16 Actual Secrets Revealed About Jane Fonda

1. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award.

2. Fonda made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play There Was a Little Girl, for which she received the first of two Tony Award nominations, and made her screen debut later the same year in Tall Story.

3. She rose to fame in 1960s films such as Period of Adjustment .

4. Her other major competitive awards include an Emmy Award for the 1984 TV film The Dollmaker, two BAFTA Awards for Julia and The China Syndrome and four Golden Globe Awards.

5. It would be the first of 22 workout videos released by her over the next 13 years which would collectively sell over 17 million copies.

6. Divorced from second husband Tom Hayden, she married billionaire media mogul Ted Turner in 1991 and retired from acting.

7. Divorced from Turner in 2001, she returned to acting with her first film in 15 years with the 2005 comedy Monster in Law.

8. In 2009, she returned to Broadway after a 45-year absence, in the play 33 Variations, which earned her a Tony Award nomination, while her recurring role in the HBO drama series The Newsroom , has earned her two Emmy Award nominations.

9. Fonda was a visible political activist in the counterculture era during the Vietnam War and has been more recently involved in advocacy for women.

10. She was famously and controversially photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft battery on a 1972 visit to Hanoi.

11. She has also protested the Iraq War and violence against women, and describes herself as a feminist.

12. Jayne Seymour Fonda was born on December 21, 1937, in New York City, the daughter of actor Henry Fonda and the Canadian-born socialite Frances Ford Brokaw .

13. According to her father, their surname came from an Italian ancestor who immigrated to the Netherlands in the 1500s. She also has English, Scottish, and French ancestry.

14. At 15 Fonda taught dance at Fire Island Pines, New York. She attended Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut.

15. Fonda attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, where she was an undistinguished student.

16. Fonda became interested in acting in 1954, while appearing with her father in a charity performance of The Country Girl, at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Upon returning to the states, in 1958, she met Lee Strasberg and the meeting changed the course of her life, Fonda saying, “I went to the Actors Studio and Lee Strasberg told me I had talent.

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