Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda


New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name

Lady Jane Seymour Fonda



Also Known As

Hanoi Jane, Lady Jane
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Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by…more


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    • Jane: (on her decision to never have plastic surgery) I realized that I'm going to be 70 in a year, and I have chosen not to have any more plastic surgery. Sally Field and I have kind of made a pact about that. We need women friends, women who challenge us. It's really hard, especially if you're a public person. But I want to give a face to aging.

    • Jane: Just watching Bette Davis on the screen was empowering to women, I think. Certainly was to me. It was like: This is what's possible. This is the range and depth that is possible for a woman.

    • Jane: My mother killed herself when I was 12. I won't complete that relationship. But I can try to understand her.

    • Jane: In my mind it takes a special kind of courage to risk your life in another country, for your own country. The men and women who came back and spoke out were a special kind of hero.

    • Jane: I don't think there's anything more important than making peace before it's too late. And it almost always falls to the child to try to move toward the parent.

    • Jane: (about aging) I don't want my wrinkles taken away... I don't want to look like everyone else.

    • Jane: Contraception is important. Making contraception available doesn't lead to promiscuity. But much more is needed than just contraception.

    • Jane: I wish that I'd been able to have a class like this when I had my first kid, because I was not a good mother... And then, you end up paying for it later.

    • Jane: I'm proud I went to North Vietnam because Nixon was lying to us.

    • Jane: If you don't have a parent or an adult, a teacher or a mentor... really see you, really love you, "Yes, there are things you do I don't like, but you're fantastic, you're good enough. I love you." If that never happens to a child, the child assumes it's her fault and tries to compensate for it.

    • Jane: If you're ever in a situation where you're not getting served or you can't get what you need, just cry.

    • Jane: (about her history) The reason why I left 15 years ago was because it was becoming agony for me... But I'm a very different person, so I wondered if it would be fun again. You know, why not?

    • Jane: But the whole point of liberation is that you get out. Restructure your life. Act by yourself.

    • Jane: I don't know if a country where the people are so ignorant of reality and of history, if you can call that a free world.

    • Jane: It's never too late... never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.

    • Jane: (on being an actor) I'm an assistant storyteller. It's like being a waiter or a gas-station attendant, but I'm waiting on six million people a week, if I'm lucky.

    • Jane: Working in Hollywood does give one a certain expertise in the field of prostitution.

    • Jane: You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast which is what I tried to do.

    • Jane: My husband said he wanted to have a relationship with a redhead, so I dyed my hair.

    • Jane: Women are not forgiven for aging. Robert Redford's lines of distinction are my old-age wrinkles.

    • Jane: To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.

    • Jane: (about her third husband) Ted needs someone to be there 100% of the time. He thinks that's love. It's not love - it's babysitting.

    • Jane: If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.

    • Jane: Telling lies and showing off to get attention are mistakes I made that I don't want my kids to make.

    • Jane: We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.

    • Jane: When you can't remember why you're hurt, that's when you're healed.