By Allie Goolrick
You may remember Jane Fonda solely for her bouffant hairdo in the ‘70s or, more recently, for being the first woman to use the “c” word on national television. But there’s more to the actress-turned-fitness-queen than a sharp tongue and a handful of famous husbands. During her 70 years, Fonda has experimented with about as many identities as she has hairstyles—model, Oscar-winning actress, feminist, Black Panther supporter, exercise-video guru, born-again Christian, and her controversial Vietnam-war protester persona “Hanoi Jane.” Through it all, activism of one sort or another has been an enduring theme, something that will earn her cred with the Asheville crowd when she speaks at the three-day (June 20-22) Time For Our Power! conference on June 21 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Take our quiz to see if you’ve been paying attention to Jane’s Life So Far.
1. Fonda has not been romantically linked to which actor?
a. Donald Sutherland2. The actress passed on a lead role in which film?
b. Ted Turner
c. Roger Vadim
d. Michael Douglas
a. Chinatown (1974)3. Fonda is mentioned in which hit rap single?
b. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
c. Norma Rae (1979)
d. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
a. Tag Team’s “Whoomp! (There It Is)”4. Before pursuing acting, Fonda went to what college?
b. M. C. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This”
c. Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”
d. Will Smith’s “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It”
a. Vassar5. The actress expressed regret for which of the following:
b. New York University
a. Calling American POWs “hypocrites and liars”6. Native Americans criticized Fonda for what?
b. Appearing on TV on behalf of the North Vietnamese Communist regime
c. Being heckled by Israeli feminists
d. Being photographed on an enemy anti-aircraft battery during the Vietnam War
a. Her protest of the Vietnam War7. Fonda was nominated for a “Razzie” award for worst actress for which film?
b. Doing the “tomahawk chop” at an Atlanta Braves game
c. Opposing Native Americans’ attempt to re-secure native lands for the “urban Indian” population
d. Wearing a faux headdress to the 1974 Oscars
a. Monster-in-Law (2005)
b. Old Gringo (1989)
c. Cat Ballou (1965)
d. Georgia Rule (2007)
Part II: Fact or fiction?
1. As a student at Vassar College, Fonda refused to wear the traditional white gloves and pearls required for the daily “Tea in the Rose Parlor”—instead, she showed up in only gloves and pearls.
2. Fonda was arrested in 1970 after kicking a cop who attempted to arrest her on drug charges. The pills later turned out to be vitamins.
3. As an honorary chairperson of The Vagina Monologues, Fonda served as a mentor for an all-transgender cast of the hit play.
4. Fonda was a supporter of accused murderer and Black Panthers leader, Huey Newton.
Answers: 1-d, 2-Trick question. All of them!, 3-C, 4-A, 5-d, 6-B, 7-B
Fact or Fiction: 1-F, 2-T, 3-T, 4-T