Jane Fonda Biography

Jane Fonda is a famous hollywood actress who rose to prominence in the 1960s with films like ‘Barbarella’ and ‘Cat Ballou’. This biography of Jane Fonda provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: December 21, 1937

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Jane Fonda Actresses

Age: 82 Years, 82 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda

Born in: New York City, New York, U.S.

Famous as: American actress

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Roger Vadim (m. 1965–1973), Ted Turner (m. 1991–2001), Tom Hayden (m. 1973–1989)

father: Henry Fonda

mother: Frances Ford Seymour Brokaw

siblings: Frances, Peter Fonda

children: Mary Luana Williams, Troy Garity, Vanessa Vadim

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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Jane Fonda is a versatile actress who has won several prestigious awards over a long and illustrious career spanning more than five decades. The beautiful and talented lady has evolved from just being an actress to become a fitness icon and also an outspoken feminist and political activist. Acting came naturally to Jane whose father was the legendary actor Henry Fonda, so it was no surprise when the pretty young girl expressed her desire to get into films. Even as a child she would watch movies and act out the scenes with her brother, Peter who too became an actor in future. She rose to fame in the 1960s with a string of successful films like ‘Tall Story’ and ‘Cat Ballou’ which helped her create her own identity as a Hollywood star beyond her identity as the daughter of a famous actor. Her luminous beauty and seductive charms earned her the image of a sex symbol. However, the talented actress never let the media typecast her. She proved to the world that she was a versatile actress who could play any role with the same dedication and perfection. She reinvented herself as a fitness guru and produced and starred in several exercise videos during her later years.

Childhood & Early Life
  • She was active on the stage during the 1950s which formed the foundation for her Hollywood career. She made her debut with the romantic comedy ‘Tall Story’ opposite Anthony Perkins in 1960 in which she played a cheerleader who pursues a basketball player.
  • She was very prolific during the early 1960s doing several movies in a year. She got her first Golden Globe Award nomination for the Best Actress for the movie ‘Period of Adjustment’ (1962) and another one for ‘Cat Ballou’ (1965).
  • In 1969, she portrayed Gloria Beatty in ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?’—a drama film directed by Sydney Pollack. Her role was critically acclaimed and she won several awards and nominations.
  • She played the prostitute Bree Daniels in the dramatic film ‘Klute’ in 1971. In the movie her character helps a detective in solving a missing person case. The movie also starred Donald Sutherland and Charles Cioffi.
  • After a series of not-so-memorable films in the mid 1970s, she appeared in the drama film ‘Coming Home’ in 1978. The story revolved around a love triangle among a young woman, her husband and a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran. The movie was critically acclaimed and won several awards.
  • She welcomed the decade of 1980s with the hit movie ‘9 to 5’ in which she starred alongside with Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman. The comedy was a huge commercial success.
  • Fonda, who had lost her mother as a young girl wanted to resurrect her strained relationship with her father by doing a film with him. Her dream came true when the father-daughter duo was cast together in ‘On Golden Pond’ in 1981 which won her father his only Academy award.
  • She continued appearing in feature films all through the 1980s though not as frequently. By 1990, she had decided that she wanted to retire from acting.
  • Famous for her fitness, she credited her years of ballet practice in helping her maintain a youthful and healthy figure. She began performing aerobics after an injury forced her to stop ballet. Soon she became a fitness icon and released several exercise videos including the highly popular ‘The Jane Fonda’s Workout’.
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  • She came out of her retirement in 2005 to star in the romantic comedy ‘Monster-in-Law’.
  • Over the 2000s she continued to appear in other movies such as ‘The Georgia Rule’ (2007), ‘Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding’ (2011), and ‘The Butler’ (2013).
Major Works
  • Her role as a high-profile call girl in the dramatic film ‘Klute’ was highly appreciated. She won several awards for her performance including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award.
  • In the movie ‘Coming Home’, she portrayed a woman torn between her love for her marine husband and a paralyzed war veteran. Her moving performance as Sally Hyde was critically acclaimed.
Awards & Achievements
  • She received the Academy Award for Best Actress twice: For the role of Bree Daniels in ‘Klute’ (1971) and Sally Hyde in ‘Coming Home’ (1978).
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Her first marriage was to Roger Vadim in 1965 which ended in divorce. The couple had one daughter.
  • She married Tom Hayden in 1973. They had a son and later divorced. Her third marriage to the cable television tycoon and CNN founder Ted Turner in 1991 also ended in divorce in 2001. She is currently dating record producer Richard Perry.
  • She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and has since recovered.
  • She is a feminist and supports causes like V-Day which is a movement to stop violence against women. She established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health in Georgia which aims to prevent teenage pregnancy through education and training programs.
  • This actress and her father were the first father-daughter duo to be nominated for Academy Awards in the same year.

Jane Fonda Movies

1. On Golden Pond (1981)


2. Klute (1971)

  (Thriller, Mystery, Crime)

3. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)


4. The China Syndrome (1979)

  (Thriller, Drama)

5. Cat Ballou (1965)

  (Comedy, Romance, Western)

6. Coming Home (1978)

  (Drama, War, Romance)

7. Julia (1977)


8. The Chase (1966)

  (Crime, Thriller, Drama)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
1979 Best Actress in a Leading Role Coming Home (1978)
1972 Best Actress in a Leading Role Klute (1971)
Golden Globe Awards
1980 World Film Favorite - Female Winner
1979 Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Coming Home (1978)
1979 World Film Favorite - Female Winner
1978 Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Julia (1977)
1973 World Film Favorite - Female Winner
1972 Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Klute (1971)
1962 Most Promising Newcomer - Female Tall Story (1960)
Primetime Emmy Awards
1984 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special The Dollmaker (1984)
BAFTA Awards
1980 Best Actress The China Syndrome (1979)
1979 Best Actress Julia (1977)
People's Choice Awards
1983 Favorite Motion Picture Actress Winner
1982 Favorite Motion Picture Actress Winner
1981 Favorite Motion Picture Actress Winner
1980 Favorite Motion Picture Actress Winner

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