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Jane Fonda Will Get Cecil B. Demille Award at 2021 Golden Globes

Marion Charatan

Posted on January 27, 2021 04:08

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The Academy Award -winning actress is controversial to some. But whether or not you're a Jane Fonda fan, it's undeniable the film icon has a string of achievements in her life that set her apart.

She is timeless and remains relevant with her work. Jane Fonda is a force of nature. The 83-year-old Academy award-winning actress has involved herself with causes including environmentalism and encouraging teen abstinence. Who could forget her in roles like Barbarella, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, Klute or Coming Home? Next month, the Golden Globe organization will honor Fonda with the lifetime Cecil B. Demille Award. 

I like Jane Fonda. She has the courage of her convictions, whether you agree with her or not. Fonda was labeled 'Hanoi Jane' in the Vietnam era. For those not old enough to remember, the actress was a vocal anti-war protestor. More than 45 years ago, she traveled to Southeast Asia and posted pictures of herself with North Vietnamese soldiers in front of a gun used to shoot down American planes.

In 2011, Fonda wrote on her website that she will "regret that to my dying day." Former Fox news host Megyn Kelly said on her broadcast that Fonda “called our P.O.W.s ‘hypocrites and liars’ and referred to their torture as ‘understandable,'” and added she “had to apologize years later for that gun picture — but not for the rest of it.”

It is a grim reality that we are often judged by our worst action, not by the measure of positive things we have done in our lives. Isn't there anything you've done in your past you wish you could erase?   

Fonda later said that she was exhausted when the photo op happened: it was taken under duress during the last day of an exhausting two-week trip. She stressed that after she talked to US soldiers, she changed her perspective. The issue of being labeled a 'traitor' was addressed by the actress in her memoir My Life So Far.

Ironically, Fonda's role in Coming Home won her an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1979. It is the story of Sally Hyde, the wife of a deployed Marine officer during the Vietnam era, who volunteers in a VA hospital and falls in love with a paraplegic played by Jon Voight. The ending is a shocker and leaves you reeling; a poignant and must-see movie. Perhaps she accepted the role, which is sympathetic to the plight of American soldiers, as a type of retribution.

Another Oscar went to Fonda for Klute, where she portrayed a prostitute named Bree Walker who was enlisted to help find a missing man. 

The acting accolades continued with Neflix's recent series Grace and Frankie

Fonda has been married multiple times to well-known men, including Roger Vadim and Ted Turner. She has been candid about plastic surgery. However,  I think her healthy lifestyle has kept her beautiful and youthful more than anything else. The exercise routines hold up today. 

And she is bravely willing to go to jail to show her commitment to protect the environment at an age when many would be winding down. 

Fonda will be honored Sunday, February 28 on NBC.

Marion Charatan

Posted on January 27, 2021 04:08

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