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Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Womanby Patricia Bosworth
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Advance Praise for Jane Fonda
“Watching Jane Fonda wrestle with her many passions has been one of the most fascinating stories of the past fifty years. Brilliant, beautiful, achingly vulnerable, self-wounding, Fonda is one of the greatest film stars to ever appear on the screen. Her life deserves to be reevaluated as it is in Patricia Bosworths Jane Fonda.” — Alec Baldwin
“Jane Fonda was born with beauty and talent. Now shes blessed with a biographer who knows Hollywood and understands the human condition. Nothing about Fondas life (her obsession with her looks, her lovers, her husbands, her money, and her elusive father) escapes the keen eye of Patricia Bosworth, who tells the life story of one of the most intriguing women of our era. You will be enthralled.” — Kitty Kelley, author of Oprah: A Biography
“Patricia Bosworths brilliant detective work has unearthed so much about Jane Fonda that I didnt know — so much feeling, so much courage, so much hurt. It reveals Fonda as the archetypal woman of her generation: a woman torn between love and work, family and accomplishment. Bosworths book is far from another Hollywood biography; it is a human portrait and, at the same time, a major American life. Reading this book, living Janes life along with her, is an adventure and a pleasure.” — William Mann, author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn
“Far more than a spellbinding biography, Jane Fonda sweeps the reader into a cultural history of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, when this icon helped define the causes of the era. The access gained by Bosworth is impressive — lovers, stepmothers, and ex-husbands share their secrets, adding to what will certainly become the definitive portrait of a woman conflicted, torn between ferocious ambition, family, and feminist causes. Bosworths rendering of Fondas interior chaos becomes a revealing probe into the female psyche.” — Gail Sheehy, author of Passages
“Patricia Bosworth has written an irresistible biography of the accomplished, controversial actress whose roles onscreen and off helped define a generation. Whether you love Jane Fonda or abhor her, Jane Fonda is a detailed and generous exploration not only of the contradictory world Fonda grew up in but of the many people who shaped her.” — Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle
Acclaimed biographer Patricia Bosworth goes behind the image of an American superwoman, revealing Jane Fondaand#8212;more powerful and vulnerable than ever expectedand#8212;whose struggles for high achievement, love, and successful motherhood mirror the conflicts of a generation of women.
A narrative account of Elizabeth Taylor's career, with particular attention paid to how the consummate movie star influenced and crafted her image over the years.
Elizabeth Taylor has never been short on star power, but in this unprecedented biography, the spotlight is entirely on herand#8212;a spirited beauty full of magic, professional daring, and wit.
Acclaimed biographer William Mann follows Elizabeth Taylor publicly as she makes her ascent at MGM, falls into (and out of) marriages, wins Oscars, fights studio feuds, and combats America's conservative values with her decidedly modern love affairs. But he also shines a light on Elizabeth's rich private life, revealing a love for her craft and a loyalty to the underdog that fueled her lifelong battle against the studio system. Swathed in mink, disposing of husbands but keeping the diamondsand#8212;this is Elizabeth Taylor as she lived and loved, breaking and making the rules in the game of supreme celebrity.
and#8220;An irresistible biography of the accomplished, controversial actress whose roles on screen and off helped define a generation. Whether you love Jane Fonda or abhor her, Jane Fonda is a detailed and generous exploration not only of the contradictory world Fonda grew up in but of the many people who shaped her.and#8221; and#8212;Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle
Patricia Bosworth has gone beyond the image of an American superwoman to reveal a Jane Fonda more powerful and vulnerable than ever expected. Fonda emerged from a heartbreaking Hollywood family drama to become a and#8217;60s onscreen ingand#233;nue and then an Oscar-winning actress. At the top of her game she risked all, rising up against the Vietnam War and shocking the world with a trip to Hanoi. While becoming one of Hollywoodand#8217;s most committed feminists, she financed her husband Tom Haydenand#8217;s political career in the and#8217;80s with exercise videos that began a fitness craze and brought in millions of dollars. Just as interesting is Fondaand#8217;s next turn, as a Stepford Wife of the Gulfstream set, marrying Ted Turner and seemingly walking away from her ideals and her career. Fondaand#8217;s multilevel story is a blend of the deep insecurity, magnetism, bravery, and determination that has fueled her inspiring and occasionally infuriating public life.
and#8220;The definitive portrait of a woman conflicted, torn between ferocious ambition, family, and feminist causes.and#8221; and#8212;Gail Sheehy, author of Passages
and#8220;The Private Life does Jane Fonda the service of making us remember why she was relevant in the first place: the movies. Bosworthand#8217;s thorough account of this wild, uniquely twentieth-century Hollywood life makes Jane Fonda the actress even more intriguing.and#8221; and#8212;San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
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.andnbsp; Bosworth has also written acclaimed biographies of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando.andnbsp;andnbsp;She lives in New York.
Table of Contents
Prologue • 1
I Daughter: 1937-1958 • 15
II Actress: 1958-1963 • 105
III Movie Star / Sex Symbol: 1963-1970 • 187
IV Political Activist: 1970-1988 • 307
V Workout Guru / Tycoon Wife: 1988-2000 • 439
Epilogue • 528
Acknowledgments • 535
Notes • 538
Bibliography • 564
Photo Credits • 567
Index • 569
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