Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman

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“The definitive portrait of a woman conflicted, torn between ferocious ambition, family, and feminist causes” (Gail Sheehy, author of Passages).
 
Jane 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 it all, speaking out against the Vietnam War and shocking the world with a trip to Hanoi. One of Hollywood’s most committed feminists, she financed her husband Tom Hayden’s political career in the ’80s with a series of exercise videos that sparked a nationwide fitness craze. Even more surprising was 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.
 
Patricia Bosworth goes behind the image of an American superwoman, revealing the real Jane Fonda—more powerful and vulnerable than we ever expected—whose struggles for high achievement, love, and motherhood mirror the conflicts of an entire generation of women. In the hands of this seasoned, tenacious biographer, the evolution of one of the world’s most controversial and successful women becomes nothing less than a great, enthralling American life.
 
“A book that gets unusually close to its subject. It sees what Ms. Fonda cannot see about herself.” —The New York Times
 
“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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Bosworth really did her homework on Fonda. It was exciting to read about all the people she's been involved with, all her major life changes, etc. Jane Fonda is an icon. Read full review

Becoming Jane Jonda

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This book reveals the vulnerability of being a person whose image was made by others. It takes incredible determination to find her own essence and move beyond dominate mens stories into her own life. I admire all people who have the courage of finding their own lives and walking into the unknown. Read full review

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
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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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