Three Marriages and Three Grown-Up Children of Jane Fonda
The name Jane Fonda brings many things to mind. Actress, fitness, activist, while her personal life often spends time in the spotlight. Let's take a deeper look.
Aside from heartbreak, tears, and failed marriages, Jane Fonda also went from being America's most loved celebrity to become a controversial figure.
In fact, Jane's influence on the modern world is still felt today - especially when we look at the fitness culture. Keep reading to find out all the juicy details!
HER CAREER AND LIFE
Jane’s career took off in 1960 after she made her film debut in "Tall Story." She worked in the theatrical and film world for the next couple of years, until the late ‘60s.
After starring in "Barbarella," Fonda completely reinvented her look and soon started acting in more serious and dramatic roles.
From the award-winning "Klute," to "Coming Home," Jane’s acting career took off and she landed numerous roles. Her most recent work was on Netflix's "Grace and Frankie," as well as her standout performance in "Youth."
FIRST HUSBAND: ROGER VADIM
Fonda was 28 when she tied the knot for the first time with 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”.
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.
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, which lasted 17 years.
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.
Despite Fonda later admitting that Turner was her favorite ex-husband, the relationship ended after ten years of marriage in 2001. Turner’s excessive need for attention became too much for Fonda.
"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 when news broke about her third divorce.
Daughter Vanessa made the decision to pursue a Hollywood life unlike any other members of her family. However, Vanessa chose to stay behind the camera.
She’s known best for directing "The Quilts of Gee’s Bend," as well as her work on Jane Fonda’s documentary, "Five Acts."
Additionally, Vanessa is an ecological advice columnist for the "Mother Nature Network." She's been married since 2010 to Paul Van Waggoner, with whom she has two children - Viva and Malcolm.
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.”
Aside from this series, Garity has had numerous other projects - including the comedy "Barbershop," and "Sunshine and Lake City."
The actor’s most recent works were in HBO’s “Ballers” and as James Harris in “Magnum P.I.” in 2019. In 2007, Garity married actress Simone Bent.
In 1982, Jane and Tom adopted Mary, who was 15 years old at the time. Before the couple took her in, Mary grew up as a daughter of Black Panthers.
In a book titled ‘The Lost Daughter: A Memoir,’ Williams recalled and shared her experiences. Aside from writing, Mary, just like her parents, is an activist.
The modern fitness industry has become a huge success story, with its value today at almost $100 billion globally. However, all of the exercise-based YouTube channels owe a debt to Jane Fonda and her revolutionary aerobic.
Before Fonda, aerobics videos didn't exist. So that first tape? It’s basically considered a novelty. With more than 17 million copies of Jane’s workout videos purchased to date, the star’s fitness story became a success.
Despite all the controversy in her past, this woman has undeniably won the respect of many people not only through her hard work but her big heart as well.
Jane is one of the few Hollywood women who used her fame to make the world a better place - wouldn't you agree? Share your thoughts with us below!