Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman

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Mariner Books, 2012 - 596 pages
An irresistible biography of the accomplished, controversial actress whose roles on screen and off helped define a generation. Whether you love Jane Fonda or abhor her, "Jane Fonda" is a detailed and generous exploration not only of the contradictory world Fonda grew up in but of the many people who shaped her. Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle"
Patricia Bosworth has gone beyond the image of an American superwoman to reveal a Jane Fonda more powerful and vulnerable than ever expected. Fonda emerged from a heartbreaking Hollywood family drama to become a 60s onscreen ingenue and then an Oscar-winning actress. At the top of her game she risked all, rising up against the Vietnam War and shocking the world with a trip to Hanoi. While becoming one of Hollywood s most committed feminists, she financed her husband Tom Hayden s political career in the 80s with exercise videos that began a fitness craze and brought in millions of dollars. Just as interesting is Fonda s next turn, as a Stepford Wife of the Gulfstream set, marrying Ted Turner and seemingly walking away from her ideals and her career. Fonda s multilevel story is a blend of the deep insecurity, magnetism, bravery, and determination that has fueled her inspiring and occasionally infuriating public life.
The definitive portrait of a woman conflicted, torn between ferocious ambition, family, and feminist causes. Gail Sheehy, author of "Passages"
The Private Life does Jane Fonda the service of making us remember why she was relevant in the first place: the movies. Bosworth s thorough account of this wild, uniquely twentieth-century Hollywood life makes Jane Fonda the actress even more intriguing. "San Francisco Chronicle"
[insert author photo] PATRICIA BOSWORTH, a contributing editor at "Vanity Fair," has known Jane Fonda since they were both students at the Actors Studio and has been writing about her since 1968. Bosworth has also written acclaimed biographies of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando, as well as a family memoir, "Anything Your Little Heart Desires."
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Bosworth really did her homework on Fonda. It was exciting to read about all the people she's been involved with, all her major life changes, etc. Jane Fonda is an icon. Read full review

Becoming Jane Jonda

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This book reveals the vulnerability of being a person whose image was made by others. It takes incredible determination to find her own essence and move beyond dominate mens stories into her own life. I admire all people who have the courage of finding their own lives and walking into the unknown. Read full review

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PATRICIA BOSWORTH, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, has known Jane Fonda since they were both students at the Actors Studio, and has been writing about her since 1968. Bosworth has also written acclaimed biographies of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando.

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