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You’ll forgive me for not getting to legendary film actress Jane Fonda‘s 76th birthday on Saturday. I needed the entire weekend to calibrate this list of her finest movie looks.
Jane Fonda is not only a double Oscar winner with a marvelously versatile list of roles. She’s one of our most consummately giving celebrity philanthropists, an informed activist for women’s emotional health and gay rights, and a woman who seems to value honesty and conscience above all else. To celebrate her legacy, let’s look back on her ten best movie looks, which range from the innocent (#10) to the boldly self-possessed (#1).
10. Tall Story: Sis-boom-beautiful
Jane’s first film was a simple college comedy about a nervous cheerleader (Jane) and her romance with the school’s hotshot basketball star (Anthony Perkins, lol). In her memoir, she discusses how she found costume fittings almost traumatizing and had »
- Louis Virtel
Photo: American Film Institute, Firooz Zahedi
Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Jane Fonda with the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Fonda at a gala tribute on June 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.
The 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its second year on TNT when it airs in June 2014 followed by encores on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
“Jane Fonda is American film royalty,” said Stringer. “A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon. Today she stands tall among the giants of American film, and it is AFI’s »
- Melissa Thompson
Jane Fonda is to receive the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award, the Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustee Sir Howard Stinger announced. Fonda has acted in more than 40 films throughout her career from comedic performances in "Cat Ballou"(1965) and "9 to 5"(1980) to her dramatic roles in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"(1969), "Julia" (1977), "The China Syndrome"(1979), "The Morning After" (1986), and "On Golden Pond" (1981) and more recently as Former First Lady Nancy Reagan in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Stringer called Fonda, "American film royalty." Since the first AFI Life Achievement Award first honored John Ford in 1973, the award has steadily grown to be an irreplaceable tribute to the advancement of acting and the performing arts. The award will be presented to Fonda a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 5, 2014. »
- Ramzi De Coster
This is pretty cool: Jane Fonda has been selected to receive the American Film Institute's 42nd Life Achievement Award. Her father, Henry Fonda, received the award in 1978, which makes the Fondas the first father/daughter duo to be recognized by the American Film Institute.
The event will take place next June in Los Angeles and be broadcast on both the TNT and Turner Classic Movies station, which is kind of amazing considering that Jane Fonda was, for many years, married to Ted Turner, the media baron who once owned those channels (they are now subsidiaries of Time Warner).
Fonda has starred in more than 40 films, including "Cat Ballou," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?," "The China Syndrome," "9 to 5" and "Klute." The actress, an outspoken liberal, was surprisingly effective in her brief role as Nancy Reagan in this summer's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (do we still have to call it that?). She »
- Drew Taylor
Like most humans presently stalking the Earth, I’ve been watching teevee ever since my eyeballs could focus. Being a fanboy collector, I do my share of possessing odd and great stuff. Sadly, there were two teevee shows I absolutely worshipped that I could not find, even from collectors who obtain their DVDs through questionable means.
The first is T.H.E. Cat, Robert Loggia’s jazz-based New Orleans cat burglar private eye show. It only lasted one season, it was in black-and-white, and each episode only ran 30 minutes. So it’s half-life in syndication was roughly the same as Lawrencium. There are some truly awful bootlegs around, 12th generation dubs of a kinescope shot off of teevee set that desperately needed rabbit ears. I haven’t given up, but the challenge is undermining my otherwise natural sense of happy optimism.
The second is Nichols, the post-western western about a pacifist who »
- Mike Gold
Ask Jane Fonda about getting her hands and feet immortalized in concrete at the Chinese Theater and the thesp says, “I’m very excited; I was hoping this would happen before I died.”
Her cement block will be next to that of her father, Henry Fonda. “That means a lot to me.” The April 27 ceremony will be part of TCM’s Classic Film Festival. Afterward she’ll introduce “On Golden Pond,” the only film she starred with her father.
When it comes to memorials, however, a mere physical imprint can’t compare to Fonda’s body of work, which includes such iconic films as “Cat Ballou,” “Barbarella,” “Klute,” “The China Syndrome” and “On Golden Pond.”
Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda, who was born into Hollywood royalty (her birth was announced in Variety in 1937), started in films in 1960 with Tall Story. But after steadily working in showbiz and winning two Oscars, three Golden Globes and an Emmy, »
- Shalini Dore
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