Whether you know of Jane Fonda as a movie star, fitness guru or political activist, she’s certainly made her mark over the years. Here are some facts you might not know about her…
- Her real name is Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda. I have no idea whether the ‘Lady’ means she was titled, or whether it was just a strange first name. I’m guessing the latter, if anyone knows for sure please let me know!
- She was named after Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour (one of the few of Henry’s wives who wasn’t beheaded) to whom she is distantly related on her mother’s side.
- Jane Fonda was featured on the cover of Vogue twice while she was a fashion model in the 1950s.
- She turned a few major movie roles including Mia Farrow’s part in Rosemary’s Baby and Fay Dunaway’s role in Bonnie and Clyde.
- Over 17 million copies of her fitness videos were sold worldwide (including 1 copy to the teenage me)
- Jane Fonda was under surveillance by the NSA between 1967 and 1973 because of her political activism connected with the Vietnam War.
- Fonda has been married 3 times: to screenwriter and director Roger Vadim, political activist Tom Hayden and media tycoon Ted Turner.
- Her mother committed suicide when Fonda was just 12.
- In 1962 she won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer as well as “Year’s Worst Actress” from the Harvard Lampoon
- The movie Barabarella, which established Fonda as a sex-symbol, was directed by her then husband Roger Vadim.
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Above: Original publicity photo of Jane Fonda for the film Period of Adjustment in 1962.