Jane Fonda: Barbarella And Bree Daniels, Then And Now

By | August 15, 2018

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Actress Jane Fonda. (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

In films such as Barefoot In The Park (1967), Barbarella (1968), Klute (1970), The China Syndrome (1979), 9 to 5 (1980) and On Golden Pond (1981), Jane Fonda built a career as a glamorous movie star and a serious, award-winning actress. Part of the Fonda acting clan, Jane is the daughter of Henry Fonda and the brother of Peter Fonda

Much of Fonda's life, as we know it, has unfolded off-screen but in public. Her marriages to famous men and her political activism have sometimes overshadowed her career. But Jane Fonda's life story is a complex one; she transcends the profession of "actress" and inhabits the realms of icon, trailblazer, rebel, and living legend. Love her or hate her (and many people do claim to hate her), she is a celebrity who's seen it all and lived to tell about it.

A Child Of Hollywood

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Jane Fonda, the daughter of the famous Henry Fonda, was born with celebrity status just by virtue of her name. Fonda began her now famous acting career in the 1950s after an unconventional childhood. Her mother committed suicide when she was only 12 years old. Following her mother’s death, her father, Henry Fonda, married a young socialite only 9 years older than Jane; a marriage that ended in divorce. Before acting, Jane Fonda was a dancer and began teaching dance at the age of 15.