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The Celebrity Archaeology Podcast

May 12, 2018

Love her or hate her, Jane Fonda (our episode cover photo from 1979) has managed to look ageless even at 80! The former model, actress, political activist and exercise guru is still very much on the scene after she vowed to retire from films in the early 1990's. Early Years Jane was born part of a Hollywood dynasty. Her father is the late legend Henry Fonda , Peter Fonda who broke ground with "Easy Rider" is her brother and her niece is the actress Bridget Fonda. Jane's upbringing was tough with a distant father and the suicide that claimed her mother's life when she was 12. She attended Vassar, worked as a model and appeared as a Vogue cover girl twice, studied art in Paris and then was encouraged by acting coach Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in New York who recognized her talent. Career Broadway was her first calling and then her acting credits in films started rolling. Jane earned two Academy Awards for best actress in 1971 and 1978 for "Klute" and "Coming  Home Her film range included " Barbarella," " Cat Ballou," China Syndrome," " On Golden Pond," " They Shoot Horses, Don't They?," "9 to 5" and many others. In 2009, Jane returned to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony award for her role in "Moisés Kaufmans 33 Variations." She currently stars in the Netflix series, "Grace and Frankie" with Lily Tomlin. Exercise No one will forget the exercise craze with Jane Fonda in her striped leotard leading the routines. Her exercise video became the highest selling video of all time. Controversy Political activism started for Jane during the Vietnam war. A strong opponent, she went a step too far when she was photographed sitting on an anti-American aircraft gun in Hanoi during her 1972 visit to the country. She has apologized for her actions, but most veterans of the war are unforgiving and nicknamed her "Hanoi Jane." Apology In a 1988 interview with Barbara Walters, Fonda expressed regret for some of her comments and actions, stating: "I would like to say something, not just to Vietnam veterans in New England, but to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I'm very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families. [...] I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless." Health Jane has disclosed that she has suffered from Bulimia and has recovered from breast cancer after a lumpectomy in 2010. She has also come forward in the "Me Too" campaign stating that she had been sexually harassed during her career. Husbands: The actress has been married three times. Her first marriage was to French director Roger Vadim from 1965-1963. They had a daughter named Vanessa. Her second husband was Tom Hayden who was a U.S. activist, cofounder of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Vietnam War opponent, and member of the Chicago Seven. During this time, Mary Williams appeared in Jane's life and she stayed on as an "unofficial" adopted daughter. The Haydens had a son named Troy Garrity. The couple didn't want to burden him with either the Fonda or Hayden last name. Jane's marriage to Hayden lasted from 1973-1990. Jane's last marriage was to Atlanta tycoon Ted Turner from 1991-2001. A relationship with record producer Richard Perry lasted from 2009-2010. The Book: The Podcast: Hear, rate and review the Podcast in iTunes! The Donation: