Sunday, June 16, 2024

Triumph: Jane Fonda to Receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting, Activism, Philanthropy



Jane Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award from the Golden Globes on February 28th. The two time Oscar winner will be honored for her acting, activism, and philanthropy.

I’m so pleased for Jane, whom I’ve known since 1982. She is an American hero who has always stood up for what she believes in, whether or not it was popular. She’s also endured severe criticism in many cases, and never backed down.

Bravo, Jane!

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association takes great pride in bestowing the 2021 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Jane Fonda,” said HFPA President Ali Sar. “For more than five decades, Jane’s breadth of work has been anchored in her unrelenting activism, using her platform to address some of the most important social issues of our time. Her undeniable talent has gained her the highest level of recognition, and while her professional life has taken many turns, her unwavering commitment to evoking change has remained. We are honored to celebrate her achievements at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards.”

I’ve not always been a fan of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but this is maybe the best thing they’ve ever done. Kudos.

Jane has managed to do it all. She’s been a famous daughter, wife, mother (of great kids and grand kids), activist, actress, sex symbol, and friend. She has a wide circle of very enthusiastic fans, friends, and supporters.

Past Cecil B. DeMille winners include Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Sophia Loren, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, Robin Williams and many more.

Jane, who’s a sensational 83 years young, celebrated her 80th birthday by raising $1 million for each of her nonprofits, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, and the Women’s Media Center. She also serves on the Board of Directors and made a $1 million donation to Donor Direct Action, an organization that supports front-line women’s organizations around the world to promote women’s equality. For the last couple of years, Jane has been leading the charge on Fire Drill Fridays, a national movement to raise public awareness of the urgency of the climate crisis. Her latest book, “What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair to Action,” details her personal journey with the movement and provides solutions for communities to combat the climate crisis. It was released last fall via Penguin Press.

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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