Fonda, Jane (Seymour)

Fonda, Jane (Seymour)

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(born Dec. 21, 1937, New York, N.Y., U.S.) U.S. film actress, political activist, and fitness enthusiast. The daughter of actor Henry Fonda, she made her film debut in Tall Story (1960), which began a career that took dizzying turns. After playing comic roles in such films as Cat Ballou (1965) and Barefoot in the Park (1967), she appeared as a sex kitten in husband Roger Vadim's (married 1965–73) futuristic Barbarella (1968). She then plunged into leftist political activity, marrying the activist Tom Hayden (married 1973–89) and loudly condemning the Vietnam War, and made socially conscious films including They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Klute (1971, Academy Award), and Coming Home (1978, Academy Award). She later marketed a series of hugely popular exercise books and videotapes. After marrying Ted Turner in 1991 (divorced 2001), she retired from the screen.

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