Celebrating Eight Decades of Jane Fonda




 

Jane Fonda looked back on her many personal and professional achievements Saturday night with a black tie dinner celebrating her 80th birthday. Held at The Whitley hotel in Atlanta, the evening was hosted by the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, a nonprofit the actress founded in 1995 to help at-risk youth in the southern U.S. state.

"I feel good that I'm still around - I didn't expect it," said Fonda with a laugh. The actress, who wore a merlot-colored Elie Saab pantsuit for the milestone occasion, reflected on the shifting tide in Hollywood brought on by the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

"I'm in constant communication with just about every actress in Hollywood you've ever heard of around the issues of the Me Too movement," she explained. "We're not going to let this moment just disappear. This is going to be a turning point where we put an end to sexual assault and harassment."

The evening, which raised $1.3 million for the organization, boasted an eight-course menu (each course representing a decade of Fonda's life) created by chef and restaurateur Alice Waters. Although a sudden snowstorm thwarted the attendance of many of Fonda's pals, including Kerry Washington, Diane Lane and "Grace and Frankie" costar Lily Tomlin, the entertainer and activist was joined by many others who lauded her life's work, including ex-husband Ted Turner, Spanx founder Sara Blakely and actress Catherine Keener.

"Most people when they're 80 are kicking back; she's just cranking it up," said GCAPP president and chief executive officer Kim Nolte. "I've never seen anybody work as hard as Jane."

Rosanna Arquette applauded Fonda's tireless voice for political and social causes and also remarked on her relief that revelations of sexual abuse in Hollywood are finally coming to light. "It did affect my career, no matter what anybody wants to say," said the "Pulp Fiction" actress, who said her professional opportunities suffered when she resisted unwanted advances from industry heavyweights, including Weinstein. "I was in a period of time as part of the A-list and immediately it started spiraling. I'd be at a dinner party and somebody would say, 'Oh, well she's really difficult.' So many women have been living in shame and fear and that needs to stop."

Dolly Parton, who was unable to attend due to her husband's health, provided a video message in which she offered a sing along of "9 to 5." James Taylor and Carole King, longtime friends of the actress, provided the evening's live entertainment with a medley of their hits before launching into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" as a four-tiered fondant-covered red velvet cake was brought to the stage.

Oprah Winfrey, in another video speech, made a $100,000 donation to GCAPP. "You literally are through your advocacy and through your actions a master class in motion," said the television mogul.

"It's kind of nice being 80," remarked Fonda in her own speech to the crowd. "The most important thing that's good about being old, for me anyway, is I have seen people profoundly transform. It gives you optimism. I know the degree to which people can change."

Launch Gallery: Jane Fonda's 80th Birthday Hosted by GCAPP

The 'Oprah Effect'? O Magazine Teams Up With Amazon to Sell Beauty Products
Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Plans to Open First U.S. Store in Los Angeles
Gayle King Mulls Sheryl Sandberg Candidacy as Uber CEO
COMMENTS

More Related News

NBC
NBC's Kelly says Fonda has 'no business' lecturing her

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC's Megyn Kelly lashed out at actress Jane Fonda Monday in a simmering dispute over an interview gone awry, even invoking the old "Hanoi Jane" nickname.

Megyn Kelly baits Jane Fonda with controversial statement:
Megyn Kelly baits Jane Fonda with controversial statement: 'It's time to address the "poor me" routine'

Kelly first defended her plastic surgery question as reasonable within the bounds of journalism principles but inexplicably veered into an off-the-rails hit piece deemed "divisive" and "vindictive" on Twitter.

Megyn Kelly Slams Jane Fonda After Actress Shades Her Over Plastic Surgery Question
Megyn Kelly Slams Jane Fonda After Actress Shades Her Over Plastic Surgery Question

On Monday's "Megyn Kelly Today" the journalist defended her interview with the 80-year-old star.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Celebrity

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.