Jane Fonda Gets Candid On Her 'Woke' History, Celebrating 60 Years Since Vogue Cover

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Jane Fonda Gets Candid On Her 'Woke' History, Celebrating 60 Years Since Vogue Cover

Bridget Read interviews Jane Fonda about 60 years of activism , looking totally fab in her 80s and her first Vogue cover shot by master artist Irving Penn in July 1959.

We learn that Fonda actually worked for Irving Penn for a year, acting as his assistant at age 19. How thrilling! The Vogue cover shoot was a year before the actor’s first film ‘Tall Story’. She was wearing lipstick-color gloves available at Saks Fifth Avenue and a “spice brown” rinse in her hair.

Jane was studying at the time with Lee Strasberg and assigned to the Eileen Ford Agency as a model to pay for her acting classes. “If you had told me at that time that at age 81 I would again be on the cover of Vogue, I would’ve told you you were out of your mind, that that was completely and utterly impossible,” Jane tells Briget Read. Fonda continues:

My image of women was that they were victims and not very powerful, and my dad didn’t encourage me, or make me feel I was attractive. I mean, everything was a surprise to me. I was surprised that I got cast in a movie. I was surprised that I was ever accepted as a model at Eileen Ford’s agency and surprised that I ever ended up on the cover of Vogue. So my life has just been one big surprise for me.

Jane Fonda Chosen For Producers Guild of America's 2019 Stanley Kramer Award On Jan. 19 in Beverly Hills

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Jane Fonda Chosen For Producers Guild of America's 2019 Stanley Kramer Award On Jan. 19 in Beverly Hills

Two-time Oscar winner, producer and activist Jane Fonda will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2019 Stanley Kramer Award at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Fonda is the second individual, sharing the honor with Sean Penn in 2010, to receive the recognition. The award is usually given to a film, like  ‘Get Out’ in 2018 and ‘Loving’ in 2017, and its producers as an achievement or contribution that illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.

Jane’s contributions are many, but they include celebrating her 80th birthday last December by raising $1.3 million to lower the teen pregnancy rate and improve the overall health and well-being of young people in the state of Georgia, and the Women's Media Center, which she co-founded with Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan to make women and girls more visible and powerful in media. 

This year, Fonda starred in the summer box office hit ‘Book Club’ and was the subject of the HBO documentary ‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’, chronicling her life and her activism. Next month the fifth season of her comedy series ‘Grace and Frankie’, which she executive produces and stars in, will begin streaming on Netflix.

After Major Award In France, Jane Fonda Heads To Michigan To Get Voters To the Polls"

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After Major Award In France, Jane Fonda Heads To Michigan To Get Voters To the Polls"

The pendulum of Jane Fonda’s life swings wide right now. In Lyon, France to graciously accept the 10th Lumiere Lifetime Achievement Award, Fonda used her platform to first thank the french and then to speak on American politics.

Speaking in French, which she masters fluently, having been married to late film maker Roger Vadim in the 1960s, she played on the surname of the inventors of the moving pictures, the Lumière Brothers. Lumière means light in French, and Fonda said her award was a gift of "amour et lumière", love and light.

Preparing to leave France for Michigan, where Fonda is working with Taraji P. Henson to get out the vote efforts in the minority communities, the Oscar-winning actor currently featured in an HBO biopic ‘Jane Fonda In Five Acts’, summed up the concerns of so many progressives heading into the midterms on November 6.

“The elections on Nov. 6 are the most important elections of my lifetime. So much depends on what happens,” she said. “It's hard for me to breathe right now.” 

Democrats Launch The Last Weekend As Largest Grassroots Army Ever Assembled For Midterm Elections

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Nearly two dozen top progressive groups which include Swing Left, Indivisible, MoveOn, Organizing for Action, Latino Victory, United We Dream and the Working Families Party will launch on Wednesday a massive get-out-the-vote effort aimed at helping Democratic candidates during the last days of the 2018 midterm elections. 

Organizers say the effort, dubbed “The Last Weekend,” is focused on recruiting the largest grassroots army ever assembled before a midterm election — one that will not just vote for Democratic candidates but volunteer for their campaigns.

“The stakes are so high that voting isn’t enough,” said Ethan Todras-Whitehill, executive director and co-founder of Swing Left, which is organizing the effort. “You’ve got to do more. The new bar is not just voting, but volunteering in key races that matter for determining control of the government.”

“I can’t think of another time where you had this diverse array of progressive organizations coming together the last weekend before an election,” said Cristobal Alex, presidential Latino Victory, which is part of the effort. “Not just to get out the vote, but to mobilize an army of super volunteers ahead of the vote.”

Jane Fonda Has a Fierce Tongue On Trumplandia For Town & Country November 2017

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Jane Fonda Has a Fierce Tongue On Trumplandia For Town & Country November 2017

Helen Mirren, 72, appeared on the cover of Allure's September 2017 issue, calling for an end to the term 'anti-aging'. " . . . we know we're getting older," L'Oréal's face added to the dialogue. :You just want to look and feel as great as you can on a daily basis." 

Now Jane Fonda, 79 and a L'Oreal spokesperson since 2014, has joined the natural trend, covering the November 2017 issue of Town & Country. Fonda launches into a blistering interview with Brooks Barnes, the day after President Trump's ad-libbed 'fire and fury' threat toward North Korea. 

“I’m almost 80, and so to say that I’ve never experienced this kind of nightmare before in my life is saying something,” the 'Frankie & Johnny' Netflix star tells Barnes. They talk about Trump for a few minutes before the interviewer steers the conversation to Fonda's "latest career resurgence."

“Who gives a rat’s ass?” Fonda exclaims, leaving Barnes off-kilter. “Oh, I’m sorry,” Fonda replies. “It’s just that, with everything going on in the world, our country, it’s really hard to talk about myself or entertainment right now.”

In a nutshell, this is Jane Fonda for her entire life. 

A Defiant Emmy Awards Show Finds Backbone For Women From Handmaids To Victims Of Domestic Abuse

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A Defiant Emmy Awards Show Finds Backbone For Women From Handmaids To Victims Of Domestic Abuse

No more listening to talking heads make their Emmy Awards predictions. Boy did those guys screw up . . . and they were mostly guys, if I think about it. Perhaps they got it wrong, because as Joanna Robinson writes for Vanity Fair: "the Emmys raised a surprising middle finger to the patriarchy."

On the same Sunday that America's asshat president was Tweeting a meme of him driving a golf ball into Hillary Clinton, knocking her down as she boarded a plane, it was revenge of The Handmaid's Tale in LA on Sunday evening. Yes, 'Big Little Lies' was expected to take home some statues, but no one predicted that the evening would become a fierce of women's rights under total threat by the Trump administration. 

The night was anti-Trump and the Saturday Night Live wins were not as pro-women as anti-Trump, even if Kate McKinnondid wear a white pantsuit and thank Hillary Clinton. 

Leave it to Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton to go off-script, bringing the sassy tone of their '9 to 5' movie to the stage in Los Angeles.  “Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot,” Fonda said. “In 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, hypocritical, lying, egotistical bigot,” Tomlin chimed in to massive cheers from a liberal audience totally Trumped out. The night's first standing ovation for feminism was in the house.  

Then came the night's big surprise, and it wasn't big wins for 'This Is Us', the predictable family drama.