On December 21 Jane Fonda was born …

On December 21, 1937 Jane Fonda was born. She is an American actress, writer, fitness guru, as well as a political activist. She is the daughter of actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Ford Seymour Brokaw. She is named after the third wife of king Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, to whom she is distantly related to from her mother’s side.

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Jane Fonda
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She began to gain fame in the 1960s by appearing in such movies as “Barbarella” and “Cat Ballou.” She later gained notoriety for her political causes, such as her opposition to the Vietnam War, for which she called American politicians and leaders “war criminals,” and was photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft battery. To further help her political activism (to which she describes herself as a liberal and a feminist), she helped co-found the “Women’s Media Center” alongside Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem.

Jane Fonda in the 1968 science-action film "Barbarella"  Paramount Pictures

Jane Fonda in the 1968 science-action film “Barbarella”
Paramount Pictures

Throughout the 80s, being a fitness enthusiast herself, Fonda began to release a slew of workout videos and books. Combined, they have sold over 17 million copies. After a 15 year hiatus, in 2010, she released two fitness videos aimed at an older audience.

During her extensive career, she has won two Academy Awards, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes, and written two memoirs.

 

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