Having enjoyed tremendous
success as a stage and screen actress, Jane Fonda now focuses much of
her time on activism and social change – with much of her work devoted
to the program she founded in 1995, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent
Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). Fonda chairs this statewide effort to
reduce the high rates of adolescent pregnancy in Georgia through community,
youth and family development, training of professionals who work with
adolescents, and legislative advocacy.
Fonda has long been known
for activism and advocacy on environmental issues, human rights, and
the empowerment of women and girls. In 2000, Fonda traveled to Nigeria
and produced a film, in collaboration with the International Women’s
Health Coalition, entitled "Generation 2000: Changing Girls’ Realities."
Fonda is a member of the
Women & Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign
Relations; the board of Women’s Media Center, which she co-founded
in 2004; and she sits on the board of V-Day: Until The Violence Stops,
a global effort to stop violence against women begun in 1998 by Eve
Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues."
At the Emory School of
Medicine, Fonda established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive
Health which engages in research, curriculum development and trainings
that broaden understanding of adolescent development and reproductive
health and enhance service delivery to children, youth and families.
In addition, Fonda’s gift has endowed a faculty chair in the Department
of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Emory University School of Medicine
named the Marion Howard Chair in Adolescent Reproductive Health.
In 1994, Fonda was named
Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
Fonda was born in New York
City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda.
She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College.
In her late teens, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg
and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York.
Her subsequent work on
stage and screen earned numerous nominations and awards, including Oscars
(Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming
Home) and an Emmy for her performance in The Dollmaker. Along
with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda
also took on responsibilities as a film and television producer. Her
credits include Coming Home, The China Syndrome,
Nine to Five, Rollover, On Golden Pond, The Morning
After and The Dollmaker.
Fonda revolutionized the
fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda’s Workout in
1982. She followed with the production of 23 home exercise videos, 13
audio recordings, and five books – selling 16 million copies all together.
The original Jane Fonda’s Workout video remains the top grossing
home video of all time.
In May 2005, Random House
published Fonda’s memoirs, "My Life So Far," which immediately
went to #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. That same spring
"Monster-in-Law," her first film in 15 years, also became the #1
box office hit making Fonda the first person to simultaneously have
a #1 book and #1 movie. Fonda’s most recent film, Georgia Rule,
opened in spring 2007. Fonda returned to Broadway in March, 2009
for a limited engagement of Moisés Kaufman’s 33
Fonda is an avid reader,
hiker, fly fisherwoman and yoga enthusiast. She lives in Atlanta, along
with her daughter Vanessa Vadim, and her two grandchildren. Her son,
Troy Garity, lives in Los Angeles and is an actor.