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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 Fonda—more powerful and vulnerable than ever expected—whose struggles for high achievement, love, and successful motherhood mirror the conflicts of a generation of women.
“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.” —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 60s onscreen ingénue 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 Hollywoods most committed feminists, she financed her husband Tom Haydens political career in the 80s with exercise videos that began a fitness craze and brought in millions of dollars. Just as interesting is Fondas next turn, as a Stepford Wife of the Gulfstream set, marrying Ted Turner and seemingly walking away from her ideals and her career. Fondas multilevel story is a blend of the deep insecurity, magnetism, bravery, and determination that has fueled her inspiring and occasionally infuriating public life.
“The definitive portrait of a woman conflicted, torn between ferocious ambition, family, and feminist causes.” —Gail Sheehy, author of Passages
“The Private Life does Jane Fonda the service of making us remember why she was relevant in the first place: the movies. Bosworths thorough account of this wild, uniquely twentieth-century Hollywood life makes Jane Fonda the actress even more intriguing.” —San Francisco Chronicle
A father who could not show love; a mother who killed herself; stardom; a war that tore her apart; husbands who used her; the transformation that made her, finally, a heroine. No one has taken us so far inside the public dramas that made Jane Fonda part of history or the private ones that left scars. Her own best-selling memoir was candid, but left out many intimate moments. Becoming Jane Fonda gets closer, benefiting from advantages no other writer will ever share. Patricia Bosworth has known Fonda since the 60s when both attended the Actors Studio, and has been granted access to her best friends and deepest secrets: Fondas rejection of her mother the day before her suicide; her FBI profile; her often manic behavior and astonishing sexual career; the dark psychological downfall that led to her marriage to Ted Turner; and her strangely intimate relationship with her brother, Peter.
Jane Fondas fame stems from her heritage as Henry Fondas daughter, her beauty, her talent, and the kind of gnawing ambition that never gets satisfied. Like Hillary Clinton and Princess Diana, Fonda is complicated, ever-changing, and more haunted and vulnerable than she has shown. Moving from sex symbol to serious actress, from Hanoi Jane to Exercise Queen, she inspires questions that Bosworth answers: Who is she underneath it all? And why does she keep on running? Open this book and you wont look up.
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. Bosworth has also written acclaimed biographies of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando. 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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