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Introduction: Jane Fonda in Five Acts (07:38)


On September 19th, 1971 President Nixon spoke about feeling badly for Jane Fonda's father Henry. Fonda is an actress, celebrity, and activist. Fonda did her hair and makeup when she won both Oscars. (Credits)

Act One: Henry (14:23)

Henry believes in accepting movies that depict underdogs. Upon receiving an ultimatum to leave home, Fonda begins to study acting with Lee Strasberg. Robert Redford describes their chemistry while filming "Barefoot in the Park."

Act Two: Vadim—Falling in Love (08:04)

Fonda describes meeting Roger Vadim; they began dating, and she became a stepmother. Vadim is a compulsive gambler and alcoholic. Dino De Laurentiis sends Fonda the comic book of "Barbarella."

Act Two: Vadim—The Vietnam War (14:04)

Fonda describes becoming involved in the anti-war movement. After the birth of her child, Fonda is diagnosed with post-partum depression. Frances Ford Seymour Brokaw commits suicide after visiting her children; while attending boarding school, Fonda becomes bulimic.

Act Two: Vadim—Rise in Acting Prominence (07:52)

Sydney Pollack asks Fonda about improvements for the "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" script prior to filming. Paul McGregor creates the "Klute" hairdo. To prepare for the role, Fonda spends a week with call girls and madams.

Act Two: Vadim—Becoming an Activist (07:06)

Fonda begins protesting the Vietnam War, Civil Rights, and prejudices against Native Americans and Mexican-Americans. Vadim and Fonda separate. Fonda wins the Academy Award for "Klute."

Act Three: Tom—Trip to Hanoi (08:01)

Tom Hayden and Fonda meet and begin a relationship. Campuses begin to protest against the Vietnam War. Fonda witnesses American troops bombing dikes in North Vietnam before the monsoon season.

Act Three: Tom—Aftermath (09:21)

President Nixon decides to ruin Fonda's reputation; freeing P.O.W.s is justification to continue the Vietnam war. The United States does not prosecute Fonda for aiding the enemy. It takes seven years to convince the film studio to make "Coming Home."

Act Three: Tom—Marriage (07:26)

Hayden and Fonda create the Indo-China Peace Campaign. Troy Garity explains how his parents wanted to act as normally as possible; they went to the Academy Awards in a station wagon. The FBI follows Fonda.

Act Three: Tom—Exercise (05:24)

The Campaign for Economic Democracy owned the rights to "Jane Fonda's Workout." Exercise empowers Fonda to overcome bulimia. The Three Mile Island accident occurs two weeks after "The China Syndrome" premiers.

Act Three: Tom—Women Empowerment (04:26)

Fonda stars in "Nine to Five" with Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin. Fonda and Hayden begin a summer camp in Laurel Springs. Mary "Lulu" Williams becomes a member of the family.

Act Three: Tom—"On Golden Pond" (09:22)

Fonda reconciles with her father during shooting. She accepts the Academy Award on his behalf. Fonda and Hayden separate; Fonda meets Ted Turner.

Act Four: Ted (10:36)

Turner asks Fonda out the day her divorce is announced. Wedding guests go grouse shooting after the ceremony. Fonda separates from Turner because she cannot perform or participate in social movements.

Act Five: Jane (16:28)

Fonda stars in "Monster-In-Law," "33 Variations," "The Newsroom," and "Grace and Frankie." She confesses to having plastic surgery to improve her looks. Brokaw suffers from bipolar disorder.

Credits: Jane Fonda in Five Acts (03:05)

Credits: Jane Fonda in Five Acts

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Girl next door, sex kitten, fitness tycoon, high-profile activist, Oscar®-winner: Jane Fonda has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation, and she's done it all in the public eye. This exclusive HBO documentary, directed and produced by the acclaimed filmmaker Susan Lacy, draws on 21 hours of recent interviews with Fonda, who speaks candidly and frankly about her life, her loves, her causes, and her missteps. She explores the pain of her mother's suicide, her famous father’s emotional unavailability, 30 years of an eating disorder, and three marriages to highly visible, yet diametrically opposed, men (Roger Vadim, Tom Hayden and Ted Turner). Jane Fonda in Five Acts features interviews with family members (including Hayden and Turner) and close friends, as well as rare home movies and verité footage of Fonda’s busy life today as she faces, at 80, “the beginning of my last act.”

Length: 134 minutes

Item#: BVL163263

Copyright date: ©2019

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