Three Marriages and Three Grown-Up Children of Jane Fonda
The twice-Academy-Award-winner has done many things during her long and exciting life as part of Hollywood’s royalty, including marrying (and divorcing) three very different men and having three children.
81-year-old Jane Fonda is not known only as an actress but also as a model, political activist, and fitness guru. Apart from this, she has been in three highly publicized marriages, even though she is staying single these days.
While every single one of her marriages ended up in divorce, these relationships granted the “Grace & Frankie” star her three children, all of which are now adults. Here’s a little about Fonda’s family life.
FIRST HUSBAND: ROGER VADIM
Fonda was 28 when she tied the knot for the first time. The lucky man was the famous film director Roger Vadim, 10 years her senior, who had a history of dating and marrying beautiful actresses.
Fonda and Vadim exchanged vows in Las Vegas in 1965, and in 1968 she starred in Vadim’s camp science-fiction film “Barbarella,” which cemented her reputation as a “sex symbol.”
The cult classic, based on a French comic strip, made a lot of noise back in the day because of its sexually charged imagery, something that Fonda later admitted to be troubling for her, since she was struggling with her body image at the time.
The celebrity couple welcomed daughter Vanessa the same year “Barbarella” was released. She was named after actress and activist, Vanessa Redgrave.
Now 50 years old, Vanessa grew to be a film director and cinematographer, joining her many relatives that pursued a career in Hollywood.
In 1973, Vadim and Fonda parted ways. The prominent filmmaker died in 2000 after a battle with cancer, and Fonda attended his funeral, just as his fellow ex-wives did. In 2002 she released the documentary short “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend.”
SECOND HUSBAND: TOM HAYDEN
Fonda married antiwar activist, writer, and politician Tom Hayden only three days after finalizing her divorce from Vadim, in 1973. The ceremony took place in the actress’ Los Angeles home.
The star was closely involved in the active opposition to the Vietnam War, and when the newlyweds welcomed their first son together six months into their marriage, they named him Troy O’Donovan, after a Viet Cong bomber and an Irish revolutionary.
Since Hayden and Fonda felt like their last names “carried too much baggage,” they gave Troy Hayden’s mother’s maiden name, Garity.
During their marriage, which was Fonda’s longest, lasting for 17 years, the two toured the US often advocating for civil rights and against the war.
After finally establishing themselves in California, Fonda and Hayden opened a summer camp for disadvantaged kids. It was there where the husband and wife met and fell in love with a 14-year-old named Mary Luana Williams, the daughter of members of the Black Panther movement.
Garity is 45 years old now, and he has led a successful acting career, following the steps of his mother. He has more than 40 acting credits, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in 2003’s “Soldier’s Girl.”
As of Williams, she is 51 now, and she grew up to be an activist. She also wrote a book revisiting her experience growing up with Black Panther parents, titled “The Lost Daughter: A Memoir.”
THIRD HUSBAND: TED TURNER
One year after her second divorce, Fonda surprised the world when she chose to marry media mogul Ted Turner after dating for some months. The wedding was celebrated on her 54th birthday at a Florida ranch.
Despite Fonda later admitting that Turner was her favorite ex-husband, the relationship came to an end after ten years of marriage in 2001. The marriage didn’t produce any children.
Apparently, Turner’s excessive need for attention was too much for Fonda to handle, as she shared after their split.
"He needs someone to be there 100 percent of the time. He thinks that's love. It is not love. It's babysitting. We went in different directions. I grew up," Fonda explained to the New Yorker when news broke about her third divorce.