Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 596 pages
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"An irresistible biography of the accomplished, controversial actress whose roles on screen and off helped define a generation. Whether you love Jane Fonda or abhor her, Jane Fonda is a detailed and generous exploration not only of the contradictory world Fonda grew up in but of the many people who shaped her." --Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

Patricia Bosworth has gone beyond the image of an American superwoman to reveal a Jane Fonda more powerful and vulnerable than ever expected. Fonda emerged from a heartbreaking Hollywood family drama to become a '60s onscreen ingénue and then an Oscar-winning actress. At the top of her game she risked all, rising up against the Vietnam War and shocking the world with a trip to Hanoi. While becoming one of Hollywood's most committed feminists, she financed her husband Tom Hayden's political career in the '80s with exercise videos that began a fitness craze and brought in millions of dollars. Just as interesting is Fonda's next turn, as a Stepford Wife of the Gulfstream set, marrying Ted Turner and seemingly walking away from her ideals and her career. Fonda's multilevel story is a blend of the deep insecurity, magnetism, bravery, and determination that has fueled her inspiring and occasionally infuriating public life.

"The definitive portrait of a woman conflicted, torn between ferocious ambition, family, and feminist causes." --Gail Sheehy, author of Passages

"The Private Life does Jane Fonda the service of making us remember why she was relevant in the first place: the movies. Bosworth's thorough account of this wild, uniquely twentieth-century Hollywood life makes Jane Fonda the actress even more intriguing." --San Francisco Chronicle
  

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Review: Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman

User Review  - Ingrid Shanklin - Goodreads

I loved this book, it gave me a totally new appreaciation for Jane Fonda.This author undressed Ms. Fonda and laid her bare for all to read. Bare yes, but disrespectful no...it's lengthy read, but so worth the time investment. I came away feeling like I knew her and wanted to know her better. Read full review

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User Review  - Bethany - Goodreads

good book, well written. I knew little about Fonda before reading, I learned a lot. interesting woman with an interesting life. I do not necessarily agree with her life decisions or political views or I probably would have rated it higher. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
19371958
15
19581963
105
19631970
187
19701988
307
19882000
439
Epilogue
528
Acknowledgments
535
Notes
538
Bibliography
564
Photo Credits
567
Index
569
Back Flap
597
Back Cover
598
Spine
599
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

PATRICIA BOSWORTH, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair , has known Jane Fonda since they were students at the Actors Studio and has been writing about her since 1968.  Bosworth has also written acclaimed biographies of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando.  She lives in New York.

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