Fonda, Jane (1937–)

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Fonda, Jane (1937–)

American actress and activist. Born Jane Seymour Fonda, Dec 21, 1937, in New York, NY; dau. of Henry Fonda (actor) and Frances Seymour Brokaw (socialite, d. 1950); sister of Peter Fonda (actor); aunt of Bridget Fonda (b. 1964, actress); m. Roger Vadim (director), 1965 (div. 1973); m. Tom Hayden (political activist), 1973 (div. 1989); m. Ted Turner (broadcasting magnate), 1991 (div. 2001); children: (1st m.) Vanessa Vadim (b. 1968); (2nd m.) Troy Garity (actor) and (adopted) Mary Fonda.

Made screen debut in Tall Story (1960), followed by Period of Adjustment, Sunday in New York, Any Wednesday, Barefoot in the Park, Walk on the Wild Side, The Chase, Hurry Sundown, Circle of Love, Barbarella, Cat Ballou, Comes a Horseman, California Suite, The Electric Horseman, The China Syndrome, Agnes of God and Old Gringo, among others; as an antiwar activist during Vietnam War, was nicknamed "Hanoi Jane" for supporting the Viet Cong but has since repudiated her stand; launched the aerobic craze with her series of exercise videos. Won Oscars for Best Actress for performances in Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978); nominated for Best Actress Oscars for They Shoot Horses Don't They (1969), Julia (1977), The Morning After (1986), and On Golden Pond (1981).

See also autobiography, My Life So Far (Random House, 2005).