The sofa in my dressing room I sleep on at dinner break with the Gees Bend quilt on it.

My dressing table

A very 60s beaded necklace that Catherine Keener gave me when we did “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” this Summer. It hangs on my mirror and brings me luck.

This is a rock from Africa that Eve Ensler gave me before the NY opening. It breaks open and inside the crystal and mica glows. She saw it as a metaphor for an artist being broken open by the creative work. This is a good thing. I see it that way too and so I have it on my dresser–a reminder to stay hungry and a reminder of dearest Eve who at this moment is about to open City of Joy in Eastern Congo where raped and traumatized women can come to heal and learn skills.

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  1. Exciting! Yay!

  2. Awesome dressing room with the most spectacular items!

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. I thought this was a baked potatoe smothered in butter.

  4. Hi Jane!
    Your little dog looks just like our Shelly. Have fun with your show!

    I want to thank you for your Jane Fonda Workout and your Encino Gym. I worked out there when I was pregnant (both times) in the 80s in your pregnancy workout classes. They were the best! Your video was great too.


  5. Ive always admired you. And continue to do so.

  6. I love the quilt and pillowcases. Obviously Tulea loves it too! Does the sketch drawing of the person have any special meaning?

    • Susan, the ” person” is my 11 year old grandson. Think it shows all the interesting things coming out of his. His thoughts, etc.

  7. Thanks Jane, for the peek into the backstage of life. Strange I been doing research on Roger Casement and his life , been a heartful work. His work in The Congo Free State, teaches much. Just started my studies of what it was like for a British Consul posted in Africa in the 1890’s ,a eye opener. Look at the Actors mirror …
    Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this
    special observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature:
    for any thing so o’erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose
    end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as ’twere the
    mirror up to nature: to show virtue her feature, scorn her own
    image, and the very age and body of the time his form and
    Hamlet Act 3, scene 2, 17–24
    Shakespeare always has something to say-
    The invention of theater, has been to hold “the mirror up to nature.”

    With love and care,

  8. Hi Jane! I am pretty excited for the show tonight. I wrote yesterday but will try again….I am a Midwest transplant having moved out here a little over 2 years ago. I always read your blog and did write you when you were a little nervous about moving back to LA because of Richard. Anyway..I am happy that I made my move to be with my love and we did get married last August. Am going tonight with my neighbor and would sure love to meet you if possible. I am sitting in rear orchestra (unfortunately) and can be reached by cell 3235738984 before show. break a leg!

  9. Thanks for the inside peek. You have made a good space there.
    Break a leg!

  10. Re the rock: did she tell you it’s called a ‘geode’ ? From where I’m sitting I can see the one on my mantle. It may be pretty much the only thing we have in common, since I’m not a talented actress. 🙂

  11. Hi Jane,
    I certainly enjoyed the performance tonight. What great ensemble work. I teach music to youth in under-served communities just over the river in East L.A. I hope to bring some of the older students to see the play, as it really brings across the genius of Beethoven.
    Best wishes for a very successful run!

  12. Your performance tonight (2/1) was stunning, Jane! Such attention to detail. It’s a brilliant piece and I loved every moment of it. The humor, the poignancy, the philosophy — all woven together magnificently. I must say I found a great deal to relate to in the character of the daughter. And some of the dialogue about the relationship between the daughter and her mother hit home — especially in thinking about my own mother’s final days and being with her. (So, yeah…a few tears, too…)

    I saw Stephen Hawking sitting up in the balcony box, thanks to your tip off that he would be there. Once the show got underway and I realized your character has ALS, it became immediately clear as to why the piece was of such interest to him. I couldn’t help but think of him as the show progressed and wonder what he must be thinking…

    It’s very clear to me why this show won you a Tony nomination. Your work is breathtaking. As always, you never fail to amaze and inspire me and tonight was no exception. Kudos, Jane!

  13. Oh how wonderfully exciting to see your dressing room …a little glimpse of something I never expected to see in any lifetime!

    Love the beads and the necklace.

  14. Jane. Your dressing room looks like home! The quilt is beautiful. Is it hand made?

  15. Jane, your dressing room looks like a ‘home away from home’ and sooo organized! Wonder if the drawing of your grandson is a self portrait..anyway, love it! One of your bloggers wrote a great review of your play especially saying that you ‘own’ that role after having seen you. Now I hope it will be made into a movie so that I can see it..with you in the same role of course!

  16. Lovely retreat to restore. All your specials have energy to give you. Where is the picture of your father? Sending you all love. Break a leg! xox m&lb

  17. love the dressing room, thought the rock was a bread roll that you had chomped the middle out of, sleep well and enjoy your show

  18. Jane,
    We just arranged to get a new Coton de Tulear puppy (it’s 3 wks old now). Isn’t that what Tulea is? We’re so excited!

  19. Hi Jane Fonda!

    I have been enjoying your blog for some time now. I sure wish we could see more of your son on film. He’s so handsome, unique and a good actor. The masses don’t seem to appreciate true talent.

    My husband and I are excited to see your show this Friday. Thanks for sharing your dressing room pictures. It looks so cozy, but could you please tell Richard to put the toilet seat down next time? Sorry couldn’t resist.


    Tara – a fan

  20. Is that a bottle of Kombucha I see sitting on the dressing room table?
    Love the stuff.

    • Mark, ha! You observant one!! Yes, a cast member told me it is good for an energy pick me up– instead of coffee. It seems to work.

  21. You, the play, the cast, the production here at the Ahmanson: PHENOMENAL! I missed it on Broadway, and am so happy that I got to experience “33 Variations” at last night’s preview. You were stunning…really wonderful. Your transformation into the character’s suffering reminded me all too painfully of a dear friend who died of that awful disease, and your portrayal was soooo “right on”! Thank you and congratulations, Miss Fonda!

  22. Love this, you are so generous in every way, can’t wait to see 33 Variations! 🙂

  23. Dear Jane:

    I have always enjoyed watching you act in almost anything you do. Thank you for showing us backstage. I love the quilt on your sofa do you know who made it? Did you? It is quite beautiful before my Grandma passed away and I was young we made quilts was fun…I still have a few.

    You take care of yourself and God bless.

    Kat Kelly-Heinzelman

  24. You made your dressing room the sweetest place. Love the drawing of your grandson.

    With envy for every person who is in LA and able to catch your show, I wish you an amazing evening together!

    (In the meantime, my husband and I will enjoy “Turandot” at the Portland Opera Friday evening.)

  25. Stephen Hawking is one of the most amazing human beings ever born. So how fitting to have my favorite actress of all time portray someone experiencing ALS. Jane, you are an incredible actor, person and inspiration. And as a wonderful bonus you’re my favorite workout guru – and have kept me physically fit for over 25 years! Love the crystals in your dressing room. I keep a variety of crystals on my 2 altars.
    Many blessings to you.

  26. Your geodes (gift from Eve) are lovely, entirely a crystal center. Geodes are found in Utah too, in endless variety of shapes, sizes, depths, crystals. I found one with a feminine image inside, and a tiney crystal center located at the heart.

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