Hibaaq Osman, Me and Jessica Neuwith

The friend in photo with me and Jessica Neuwith is Hibaaq Osman, a Somalia feminist who works with V-Day and founded a Women’s shelter in Cairo, Egypt. Jessica founded Equality Now, an international women’s legal advocacy organization who is currently working at the UN in human rights. They saw the play and we spent time catching up at Orso’s until Troy and Simone arrived for dinner.

Troy and Simone saw the play for the 2nd time and were moved this time in somewhat different ways. Troy is so smart about emotional themes. They say they’ll be back a few more times between now and when I leave the show, May 21st. I don’t like to think about this now.

I was so excited that Lily Tomlin saw the show tonight. She seemed genuinely loved. And was so happy to see Tulea who she hadn’t seen since Tulea was 2 months old and I brought her to Jane and Lily’s for dinner in L.A.(right after I got her–tulea, that is–in Montreal).


I was amazed by Yoko Ono. She looked spectacular. She wrote me the most beautiful email about the show.

Michael and Nina Lynne also came back after the show (which they said they really loved). Michael was co-CEO of New Line Cinema with Bob Shaye. They produced “Monster-in-Law” and were a part of Time Warner when I was married to Ted T.

Bonnie Schaefer who, with her sister, created Claire’s, also came back.

It was a fun night. See you next time

Share This Post
  1. you are BEAUTIFUL,

  2. AW! You guys look so fab!- you & Lily especially.
    Sounds like you had a great night backstage tonight

  3. I just wanted to say how much I adore the blog, as well as your twitter updates; it’s so exciting and seems as though you’ve has such a fabulous time throughout all of this! Makes me feel almost as if I were there (which, as a former theatre major, is just fabulous!!!), and I look forward to getting your updates each day.

    I’m hoping to catch the show again today; if not, I’ll try for the end of the month– and hopefully at *least* once more before the end of May! The show is just fabulous; I cannot even put it into words right now.

    Wishing both you and the cast/crew the best throughout the run!! What a superb job you’ve all done thus far!!

  4. It’s truly wonderful to see you and Lily Tomlin looking so TRULY WONDERFUL!! And that’s the truth!!

    with love,
    glynda bennett

  5. jane – you make being deeply engaged in the world, with so many bright, engaged people seem so easy!

    curious: were/are you nervous about being so open about yourself in your blog? did it take you a while to find this balanced blog voice? has a nice and intimate yet not over-the-top quality.

    your work with V-Day is so important.
    blessings to you, janet

  6. So interesting I have a minor degree in the area of international business and keep track on what is going on in Egypt, my friend Aruna from Fiji Islands moved to California than moved to Egypt and got married she came back after some experience.Nice to see someone is on it. I have friends on Myspace who are into advocacy organization and have been in contact with. Tulea must be the dog, yes I dont know what is ,but they do seem to understand when people are in need and give without question, I miss having one when I walk by one they seem to know. wonderful giving post Jane

  7. Heck yes! Lily finally came to see the show. I was wondering when she’d attend. Now I wish even more that I’d been there for Friday night’s performance. Although, I usually wish that I’m at most performances. 9 to 5 is one of my all-time favorite films, and I adore both you and Lily as Judy and Violet. I often wish that a 9 to 5 sequel could be produced with you, Lily, Dolly, and Dabney. Not that I usually endorse sequels, but the characters in that picture are so amazing and empowering to women…and so much fun. It would be grand to see you all together on the big screen again. Speaking of which, those photos of you and Lily are precious!

    Great to see that so many people are attending 33 Variations to cheer you on!

    All my best,

  8. Wonderful photos of you and Lily! Thanks again for your interesting blogs and twitters; I eagerly look forward to them. Good luck with the play!

  9. Oh I love Lily! You both look great!!

  10. Jane,
    Robin told me to check out your blog of March 11th. How nice for her to have a such a great friend!
    Congratulations on your new play, it sounds like a winner.
    Cary( Robin’s sister)

  11. Dear Ms. Fonda, I was with Lily and friends last night and I had some questions I didn’t get a chance to ask you. Do you know what happened to the other 49 variations written by the other Viennese composers? Also, we were wondering what was happening in Vienna politically at the time that would cause Schubert to be arrested. Vivian and Ruth, who you know, thought perhaps it had something to do with Napoleon. We don’t know our history! I really enjoyed seeing the show a second time. The cast is excellent. Tech rehearsals must have been laborious for all of you. Thank you.

  12. So refreshing and uplifting to see women changing the world and making it a better place. We all gotta get out there and do the hard stuff to make this a better place for our children.

    Thanks Jane, Lily and friends,


  13. What arfully good news on all fronts, Ms. Fonda and Tulea!

    Just love the happy pics with Ms. Tomlin. Oh howl, sweet Tulea, what a lucky dog you are.

    Corgi kisses to one and all! ^..^

  14. I was waiting for you that night after the show that I by the way didn’t see. My friend and I were in NY for a few days and we went to see another show. Joking, I said to her: lets wait for Jane Fonda! She took it seriously. She actually knew that since I read your book two years ago, I strongly admired the woman and actress you are. I didn’t see much of your movies but i strongly admire your ways of building yourself as an actress and as a woman, and those will stay engraved in my mind for a long time . That is what I wanted to tell you then, but the only thing that came out from my mouth was: “I want to be an actress”.
    My emotion of seeing someone that I strongly admired and that I didn’t ever imagine to meet (I live in France) apparently made me lose my tongue, but if that blog can fix this, what I wanted to tell you is: thank you. You are an example for me.

  15. I love the photo of Lily Tomlin holding Tulea.I also
    met Tulea,in April 2006,at Grand Central Station.
    I recall standing in line,excited for you to sign my copy of MY LIFE SO FAR. What a thrill.

  16. What fun it is to read your blog. Wish you all the best.

  17. Hello Jane:

    I must say I am sure your play must be wonderful. I have seen your work both in plays and film and find you to be a treasure. For many years you have motivated my wife through your exercise tapes to keep trim and fit. We think you are beautiful both inside and out.

    Take care,

    Robert and Stephanie Speed

  18. Hallo Miss J. Fonda
    Me gusta mucho su pagina es muy interesante, sus actividades, y el apoyo a la mujer en diferentes actividades,

  19. For 37 years, I’ve wanted to tell you personally that it has been my privilege to serve our country and defend your Constitutional 1st Amendment right to protest our involvement in the SE Asian conflict. Your work since has increased my quality of life by an order of magnitude. A cordial thank you from Kelly, WY (pop 242).

  20. Dear Ms. Fonda.
    I wish you would consider the film possibilities of a history called “Insane Sisters” written by Professor Gregg Andrews. The history was published in 1999 and a friend of mine (who is a friend of his) sent me a comp. copy at the time of publication. It was written largely from letters between the two sisters (so dialogue is more authentic) and from court documents (so drama is more authentic). I have been thinking of making this suggestion to you for 10 years, you see, and I think it is an idea worth your consideration.
    The history is entitled, “Insane Sisters: Or the Price Paid for Challenging a Company Town” and it is published by Univ. of Missouri Press (Columbia, Mo. 65201, 1999). The Library of Congress No. is ISBN 0-8262-1240-9. I think you will enjoy the book and see the film possibilities of it right away. Most folks will love this story, but no one else but you can do justice to this story in a cinema. The book “Insane Sisters” is a history, but it is not boring or dry – wait until you see for yourself the way these two communicated and the ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ story.

    Here is an excert from the jacket cover:

    “Insane Sisters” is the extraordinary tale of two sisters, Mary Alice Heinbach and Euphemia B. Koller, and their seventeen-year property dispute against the nation’s leading cement corporation – Atlas Portland Cement Company.
    In 1903, Atlas built a plant on the border of the small community of Ilasco, located just outside Hannibal – home of the infamous cave popularized in Mark Twain’s most acclaimed novels. The rich and powerful Atlas quickly appointed itself as caretaker of Twain’s heritage and sought control of Ilasco. However, its authority was challenged in 1910 when Heinback inherited her husband’s tract of land that formed much of the un- incorporated town site. On grounds that Heinbach’s husband had been in the advanced stages of alcoholism when she married him the year before, some of Ilasco’s political leaders and other who had ties to Atlas challenged the will, charging Heinbach with undue influence.
    To help fight against the local lawyers and politicians who wanted Atlas to own the land, Heinbach enlisted the help of her shrewd and combative sister, Euphenia Koller, by making her co-owner of the tract.”

    Intrigued? It is not dull reading and is absolutely a professional history. It is authentic and riveting as a story. An it is not hih-fallutin’ to read and is full of drama that is easily transferrable to the screen. In these difficult times, I think it may be a good seller because of the popular reaction against business corruption brewing just beneath the surface.
    A fan,
    Ruth Gibson

  21. my sis from cincy came to see 33 variations. there were protesters out front. at intermission, she told us not to follow her — she had some business to take care of and off she went. upon her return, she was followed by numerous ‘fans’ who were heartily and graciously thanking her for what she had done. ‘judy, what did you do?’ I asked. she had stepped into the middle of the street and given each of the protesters their own personal a Bronx cheer, then she had spun around and mouthed a cheer from another part of her body. just something she had to get out of her system.

  22. will will

Leave a Reply