Thursday, May 23, 2024

Happy Birthday, Jane Fonda–73 and Getting Younger


I’ve just been watching Jane Fonda‘s clips from her December 2nd appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She’s amazing. Watch them on

Yesterday, Jane turned a very young 73. It’s hard to imagine that I met her when she was 44. She’s changed, of course, but only for the better. Yes, she’s made mistakes, and talked about them openly. She’s always been daring and passionate in her politics, and her outlook on life.,2933,768,00.html?r_src=ramp,2933,772,00.html (third story down)

She’s just finished writing a book on aging. And this month she’s released a slew of new DVDs for working out–for baby boomers, senior citizens, and next, for young people with new, young instructors.

In the 1970s and early 80s, Fonda — who is Hollywood royalty – was also the greatest American actress. She won two Oscars–for “Klute” and for “Coming Home.” I do think she was cheated on “Julia.” Her other landmarks films of that time include “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” “Electric Horseman,” “The China Syndrome,” “On Golden Pond,” “Comes a Horseman,” “Nine to Five.” With so much interest in Jeff Bridges right now, check out the 1986 Sidney Lumet film, “The Morning After.” The movie didn’t quite work, but it produced Jane’s 7th Oscar nomination.

Now Jane is “shacked up” (as she says) with multi Grammy winning producer Richard Perry, the man who’s responsible for monster hits like Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” Harry Nilsson’s “Without You.” Ringo Starr’s “Photograph,” the Pointer Sisters’ “Jump,” and even Rod Stewart’s latest standards CD. She’s kept Ted Turner as a friend, has raised a successful family, and never stops allowing her intellectual curiosity to grow.

Happy birthday, Jane!

PS Check out Jane’s important foundation, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention at

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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