In the photo above I am with Pierre Richard from our film, “…Et Si On Vivait Tous Ensemble” (And If We All Lived Together). I spent yesterday in Paris doing interviews on behalf of the film which was made last year. What was so exciting was that the journalists all felt the film was really good. Many had seen it at festivals. Several, including the iconic actor who played my husband, Pierre Richard, had seen the film at a small festival with a packed house of ‘average citizens’ (not all critics or journalists) who loved it—much laughing and tears as well. Pierre said, “I wish you’d been there. I hadn’t expected the amount of laughter there would be.” And although the film deals with aging and the decision of a group of friends to pool their resources and live together), he said the younger people (a number of 19-20 year olds) had gathered around him to tell him how much they loved the movie, that it raised issues that aren’t talked about very much and they thought it was important and that there was the perfect balance between tender reality and humor. So I was floating on cloud nine all day.

I brought along several wardrobe changes so I wouldn’t be in all the photos and TV shows wearing the same thing but there was no time to change. There was no time for lunch, either. By the end, I was brain dead trying to answer the questions in French.

Having just finished a short interview with Michele Drucker for his program next week that will focus on Guy Bedos who was in our film, we made a pact that I will come back to do his big show next October when my book, “Prime Time”, will come out in France. I did his show 5 years ago for my memoirs and had such a blast. It is viewed throughout Europe and is one of the viewed and popular shows. Tulea was with me and Vadim’s sister and son come on as a surprise.

At the press conference next to Pierre Richard and our director, Stephane Roblen

My view of the press conference

Having dinner with Eve Ensler, at Brasserie Bofinger where the waiter gave us both a rose.

After dinner, we walked to the home where Aimee Mullins is staying and had a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation. As I was sure would happen, Aimee and Eve had a deep connection. I didn’t take pictures. It didn’t feel right.

The stained glass ceiling of the Brasserie Bofinger near Paris's Le Marais

And now, off to the airport to return to Richard. Tulea is already at my ranch where we will be, along with my children, grandchildren and friends, 17 in all, for Thanksgiving. She went with Tommy and Carol who drove.

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  1. Oh, I can’t wait to see this movie! It will be awesome, I’m sure! Do you know when it will be released?

    • Daniel, released in Paris Jan 18. Don’t know about the U.S.

  2. Jane, love your post in Paris,+ reverse ‘view’ of the interviewers/press 🙂
    Really hope this film makes it to Atlanta will go and see it for sure.

  3. hi Jane,
    you have doing a travel quick in France !!
    how do you do with all these interviews and a time difference !… and a concentration for speak french. I admire you relly !!
    Mon anglais est pas terrible, et j’espère que j’écris correctement.
    I will see the show Michel Drucker with Guy Bedos
    I will be happy to see you
    Take care of you

  4. Your movie sounds very interesting. What a unique plot! I can’t wait for it to come to the US. I love the picture of you with Pierre Richard. Very captivating.
    The ranch sounds like a fantastic place to spend time with friends and family. I wonder if you folks cook or do you bring someone in to make the Thanksgiving meal. Either way, have a peaceful, wonderful Thanksgiving.

  5. Hi Jane! Sorry I didn´t answer before about the “brazilian food”,cause I had a problem with my computer and had to buy a new one.Well, I will be very proud and happy to colaborate with anything with you, and from now on, I will start to organize all the recipe I can, from some of ours best food. Those with ingredients dificult to find in United States,will be out.You will only get them at Brazilian Retaurans in L.A.Best regards from Brazil.

    • Yone, just send 3 or 4 Brazilian recipes that are healthy and not too hard to make. I’m doing a cookbook for older people. An “exper” tests each recipe and, if it passes muster and gets used, I pay you $100 per recipe. No rush. I won’t start for 4 months. Tanks. xxi

  6. Hello Jane,
    Being a Francophile I have found your views and responds from you film good news. Age and death an area that is often a subject not wanted to deal with in life and films.
    Once upon a time, it was fashionable to adore all things in la vie as subjects of interest, as Art.

    Film… yest a new age of understand..

    with love and care,

  7. Speaking of promoting your French movie about the elderly, here is a story to share as a warning with hopes to receive advice. Ninety-six year old Dad was expected to be discharged from the hospital after three weeks for Congestive Heart Failure, most likely, on November 5, 2011. Over the past ten years he had frequent hospitalizations for pneumonia and, later, CHF. He still had his driver’s license though and he was active when he was not in the hospital. He planned to drive his companion “up north” to her vacation home when he was discharged from the hospital on 11/5 then journey soon after that to Florida for the winter months. Instead he passed away at 1:15 a.m. on November 4 after falling out of his bed and suffering hemorrhage and a heart attack. Hospital staff on duty revived him from his first heart attack after the fall. He then suffered a second heart attack and he could not be revived from it.

    Joint Commission, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to insuring quality care, requires hospitals to have a task force for fall prevention to obtain accreditation. Certainly this fall in the hospital should be reviewed to prevent future falls due to the same causes. Because I was not his power of attorney, nor informed of his hospitalization nor a welcome visitor to Dad anyway, there is no opportunity to question the staff on duty at the time of his injury and death. Recently I learned that hospital staff are allowed to answer questions about a patient’s care but they are not allowed to volunteer information. Also, I doubt the right exists to examine the documentation in Dad’s medical records, whether it is accurate or not.

    So we are all sad this happened and that family and friends were not present to prevent the fall and the preventable and horrific death of a responsible and generous man who loved life and was not ready to die.

    At his funeral, my Godmother said her husband has been in the nursing home since he had a stroke. The same physicians at this same community hospital refused to believe her assessment that her husband was having a stroke until he was damaged beyond being able to walk again, she thinks.

    Thank you for allowing this post, Jane Fonda. You are the most beautiful and the most brainy!

  8. You know Clive Davis.

  9. I had a wonderful time meeting you in Paris. And “Et si on vivait tous ensemble” is a very beautiful movie.

  10. Jane Fonda – Richard knows Clive.

    Tom – (are they friends.)
    I have a request.

  11. the film was a great success in France = more than 1/2 million people saw it, mostly senior citizens and outside Paris !!! and the rest of Europe as well Allemagne 05/04/2012, Und Wenn Wir Alle Zusammenziehen? + 500.000 spectateurs en 2012
    Norvège 27/04/2012, Hongrie 03/05/2012, Espagne 01/06/2012,
    Belgique 06/06/2012, Autriche 22/06/2012, Pays-Bas 05/07/2012, promising in Japan as well
    Congratulations, Jane, you are wonderfull. I bought the DVD and saw it again more than 19 times, I invite my friends to see it as well
    Brigitte CASSIGNEUL (68)

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