.
Fonda says that, having met some veterans and their families while on tour, she's decided to break her silence. "I've decided I'm coming out," she told an audience in Santa Fe, NM. "I have not taken a stand on any war since Vietnam. I carry a lot of baggage from that."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Jane Fonda "My Life So Far"

I was acutely aware that there was more time behind me than in front of me and that I had to shake myself awake...Jane Fonda, "My Life So Far" 2005.

Circle Of Love 1965

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda was born on 21 December 1937 in New York. She is the daughter of Henry Fonda, with whom she co-starred in On Golden Pond (1981), and Frances Seymour Brokaw, who committed suicide when Jane Fonda was 12. Jane's brother, Peter Fonda, was also to attempt suicide later in life.
Like many famous actors, such as Marlon Brando and James Dean, Jane Fonda studied at Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio.
Jane Fonda made her film debut in Joshua Logan's 'Tall Story' (1960) and then had several supporting roles before, at the age of 25, she moved to France.
There, Fonda met director Roger Vadim, former husband of Brigitte Bardot. They married in 1967, and a year later she appeared in his film, Barbarella. Before that Jane Fonda had appeared in Vadim's La Ronde (1964), and she became the first leading American actress to appear nude in a foreign film.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


The scenes during the opening credits where Barbarella seems to float around her spaceship were filmed by having Jane Fonda lie on a huge piece of plexiglas with a picture of the spaceship underneath her. It was then filmed from above, creating the illusion that she is in zero gravity. (If you look carefully, you can see the reflection in the glass as she removes her gloves.)
SoGo, the evil city Barberella travels to, is a reference to Biblical cities Sodom and Gomorra.
Barbarella's costume was made by designer Paco Rabanne

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Fonda Vassar College

Attended Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Is the subject of an erroneous urban legend. When Vassar was a women's college, the story goes, Jane Fonda refused to wear the elegant white gloves and pearls that were the attire for the daily Tea in the Rose Parlor. When confronted, Fonda returned to the parlor wearing the gloves and the pearls, and nothing else.

Jane Fonda Arrested 1970

Fonda was arrested in 1970 after allegedly kicking a cop when she was found carrying a large amount of what appeared to be pills. All charges were dropped after the pills were identified as vitamins.

Jane Fonda & Roger Vadim 1969

Jane Fonda Nude On The Beach 1966

Fonda's first husband, from 1965-1973, was French film director Roger Vadim, with whom she 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 young communist Vietnamese hero accused of conspiring to kill Robert McNamara in Vietnam. With Hayden, she also raised a foster daughter, Mary Luana Williams, who is an activist born to members of the Black Panthers. Fonda and Hayden divorced in 1990.
Fonda's third husband (1991-2001) was cable-television tycoon and CNN founder Ted Turner. In My Life So Far, Fonda states that she "left the father's house" when she divorced Turner. In addition to having become a Christian, Fonda's desire to disassociate herself from patriarchy may have contributed to the divorce.
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.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Period Of Adjustment (1963)

Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/ComedyJane Fonda .

2nd place
Golden Laurel
Top Female Comedy PerformanceJane Fonda

Jane Fonda in "Klute"

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Jne Fonda 1969 "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
1969-USA-Period Film/MelodramaN.Y. Times Review by Vincent Canby Best 1,000
PLOT DESCRIPTION A total of nine Academy Award nominations went to this wildly acclaimed, allegorical drama set amongst the contestants in a marathon dance contest during the Great Depression. Gig Young stars as Rocky, the obnoxious emcee for a dance marathon that offers prize money of $1,500, a small fortune during hard economic times that brings out the worst in several participants. Among them are Gloria Beatty (Jane Fonda), a malcontent who's partnered with a drifter, Robert Syverton (Michael Sarrazin); a pregnant farm girl (Bonnie Bedelia) and her husband (Bruce Dern); a sailor (Red Buttons); and an aspiring actress (Susannah York). As the marathon winds into a staggering second month, suspicion, doubt and insecurity rages among the competitors and even the decaying and increasingly manipulative Rocky, leading to a shocking crime. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide
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Jane Fonda Fashion Icon

With her patrician looks and Hollywood pedigree, it would have been easy for Jane Fonda to coast through life. Instead, she cast herself against type, using her classic beauty and detached sexiness in deliberately off-kilter roles like the future-worldly sex-kitten Barbarella and the cynical—if extremely well-coiffed—prostitute Bree Daniels in Klute. She did the same in her personal life, where her anti-Vietnam War activities put her at the center of a political firestorm in the early ’70s. Fonda's idiosyncratic evolution, ten years later, into the first aerobics guru to the masses, only reiterated her dedication to following her own, individual path.
—Janet Ozzard

Jane Fonda in "Klute" 1971 Best Actress Oscar Winner

At a recent signing of her autobiography, My Life So Far, Fonda was asked what she thought happened to Bree after Klute ended. “Oh,” she said, hesitating dramatically. “That’s a tough question.” She paused for a moment. “I don't know what happens to her, but I know that she gives up hooking. I know that,” she insisted. Fonda was rather emotional at the signing, tearing up at weirdly inappropriate moments.

Jane Fonda Anti-War Rally (1970)

The FTA Tour ("Free The Army", a play on the troop expression "Fuck The Army", which in turn was a play on the army slogan "Fun, Travel and Adventure") was an anti-Vietnam War road show designed as a response to Bob Hope's USO tour. It was first organized in April 1970 by activist Fred Gardner, and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. 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 resulting dialogue was turned into a film called F.T.A. (released in 1972) that contained very strong, frank criticism of the war by service men and women. Footage and discussion of the FTA Tour is included in the 2005 documentary film Sir! No Sir!.