6 June 2014 10:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It only seems appropriate that, when the Hollywood elite celebrated Jane Fonda’s activism as much as her screen work at the 42nd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday night, the organization’s president/CEO Bob Gazzale would remind the audience that Fonda and Shirley MacLaine once protested the Institute’s lack of women in its conservatory — which led to its directing workshop for women.

That was 40 years ago.

In a town where throwing one’s support behind causes usually amounts to open wallets and hashtagging on Twitter at the least and a PSA at the most, Fonda’s front-lines engagement is clearly a standard to which most in the room could only aspire. In fact, one filmed tribute to the Oscar-winning actress had the look and feel of a PSA, with Robert De Niro, Annette Bening and Vanessa Redgrave paying respectful tribute. Also, in »


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