2014: Jane Fonda Tribute

42nd AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda

The American Film Institute's Board of Trustees selected Jane Fonda to receive the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Fonda at a gala tribute on June 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its second year on TNT when it airs in June 2014, followed by encores on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

About Jane Fonda

Photo credit: Firooz Zahedi
Jane Fonda is part of an American acting dynasty. Where others would have been defined by their place in the family tree – the daughter of an American screen legend, the wife of a famous director, activist or billionaire broadcaster – it is Fonda herself, an Academy Award®-winning actor of KLUTE (1971) and COMING HOME (1978) and star of more than 40 other films, whose image as an artist and activist eclipses all others. Her path through the starry firmament of Hollywood and the world beyond has ultimately been determined by the gravitational pull of her own power.

Jane Seymour Fonda was born in New York City in 1937 to a socialite, Frances Seymour Brokaw, and an up and coming actor, Henry Fonda. By the time she was old enough to pursue her own career, Fonda's father had become a movie icon of American grit and integrity. At 17, she appeared with her father in a production of "The Country Girl" at the Omaha Community Theatre. She joined the Actors Studio in 1958, studied with Lee Strasberg and made her screen debut two years later opposite Anthony Perkins in TALL STORY (1960) directed by Joshua Logan.

Fonda's early screen roles revealed a talent for light comedy in well-crafted adaptations of Broadway plays like PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT (1962), ANY WEDNESDAY (1966) and BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (1967). Her role in BARBARELLA (1968) established her in pop culture before she landed dramatic roles in THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? (1969) and KLUTE. Her portrayal of prostitute and stalking victim Bree Daniels earned Fonda her first Academy Award®. Fonda's stirring performances in COMING HOME, JULIA (1977) and THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979) won praise from the nation's film critics.

In the 1980s, Fonda defied expectations by writing "Jane Fonda's Workout Book" and creating Jane Fonda's Workout Video," best-sellers that ignited a national aerobic exercise craze among baby boomers. In all, Fonda released two dozen fitness videos, six books and 13 audios.

Fonda's acting triumph of the 1980s was the film adaptation of Ernest Thompson's play, ON GOLDEN POND (1981), in which she appeared with her father – whose performance earned him his only Academy Award® for Best Actor. Fonda herself was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Other major films during this decade were NINE TO FIVE (1980), AGNES OF GOD (1985) and STANLEY AND IRIS (1989), after which she announced her retirement.

Retirement didn't last as Fonda returned to the performing arts where she triumphed on the Broadway stage in Moises Kaufman's "33 Variations" (2009), and appeared in such films as MONSTER-IN-LAW (2005), GEORGIA RULE (2007) and PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING (2011). She currently plays Leona Lansing in the HBO series THE NEWSROOM.

To purchase tickets to the AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Jane Fonda, please contact Amy Campbell, AFI Director of Special Events at acampbell@AFI.com.

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