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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Bosworth goes behind the image of an American superwoman, revealing Jane Fonda—more powerful and vulnerable than ever expected—whose struggles for high achievement, love, and successful motherhood mirror the conflicts of a generation of women.

In the hands of this seasoned, tenacious biographer, the evolution of one of the century’s most controversial and successful women becomes nothing less than a great, enthralling American life.

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 all, rising against the Vietnam War and shocking the world with a trip to Hanoi. Later, 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 is a story of the blend of deep insecurity, magnetism, bravery, and determination that fuels the most inspiring and occasionally infuriating public lives. Finally here is Fonda and all the women she’s been.

 

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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

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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
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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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