Having enjoyed tremendous success as a stage and screen actress, in recent years Jane Fonda has focused much of her time on activism and social change – with much of her work devoted to the program she founded in 1995, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). Fonda chairs this statewide effort to reduce the high rates of adolescent pregnancy in Georgia through community, youth and family development, training of professionals who work with adolescents, and legislative advocacy.
Fonda has long been known for activism and advocacy on environmental issues, human rights, and the empowerment of women and girls. In 2000, Fonda traveled to Nigeria and produced a film, in collaboration with the International Women's Health Coalition, entitled "Generation 2000: Changing Girls' Realities."
Fonda is a member of the Women & Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations; the board of Women’s Media Center, which she co-founded in 2004; and she sits on the board of V-Day: Until The Violence Stops, a global effort to stop violence against women begun in 1998 by Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues.”
At the Emory School of Medicine, Fonda established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health which engages in research, curriculum development and trainings that broaden understanding of adolescent development and reproductive health and enhance service delivery to children, youth and families. In addition, Fonda's gift has endowed a faculty chair in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Emory University School of Medicine named the Marion Howard Chair in Adolescent Reproductive Health.
In 1994, Fonda was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
Fonda was born in New York City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College. In her late teens, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York.
Her subsequent work on stage and screen earned numerous nominations and awards, including Oscars (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home) and an Emmy for her performance in The Dollmaker. Along with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda also took on responsibilities as a film and television producer. Her credits include Coming Home, The China Syndrome, Nine to Five, Rollover, On Golden Pond, The Morning After and The Dollmaker.
Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda’s Workout in 1982. She followed with the production of 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings, and five books – selling 16 million copies all together. The original Jane Fonda’s Workout video remains the top grossing home video of all time.
In May 2005, Random House published Fonda’s memoirs, “My Life So Far,” which immediately went to #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. That same spring Monster-in-Law, her first film in 15 years, also became the #1 box office hit making Fonda the first person to simultaneously have a #1 book and #1 movie. She’s currently writing the follow up to “My Life So Far.” The new book will focus on aging and the “third act” of life. Fonda’s most recent film, Georgia Rule, opened in spring 2007. Fonda returned to Broadway in March, 2009 and received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations.
2010 is an incredible come back year for Fonda; she launched the first ever World Fitness Day on May 1st in Atlanta, and following the tremendous success of that event, she is currently working on releasing another set of Fitness DVDs, in November 2010. The new DVDs will be aimed at the boomer generation and are being released by Lionsgate. Upcoming film projects include a starring role in the French comedy, Et si on vivait tous ensemble, and also Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, along with Catherine Keener.
Fonda is an avid reader, hiker, fly fisherwoman and yoga enthusiast. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
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