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Spotlight on: Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda has made a name for herself as a powerhouse actress who has appeared in over 40 films, almost single-handedly created the celebrity fitness video genre, and for being completely honest about her past struggles with bulimia, feelings on plastic surgery, and controversial political actions.

What makes Jane unique, for me, is her ability to portray such a vast array of characters (whether it’s a sex kitten or timid 40-something woman starting a career for the first time) with sincerity and respect. Here are three of my favorite Jane Fonda roles, beginning with:


As music swells and the opening credits begin to roll, an astronaut floating in mid-air begins stripping, and we become aware that this isn’t your average science fiction film. The astronaut performing the striptease is Barbarella, the blonde bombshell who fearlessly encounters evil dolls, birds, and children on her quest to stop Durand-Durand, who is intent on using a weapon of mass destruction. The movie flopped financially, but has become a cult classic for it’s racy scenes and Barbarella’s revealing outfits - and the villain even inspired Duran Duran’s name!

KLUTE (1971)

Only three years after the frivolous Barbarella, Jane starred in Klute as Bree Daniels, a prostitute who is being stalked. This film garnered Jane her first Oscar, and showed Hollywood she had the acting prowess that could make her father proud.


Without a doubt my favorite Fonda film (yay alliteration!!), Nine to Five was so good that directly after watching the movie for the first time, my sister and I watched it again with Jane, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton’s auto commentary! Newly divorced, timid, and lost - Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda) begins her first day on the job only to make mistake after mistake and be harassed by the boss, Franklin Hart. Luckily for her, Frank’s right-hand woman Violet and secretary Doralee (played by Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, respectively) take her under their wing, and hilarity ensues when the ladies get ahold of some pot and begin imagining how they each would kill Frank - in one of their fantasy sequences, we see Violet dressed up in a Snow White costume (complete with animated birds!) as she adds poison to his coffee. This scene is skillfully referenced the next day when Violet accidentally puts rat poison instead of sugar in Frank’s coffee, and after a series of mix-ups, the ladies end up with a corpse in their trunk. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the movie, so shoo and go watch it!

By Kailey


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