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Jane Fonda      

Actress, Feminist, Author, Political Activist, Former Fashion Model & Fitness Advocate

Jane Fonda is an American actress, political activist, and former fashion model. She is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and the Honorary Golden Lion.

Fonda made her acting debut with the 1960 Broadway play There Was a Little Girl, for which she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, and made her screen debut later the same year with the romantic comedy Tall Story. She rose to prominence in the 1960s with such films as Period of Adjustment (1962), Sunday in New York (1963), Cat Ballou (1965), Barefoot in the Park (1967), and Barbarella (1968). A seven-time Academy Award nominee, she received her first nomination for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), and went on to win two Best Actress Oscars in the 1970s for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978). Her other nominations were for Julia (1977), The China Syndrome (1979), On Golden Pond (1981), and The Morning After (1986). Consecutive hits Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), California Suite (1978), The Electric Horseman (1979), and 9 to 5 (1980) sustained Fonda's box-office drawing power, and she won a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the TV film The Dollmaker (1984).

In 1982, she released her first exercise video, Jane Fonda's Workout, which became the highest-selling VHS of all time. It would be the first of 22 such videos over the next 13 years, which would collectively sell over 17 million copies. Divorced from her second husband Tom Hayden, she married billionaire media mogul Ted Turner in 1991 and retired from acting, following a row of less successful films concluded by Stanley & Iris (1990). Fonda divorced Turner in 2001 and returned to the screen with the hit Monster-in-Law (2005). Although Georgia Rule (2007) was the star's only other movie during the 2000s, in the early 2010s she fully re-launched her career. Subsequent films have included The Butler (2013), This Is Where I Leave You (2014), Youth (2015), Our Souls at Night (2017), and Book Club (2018). In 2009, she returned to Broadway after a 49-year absence from the stage, in the play 33 Variations which earned her a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, while her major recurring role in the HBO drama series The Newsroom (2012–14) earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She also released another five exercise videos between 2009 and 2012. Fonda currently stars as Grace Hanson in the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie, which debuted in 2015 and has earned her nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Fonda was a visible political activist in the counterculture era during the Vietnam War. She was photographed sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun on a 1972 visit to Hanoi, during which she gained the nickname "Hanoi Jane". During this time, she was effectively blacklisted in Hollywood. She has also protested the Iraq War and violence against women and describes herself as a feminist and environmental activist. In 2005, along with Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, she co-founded the Women's Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. Fonda serves on the board of the organization.

Speech Topics


My Life So Far

In this popular talk, the acclaimed actress, bestselling author and activist tells the story of her life – a life lived at the center of movies and American events, from the 1940's to the present.

Being A Teen: A Guide To Adolescence

As founder of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP) and Emory University's Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health, Jane Fonda has over eighteen years experience in the field of adolescent sexuality and development. In this speech, Fonda gives a frank overview of identity, friendship, family, the body, sexuality, pregnancy, bullying, and more – everything a young person needs to grow up happy and healthy.

The Ultimate Workout: Accepting Your Body Image and Yourself

In the 1980s Jane Fonda’s Workout was the top grossing video of all time and Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry like no other. A trusted voice on fitness and well-being, Jane Fonda speaks about her own struggles with eating disorders and what it takes for people to strengthen their body image and reclaim their health.

The Third Act”: Aging Successfully

Due to the longevity revolution, the average life expectancy has jumped by thirty-four years, giving us a whole second adult lifetime to plan for and enjoy. In this inspiring speech, Jane Fonda offers a valuable roadmap for taking advantage of this gift of time while embracing and maximizing life’s “third act”.

News


Jane Fonda To Receive 'Women In Motion' Honor At Cannes ...

Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda will receive a special “Women in Motion” award, recognizing her professional achievements and commitment to peace, ...

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's 'Grace and Frankie' debuts on Netflix

"What brand would you smoke if your husband turned out to be gay?" asks Lily Tomlin during the first episode of the Netflix comedy "Grace and Frankie.".

Jane Fonda: Santa Barbara Film Fest to Honor With Kirk Douglas ...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has selected Jane Fonda as the recipient of its 10th annual Kirk Douglas Award.

How Feminism Taught Jane Fonda The Importance Of Female Friendships

Jane Fonda is more than an actress-fitness-guru-antiwar activist. She is officially “an embodied feminist.”

In the March 22nd Lenny Letter newsletter, Fonda wrote of her journey to “blood and bones” feminism, and growing beyond her public and “theoretical” feminist identity

Jane Fonda To Host 2016 Women’s Media Awards

The Women’s Media Center is proud to announce that the 2016 Women’s Media Awards will this year be hosted for the first time by Jane Fonda, the two-time Academy Award-winning star of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”..

'9 To 5' Reboot: Parton, Fonda, Tomlin All Circling; Rashida Jones ...

Actually, Jane Fonda was 43 and Lily Tomlin was 41 when the movie was ... They 're still pretty fresh in some cases, though I haven't seen 9-5 since the 90s.

Jane Fonda to Be Inducted Into National Women's Hall of Fame Class of 2019

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