I thought I would have time to blog about my daily routine at the theatre but there’s been no time. This is, after all, a two-show day and between shows there was a large group from Atlanta including Kim Nolte, the Vice President of G-CAPP in charge of Programs and Training who brought many friends who also work in the field of adolescent sexuality and pregnancy prevention. Also there were Janet and John Costello. Janet is a wonderful member of my board and John, before his retirement, was an executive with Home Depot which has its corporate headquarters in Atlanta. The three of us are going to dinner tonight after the second show.


Friends from Atlanta (photo: Melissa Spengler)

Jerry Stiller, (Jerry Seinfeld’s father in “Seinfeld”), Anne Meara Stiller (also an actor in numerous series including “Sex in the City” as Cynthia Nixon’s mother-in-law) and their daughter, Amy, all saw the show and loved it. I told them the last time I saw Ben Stiller he was pushing a baby carriage up a steep hill in Hollywood. They told me he and his wife now have two children.


Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller and daughter Amy (photo: Melissa Spengler)

In addition, we sold six photo opportunities with me for $400 to people from Wisconsin, Mexico, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. We are close, I believe, to breaking fundraising records for a small dramatic play-we may even beat some large musicals if we do well in the next two shows. The effort ends Tuesday with the Easter Bonnet extravaganza-skits and bonnets produced by different casts who compete for prizes along with the prize for who raises most money. I am a co-presenter along with being in our very funny skit. Tulea makes an appearance in the skit and just came back from the groomer all glammed up in preparation.


Mary Cooper Janis saw the show again today and brought her step-son, Stephan. She and her husband, the great classical pianist Byron Janis, saw the play opening night. She thinks it has gotten better since then.


Maria Cooper Janis (photo: Melissa Spengler)

See you next time.   

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  1. Love you jane fonda i think that you are the best and that you are really good in all the movies that you do what i love the most about you is your adorable laugh i am from canada on the east cost in nova scotia do you think that you would ever come here and see what it is like here would love to see you i know i am not rich or anything and i have nothing to ofer but i dream and could only keep dreaming about meeting you one day enjoy 🙂

  2. Tulea is becoming quite the star. I guess she is learning from you and the cast! Sad to hear about Bea Arthur today, great woman and great actress. She will be missed.

  3. I love Ann Meara and Jerry Stiller. And Tulea has got to be the world’s most adorable dog…after my own little Jackpot Romeo that is. Yes, I am biased. I am supposed to be. You can all decide for yourselves:


    • Oops..Anne Meara. My typo.

  4. I was there Saturday night… I offered to make a significant donation to BC/EFA [my favorite charity] in return for a personalized poster, but I talked to Ms. Walsh and was not sure I was clear enough. Anyway… I hope you beat Wicked!

  5. Miss Fonda been a fan for so long. My Mum passed away last week. It has been a sad and difficult time. Your writing has helped me through this time more than you will ever know. Thank you from my heart for keeping me okay during this time. I wish you every best wish for the future.And admire you so much. Thank you Miss Fonda.Love foreverxxxxxxx

  6. Hi Jane, I like reading your blog every day – don’t know how you find the time in between acts of the play!

    Did you know or work with Bea Arthur by any chance? So sad that there don’t seem to be any actors around anymore that have the talent of people like you and Bea. They all seem to be the interchangeable, generic actor that appears on shows like Grey’s Anatomy and could be played by anybody.

    Anyway thanks for the great blog. Looking forward to your next project, whatever it may be.

  7. Jane, I cannot wait to see the video of the skit. Sounds like it’s going to be a knee-slapper. Tulea looks perfectly adorable!


  8. Congratulations, Jane, on your Broadway success!
    Atlanta was beautiful this weekend. Plenty of rain in the past weeks have resulted in lush green and vibrant pinks, white and fuschia. Everyone was out and about this…. Please come back to The Big A! Love, Connie (Decatur)

  9. I don’t think i’ve ever seen a dog cuter than that one! The bows are too adorable! Haha.

  10. I hope your group raises a lot of money, and is recognized for its tremendous fundraising efforts. I would think that people would be more likely to open their pockets after seeing a thought-provoking and emotion-inducing play like 33 Variations than after seeing a musical. Your beautiful play reminds us that dying and death are inevitable, but do not have to be the end. Dying and death give each of us a new chapter to write. As a gay man, thank you for your great efforts. We have lost so many people to this disease.

  11. Great to see you and Kim Nolte together in New York. I don’t many people who are as passionate about their work as Kim is. Take good care of her.

  12. Loved Stella and Meara on the Ed Sullivan Show.

    Tulea you are the petite coconut cupcake!
    I send this pooch a smooch on that black olive nose.
    A question for your Mom?
    Is this the same doggie mix as Barbra Striesands four-legged child?

    What do you feed Tulea? Have you heard of Juliette
    de Bairacli Levy? She is a herbalist who’s written a
    book for dogs and cats called The Complete Herbal Handbook for Dogs and Cats.
    She has been on PBS show called Juliette of the Herbs.
    Very cool lady. I hope she is still with us.
    I have her book Common Herbs for Natural Health.

  13. Jane,

    What a treat it was to be in New York City on Saturday and see your wonderful performance in 33 Variations. I thought that you and the entire cast were absolutely outstanding! While blown away by your elegance and grace on stage it was what happened after the show that struck me the most. As our paths have crossed somewhat indirectly in South Carolina and Georgia working on an issue we both care so passionately about, I would consider myself to be fairly well versed in your commitment to philanthropy. Realizing that others may not be, I was more than impressed with the passion with which you spoke about Broadway Cares. Then the fact that you would take time out of your day to meet with friends from GCAPP and the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy provided instant inspiration to many of us. It was quite clear to me that every ounce of passion you use to deliver outstanding performances on stage and screen is also present when you speak of issues you care about. Whether investing in young people, the prevention of teen pregnancy, the prevention of HIV/AIDS or supporting those currently living with HIV/AIDS you are a true champion for so many things good. Thank you so much for being an amazing leader on these critical issues, an elegant spokesperson for all of us working on them, and in general for all that you do – we are all very fortunate indeed to have you on our team!!!

    Forrest L. Alton
    Executive Director
    SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

  14. Jane,
    Thanks for the kind words in your blog. We truly enjoyed the play and you were stellar!

    Thanks for spending time with us after the show! After a weekend in the Big Apple, we’re all re-energized to work extra hard in making a difference in the lives of young people.

    Did you all bypass “Wicked” in your fundraising?? We sure hope so.

  15. Funny, isn’t it? Some of us look at Ben Stiller and think, “Look, it’s Stiller and Meara’s son…” 🙂 Kids these days have no idea what kind of comedy legacy runs in that family.

  16. flew to NYC last Saturday to see your show. Live in Pasadena. Last Saturday was 6th anniv of my mother’s death from ALS. ALS a part of my life for 9 years. On the Board of ALS LA. You perform as an ALS patient beautifully. Once you have progressed with the disease and hands are weak, you really cannot use your hands (one hand goes first and then the other). The ability to move any muscle disappears. An ALS person would not be able to lift the walker. A wheeled walker better. Curious why your character has ALS — perhaps the writer had connection with this awful disease? Cruel disease and is a death sentence. Enjoyed the play! A pleasure to watch you perform from the second row center. I’ve seen all your movies; read your biography and admire the many passages of your life in which you’ve continued an important growth journey. While I know you had to raise funds for Broadway cares, it would be meaningful to raise funds for ALS. an orphan disease for fund raising too.

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