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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 11 December 1939Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth NameThomas Hayden

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Hayden was one of the most important radicals of the 1960s, who as a college student at the University of Michigan helped found Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the seminal leftist student activist group. The SDS was the vanguard of the student unrest that characterized the decade of the 1960s. In 1961, the 21-year-old Hayden co-authored the Port Huron Statement that was the equivalent of the Declaration of Independence for the student radicals and peace activists that were the heart of the New Left. Such an important influence was Hayden on the radicals of the '60s, he was indicted along with seven other anti-war activists by the federal government for allegedly engaging in a conspiracy to promote riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Although The Chicago 8 (2011) (later the Chicago Seven when Bobby Seale was removed from the case) were convicted, that conviction was overturned. The trail of the Chicago 8/7 was one of the major milestones of the '60s.

As the tumultuous decade came to a close, Hayden became more heavily involved in anti-war politics, and he created the Indochina Peace Campaign in 1972. Hayden became romantically involved with movie star Jane Fonda, who accompanied Hayden on a trip to North Vietnam in 1972 (he had previously visited the country in 1965). The trip made Fonda infamous as "Hanoi Jane" and she is still hated by many Vietnam veterans. Marriage to Hayden in 1973 was part of Fonda's life cycle evolution that had begun in the late 1960s, when she abandoned her persona as a professional exhibitionist in such pop pap as Barbarella (1968) and evolved into both a professional actress and professional rabble-rouser, and later a physical fitness/lifestyle mogul.

Fonda's cash helped finance his political career. While such offices as U.S. Senator and Mayor of Los Angeles eluded him, Hayden was able to get elected to the California State Assembly, first the House in 1982 and then the Senate in 1992, two years after he divorced Fonda. (The couple had a son, Troy Garity, in 1973. An actor like his mother, he played his father in Steal This Movie (2000)).

Hayden established himself as a major figure in progressive politics in the Golden State, focusing on the economic justice, the environment, and animal rights. He is a member of the Progressive Democrats of America, and endorsed Barack Obama in 2008.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (3)

Barbara Williams (8 August 1993 - present) (1 child)
Jane Fonda (21 January 1973 - 10 June 1990) (divorced) (2 children)
Casey Cason (1961 - 1962) (divorced)

Trivia (18)

Co-founder, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Member of the Chicago Seven that protested at the 1968 Democratic convention
Father of Troy Garity
Ex-brother-in-law of Peter Fonda and Susan Brewer.
Suffered a mild heart attack in 2001.
Was an ardent supporter of the Black Panthers Party in the 1960s and 1970s.
Once led a Berkeley commune he dubbed the "Red Family".
Uncle of Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda.
Elected and served as a California Assembly Member from 1982 until his election to the California Senate in 1992, where he served until 2000.
With his wife, Barbara Williams, adopted a son, Liam Jack Diallo Hayden, within days of his birth on March 26, 2000.
Is portrayed by his son Troy Garity in Steal This Movie (2000)
Political activist
Unofficially adopted a foster daughter, Mary Luana Williams, who was the daughter of members of the Black Panthers and attended a camp that he ran with then-wife Jane Fonda in the 1970s.
He and Jane Fonda gave their son Troy Garity his paternal grandmother's last name for the sake of anonymity
Ex-stepfather of Vanessa Vadim.
Son-in-law of Henry Fonda.
Member of the so-called "Chicago Seven" - along with Abbie Hoffman, and Jerry Rubin - anti-Vietnam War protesters arrested at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass were part of the defense team that won Hayden and the others acquittals.
Received more than $10 million from ex-wife Jane Fonda in their divorce settlement. Before they married, his net worth was only $50,000.

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