Jane Fonda Fast Facts
Here's a look at the life of award-winning actress Jane Fonda.
Personal: Birth date: December 21, 1937
Birth place: New York, New York
Birth name: Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda
Father: Henry Fonda, actor
Mother: Frances Ford Seymour (Brokaw) Fonda, socialite
Marriages: Ted Turner (December 21, 1991-May 22, 2001, divorced); Tom Hayden (January 20, 1973-1990, divorced); Roger Vadim (August 14, 1965-January 16, 1973, divorced)
Children: with Tom Hayden: Troy Garity (July 7, 1973); with Roger Vadim: Vanessa (September 28, 1968)
Education: Attended Vassar College, 1956-1958
Other Facts: She is a member of a distinguished acting family, daughter of actor Henry Fonda, sister of actor and director Peter Fonda, aunt to actress Bridget Fonda and mother to actor Troy Garity and documentary filmmaker Vanessa Vadim.
Her mother's family can be traced back to Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII.
In her autobiography, Fonda admitted to being bulimic and anorexic for 25 years.
In 1980, 14-year-old Mary Luana Williams from Oakland, California, the daughter of an incarcerated member of the Black Panthers, came to live with Fonda in Santa Monica. Never formally adopting her, Mary is still considered to be Jane's daughter. In 2010 Mary reconnected with her birth family for the first time in 30 years.
Fonda began her fitness empire in 1978 with the aerobic studio the Jane Fonda Workout. The studio launched a workout book and VHS tapes and later DVDs. More than thirty years since she started she has a webpage and blog and is still releasing fitness DVDs.
She has been nominated for a Tony award twice with no wins.
Nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards with one win.
She has seven Academy Award nominations and two wins.
Timeline: 1954 - First appears on stage in the play "The Country Girl", at the Community House in Omaha, Nebraska.
1959 - Professional model appearing on the cover of Vogue and other magazines.
April 6, 1960 - Her first film, "Tall Story", is released.
October 10, 1968 - "Barbarella", starring Fonda and directed by her husband, Roger Vadim is released. The movie is now considered a cult classic.
1970 - Activist work begins, first with involvement in Native American causes and progresses to what she calls her "GI Movement."
1971-1972 - "Free the Army (FTA)" an anti-war USO-type show starring Fonda, Donald Sutherland, and many others opens near Fort Bragg, North Carolina and later toured throughout the military bases in southeast Asia. Fonda's name for what they were doing is, "political vaudeville."
April 10, 1972 - Wins Academy Award for Best Actress for Best Actress for "Klute."
July 7, 1972 - Travels to North Vietnam for two weeks, during her visit she meets and poses for pictures with the Viet Cong at an anti-aircraft gun site. She also meets with American POWs and denounces "U.S. imperialism" on Viet Cong radio. This trip earns her the nickname "Hanoi Jane."
1976 - Co-founds the Campaign for Economic Democracy (CED) with husband Tom Hayden after his unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate.
1977-1991 - Owns and operates Laurel Springs Ranch, a performing arts summer camp for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
April 9, 1979 - Wins Academy Award for Best Actress for "Coming Home"
December 4, 1981 - "On Golden Pond", the only film starring both Henry and Jane Fonda, is released. She later receives the Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the movie.
September 23, 1984 - Wins an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in Limited Series or Special for "The Dollmaker."
June 17, 1988 - On ABC's "20/20" Fonda apologizes for her actions in 1972. "I would like to say something, not just to the Vietnam veterans in New England, but . . . to men who were in Vietnam, who . . . I hurt, or whose pain I caused to be deepened, because of the things that I said or did. I . . . feel I owe them an apology."
1994 - Is named Goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA)
1995 - Establishes the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.
2001 - Establishes the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
2001 - Publicly reveals she has become a Christian.
2001 - Returns to the stage in the play "The Vagina Monologues."
May 13, 2005 - Fonda's first movie in 15 years, 'Monster-in-Law', opens.
May 2007 - Receives a special Palme d'Or award for career achievement at the Cannes Film Festival.
April 27, 2013 - Fonda puts her hand and footprint in cement next to her fathers' outside the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Henry Fonda's were left there on July 24, 1942.