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Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman

Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman

Patricia Bosworth

ISBN: 9780547577654

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"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"
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