Birthday: Jane Fonda turns 85 – and just keeps going – Entertainment

Even in front of the camera, Fonda is still involved at the age of 85. “What can I say? Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno, Sally Field and I love to have some fun!” she wrote on Instagram in mid-December alongside a movie poster for road trip comedy 80 for Brady, which premiered in February cinemas should come. The film, starring the gray-haired quartet of women (aged 76 to 91), is inspired by a true story. Four best friends traveled to the Super Bowl in 2017 to catch star quarterback Tom Brady. The American football superstar naturally plays in the strip.

Star-studded “80 for Brady”

This is how old friends Fonda and Tomlin (83) meet again, who have been shooting the Netflix comedy series “Grace and Frankie” for seven seasons since 2015. In it, they play longtime wives whose husbands unexpectedly come out as gay. Out of necessity, the manager and the art teacher move in together and master their new life together.

Fonda has a turbulent past. She was twelve years old when her mother took her own life. She grew up with her grandmother in the US state of Connecticut. As the daughter of stage and screen star Henry Fonda and sister to Peter Fonda, acting was in her blood. She learned her craft at the famous New York Actors Studio.

New York theater critics celebrated her in 1960 as “best young actress”. In the romantic comedy “Tall Story” (1960) she was in front of the film camera for the first time with Anthony Perkins. A little later she followed the French director Roger Vadim, who had previously discovered Brigitte Bardot, to Paris. He gave her several roles and made her a world-famous sex symbol with the erotic science fiction film “Barbarella”.

For this she received her Oscars

Back in Hollywood, Fonda caught herself as a marathon dancer in the
Drama “Only horses are given the coup de grace” her first Oscar
Nomination. She won the coveted prize twice: in 1971 for her role as a prostitute in “Klute” and in 1978 for the Vietnam War drama “Coming Home”. Films like “The China Syndrome” and the family drama “Am Goldenen See” followed – the first and only film in which Fonda appeared alongside her terminally ill father.

At the 2017 Venice Film Festival, Fonda and Robert Redford were honored with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. At the same time, they presented their new love film “Our Souls at Night”, their fourth joint film after “A Man is Hunted”, “Barefoot in the Park” and “The Electric Rider”.

With aerobic videos, and later also with stretching and yoga, Fonda built up a fitness empire in the 1980s. Decades later, she received an artificial knee joint and a new hip. Last April she spoke about getting older. “I’m very aware that I’m closer to death, and I don’t really mind that that much,” she said on the CBS Sunday Morning television show. “The fact is, I’m still alive and working at almost 85. Wow! Who cares if I don’t have my old joints anymore? And I can’t ski, bike or jog anymore?” You can feel really old at 60 and “really young” at 85.

Three marriages, three children

The actress has been married three times. Fonda had a daughter with her first husband, Roger Vadim. She also had a biological son and an adopted daughter with activist and politician Tom Hayden. Fonda’s third husband was media entrepreneur Ted Turner, from whom she divorced in 2001.

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