Bridget Fonda is an American actress and the daughter of famous American actor Peter Fonda. She is best known for her roles as Grace Hamilton in 'The Godfather Part III', Allison Jones in 'Single White Female', and Janet Livermore in 'Singles'. She had a very successful early career, appearing on 3-4 films per year from 1987 to 1998, during which she acted in films such as 'Scandal', 'Strapless', 'Doc Hollywood', 'Bodies, Rest, and Motion', 'Point of No Return', 'It Could Happen to You', 'Jackie Brown', and 'A Simple Plan'. Her acting credits decreased in the following years, and the 2001 film 'Monkeybone' was a major disappointment. Her last film appearance was in the 2002 telefilm 'Snow Queen'. Her few television appearances were in '21 Jump Street', 'Night Visions' and 'The Chris Isaak Show'. In 1995, 'Empire' magazine named her one of the '100 Sexiest Stars' in film history. She posed as a Christmas lingerie model for 'H&M' in December 2001.
Rise to Stardom
Being born into the famous Fonda family, Bridget Fonda was destined to become an actress. She was only five years old when she appeared in her father's 1969 film 'Easy Rider'. However, she first became interested in acting after she performed in a school production of 'Harvey'. She subsequently had a few minor roles before being cast as Mandy Rice-Davies in the British drama film 'Scandal' in 1989.
In 1990, she bagged the breakthrough role of journalist Grace Hamilton in the third installment of 'The Godfather' movie. In the following years, she appeared on several theatrical productions. She played the lead role in Barbet Schroeder's 'Single White Female', in 1992. That year, she played Janet Livermore in Cameron Crowe's 'Singles', a role which the director, write and producer specifically wrote for her. In 1993, she starred in the action film 'Point of No Return', which was the remake of the 1990 French film 'Nikita'. Throughout the decade, she appeared on numerous films covering almost every genre.
In 1997, she was offered the role of Melanie in 'Jackie Brown' while she was with director Quentin Tarantino on the same flight. She turned down the lead role in the television series 'Ally McBeal' to focus on her film career, and in 1999, starred in the monster horror comedy 'Lake Placid'. After co-starring with Jet Li in the action thriller film Kiss of the Dragon in 2001, she appeared on television in 'The Chris Isaak Show' (2002) for four episodes.
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Family & Personal Life
Bridget Jane Fonda was born on January 27, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, United States into the prestigious Fonda family in Hollywood. Her father, Peter Fonda, her grandfather, Henry Fonda, and her aunt, Jane Fonda, all earned fame as actors. Her mother, Susan Jane Brewer, is an artist. She was named after Bridget Hayward, step-aunt and the daughter of actress Margaret Sullavan. She has a younger brother named Justin. Her parents divorced in 1974, and the following year, her father married Portia Rebecca Crockett.
Bridget Fonda and her brother was raised by her father and stepmother alongside older stepbrother Thomas McGuane Jr. She spent most of her childhood in the Coldwater Canyon section of Los Angeles and in Paradise Valley, south of Livingston, Montana. She attended Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles, where she was cast in a school production of 'Harvey'. She later joined a drama course at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and while there, studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. She graduated with a BFA degree in 1986.
Bridget Fonda met actor, director and film producer, Eric Stoltz, in 1986 when they had a short fling. However, they began officially dating in 1990 and were considered the perfect poster couple throughout the decade until they suddenly announced the end of their eight-year-long relationship. She subsequently dated country singer and actor Dwight Yoakam from 1999 to 2002.
On February 27, 2003, she flipped and crashed her 1998 Jaguar XK8 sports car along the Malibu stretch of highway in Los Angeles that left her with a fractured vertebra. Just one week later, her publicist announced her engagement to soundtrack composer and former Oingo Boingo front-man Danny Elfman. They had a quiet, candlelit marriage ceremony on November 29, 2003, at Los Angeles' First Congressional Church and a reception was held at LA's Cicada restaurant. It was her first marriage, but Elfman was previously married and had two daughters. The couple have one child together, son Oliver Henry Milton Elfman.