Sunday, April 14, 2024

Two Time Oscar Winner Jane Fonda Will Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award


Great news: Jane Fonda has been chosen to receive the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. The two time Oscar winner will be celebrated by Hollywood on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood. Fonda won Best Actress twice, in 1971 for Klute and 1977 for Coming Home. She’s been nominated seven times altogether, for They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Julia, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, and The Morning After.

Before Meryl Streep, Fonda held the unofficial title of the Greatest American Actress. She also won an Emmy for The Dollmaker, and has been nominated for a Tony Award. She was nominated for an Emmy this year for “The Newsroom.”

Jane has also run a highly successful charity in Atlanta designed to prevent teenage pregnancy through education and of course has been a leader in the women’s movement. Her cultural influence cannot be overstated.

She has also an AFI legacy. Her late dad, Henry Fonda, was feted by the AFI in 1978.

And Fonda is still working hard in film: she plays the mother in Shawn Levy’s upcoming “This is Where I Leave You.” Jonathan Tropper, who wrote the novel and the screenplay upon which the film is based, told me the other night that Jane “was the revelation of the film shoot.  He said: “She held her own with a bunch of fast talking comedians” in the cast and “surprised everyone” with her comedy chops.

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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