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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Following in the footsteps of famous parents can be difficult, and Jane Fonda knows that just about more than anybody. Fonda was born to actor Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour. It could have been easy to fold under the pressure that Fonda was facing as the daughter of a big star, but she’s ended up living a long and healthy life, with a tremendous career to go along with it.

Following in the footsteps of famous parents can be difficult, and Jane Fonda knows that just about more than anybody. Fonda was born to actor Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour. It could have been easy to fold under the pressure that Fonda was facing as the daughter of a big star, but she’s ended up living a long and healthy life, with a tremendous career to go along with it.

Fonda herself was born on December 21, 1937 in New York City, and like many who made their fame in acting, Fonda was initially interested in modeling. Fonda would land gigs as a model during her teenage years, but then decided to pursue acting on a more consistent basis after appearing in a play with her father. After graduating from high school, Fonda would attend Vassar college, but dropped out so that she could move to France for several years where she studied art.

When Fonda got back, she was approached by a theater director that convinced Fonda to get back on stage, which helped garner the attention of many producers in Hollywood. In 1960, a 22 year old Fonda would make her film debut with “Tall Story”, and she would quickly rise up the ranks throughout the decade. Some of her biggest hits during the 1960s included “Period of Adjustment”, “Any Wednesday” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” The latter of which earned Fonda her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

Fonda wouldn’t have to wait too long until she heard her name as the winner for Best Actress, taking home the title two years later for her role in “Klute”. To finish out the decade, Fonda would be nominated for two more Best Actress Oscars for “Julia” and “Coming Home”, beating out the field for the second. Since then, Fonda hasn’t won another Oscar, but she’s been nominated for three more (one for Supporting Actress) for her roles in “The China Syndrome”, “On Golden Pond” and “The Morning After”.

There was no doubt that heading into the 1980s that Fonda was still one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Outside of her two Oscar nominated performances, she had also starred in “9 to 5” and “Agnes of God”, but seemingly disappeared following “Stanley & Iris” in 1990. At the time, Fonda was barely in her 50s, but decided that she wanted to walk away.

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