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Jane Fonda

Actress, Motivational Speaker & Activist

Jane Fonda was born in New York City, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College. In her early twenties, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York. Fonda’s work…

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Jane Fonda was born in New York City, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College. In her early twenties, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York.

Fonda’s work on stage and screen has 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.

In 2007 Fonda received an Honorary Palme d’Or from the Cannes Film Festival, one of only three people ever to be granted this honor until then.

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 17 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.

Her 2011 book, “Prime Time” offers a comprehensive guide to living life to the fullest, particularly beyond middle age.

2009-2010 was an incredible year for Fonda; she released a set of Fitness DVDs under her new label Prime Time, aimed at the boomer/senior generation and released by Lionsgate. Additional fitness Prime Time DVDs were released in 2011.

It seems as her career progresses the better the roles for Fonda. She appeared as Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels’s “The Butler,” had a memorable role in HBO’s “The Newsroom” and plays the matriarch in “This is Where I Leave You” which stars Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Cory Stoll and Adam Driver as her children.

In 2015, Fonda teamed up with longtime friend Lily Tomlin for the series “Grace and Frankie.” The show looks at two women who work to rebuild their lives after their husbands fall in love with each other and leave them. Martin Sheen plays Fonda’s husband, Robert, and Sam Waterston plays Tomlin’s husband, Sol. That year, Fonda also delivered a standout performance alongside Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in “Youth,” earning a Golden Globe nomination for supporting actress.

In addition to her tremendous success as a stage and screen actress, Jane Fonda 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 now serves as Chair Emeritus of 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, peace, and the empowerment of women and girls. She is on the board of the Women’s Media Center, which she co-founded in 2004 with Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan; she sits on the board of V-Day: Until The Violence Stops, a global effort to stop violence against women and girls 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, her 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.

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My Life So Far
In this popular talk, the acclaimed actress, bestselling author and activist tells the story of her life – a life lived at the center of movies and American events, from the 1940’s to the present.

Being A Teen: A Guide To Adolescence
As founder of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP) and Emory University’s Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health, Jane Fonda has over eighteen years experience in the field of adolescent sexuality and development. In this speech, Fonda gives a frank overview of identity, friendship, family, the body, sexuality, pregnancy, bullying, and more – everything a young person needs to grow up happy and healthy.

The Ultimate Workout: Accepting Your Body Image and Yourself
In the 1980s Jane Fonda’s Workout was the top grossing video of all time and Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry like no other. A trusted voice on fitness and well-being, Jane Fonda speaks about her own struggles with eating disorders and what it takes for people to strengthen their body image and reclaim their health.

The Third Act”: Aging Successfully
Due to the longevity revolution, the average life expectancy has jumped by thirty-four years, giving us a whole second adult lifetime to plan for and enjoy. In this inspiring speech, Jane Fonda offers a valuable roadmap for taking advantage of this gift of time while embracing and maximizing life’s “third act”.

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