Liz Smith: The Many Lives of Jane Fonda: A New Biography Enthralls

The inimitable Jane Fonda

And more from our Gossip Girl: El Rio Grande’s Dirk Kennedy — putting Margaritaville on hold?

“I’M GLAD a woman is writing about me!”

That was Jane Fonda to writer Patricia Bosworth in 2003, after the actress had finally consented to speak to Ms. Bosworth, who had already been working on a biography of Fonda for several years. (Jane had not stood in the way of any friend or family member speaking to the author.)

But then, Jane changed her mind. She summoned Bosworth to her home in New Mexico, where the Oscar-winner was going through her FBI files, of all things. Jane gave Bosworth access to the files and invited her to stay at the ranch for a few days. “Jane is a prodigious talker. I taped and took notes and everything she said ended up in this book, one way or another,” Bosworth comments.

“This book” is “Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman.” It is a rich, exhaustively researched, fascinating glimpse at one of the most talented, deeply complex and infuriating actresses to ever achieve great fame. Jane’s own autobiography, “My Life So Far” was wonderful — raw and honest and achingly tentative. It was the memoir of a woman still feeling her way through life, still trying to figure herself out.

Bosworth’s book doesn’t figure out Jane Fonda. She writes, “Fonda is the consummate actress who has an uncanny ability to inhabit various characters at will. She once told me, ‘The weird thing about acting is that you get paid for having multiple personalities.” But there is so much rich material, and Fonda was nothing if not honest with the writer.

Bosworth brings new life to the tale we already know of Jane’s childhood — the neurotic mother who eventually committed suicide, the cold, distant father, actor Henry Fonda, whom she idolized mythologized; she could not understand the disconnect from his warm screen image to what he was in real life. She spent her own life seeking his approval (and even when he approved it was never enough) and looking for approval in all her men, making herself into what they wanted. But — and this is the truly remarkable aspect of her personality — as soon as she transformed her utterly — sex-symbol for Roger Vadim, political helpmate for Tom Hayden, glamorous corporate wife for Ted Turner — she rebelled against what she’d done, finding that her men seemed less than appreciative (or faithful.) Her life has been a committed, often tortured, search for identity.

During the Vadim period — as the director attempted to turn her into an American Brigitte Bardot — a friend recalled Jane as “the most insecure person I ever met, despite her fame. She wasn’t a sex symbol; she was basically a modest person. It seemed as if she was locked into subservience by self-hatred and need.”

Jane’s life has also been a committed search and appreciation of fame. What struck me here was how obsessed the young Jane was about becoming a star and being famous. Her lover/mentor of several years told Bosworth, “She reminded me of Barbra Streisand. She had an absolute craving for fame.” And for love. Another friend remarked, “Jane was so insecure and hungry for love she tried to swallow you whole. Very intense but very demanding, too. She was generous with her money and her time … but there was something deep inside that she kept to herself and would give to no one.”

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MUCH LIKE Patricia Bosworth’s acclaimed biography on Montgomery Clift, this work on Fonda — a seven year endeavor! — is packed with brilliant observations on Fonda’s relationships, her career, her gradual political awakenings, her terrible mistake in Hanoi, for which many still won’t forgive her, and her brilliant re-inventions of herself. Despite animosity because of her anti-war stance, Fonda has had a second, third and fourth act in American life. (It was interesting to contemplate the fact that Jane was pregnant with her first child during the most ferocious buildup of the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. Jane was tortured, wondering if it was right to bring a child into such a world. It was in those nine months, that she became a true political activist.)

Despite some abysmal naiveté, Jane, as one friend says “was constantly trying to figure out how she could make things better.” And this was a quality she took into her personal life, with stepchildren and ex-wives of her husbands. She always wanted to bring people together, to make peace. She had suffered as a child and didn’t ever want to see it or be the cause of it to others. (And yet, her own children suffered her absences from home while she pursued her various careers.)

The intricacies of Jane’s marriages to Tom Hayden and Ted Turner are fascinating and depressing — this strong feminist woman, once again giving herself over to a man. And Bosworth does her homework on the lies told about Jane, how she was targeted by the American government, and — like it or not — that she was not a traitor and no American soldiers died because of her photo-op, sitting on a Viet Cong antiaircraft gun. Fonda calls this her “two minute lapse of sanity that will haunt me till I die.”

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I HAPPEN to like Jane Fonda, a lot. But even if you don’t, or think you don’t, I recommend this book. You still might not “like” her, but it is hard not to respect her journey and her honesty. Today she is single, raising millions for her “Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.” She looks great, having removed the implants she inserted for Ted Turner, but admitting to plastic surgery on her face. The perfect “Barbarella” body is holding up admirably.

Bosworth comments toward the end: “I couldn’t help wishing she’d devoted herself solely to her acting. If she’d wanted to, she could have been one of the most interesting and challenging women ever onstage and on film. To me, she is far more compelling as Bree Daniels than she ever was as ‘Hanoi Jane.’ Jane’s finest performances will never be figured out. They are a mystery.”

I think Bosworth was referring to Jane’s performances as an actress and as a woman. Even today, in her vital seventies, Jane is searching. She is as confounding as she ever was — to the public and to herself.

As Patricia Bosworth observes, Jane always seems to be “pondering her authenticity.”

Just like a real person, just like us.

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ONE OF New York’s most terrific Tex Mex restaurants is the El Rio Grande, right downstairs in my Murray Hill apartment, which occupies both 38th and 37th Streets. (One side is Mexico, the other is Texas.) The tortillas are deliciously fresh, the fish is excellent, the guacamole superb, the portions prodigious, and the margaritas lethal.

The staff is terrific too, managed by the blonde, beautiful, and inexhaustible Jennifer Jordan. (She’s had five children and sports the figure of a teenager). One of El Rio’s most popular bartenders not only mixes a mean drink, but he’s a fine musician and singer. He’s known as Jimmy behind the bar, but onstage he’s Dirk Kennedy. He has a new album, “Life Is Now” and he’ll perform Friday at The Foundry in Long Island City.

Good, luck, Jimmy! (or Dirk.) I just hope you’ll stick around to salt the rim of the margarita glass, kid.

35 Responses so far.

  1. avatar rick gould says:

    Patricia Bosworth is an excellent writer and it was cool…and smart of Jane Fonda to cooperate with her.

    Liz, you touched on something that’s only been discussed in recent years, after the fact: Liberated Jane threw herself into the role of helpmate to each of her husbands, only to feel disenchanted (and perhaps used) after the fact. Which was not all that different from pre-Lib Liz Taylor was with her husbands. The comment made about Jane being so hungry for love, etc. could just as easily be said about ET.

    And I feel the same about Jane as I do about Elizabeth, that they both grew away from acting, and it would have been fascinating if they had chosen to keep going. Good for them personally, but kind of a shame for audiences.

    The only thing I never liked about Jane Fonda was her uptightness and lack of humor, which is often evident in interviews. Once she was on “Leno” with Brian Williams and Cher. Williams, who was quite funny, teased Cher about “Half Breed” after she mocked him for looking “too Republican.” Which Cher just laughed and basically told him to get over himself. Then Williams made a crack about Ted Turner and Fonda just bristled! He tried to flirt with her to lighten up and she just rolled her eyes. Everyone else was having fun but Jane…

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Rick…

      I think Elizabeth had a better sense of herself.  She knew she was was the bigger deal in all her relationships.  She might have tried to play it down (kind of) but she was ELIZABETH TAYLOR.  (Why else did Mike Todd want her–better publicity for his projects! And she realized it.  But she also really loved him.)

      Even with Warner, for all her (to me) unconvincing tales of “just being the helpmate” La Liz  could not escape her identity.  Nor did she want to.  She got really fat, but that was simply  despair over losing Burton.  She never halted her show biz life. Though Lord knows, I cringed everytime she appeared at another awards ceremony, in her caftans and mile-high hair, seeming a wee bit loopy. (In fact, while Warner battled for the Senate, she suddenly left him and filmed an odd, poignant movie for Hallmark. She wasn’t content working for a man whose life had nothing to do with hers.)

      Jane had more issues–not the least was living up to her father’s reputation and expectations.  Elizabeth had exceeded everything her  strong stage mama and passive (though abusive) daddy could have expected. 

      I agree on Jane’s lack of humor.  But perhaps after being targeted by Nixon, one loses some sense of light-heartedness. 

      Jane is great woman, and a fabulous actress.  Too bad she wasted 15 years in retirement.

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        You and I will forever disagree about this but I still maintained that she really wanted to be just Elizabeth Warner and the problem is no one wanted Elizabeth Warner.

        Everyone, including I suppose John Warner, wanted Elizabeth Taylor. I think in some way she tried to be both and it just didn’t work which is why the marriage just didn’t work.

        It was odd to hear this “Hi, I’m Elizabeth Warner” but also very revealing. I suspect at some point it would have been “Hi, I’m Elizabeth Todd” but then that might not have worked and that marriage wouldn’t have worked either.  

        I also think when she moved to Los Angeles she still wanted to make the marriage work and when it didn’t she just gave up and eventually became Earth Mother. 

        • avatar Count Snarkula says:

          Dear Baby Snooks and Mr. Wow: Of course, you two knew Elizabeth so much more than I did. I only met and interacted with her three times. One time in PV with Luna, very short. She was still drinking then. Backstage and at the party afterward for the DC premiere of The Little Foxes. And finally, when I was awarded for raising 1K for AMFAR and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and for creating the first HIV programs at Bryan/College Station TX and at Texas A&M. (The Count has his Master’s degree in Southern Literature due to a visiting professor from The University of the South in Swanee). ET placed the newly minted and stars promoted gold “Till there is a cure” bracelet on my wrist and had me to lunch the next day at the casa in Belair. I treasure that 3 hour late lunch just us two. So, I got off on me and not my opinion, Forgive me Baby, but I don’t think in any way other than the days/minutes she was living did she really want a life as Senator “Asshole”;s wife. It was convenient. She was in mourning. And she always dedicated herself to her men. Until she didn’t. And DC was a new fan base to tap. She was lost. And the Universe, Karma, God, All of Us, HERSELF, would not let her not become the wonder Earth Mother. Destiny.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            I think that is exactly what she wanted without realizing the life of a senator’s wife is often very lonely but I also think she thought she might become more involved with local pursuits like Wolf Trap but instead found people only wanted her as the centerpiece rather than someone actually involved.  And the life of a senator’s wife became even lonelier especially after Chen Sam moved to New York. 

            Perhaps I just saw a side of her few in Washington really saw.  She was already becoming the Earth Mother.  I think part of it was all the campaigning. Being around “ordinary” people for the first time in her life. She loved it.  She became “ordinary” in a way as well. And loved it.  Which added to “Elizabeth Taylor” and allowed her to become the activist that she became.  Others would have seen to it that their visits to AIDS hospices during the perfume promotions were publicized. She always insisted that they not be.  She was Earth Mother. Not Elizabeth Taylor.

          • avatar Count Snarkula says:

            Sweet Baby:

            I agree. She was tired of being “Elizabeth Taylor” at that time in her life. And I agree she tried her best to be a “Senate Wife”. But, let’s face it. It is a totally under appreciated and horrible life. And the other wives were total bitches to her. Never asked to anything or anywhere. So she holed up in VA at the ranch and ate a lot of fried chicken and mashes pots. And gravy. And quit going back to the townhouse. And then got mad. Really mad. And resumed slim, fabulous ET. All the while becoming Earth Mother. I so wonder…if those Senate Wives bitches had engaged her, I wonder if at that time, we might also have the Elizabeth Taylor fund for wounded soldiers, amputee soldiers, etc. and so would not have had all the wondermus she did for HIV/AIDS. Sometimes Dame Karma brings the best of things in times we don’t understand or we wonder why she does things the way she does.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            The Congressional Wives Club, now the Conressional Wives and Husbands Club, has never really been “user friendly” and many of them are “centerpieces” as well. Just not on the level that Elizabeth Taylor was. And I should add that Georgetown has never been “Republican friendly” which possibly added to the problem for her – even “ordinary” she was still not the type to spend the day baking cookies and watching the soap operas. She got bored. And he made the mistake of not realizing that.  That really is what happened to the marriage. It died of boredom. 

            I have often wondered about the AIDS advocacy and whether it would have happened had the marriage survived.  I suspect it would have. Whether the marriage would have survived at that point is another matter.  I suspect it would not have.  AIDS and Republicans didn’t mix well back then.  But then you never know. We might had ended up with two strong voices in Washington advocating for more commitment by Congress to address a growing social as well as a growing health problem.  Elizabeth Warner and her husband John Warner. Who probably would have become the former senator from Virginia. Although who knows. As he changed, maybe others would have as well.  If he had. 

            And he might have. Earth Mother had this way with people.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            And I should have sent you the three little Lalique fishes just for daring to mention the words AIDS at A&M!

          • avatar Count Snarkula says:

            @Baby Snooks – AND in 1989 ! ! ! That is quite a story and was quite a fight!

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            Well I am very proud of you and obviously Elizabeth Taylor was as well…

          • avatar Count Snarkula says:

            @Baby Snooks. What a lovely thing to tell me. Thank you. I will cherish your thought. And try to continue to live up to the pride you have bestowed upon me.

      • avatar mickie1 says:

        dear mr wow
        the program that she made for hallmark was a not so good play called return engagement with timothy bottoms. for some reason it was in an independent tv station in new hampshire one night and i taped it and still have it. not her best but just to see her during the warner period of her life was good enough for me. i still miss her very much. though her last theatrical movie was a cameo in the flintstones.knowing she was alive was good but now that she is gone it is not and i miss her very very very much.

        • avatar Mr. Wow says:

          Dear Mickie1…

          “Return Engagement” offers one of her best performances.  Playing totally against type. I thought at the tine she was edging into real character acting.  It didn’t happen, but this showed  that  she was willing to stretch.  For a time.  For a bit. 

      • avatar rick gould says:

        Mr Wow-
        I think you’re right about ET knowing her self-worth more, that goes all the way back to the famous story of her telling LB Mayer to go to hell after he yelled and swore at her and her mother…and when she refused to apologize, Taylor was not punished. She has said numerous times that was when she was aware of her value as “Elizabeth Taylor” the commodity.

        And I feel the same way about Jane opting for retirement and coming back very late to do junk like “Monster-In-Law.” And though Elizabeth was a genius at finding avenues to make money and keep her name in the spotlight, those occasional good turns in “Ash Wednesday,” “Return Engagement,” “Between Friends” and “There Must Be A Pony” showed ET could still be a warm, sensitive actress.

  2. avatar jamie says:

    > Bosworth comments toward the end: “I couldn’t help wishing she’d devoted herself solely to her acting. If she’d wanted to, she could have been one of the most interesting and challenging women ever onstage and on film.

    You mean she isn’t?

    She’s hands-down one of the finest actresses of our time. She’s legendary. Love her or hate her – there’s nobody like her. She’s Jane Fonda, for crying out loud.

  3. avatar Laura Ward says:

    When you read Roger Vadim’s autobiography, Jane thinks just sitting down and talking is being lazy. She feels she always has to be doing something, cooking, cleaning, exercising…Jane does have commitment and goals, unlike so many people. Of course, she’ll make mistakes, we all do. But she has her heart in the right place.

  4. avatar Lila says:

    The “Hanoi Jane” episode still, decades later, makes a lot of military people bristle. It’s actually something of a comfort to know that she now thinks of it as a “two minute lapse of sanity that will haunt me til I die.”

    Well – more than two minutes, but hopefully fleeting, and attributable to that naivete you speak of. If only youth and wisdom went together…

    • avatar Baby Snooks says:

      I have never understood the animosity towards her nor have I understood her apology – not at the same time but nonetheless while she was in Hanoi George HW Bush was in Beijing.  Was George HW Bush demonized the way Jane Fonda was?

      It has always amazed me that the American people didn’t catch the hypocrisy of being told by Nixon that we were fighting the communists in Vietnam while at the same time we were establshing diplomatic relations with the communists in China who of course supported the coummunists in Vietnam.

      Some have never forgiven Jane Fonda for going to Hanoi. I have never forgiven her for apologizing for it. 

      • avatar Mr. Wow says:

        Dear Baby…

        She simply had to apologize.  No  matter what she was (or wasn’t) thinking, image and perception and media manipulation overides everything. 

        Jane probably knew within seconds she’d done something foolish, something that wouldn’t look good no matter her good intentions. 

        As a person who wanted to continue to work and in an attempt to put the issue to rest–not that it can be put to rest by those committed to hating her–she apologized. 

        The interesting thing is that her career never slowed down until she retired herself.  For all the furor, people wanted her movies.  The majority of the audience didn’t even care much what had happened in Hanoi.  Jane was a great actress and they wanted to see her–acting great.  

        • avatar Baby Snooks says:

          No one in this country has to apologize for their beliefs or their opinions which is something many forget. That is why the founding fathers exapanded upon the Constitution with the Bill of Rights. And why the freedom of speech is the contained in the First Amendment.   Jane Fonda apologized simply to appease and in doing so was as much of a hypocrite as Nixon, and George HW Bush, was.

          • avatar Mr. Wow says:

            Dear Baby…

            Well, she wasn’t apologizing for her opinions.  She apologized for being photographed, smiling, on a weapon used against American soldiers.  I don’t think she understood what she was doing or what the impact would be.

            She has never apologized for her anti-war stance, nor should she. 

          • avatar Lila says:

            Mr. Wow, that is the best, most succinct description of the issue I have seen.

          • avatar Lila says:

            Thanks for drawing the distinction between expressing an opinion – which many Americans, even soldiers, shared – and the action she took at the time.

          • avatar Mr. Wow says:

            Dear  Lila…

            Thank you. 

            Mr. W.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            And who was supplying the weapons being used against American soliders? The People’s Republic of China.  And so I see no difference between Jane Fonda sitting on top of a weapon in Hanoi and George HW Bush sitting in a room in Beijing with the men who supplied the weapon.  No one condemned him.  So no one had the right No one had the right to condemn Jane Fonda as far as I am concerned. To me, the real treason occured in Beijing. Not Hanoi.

            It was our first “strategic war” which simply put is to say our first war for oil.  Which still continues in some ways over the reserves in the South China Sea.

            What bothers me most about it all is the matter of the crimes against humanity we committed in the war for oil in Vietnam which is what bothers me most about the war for oil in Iraq – the crimes against humanity we committed and what offends me most are those who defend those crimes while waving the American flag. Shameful.  And we are a shameful nation.  Then and now.

            What Jane Fonda symbolized sitting on top of that weapon, it may have been a tank, was that not all Americans supported the war.  And not all did.

          • avatar Count Snarkula says:

            Dear Baby Snooks:

            As a self identified “born and will die a Republican”, I cannot wait to hear who (if any) candidate you decide (if you do) support for the Presidential race next year. Should you decide, and decide to reveal, I so want to hear who and the reasons why. If you have not decided in the few months, I will probably have left commenting due to the venom and unkindness that will more than likely have taken over all the posts. But I will follow you and if you send me a message, I will see it, read it, think about it, and respond. You fascinate me. XOXO – The Count. PS: Seeking Lalique fishes and banana plantations in CR. Your offer is the best I have received ever. And probably best will ever receive.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            Well I don’t vote according to party but I will say I would have supported Rick Perry had he not decided to have his “Revival” which all things considered some of which most aren’t just simply has gone beyond the pale. I don’t think he was serious the beginning about a run, among other things it was a wonderful way to promote his book,  but he is now. I am not one for rhetroic. Religious rhetoric in particular.  And his association with the fundamentalists will work against him rather then for him. Even among Republicans.

            Everyone else, and it seems like every day someone else has announced, for the Republican nomination, leaves me cold. And longing for a banana planatation in Costa Rica.  My feeling is the party will “settle” for Romney this time.  And he will pick another “Barbie” for his running mate.  Backwoods Barbie or Brainless Barbie.  Palin or Bachmann. Which is quite scary since I fully expect the Republicans to allow us to go into default on August 2nd and use the economic disaster that ensues to win the White House next year. In which case I suspect I will not be the only one longing for a banana plantation in Costa Rica. 

            Although I will have a Count to go with mine! 

          • avatar Lila says:

            Count, as a “born and will die Republican,” can you see yourself ever abandoning the party… or maybe supporting the rise of a new brand of conservatism? I mean – what if Snooks is right, below, where she expects that they will actually allow the US to default just for political gain? I hope it does not come to that – and I do hold ALL of Congress responsible – but… unforgivable. Unforgivable that we have come to this point in reckless spending (both parties responsible) and especially that they have it in their power right now to do what is best for the US , but instead they choose to play politics.

            I can see voters voting along the lines of issues – but I don’t think any voter went to the polls thinking, “Let’s see who we can get to put the US into default.”

            Personally – I know it’s a grain in the wind, but I may just always vote independent from here on out. It’s how I am registered, anyway. God knows the two big parties have done us no favors for at least a decade now, probably longer.

          • avatar Count Snarkula says:

            Dear Lila: No. No, No. The Count is most definitely not a “born and will die Republican,” by any means. That quote was from a post by Baby Snooks and I apologize for not writing more clearly. My post was to express my interest on who she might support in the upcoming Presidential election. The Count is at best an Independent these days. Just as you are. I no longer vote party lines, though to be truthful, I never did. I was never one to just check the party line box. Actually, and the Count has a minor in History, I do have some things in common with the original tenets of the Republican party. I do support fiscal restraint and responsibility in government, and I also support less is more government,. Especially as it applies to individual citizens. I want less government involved in my private life. And yours. And Baby Snooks, And Mr. Wow. Somewhere along the journey, the Republican party lost its way and forgot it tenets. Sad.

          • avatar Lila says:

            Oops. I was kind of wondering about the idea of you being affiliated with the Republican party. Not that it couldn’t happen, just seemed a little incongruous with your many postings here.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            As we have seen with the Tea Party the “third party” has never done well in this country, although the Tea Party has done better than the others, but what we need is more Independents running for office.  Perhaps if more would follow the lead of Jeffords and “switch parties” by “dumping” both parties this country would back to basics.

            The amount of waste goes far beyond the “military-industrial complex” and the “social entitlement” programs.  Much of it in “goverment funded” projects that go to non-profits who do little but put out “information brochures” and set up websites. And spend the rest on lunches and BMWs for the staff.  And of course the “reserach projects” at our universities. Who on earth cares about the mating habits of purple polka-dotted green tree frogs in Africa?
            Many of these projects are run by friends and families of members of Congress. And by campaign contributors.  The funding often inserted at the last minute by members of Congress.  Added to the “pork barrel” as it’s called. Congress needs to be put on a “pork-free” diet.
            The worst is the “overhead” for Medicare and Medicaid. People still do not understand that the goverment does not run these programs. Providers who contract with the govenrment do. Those providers are all insurance companies. Which explains all the waste. 

            As for the “military-industrial complex” rest assured that we are still paying $10,000 for toilets and $1,000 for hammers and $100 for a box of nails.  And we have been from the moment Halliburton discovered the profit of war in Vietnam.  Joined by others along the way. War may be hell. But it is also very profitable for some.

            Maybe if everything collapses finally everyone in this country will wake up and realize it is the fault of both parties which sold out to K Street long ago.  And everyone will start voting all the incumbents out of office and keep voting them out of office until we have a Congress theat represents the people. The Congress we have does not.

            Congress has become nothing more than a bordello. It is time to close the bordello.

          • avatar Lila says:

            I like the pork-free diet. If I had my druthers I would tell Congress to dump from the budget every single “earmark” for state-level projects – bridges to nowhere, etc. Our Constitution assumes state autonomy, but there are too many state-level “projects” pulling down Federal funds.

  5. avatar Bonnie O says:

    QVC, a televised shopping channel, has cancelled Jane Fonda’s appearance where she was scheduled to appear to marketl her new book.  I cannot say I am displeased by the action of QVC.  Many of their customers have notified QVC that if Ms. Fonda appears, they will stop watching the channel.  And that is their right.  Boycotts are often successful and this one took very little time to succeed.

    I do not believe for one moment that Ms. Fonda did not know or was not aware of the ramifications of her Hanoi tour…. the one where she sat at an anti-aircraft battery and clapped her hands in support of the North Vietnamese.  I do not believe for one moment that Ms. Fonda was just another young American disappointed, disgusted or just plain tired of that 10 year war.  At that particular time, I thought of her no different than I would traitor.  I think she is very lucky she did not face federal charges when she returned to America.  But those years were violent … here as well as in Viet Nam.  For the sake of her father, I am pleased that she was not arrested and that for the years after and for all the years of her life, she has had to come face-to-face with her lost of patriotism.  That is her medal of honor…. the everlasting scorn of millions of her countrymen.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Bonnie O…

      “For the sake of her father?”  You do mean the whoremongering Henry Fonda?  You can wrap yourself in a flag but that doesn’t make you a good husband or father.

      “the scorn of millions of her countrymen?”  Uh…well, then why were all her films so successful, and her exercise videos, etc.  The scorn of thousands, I’d say.  She was an idiot, and she’s admitted it.  The Nixon administration never admitted to altering documents and purposely targeting her ( they did the same with John Lennon, barring him from the USA for five years.) 

      Patriotism doesn’t mean sending young men and women off to die for no reason.  And there was no reason for Vietnam, as there is no reason for Iraq or Afghanistan. 

    • avatar Mew says:

      Dear bonnie O, You are absolutely right!! I araa with you 100%. Sory Mr Wow we have a right to our opinion. I do like Jane’s acting,I always have, but she was still wrong sitting on that damned cannon while John McCain was being beaten,hung by his shoulders from the cieling. And  if she never forgets it till the day she dies,then I say good!!!