Monday, June 17, 2024

Jane Fonda Won $125,000 on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” And Told the Story of Meeting Famous Tortoise Lonesome George


Two time Oscar winner Jane Fonda appeared on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” Wednesday night. She won $125,000 which will go to her Fire Drill Fridays activist program at Greenpeace.

Fonda looked fantastic, of course, with a “Klute”-like short hair cut, all shiny gray. She wore a Fire Drill Fridays t shirt. Her “smartest friend” who accompanied her was comedian Louis Virtel, who actually was pretty smart. Jane stopped from answering what would have been the $250,000 question about cities in time zones. Good thing, too, because she would have lost.

One question was about Lonesome George, a famous gigantic tortoise in the Galpagos. Turned out, Jane had met him. Here’s the clip. PS If the Kennedy Center is going to do their honors this year, it’s well past time for Jane to be inducted. She’s the most fearsome and devoted American. Plus, all the awards. And her contribution to American culture is incalculable.

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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