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Date of Birth 21 December 1937New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameLady Jayne Seymour Fonda
Nickname Lady Jane
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 Joshua Logan to appear with her father in the 1954 Omaha Community Theatre production of "The Country Girl". Her interest in acting grew after meeting Lee Strasberg in 1958 and joining the Actors Studio. Her screen debut in Tall Story (1960) (directed by Logan) marked the beginning of a highly successful and respected acting career highlighted by two Academy Awards for her performances in Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978), and five Oscar nominations for Best Actress in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Julia (1977), The China Syndrome (1979), The Morning After (1986) and On Golden Pond (1981), which was the only film she made with her father. Her professional success contrasted with her personal life, which was often laden with scandal and controversy. Her appearance in several risqué movies (including Barbarella (1968)) by then-husband Roger Vadim was followed by what was to become her most debated and controversial period: her espousal of anti-establishment causes and especially her anti-war activities during the Vietnam War. Her political involvement continued with fellow activist and husband Tom Hayden in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the 1980s she started the aerobic exercise craze with the publication of the "Jane Fonda's Workout Book". She and Hayden divorced, and she married broadcasting mogul Ted Turner in 1991.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Laurence Dang

Spouse (3)

Ted Turner (21 December 1991 - 22 May 2001) (divorced)
Tom Hayden (19 January 1973 - 10 June 1990) (divorced) (2 children)
Roger Vadim (14 August 1965 - 16 January 1973) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently plays single women, often due to problematic relationships

Trivia (138)

Chosen as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars (#21) in film history by Empire magazine. [1995]
Attended Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Her roommate was Lara Parker. Parker later co-starred with Jane's brother Peter Fonda in the film Race with the Devil (1975).
Is the subject of an erroneous urban legend. When Vassar was a women's college, the story goes, Jane Fonda refused to wear the elegant white gloves and pearls that were the attire for the daily Tea in the Rose Parlor. When confronted, Fonda returned to the parlor wearing the gloves and the pearls, and nothing else.
Ranked #83 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Retired from acting in 1991, but returned to the screen in 2005 and has since relaunched her career.
Mother of Vanessa Vadim with Roger Vadim.
Daughter of Henry Fonda.
Sister of Peter Fonda.
Mother of Troy Garity with Tom Hayden.
Her birth was the cause of some interruptions during her father's filming of Jezebel (1938) with Bette Davis.
She was, and still is, an exercise maven.
Fonda was arrested on November 2, 1970 at Cleveland Airport, Ohio after allegedly kicking patrolman Robert Pieper and customs agent Edward Matuszek in the groin and upper leg during their struggle to detain her when 105 bottles containing some 2,000 capsules were found in the star's luggage. She spent ten hours in a cell at the Cuyahoga County Jail and was released on $6,000 personal bond. A federal drug smuggling charge was dropped once the substances were identified as vitamins and prescribed amounts of Dexedrine, Valium and Compazine. Pieper filed a $100,000 personal injury lawsuit against her in civil court which was dismissed at his attorney's request.
Atttended Emma Willard School in Troy, New York.
Two sisters, Frances (aka "Pan", maternal half-sister) and Amy (adopted paternal half-sister).
Jane now openly admits that she suffered from bulimia from ages 13 to 37. While modeling, she said she lived on cigarettes, coffee, speed, and strawberry yogurt.
Ex-sister-in-law of Susan Brewer.
Born at 9:14 AM EST
Shortly after her divorce from Ted Turner, she announced she had become a born-again Christian. Speculations are that this may have played a part in their separation, since Ted Turner has expressed highly critical opinions on religion in general.
The suicide of her socialite mother Frances Seymour Brokaw was kept from her as a teenager, and she was told that she'd died of heart failure. Household newspaper and magazine subscriptions were canceled, and the staff and student body of Fonda's high school were instructed not to discuss the incident. Fonda learned the truth months later while leafing through a movie magazine in art class.
Her out-of-retirement movie, Monster-in-Law (2005) came out the same time as her autobiography, "My Life So Far" and the same time her workouts are re-released to DVD format in stores.
Protested alongside fellow actresses Sally Field and Christine Lahti, and playwright Eve Ensler urging the Mexican government to re-investigate the slayings of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-Texas border. [February 2004]
Was offered the role of Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist (1973).
She was voted the 51st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "There Was a Little Girl."
Premiere Magazine ranked her as #32 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
Born on the same day Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) premiered.
1982: Accepted the Oscar for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" on behalf of her father Henry Fonda, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony.
Of the Oscar-winning father-daughter pairs, she and her father are one of two pairs (the other is Hayley Mills/John Mills) where the daughter won an Academy award before the father did. Hayley Mills' Oscar was an honorary award for Pollyanna (1960), "...[T]he most outstanding juvenile performance during 1960". Juveniles were not allowed to compete for Oscars until the late 1960s, when the juvenile award was abandoned.
She and her father were the first father-daughter pair to be Oscar-nominated the same year (1982).
She and The China Syndrome (1979) co-stars Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas have all won Oscars for Leading Roles. Fonda won for Klute (1971), Lemmon won for Save the Tiger (1973), and Douglas won for Wall Street (1987).
Her ancestry includes Dutch, English, Scottish, as well as more distant French, Italian, and Norwegian.
Stepdaughter of Shirlee Fonda
Is fluent in French.
Passed on the title role in Norma Rae (1979), which won a Best Actress Oscar for its eventual star Sally Field.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Monster-in-Law (2005). She failed to receive a nomination, however. (Had she gotten the nomination, it would have been her first Razzie nomination in 16 years. She was previously nominated for Worst Actress at the 1990 Razzie Awards for her performance in the film Old Gringo (1989).)
In her modeling days after college, she was twice on the cover of Vogue magazine.
Her performance as Bree Daniels in Klute (1971) is ranked #91 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Jane was mentioned on Sir Mix A Lot's 1992 hit single, "Baby Got Back".
She and Tom Hayden gave their son Troy Garity his paternal grandmother's last name for the sake of anonymity
She and her father Henry Fonda are the only father-daughter couple to receive Oscars for leading roles.
A 1972 visit to Hanoi during the Vietnam war where Fonda campaigned in favor of the communist regime and the subsequent release of several photographs of her atop a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun used against American air crews earned her the nickname "Hanoi Jane." As a result of her visit to Hanoi and the accompanying photographs, many Americans continue to regard Fonda with general resentment and hostility to this day.
Visited Sweden in September 2006 to support political party FI (Feministic Initiative) in the national election. FI focuses on issues that will benefit women and is led by the previous leader of Sweden's communist party. Coincidentally, "fi" is also the Swedish military abbreviation for "enemy".
Was born double-jointed.
Turned down the role of Bonnie Parker, then played by Faye Dunaway, in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). Living in France at the time, she did not want to relocate to the United States for the part.
In 1984, her wealth, generated from acting, producing, and fitness videos was estimated at $50 million.
Her aerobics video "Jane Fonda's Workout" sold 17 million copies, making it the bestselling home video ever and her an icon of this form of exercises (1982).
Considers They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) as a turning point in her career.
Danced ballet until she broke her foot in her 40s.
She was a close friend of Gregory Peck (who played her father in Old Gringo (1989)) and he frequently attended political rallies with her.
Turned down the role of Lara Antipova in Doctor Zhivago (1965) because it was to be filmed primarily in Spain for nine months. She didn't want to be away from home for that long. Weeks later she changed her mind and informed her agent she wanted to do it. By then Julie Christie had been signed to play Lara. Fonda said on Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) in December 2014 that of all the movies she's turned down, Doctor Zhivago is the one she regrets the most.
Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Leading Actress in a Play for "33 Variations".
Was offered the role of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), but she turned it down. Louise Fletcher, who went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
Recovering from left knee replacement surgery. [June 2009]
Turned down Marsha Mason's role in Cinderella Liberty (1973).
Had hip and knee replacements. It is a genetic condition. Both her father and brother also had replacements.
1994: Founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAAP). The foundation advocates for safe-sex education, provides teens with support personnel before, during, and after childbirth, and runs a network of "Second Chance Homes" that help teenage mothers become self-sufficient by striving to reduce repeat teen pregnancies and providing teen mothers with a safe living environment, support for long-term economic independence, and child development, parenting and life skills.
Grandchildren: Malcolm (b. 1999) and Viva (b. 2002).
Jane Fonda was the first pick for the role of Evelyn Mulwray in Chinatown (1974), which eventually was played by Faye Dunaway. Fonda was wanted by the film's producer Robert Evans, who was also at the time chief of production at Paramount Pictures, and by Paramount owner Charlie Bluhdorn, but director Roman Polanski never actually offered her the part.
Said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) that Michael Jackson visited the set of On Golden Pond (1981) in New Hampshire and went skinny-dipping with her.
Ranked #9 in Men's Health 100 Hottest Women of All Time. [2011]
Her daughter Vanessa Vadim was delivered via forceps. The traumatic birth then resulted in Fonda being diagnosed with post-partum depression.
In 1982 she unofficially adopted a 14-year-old foster daughter, Mary Luana Williams, who had attended at a camp Fonda ran with then-husband Tom Hayden. Mary was the daughter of members of the Black Panther Party, and later reunited with her biological parents but considers Jane to be her mother.
Was taught to play guitar by David Crosby.
Made a fortune launching the first exercise video.
Jane's appearance in On Golden Pond (1981) with dad Henry Fonda and son Troy Garity marked the only time three generations of Fondas appeared in the same film.
Jane's appearance with brother Peter Fonda in Spirits of the Dead (1968) marked the only time the siblings worked together in a feature.
Was delivered via Caesarean section.
19th April 2005: A Vietnam veteran spit tobacco juice in Fonda's face after waiting in line to have her sign her autobiography at a Kansas City bookstore. Michael A. Smith, 54, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Fonda was unrattled and once the tobacco juice was wiped off she continued to sign books without even getting up from her seat.
Currently starring in 'Moises Kaufman''s "33 Variations" on Broadway. [March 2009]
Has signed to do a film (main role) with Jennifer Lopez (aka J. Lo) in Monster-in-Law (2005) - filming starts May 2004. [August 2003]
Louis Malle originally planned to direct Pretty Baby (1978), a film about photographer E.J. Bellocq, with Fonda and Jodie Foster to play the roles of Hattie and Violet, respectively. In the end, both actresses were unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, so Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields were cast in the roles.
In the mid-'80s, while developing the screenplay for the movie that eventually became Contact (1997), authors Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan envisioned Fonda in the role of Dr. Ellie Arroway.
The movie Swing Shift (1984) was originally written as a vehicle for Ms. Fonda. When her agent turned the movie down and Goldie Hawn replaced her, the project was rewritten as a partial comedy.
Was considered for the role of Beth Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980), which went to Mary Tyler Moore.
Was the 71st actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Klute (1971) at The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) on April 10, 1972.
In a relationship with veteran record producer Richard Perry since 2009, the couple live together in Los Angeles.
Her role in The China Syndrome (1979) was originally written as a male role, to be played by Richard Dreyfuss. After Dreyfuss quit, the role was rewritten as female with Fonda in mind.
Lived for 20 years of her life in Atlanta, Ga. (1991-2011).
Was considered for the role of "Betsy" in Taxi Driver (1976), but Cybill Shepherd was cast.
Turned down the role of the A.D.A. Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988), which went to Kelly McGillis.
Auditioned for the part of Evelyn in Spanglish (2004) but lost out to Anne Bancroft, who had to pull out of the film when she was diagnosed with cancer and was then replaced by Cloris Leachman.
Claims that when she is out of makeup she can easily go to public places without being recognized.
Was Universal's choice for the role of Rusty Dennis in Mask (1985), but director Peter Bogdanovich and screenwriter Anna Hamilton Phelan wanted Cher to play Rusty. Ultimately, the studio gave in and cast Cher instead of Fonda.
Turned down Meryl Streep's role in The Manchurian Candidate (2004) because she didn't want her Hollywood comeback to be as a villainess.
Named for Henry VIII's third wife Jane Seymour whom her mother Frances claimed to be a descendant.
Stopped dyeing her hair blonde when she became an activist in 1969.
Was offered Susan Sarandon's role in Elizabethtown (2005) when she hired a new agent in the mid-'00s to find a comeback project.
Any Wednesday (1966) is her least favorite of her own films.
Revealed on her website that she bathed in the ashes of her golden retriever Roxy when she mistook the contents of an urn for bath salts, and didn't realize what they were until she saw a bone in the water.
At the start of her career she auditioned for the role of Deanie in Splendor in the Grass (1961). When director Elia Kazan asked her if she was ambitious she said No, reasoning to herself "Good girls aren't supposed to be ambitious." The part went to Natalie Wood, and Fonda says she believes Kazan would've cast her instead if she had answered yes.
Was romantically linked with screenwriter/producer Sandy Whitelaw and actor Warren Beatty during her bachelorette days; actor Donald Sutherland and political activist Fred Gardner while separated from first husband Roger Vadim; soccer player Lorenzo Caccialanza while separated from second husband Tom Hayden; and retired businessman Lynden Gillis in between her divorce from Ted Turner and her current relationship with Richard Perry.
Tom Hayden was reportedly worth only $50,000 when he married Fonda in 1973. Hayden received an estimated $30 million under California's joint property law in the couple's 1990 divorce settlement.
John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas described in his autobiography of a midsized orgy he said occurred among himself, then-wife Michelle Phillips, a well-known movie director and his extremely famous movie star wife, and another single male movie star at a house in Malibu. It is commonly believed the unnamed three he was referring to were Roger Vadim, Fonda and Warren Beatty.
Tested for the part of Lucy in Parrish (1961).
Turned down the Glenn Close role in Jagged Edge (1985).
Was Columbia's choice to star in Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965), but director Otto Preminger insisted on casting Carol Lynley.
Turned down a role in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969).
Turned down An Unmarried Woman (1978).
Turned down the role of Judy in Husbands and Wives (1992) because she disagreed with Woody Allen on the aesthetics of the character. The part went to Mia Farrow.
Turned down Rosemary's Baby (1968).
Turned down a role in The Stepford Wives (1975).
Campaigned for the role of Rosemary Hoyt in Tender Is the Night (1962), which went to Jill St. John.
Turned down Isabelle Huppert's role in Heaven's Gate (1980).
Refused Robert Redford's offer to co-star with him in Havana (1990).
Auditioned for the title role in Fanny (1961) that went to Leslie Caron.
Mike Nichols considered Fonda for the role that eventually went to Ann-Margret in Carnal Knowledge (1971).
Turned down the part of Joanna Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).
Considered for the one of the two female leads in Fahrenheit 451 (1966) before François Truffaut decided Julie Christie would play both parts.
Her war protests canceled the impact of her first Oscar for Klute (1971). Although Fonda scaled back her career between 1972 and 1976 in favor of activism, none of the three films she did make during that period received wide distribution. At the same time, there was a sub-rosa Hollywood campaign to destroy the actress's respectability and spread false rumors about her subversive behavior. One widely circulated fabrication had Fonda destroying the only existing negative of Stagecoach (1939) because she despised John Wayne.
An undistinguished student at Vassar, much of Fonda's time there was spent sleeping in during the day and staying out late drinking at nearby men's universities. She dropped out after two years and went to Paris to study art with aspirations of becoming a painter, but instructors told her she wasn't good enough. She moved back into her father's house and briefly worked as a secretary until her boss fired her, then enrolled at the Actors Studio in New York at the encouragement of her friend Susan Strasberg (whose father taught courses there) and supported herself with modeling jobs while trying out for parts in movies.
Was in psychoanalysis for five years.
Protestors in Waterbury, Connecticut, led by a Republican political activist who was a WWII veteran, threatened to disrupt filming of Fonda's 1990 picture Stanley & Iris (1990), but when filming began she was well-received by the community, and the city's Board of Aldermen decisively defeated a resolution saying she was not welcome in the city.
Childhood friend of Brooke Hayward. It is often said that Hayward and Fonda were stepsisters, but this is false, since Brooke's mother Margaret Sullavan divorced Jane's father Henry Fonda before either of them were born.
Ex-stepdaughter of Susan Blanchard and Afdera Franchetti.
Owns a ranch in New Mexico.
Turned down Patty Duke's role in Valley of the Dolls (1967).
Was considered for the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate (1967).
Pulled out of Music Box (1989) before production started and was replaced by Jessica Lange.
Her top favorites of the films she's done are Coming Home (1978), The Dollmaker (1984), Klute (1971), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and Julia (1977).
Was considered for the role of Diana Christensen in Network (1976).
Sister-in-law of Parky Devogelaere.
Had a crush on Anthony Perkins and tried to seduce him during the making of Tall Story (1960) until she discovered he was gay.
Met with James Stewart about the possibility of playing his daughter in The FBI Story (1959) which would have been her first movie, but she expressed disinterest in the role which instead went to Diane Jergens.
Director Richard Tuggle lobbied for Fonda to play the leading female role in Tightrope (1984).
Came out in support of Marion Cotillard and Bradley Cooper to help the actors get Oscar nominations for their films Two Days, One Night (2014) and American Sniper (2014), respectively. Both ended up being nominated for the 87th Academy Awards.
Participated in the Vancouver Greenpeace Rally along with roughly 5,500 others (including Rachel McAdams) to protest oil drilling in British Columbia. [June 2015]
Self-confessed member of the "Mile High Club".
With help of lawyers, she gained access to her late mother's medical records from the Austen Riggs Center in Massachusetts. The records revealed that Frances Seymour had nine abortions before giving birth to Jane.
Has a reported IQ of 132.
Sometimes goes by the alias Jane S. Plemiannikov.
Heinous rumors about her trip to Hanoi have circled around the internet since two letters purportedly written by Vietnam veterans were posted online in the late '90s. One letter says, in précis, that four prisoners of war listed as missing in action slipped Ms. Fonda tiny pieces of paper with their social security numbers so to identify themselves to American authorities, only for her to hand the pile of notes to a North Vietnamese commanding officer who ordered beatings for the men in question, killing all except one who lived to tell. Another letter mentions that a POW was struck in the face with a wooden baton because he refused to talk to Fonda on a separate occasion during the same visit and has permanent double vision as a result of that punishment. The claimed authors of these letters are Col. Larry Carrigan and Air Force pilot Jerry Driscoll, each of whom have repeatedly denied both writing the letters and the incidents described therein. In actuality, no POWs would have needed to sneak Fonda notes with their socials written on them, as she could simply have remembered their names and repeated them once she returned home. Plus, there was no reason for the POWs' identities to have been kept a secret in the first place -- since the North Vietnamese arranged the meeting between Fonda and the POWs for its propaganda value, they very much wanted the American public and the world at large to know exactly whom she'd met with. Fonda only met with a single group of seven POWs while in North Vietnam, none of whom said they were coerced into the meeting. Former POW Edison Miller said the entire camp he was in wanted to meet her and that certainly no one was tortured for refusing to do so. Fonda brought mail for imprisoned U.S. servicemen with her to Hanoi, and she returned to the United States carrying 241 letters from American POWs back to their families. She even called the wives of some of the men she met with to provide them with updates about their husbands.
Owner of a Coton De Tulear named Tulea.
Received $2 million from Columbia Pictures in 1979 to appear in a prison movie to be called "Her Brother's Keeper" whether or not it was ultimately made, which it wasn't. Such an arrangement is known informally as a pay-or-play contract.

Personal Quotes (54)

Working in Hollywood does give one a certain expertise in the field of prostitution.
I was terrified when I turned 30. I was pregnant and had the mumps and Faye Dunaway was just coming out in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). I thought, 'Oh my God, I'll never work again. I'm old!'
"Acting with Laurence Harvey is like acting by yourself - only worse" - Jane Fonda on her 1962 film Walk on the Wild Side (1962).
It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanised such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless. [expressing regret at her support for the Viet Cong]
I, a Socialist, think we should strive toward a Socialist society, all the way to Communism.
"If you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that one day we would become Communist." (speaking to students at the University of Michigan in 1970)
[Accepting her father's Oscar for On Golden Pond (1981)]: "I'll bet when he heard it just now, he said 'Hey ain't I lucky?' As if luck had anything to do with it".
I would have given up acting in a minute. I didn't like how it set me apart from other people.
When I start down a path that I know is the right path, I go with all of me.
I'm a very brave person. I can go to North Vietnam, I can challenge my government, but I can't challenge the man I'm with if means I'm going to end up alone.
It's hard to imagine a happy ending to the US-led war in Iraq. What's it going to mean for stability as a nation, for terrorism, for the economy I can't imagine. I think the entire world is going to be united against us.
Ted Turner needs someone to be there 100 percent of the time. He thinks that's love. It's not love. It's babysitting.
I wanted to do a tour like I did during the Vietnam War, a tour of the country. But then Cindy Sheehan filled in the gap, and she is better at this than I am. I carry too much baggage.
When I left the West Coast I was a liberal. When I landed in New York I was a revolutionary.
Oh Henry Fonda's love of the Theater: I'm becoming obsessed with his presence in my head, because my dad adored theater. He didn't talk much, but he would talk about how he loved the immediacy of a live audience. I was never comfortable enough in my own skin 45 years ago to be able to understand it. I just wanted to escape. And now it's like, 'Oh Dad, I wish you were here and alive, so I could say to you: "I get it! I'm finally able to experience what you were talking about."
[Why she quit acting for 15 years] When I was really, really unhappy with myself and my life, which happened in the second half of my marriage to [Tom Hayden], I just stopped. Acting became too painful. I just couldn't. All the joy leached out of it.
[Monster-in-Law (2005)] was the single smartest move I ever made
On returning to the stage in 2009: I am not the same person I was. I really am a different person. And I feel now that I could really be better than I have ever been in acting. It felt like something I had left prematurely. I didn't complete it, and I wanted to see if I could find joy in it again. It's been 45, 46 years since I was last on Broadway, and it feels like it too, in the sense of my personal trajectory. I feel that in terms of my personal development there has been at least half a century in there. Thank God.
It's always great to rehearse on a plane because people think you're mad.
Emotionality is really easy for me. My father always said that Fondas can cry at a good steak.
Dating's not something I spend a lot of time thinking about. Nor do I miss it, frankly. I feel 71 years old. I do. I'm really aware of the miles that have been logged and of the life that has gone under the bridge and how it has made me grow. I'm someone who has always tried to think about what it has all meant. I'm a quester. So I feel my age. I feel grown up.
[on her book 'Prime Time'] I actually never lead. There's always something more first, and then I'm the cheerleader. There are many, many books about aging. Mine just covers everything that I wanted to know.
I viewed my mother as a snob. Well she was a snob. Had she lived long enough I probably wouldn't have cared for her very much, frankly. So the way I protected myself from that is, 'Okay, I don't need you'. But of course I blamed myself when she killed herself.
I try to live my third act in such a way that I won't have regrets. You never get there entirely, but you can spend your life working at it.
[on third husband Ted Turner] For his own reasons, Ted moves laterally through life, very fast. Across his millions of acres. I wanted to go vertically. I knew if I stayed with him I'd be safe, I wouldn't need to work, and it would be interesting. But I would never be a whole person, and I wanted to be a whole person.
I took Klute (1971) because, in it, I expose a great deal of the oppression of women in this country - the system which makes women sell themselves for possessions.
Aging is not what we used to think it was, where you peak at middle age. It's ascending a staircase into growth, wisdom, well-being and happiness.
I have used acupuncture many times in the past - to reduce fever, heal broken bones, relieve pain... it really works if the doctor is skilled. I have felt I needed to have my energy system balanced.
It's never too late - never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.
The people who did you wrong or who didn't quite know how to show up, you forgive them. And forgiving them allows you to forgive yourself too.
All my life I had believed that unless I was perfect I would not be loved.
I feel like my honesty gives people the freedom to talk about things they wouldn't otherwise.
If you're ever in a situation where you're not getting served or you can't get what you need, just cry.
Roger Vadim and I were too different to last. I don't mean nationality, I mean attitude. I think opposites only attract for a brief, intense period.
The kind of parts that I think are the most exciting to play and are the most viable in terms of communication are characters that are complex; that is, characters that are full of contradictions that can be shown, that are in motion, that are trying to deal with problems that are real to people.
As an actor you spend all your life trying to do something they put people in asylums for.
To overcome bulimia, I had to teach myself to eat all over again, like a child.
[reflecting on her career slump in the mid-1970s] I can't say I was blacklisted, but I was greylisted. [Richard Nixon] used the same tactics on me he used on people he didn't like in the '50s. He had conservative state legislators introduce measures that would condemn or ban my films or prohibit me from even entering the state. Conservative theater owners went along, and studio executives who might have shared my politics said, 'What can we do? Why take a chance?'.
[after having her breast implants removed] My kids are so relieved. They tell me I look normal again.
I was always a courageous woman, capable of confronting governments, but not men. I was a chameleon, the woman men wanted me to be.
I find that arduous physical labor can jump-start my thought process.
I'm vain about loose flesh. And so I'm careful that what I wear will show off my best parts.
I'll smoke pot every now and then. I cannot see a movie on pot. The number of movies I've seen thinking, This is probably the best I have ever seen, and then I'll see it again sober and think, What was I thinking?
When I was young I never thought I was going to make it past thirty. I thought I was going to die of alcoholism and loneliness and you know that hasn't been the case... Don't give up no matter how hard it is. Try to make the best of who you are.
I grew up with a deep belief that wherever our troops fought, they were on the side of the angels.
[her reaction to cable channel QVC axing her scheduled appearance for July 16, 2011 to promote her self-help book "Prime Time" at the behest of angry phone callers threatening to boycott the show if she were allowed to appear] I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well-funded and organized political extremist groups and that they did it without talking to me first. I have never shied away from talking about this as I have nothing to hide. I could have pointed out that threats of boycotts are nothing new for me and have never prevented me from having bestselling books and exercise DVDs, films, and a Broadway play. Most people don't buy into the far right lies. Many people have reached out to express how excited they were about my going onto QVC and hearing about my book. Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT! I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us. I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths. In this case, they denied a lot of people the chance to hear about a book that can help make life better, easier and more fulfilling. I am deeply grateful for all of the support I have been getting since this happened, including from my Vietnam Veterans friends.
The only time I ever saw my dad cry was when Roosevelt died.
I never was a hippie! I went to India because so many friends like Mia Farrow and The Beatles were going there to discover truth. And so I went and trekked through India by myself, but instead of discovering truth, I wanted to join the Peace Corps.
People think actresses find public speaking easy, and it's not easy at all; we're used to hiding behind masks.
I think marriage is going to go out, become obsolete. I don't think it's natural for two people to swear to be together for the rest of their lives.
[on the infamous photo of her posing with a Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun] The biggest lapse of judgment in my life. I don't regret going to North Vietnam. I'm glad I went. I'm glad I did everything I did, except that.
Sometimes all I can do when I walk down the street, and this matters especially in New York, is look people in the eye. Especially homeless people and prostitutes. I mean, you don't see streetwalkers so much here, but I've been in cities where you run into streetwalkers. Looking them in the eye and saying "hello" I know makes a difference to that woman's life.
As long as someone can make a buck off me, they're gonna do it. And as long as I can go into Hollywood and make a movie and make a lot of money which I can use to support the struggles I'm involved with, I will.
It's much more important to be interested than to be interesting.

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Walk on the Wild Side (1962) $20,000
The Chapman Report (1962) $20,000
Period of Adjustment (1962) $150,000
The Chase (1966) $300,000
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) $400,000
Steelyard Blues (1973) $100,000
Fun with Dick and Jane (1977) $100,000
Julia (1977) $250,000
California Suite (1978) $500,000
The China Syndrome (1979) $1,000,000 + % of the gross
The Electric Horseman (1979) $2,000,000
Nine to Five (1980) $2,000,000 + profit share
The Dollmaker (1984) 25% of all profits
Agnes of God (1985) $2,000,000
The Morning After (1986) $2,000,000
Old Gringo (1989) $4,000,000
Stanley & Iris (1990) $3,500,000

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