I was only asked to present Best Director with Michael Douglas about 10 days ago so preparations were very rushed. Donatella Versace sent me a sketch, I liked it, and last Fri (2 days before the Oscars) a tailor came from Italy with the partially made dress and they finished it on me with only one more final fitting on Saturday. I wanted yellow, although they called it ‘chartreuse’. I’ve always liked yellow. It’s a happy, fresh color and I knew no one else would wear anything close to it. Normally yellow is said to be a ‘no-no,’ but I felt I could carry it off. I’ve worn yellow once before to the Oscars when I attended on Ted Turner’s arm. I liked the deco style of the waist band and the structured shoulders and the chandelier, yellow Chopard diamond earrings. The feed back I’ve gotten makes me feel it was a good choice but then maybe my friends kept the negatives away. We taped the show and when we got back, I watched my presentation and thought it photographed well, too. What do you think, dear readers?

There was much about the Oscars that I really liked. Let’s start with Charlize Theron dancing with Channing Tatum. Is there anything that beautiful creature can’t do?! I so admire the women who do it all: act brilliantly, sing, and dance…I’m thinking Charlize, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and, of course, Meryl (Mama Mia!). And how about Zeta-Jones doing that song and dance number from the film “Chicago” which, as Michael reminded me, she did TEN years ago! She doesn’t seem to have lost a thing along a way and a lot has happened in her life along the way. Brava to her. Michael looked great and was as funny and charming as ever

I loved Shirley Bassey belting out “Goldfinger”, and Barbra, and Adele and what seemed like the whole cast of “Les Miserables” all together.” That was very dramatic and moving.

with Derek McLane

I ADORED the set. It was glamorous, fairyland-like, flexible. Perfect. loved the effects behind Adele while she was singing although from home you didn’t really see it quite the way we did there in the hall. Everything was designed by my friend, Derek McLane who also won a Tony for his sets for my play “33 Variations”.

I LOVED that Quentin Tarantino won best original screenplay. I was happy that “Argo” won Best Picture (and that Michelle Obama presented it). There were so many truly wonderful, unique films and actors nominated this year and many of them, I felt, should have won, but out of respect for those who did win and they were also brilliant, the only name I will say here is Robert De Niro. I wanted him to win so badly. And I did adore “Silver Linings PLaybook” so much I’ve seen it 3 times.

What I really didn’t like was the song and dance number about seeing actresses boobs. I agree with someone who said, if they want to stoop to that, why not list all the penises we’ve seen? Better yet, remember that this is a telecast seen around the world watched by families with their children and to many this is neither appropriate or funny. I also didn’t like the remark made about Quvenzhane and Clooney, or the stuff out of Ted’s mouth and all the comments about what women do to get thin for their dresses. Waaaay too much stuff about women and bodies, as though that’s what defines us.

I can say this: I’ve been to more Oscars than I can count and it never gets boring. I am still thrilled to see all the amazing talents there, in flesh and blood.

After spending a little time in the green room backstage with Meryl and Barbra and Donna Karan, I did what Ive never done before. It felt very movie-starish: I changed into another gown, a spotted black and white Reem Acra which was very comfortable.

In Reem Acra Gown at Vanity Fair Party

Richard and I went to the Vanity Fair party and got there before the real crush happened so we found banquette seats where we stayed the whole time and chatted with various fun people as they came by: Quincy Jones (my cousin), Naomi Campbell, Larry Gagosian, the famed art dealer. I had a fascinating talk about violence in America with Canadian, Martin Short. (Canada has just as many guns per capita and watches just as many violent video games but, like the Netherlands, has much, much less violence. I won’t go into it now but it has to do with people feeling respected and cared for by their government. If the cuts go through this Friday, you’ll see violence go up in the U.S. I’ll bet on it)

After that we went to George Clooney’s much smaller party where I had a most enjoyable, interesting, uplifting one-on-one with George. In a few days, I must remind him of it cause he may well have forgotten. And–we got to congratulate Ben Affleck (sans beard…he obviously was a quick-change artist himself) for his much-deserved Oscar.

Got home much too late given that I’ve had a cold for a week or more, but it was worth it.

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  1. You were so beautiful Sunday night. The dress was uniquely yours and you looked fabulous in it. I saw you speak at UC Santa Barbara in 1972, and you are still as vital and amazing today. I have such admiration for you. God Bless.

    • I had 4 calls after the Oscars from relatives who wanted to know why I didn’t look like you? I also hit the 75 this year. Have mixed feelings about that. I wrote you once years ago telling you that you are my 8th cousin. My grandfather and your uncle (I think) Jim, got together and went through the family tree. It is a small world but Tina, you neice, went to Cazenovia Jr College and met my Mother who was always very into horses. We gave her a filly which she took out West with her when she left. She visited my Mother with her husband in later years which was very nice of her. I also have a brother George Fonda who is the same age as Peter. It is weird I know. We also have an Indian chief who is also in the Fonda family tree. Just wanted to say Hi. and you looked great and I will work on it. Patricia F. Sawyer

  2. Magnifique !!

    Vous étiez splendide chère Jane !! Comme toujours !
    Un vrai plaisir de vous voir au côté de Michael Douglas !! J’adore “Le syndrôme chinois” !!

    La cérémonie était formidable cette année, et je vous aurai bien vu danser aussi sur la scène !! 😉

    Restez telle que vous êtes !!

    Je vous embrasse de France !!

  3. I was looking forward to this post. I really liked the winners, though I don’t share your enthusiasm towards Argo. It was a bit one-dimensional (and how it portrayed the “villains”) and the tension was just a bit too much. But it had a great atmosphere and was quite effective. I wanted Silver Linings to win so badly. And I see what you mean: I adore Jennifer Lawrence’s win but I’m also sad that Emmanuelle Riva lost. I wished they had tied that one.

    Question one from me: did Gloria Beaty from They Shoot Horses… ever come to your mind while watching SLP’s dance and Jen? I mean both are deeply depressed, wounded girls with practically this one shot, namely a dance contest. 🙂 Like you said earlier Jen was amazing and all in all, I’m glad she won (like you also should have for TSHDT!!!!, no contest).

    That boob song: that was probably intended to be sexist, because it showed that it earned Seth bad reviews. But it was really a bit too much. It could work on Family Guy and its audience but I’m not sure young girls should see that on tv or poor Quvebzhané

  4. Jane, you looked beautiful at the Oscars. You look so young, much younger than what you are. You look at least 20 years younger. The yellow gown you wore made you look terrific.

  5. Jane,

    I watched the Oscars and you looked so good in the yellow gown. Quite stunning! I accidentally found the pictures of you chowing down on a cheeseburger from the In-N-Out catered service in the Reem Acra gown. WOW! Priceless! 🙂


    • Truth be told, I had two whole cheesebergers and. man were they good after all that time not eating!!!.

      • Jane,
        You looked so stunning in the yellow gown. Such grace and elegance!
        Also agree with you on the Oscar song. I thought it lacked good taste.
        Aren’t the Oscar’s for furthering the Arts (and Sciences)?
        Thanks for sharing your insights with us.

  6. I was looking forward to this post. I really liked the winners, though I don’t share your enthusiasm towards Argo. It was a bit one-dimensional (and how it portrayed the “villains”) and the tension was just a bit too much. But it had a great atmosphere and was quite effective although I wouldn’t trade any of those directors’ nods for Affleck’s. I wanted Silver Linings to win so badly (I also saw it three times lol). And I see what you mean: I adore Jennifer Lawrence’s win but I’m also sad that Emmanuelle Riva lost. I wished they had tied that one. My picks were Phoenix, Lawrence, Hunt and DeNiro.

    And how awesome you were as a presenter! You looked stunning (as always) and were a pro (as always).

    Question one from me: did Gloria Beaty from They Shoot Horses… ever come to your mind while watching SLP’s dance and Jen? I mean both are deeply depressed, wounded girls with practically this one shot, namely a dance contest. 🙂 Like you said earlier, Jen was amazing and all in all, I’m glad she won (like you also should have for TSHDT!!!!, no contest).

    That boob song: that was probably intended to be sexist, because it showed that it earned Seth bad reviews. But it was really a bit too much. It could work on Family Guy and its audience but I’m not sure young girls should see that on tv or poor Quvenzhané in the audience. So, yeah I understand your criticism. And I’m glad that you spoke about this and did not avoid the tough question like many do in Hollywood. Thumbs up, again! 🙂

    Also, “fun fact”: a penis song would be harder because there’s no male nudity in films. Women are much more exposed that way too. They have to bare it all to be considered memorable and all that men have to do is talk in a higher pitched voice 😉 Oops… And if you compare female roles nowadays to those that you played in the 70s. It feels we are going backwards. And it’s sad because we guys also love strong, intelligent women on screen. Nothing is as sexy as confidence and intelligence (I was so glad about this year’s Best Actress nominees). 🙂

    Sorry that I left such a controversial comment here. :/ But some things need to be said.

    • No penises in films!!! Daniel!!! Maybe they don’t get to your country but oh yes there are. Frankly, that’s fine with me. evens the playing field. You hae good taste in performances. A thinking man, for sure!

      • I’m glad to see someone speak out against the trash Hollywood puts on in Prime time now. I have two small children at home. There are so many programs that we can’t watch because of the trash that I do not want my children exposed to.

      • You are wonderful! I don’t watch television, so I didn’t get to “see” you, but I LOVE seeing your pictures and listening to you. You are oen of my all time favorite people..

        • I see, now, that this is “moderated”. You may, and plaase do, delete this and the previous. I sent you an envelope today, just something I want you to see; something my little girl self would liek for you to see. You have been a very huge part of my life, Jane Fonda. It would be a gift, for sure. I don’t know how else to get your attention. And my little girl self kind of won’t leave me alone until I either do, or have at least tried. I don’t care about your celbrity, not really. I admire you in you steadfastness; have felt very very “close” to you in a very underlying sort of way. If nothing else, please, if you get the envelope, at least hold it in your hands. I could say a million things. If I ever meet you, I will. I know you have thousands, probably millions of people that try to connect with you. I did that already, when I was eleven. I’ve never met you, I don’t mean that. I “felt” you, if that makes sense. Anyway; she is (my little girl self) a little tired of having no voice. And, I am the only way she is going to. You were part of her ??? being okay, and you didnt’ even know it. She wants you to know it. I am 42 years old; she has waited a long time.

  7. Firstly, agree yellow was a bold choice and it could easily have gone either way. You could be seen miles away Amidst the crowd and it took me a while to adjust to its brightness and to decide wether or not it was suiting you. And, final conclusion? Yes it was! It looked great on you!
    I also agree the boobs number was 200 steps backwards towards the Macho Chauvinistic Kingdom I so despise. Yes, bring on the Dick jokes to even it out ( but how many have we actually seen as opposed to women’s nudity???) Seth was tremendously charming, but not very engaging, warm or funny for all that matters! Poor Sally Fields put in this embarrassing sketch..

    I truly love the Oscars. As an Actor/Director myself, skepticism aside, I love the celebration of our craft, the reward and recognition of talent and dedication!
    I haven’t watched either film yet but have heard the Best actress Oscar should have gone to the “Amour” actress and not to Jennifer… Looking forward to judging it by myself.
    All the best and thanks for sharing your experience,

  8. I LOVE OSCAR NIGHT! In my family, Oscar night has always been a big affair, even as a young kid. That is why I have to agree that there was some inappropriate material during the show, things that kids pick up on quickly. I, though, absolutely loved the Les Miz performance. I can imagine it was quite powerful to listen to in person. I also loved seeing some Hollywood classics there such as Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Michael Douglas, and yourself. (When I say classics, I don’t mean old, I mean who I think of when the word Hollywood is said. 🙂 ) You and Michael Douglas were pros up there presenting, like you’ve done it a million times before.
    I saw all of the movies nominated this year and loved every minute in the movie theater . Loved Argo. It was one of those movies where you were on the edge of your seat to find out what happens even though you already know what happens! Gosh, I loved a lot of the movies and performances. Who should win that Oscar is always tough. They are up for an Oscar in the first place BECAUSE of their fantastic performances. That means they all did wonderful.
    And you looked incredible! Great choice of dress! I imagine that is a lot of pressure to get a dress in that small amount of time. You did amazingly well!
    Does any Oscars really stand out more for you than the rest? Well, I guess winning the Oscar a couple of times trumps all?

  9. Loved the yellow dress, you wore it beautifully! I am a huge fan of yours, have your books, videos and now DVD. I so admire your determination and guts to follow you internal guidance system! Thank you for being such a great example of all we can accomplish as we get older. I did not have this example in my family and I look up to you a lot for the various accomplishments you have at this stage of life. Thank you!
    Also we can’t forget Jennifer Hudson’s incredible Oscar night performance- it was over the top.

  10. Dear Jane,

    It was wonderful seeing you at this year’s Academy Awards, especially presenting with Michael Douglas. You two were brilliant in “The China Syndrome.” That film was so groundbreaking and resonant for its time, and it has had a lasting impact on how we learn to hold powerful institutions accountable for our environment and health. I’ll always remember the intensity and conviction that both you and Michael Douglas, and of course Jack Lemmon, brought to your characters. And you looked absolutely radiant in your yellow gown!

    I enjoyed reading about the movies you liked this year. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” was of course such a powerful film, and Daniel Day Lewis won a well-deserved award. Watching him as Lincoln, and seeing Spielberg’s film, what was it like for you in terms of thinking of your father and his portrayal of Lincoln for John Ford in 1939 (one of my favorite films ever, which inspired me to study American history in college)? It was such a mesmerizing performance, and the Ann Rutledge scene gets me every time.

    Also, I just want to say that your ongoing work with women’s health and reproductive rights is inspiring to us all. I was born in Bangladesh, and though I’ve spent much of my life in the US, I know that the well-being of women worldwide won’t improve unless there’s a systemic change in the status of women. You were part of a panel for Asia Society (where I work now) back on 2006 on women’s and girl’s health in South Asia, which is just one of the many things you’ve done that lays the groundwork for important policymaking:,8

    I look forward to hearing more about the work that you’re doing in the U.S. and abroad about transforming the lives of women and young girls.

    Thank you, Jane, you truly are an inspiration!

    Best wishes,

  11. I loved the yellow dress and was very impressed with how good all the women looked. Especially the older women…you, Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Sally Field. I think the picture on your next Prime Time book or video should be one of you and your boyfriend eating cheeseburgers on the street after the Oscars. That’s living!!!

  12. Jane,

    I’m a 42-year-old French woman and I’m simply a huge fan of yours. I read your book “my life so far” in 2005 and since then I’ve always tried to watch as many of your interviews I can via YouTube. Loved the ones with Barbra Walters, Charlie Rose, Oprah. And recently I’ve discovered you on The conversation with Amanda de Cadenet. You said you wanted your life to be your legacy. Believe me Jane, you’ve succeeded!

    Thank you for being you and for having taught me so much.


  13. I loved the yellow dress. You looked fabulous.

  14. I turned off my tv in the middle of the boob song. Decided I would watch later and could fast-forward through any nonsense. Went to youtube instead and watched Roddy McDowall’s home movies. Watching them does feel like I’m eavesdropping, I do wonder if you the subjects of these silent films feel they should have been kept private? Oh well, I guess there is little in your lives that has ever been private, I’m sure you are used to our gawking by now.
    It seems so strange that you and Jack and Barbra and Michael Douglas are what the young folks today consider “old Hollywood”.
    I did enjoy turning off the boob song and watching clips from old Oscar telecasts instead. Such history, and I wish more young people were interested in watching old films instead of checking posts on facebook.

  15. Jane, Canada has 30 firearms per 100 population. The USA has 88 per 100. So sad to hear that Martin Short, whom I believe to be a very smart man, got his facts jumbled so. Canada has a low firearm-crime rate because we have strict laws about gun ownership, storage and use. Also, most guns in Canada are rifles and shotguns used for hunting. Handguns are extremely limited and it is hard to get a permit for one, let alone a carry permit. I’m a Canadian living in Dubai but worked on the firearms issue while working as a writer in Canada.

    Your dress was a stand-out. Kudos to you for being loud and proud as a stunning representative of the older generation, which I am too close for comfort to joining, lol. More power to you!

  16. I thought the boobs song was hilarious. If you are outraged at the objectification of women why don’t you speak out about the number of TV shows, newspaper articles, blogs, online posts, tweets, facebook posts, etc. related to the what women are wearing. It seems that every year the majority of the coverage of the Oscars (and most awards shows) centers around what the attendees look like. As an example, the first paragraph of your post is all about your dress.

    Seems a little hypocritical to criticize one person for a ‘sexist’ song when so many people spend the evening, and several days after, talking about people’s apprearences.

    And in my opinion, if you don’t want people to talk about you being topless, leave your top on. Pretty simple.

  17. Thank you so much for speaking out about the sexist Academy Awards show. What a disrespectful presentation for the artists to sit through in order to be recognized for their well earned achievements. I was so hoping that all the women would stand up and walk out on live television when that stupid boob song was performed. I couldn’t imagine the night would get worse but of course it did. Isn’t it sad how the voyeuristic celebrity culture in america has dumbed down the television viewing audience to such a low that many are defending the presentation as a success?!

    At any rate, you were a vision and inspiration for women as always. Thanks to the class acts over 40 who turned up, I managed to stick with the program in order to appreciate all the true talent including yours truly. Well done.

  18. Jane, when I watched the Oscars, the camera panned to you before you were on stage. I shouted to my housemate, “Jane Fonda is there, and she looks fantastic!” Then later, when you went on stage, we were just in awe. I said, “Doesn’t she look better than all the younger actresses combined?” and my housemate agreed. I thought the actresses (many of whom I am a big fan of) were dressed nice for the most part, but had really, really bad hair. Like they just rolled out of bed. Plus, some needed more makeup under those strong lights. You had perfect hair, perfect makeup, loved the color and style of your gown (really made you stand out). I didn’t care for the shoulders, but that is pretty minor detail, lol. I also loved Octavia Spencer. Very classy hair and old Hollywood type gown. Reese also looked lovely. It was a good color choice for her and her hair looked so nice.

    Now, the men needed work. What was with all those ugly beards? It was SO disappointing. Plus, so many did not fill out their suits. They looked like they were going to pop a button in the mid section. Don’t they do fittings? Ugh.

    I was very happy about Jennifer Lawrence’s win. I have loved her since Winter’s Bone. She has the best personality, and the ability to poke fun at herself, like with that fall. The best director, Ang Lee, so love him. I think he is one of the very best directors and is so versatile. I also believe he is a rare director who likes and gets women, and think his wife is a very positive influence on his film making. The Inocente film I had not heard of, and after I researched it, was happy it won. As a bonus, they are showing a free screening here. Adelle was fabulous as usual. I had no idea what was going on behind her, because I was too focused on her singing and beauty.

    About the host…never really knew much about him and I didn’t think he was terrible, just pretty boring. It seems the past 20 years that if you lack creativity, degrading women in some way is the go to “joke” which the real funny comedians don’t need to resort to. In the past, I liked Ellen, Billy and Steve.

    Well, I am glad you posted. I was anxiously waiting your blog to see if you would post anything on the Oscars. You really DO get more beautiful with age, Jane. And as I said before, it isn’t just an outward thing…something internal has changed and that is reflected in your outer beauty. You definitely stole the show at the Oscars. With your intelligence, talent, beauty, compassion and so many other great qualities…no wonder you have had such a long, strong career.

  19. Dear Jane
    I am so glad that you spoke up about your feelings regarding the opening to the Oscars. I am surprised there wasn’t more outrage though. My girlfriend and I were floored. It was a clear indication of inherent misogyny in our society and its not funny at all. Down right offensive to be honest. Like you say “I can see your penis, I can see your penis” would that fly? not a chance.
    Having said that I thought you looked truly wonderful, stunning and dignified, and over all we really enjoyed the show other than Seth M base level humor.
    many thanks Jane.

  20. Jane,

    You pulled off the yellow very well and it was great to see you. I read your comments and while I agree that Seth may have gone a little too far, overall he was a breath of fresh air to the Oscars and I like that he was edgy.

    Since you are never afraid to tackle tough questions, I hope that you don’t take an offensive to my question. I was wondering if your comments re: Seth were defensive in any way. Since you practically invented the entire aerobics exercise industry geared at women so they could look and feel better including enhancing their sexual appeal, is it possible you have some regret over this and this is what makes you feel that Seth’s portrayals were offensive? Just to be clear, I don’t think you should, but it occurred to me so I thought I would ask.

    Either way, you’re a delight and I wish we saw more of you.

  21. You looked stunning and beautiful in yellow (not chartreuse). You were right about no one else wearing that color (or anything close to that color). Not many women could pull it off.

    Really enjoyed your comments about the show. The women are what saved it for me: Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Hudson, Adele, the Les Mis cast. All superb.

    Disliked most of Seth McFarlane’s nonsense. Agree with you on all that. Very distasteful.

    So glad to see you there. You have always been, and continue to be, an inspiration. Thank you.


  22. Dear Ms. Fonda:

    I cannot believe how beautiful you still are! The yellow was the perfect choice and you looked fabulous. I felt compelled to sign up on your site after reading your comments regarding the Oscars. I agree with you – I was so disgusted by the host and his brand of “humor” that I could not watch the entire show. He objectified and degraded women, and displayed the type of comedy enjoyed by teenage boys. I believe he was the worst choice they could have made, especially for a program that is seen around the world.

    I did catch Shirley Bassey belting out “Gold Finger” – that certainly was a highlight. She was wonderful.

    I plan to check your site regularly for health and nutrition tips. Please continue to post your meals. I need to follow your meal plan in order to look as good as you do!


  23. Jane,

    You looked so beautiful at the Oscars! I must say I totally agree with you about the tacky jokes and the “Boobs” song. Terribly inappropriate, disrespectful, NOT funny at all and I cringed when he told those awful tacky jokes as the audience gasped at times.
    Low class…is this what Hollywood calls entertainment? It is getting worse and worse all the time. Because of the lousey programing on TV, Do you know ALL I like to watch now is Turner Classic Movies? It is true, I love the old movies and I did see you in your first movie on TCM a couple months ago…WOW!! Stunning then and now! All my best to you and your family!

  24. With those dazzling eyes, MS. Fonda, any dress is but a compliment resting upon your aerobically tuned composure.

  25. Jane, lighten up. McFarland is one of the brightest and funniest comedians/writers/producers out there right now.

    Gotta laugh at yourself sometimes.

  26. Dear Jane..Its a great privilege to have found your site here. On the PLUS side I want to say THANK YOU for looking so radiant as you did at the Oscars and in these photos. You really can make the rest of us believe WOMEN can DO and BE ANYTHING,at any age too. For me I owe you a great personal debt of gratitude in helping me keep the weight off in the early days of my marriage. I got diabetes at 14,married at 26 in ’85, and initially esp thanks to your tapes, the workout was just right. Then the diabetes eventually got the thyroid and I could sure use some advice re metabolism supplements (I take 1), etc. Also had an extra challenege , 12 years ago I got my first breast cancer, then 2 years after that, which I yell and swore over. Recently, I was almost 10 years “out” when a week after my yearly they told me I needed to come in for “Added images” Well that always means bad news and I couldnt believe it.It was on this past Valentines Day..A week ago last Monday I had a biopsy and last Friday a Double MaStectomy.. Um, REALLY fast its been .I think, people look for champions and certainly PAtrick Swayze, Audrey Hepburn, Gilda Radner are remembered for their LIVES.To me they are WINNNERS all. YOU, Ma’am, are the same in Staying Beautiful and Active and Bright! Thanks for continuing to encourage a girl you have never met but who owes you a great deal. I BELIEVE in Birthdays , so when you can encourage your circle to do frequent checks.I didnt feel lucky earlier in the week, but driving in the car 2 days later and buying a diet tea . It was just a good feeling, OUT and FREE!
    THANK YOU also, for your beloved Father! I will always remember the KENNEDY CENTER HONORS and when the boys saluted him on the way out “GoodNight Mr Roberts!”! (Im proud of my dad too and miss him every day..)
    You are a DEAR LADY!
    Always your friend,
    Tally 🙂

  27. My college aged daughters and I discussed all the red carpet dresses and we all thought you looked fabulous. The dress really stood out because most of the other ladies were wearing blush or metallic shades. The Oscar entertainment was good, especially Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger”. The lady can SING. I thought that some of the comments were demeaning to women, especially the comment about Rex Reed reviewing Adele’s performance, eluding to the nasty comments that Reed had made a few weeks ago about Melissa McCartney’s weight. Instead of making embarrassing jokes about a ladies weight, I would have rather have heard one of the fabulous singers again.

  28. Dear Jane Fonda: Hello. You were truly beautiful at the Oscars, really classy. And was a good show, like always. I think that Hugh Jackman was a better host.
    I want to tell you that I love movies, and I will start studying for screenwriter career (not yeat, I´m only 16 years). Even though you are an actress, I would like some piece of advice from you, if is not too much trouble. Anything.
    Anyway, is always an honor.
    Yours sincerely, Eduardo.

  29. Jane, Quelle elegance! Je m’appelle Wangeci et j’ai lu vos livres il y a plusieurs mois. Je vous remercie infiniment pour ces cadeaux que vous nous avez donne.

    Je suis en train de decider entre les etudes de droit ou l’architecture aux Etats Unis. Voici ma question: Pour quoi avez vous dire, malgre tous ce que vous avez fait dans votre vie, que vous auriez fait l’architecture? J’ai vu votre entretien avec Oprah Winfrey. Be well!

  30. Ms. Fonda, I have long admired your work in film and in the world. So much so that I feel it important to respond to your post. Understand, my intention is not to be impudent, but I find your remarks about Mr. MacFarlane’s song to be disingenuous.

    To explain:

    The industry of which you are a part objectify. Sadly — and all too often — that objectification is aimed at women. True, you’ve done much to bring intelligent, strong, resourceful characters to the screen. But, in honest observation, you’ve also contributed to the objectification.


    Consider the opening title sequence of Roger Vadim’s Barbarella. Why have nudity in that sequence, unless (as one surmises) it was meant to titillate?

    On the reverse side:

    Consider Klute. Andy and David P. Lewis wrote a complex character study of a woman who — though she is an aspiring model and actress — is a call girl. Given this, it’s only natural there are scenes during which Bree Daniels is unclothed; and given Bree’s occupation and the milieu through which she moves, said nudity makes sense.

    Consider Coming Home. Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones, and Waldo Salt wrote a story about a woman’s burgeoning into an intelligent, discerning person. Sally Hyde is in a sexually unsatisfying marriage; she is unfulfilled. Then she meets Luke “The Duke” Martin. For the first time in her life, Sally discovers a person who’s willing to pay the proper attention to her. And she blooms. She also has the first pleasurable sexual experience of her life (or so the screenplay and film suggest). The nudity in the love scene (for some of which a body double was used) is justified. Really, the scene isn’t about the baring of bodies; rather, it’s about the baring of souls. And it’s a beautiful moment in a stunning and moving film.

    But, again, Hollywood does objectify. Understand, I’m not proselytizing. Artists should be free to explore and reveal (no pun intended) what interests and moves them.

    Now, should nudity be presented fairly and equally in films? Absolutely. In my screenplays, if nudity occurs in the natural realm of a story, I make sure to represent both genders. (This is something the great Robert Altman did.) I neither exploit nor shy from it. We who are inspired to create honest, realistic stories must embrace the whole of the human condition — a condition that involves, among other elements, sexuality.

    But, too, objectification doesn’t exist only on the screen. Consider the hour preceding the awards show. Inevitably, those individuals being interviewed on the red carpet were asked first and foremost: “Who are you wearing?” (The question should have been posed: “Whom did you choose to design your dress this year?” I spied no one carrying anyone else piggyback. Those who wish to be professionals would do well to articulate correctly what they say. After all, grammar has been given to us for the purpose of clarity.)

    The question itself — “Who are you wearing?” — engenders objectification. This is supposed to be an awards show celebrating the best in motion pictures. Why not ask those nominated and attending the awards show about their work? Why not discuss what’s in their mind and not what fabric they’ve hanging on their bodies? Why opt for flash over substance?

    Add to this the attendant health issues. How many people denied themselves nutrition (meals) so they could fit into those dresses? (Something to which you alluded in your post.) They would rather starve for hours, in order to look visibly attractive, than think, “I’m hungry. You know what? My body’s telling me I need to eat something; therefore, I will.”

    Which is all to say that Mr. MacFarlane’s song, rather than being degrading, was actually enlightening and spot-on. He was speaking of certain elements of a product to a theater filled with some of the very people who contribute to the creation of said product. He was, in essence, holding up a mirror to the world. Was it tongue-in-cheek? Sure. But it’s a good thing when art challenges us, for we’re more inclined to start thinking more than we otherwise might have done.

    Thus, rather than earning my ire, this year’s host earned my respect. He stood up there and said something not too many people would. The song wasn’t about being inappropriate; it was about being honest. Sometimes, that can sting. But it’s when something makes us uncomfortable that we should take the time to contemplate and explore it.

    And, too, I discovered Mr. MacFarlane was far more talented than I’d thought. Goodness, but he can sing and dance! Which I found to be rather a nice surprise.

  31. Ms. Fonda,

    Sorry, but my previous post became so elongated that I didn’t mention the awards themselves. I now will do so.

    First, a confession: I’m ambivalent about awards; namely, the idea of pitting against one another artists who create varied, stunning work. Second: it’s impossible to extricate from art what one prefers aesthetically. Which means that, with regard to what is “best,” a choice exists more to an individual than a multitudinous body.

    For instance, I consider your performance as Gloria Beatty to be among the best ever captured and etched in celluloid. (I also admire very much Robert E. Thompson’s adaptation of Mr. McCoy’s novel; and Sydney Pollack’s passionate, inspired direction.) You had quite a challenge: to draw empathy from an audience playing a character who has been so wounded by life that she is quickly losing the very hope and reason for existence. But you do it. Never will I forget such moments as when Gloria asks, rather cynically, “You ever sleep with a Syrian who chews tobacco?”; or, during a grueling marathon sequence, “I’m tired of losing!” It was a cry from the pit of Gloria’s soul, and you broke my heart.

    True, there were wonderful performances that year; but yours is the one that sticks in my mind and heart (along with Bree, Lillian, Sally, Chelsea, and Viveca/Alexandra).

    That said, on to this year…

    Argo, while very good, was not the year’s best film. The year’s best were actually two films: Zero Dark Thirty, and Silver Linings Playbook. After them, Life of Pi. Argo would be third because, though I understand artistic license must sometimes be taken, when a true story is being told, it should do its best to stay close to the facts. The character of Ken Taylor (Canadian Ambassador) should have been better utilized.

    Zero Dark Thirty, however, I found masterful, informative, thrilling, and challenging. Of course, the controversy damaged the film’s chances of winning more awards.

    What’s odd is that the detractors’ declarations about Zero Dark Thirty are inaccurate. One wonders how closely they watched the film. The story, covering a decade, explores the various tactics that were used, during said time period, with regard to discovering UBL’s whereabouts. Sadly, torture was used. We know this because of the International Red Cross’s investigation. Ms. Bigelow and Mr. Boal chose not to whitewash history. When truth and morality are at stake, that which makes us uncomfortable should not be ignored. How else are we to grow? How else may we aspire to being a moral species?

    What’s interesting is that, in the film, during scenes of torture, Ammar and Farraj offer no credible information. In fact, they are defiant and obfuscating. It’s only when Ammar is treated civilly that he divulges information essential for Maya to begin to her investigation. This occurs during a scene in which Ammar is seated outside at a table; he is being given food; and, most telling, Maya is wearing a scarf, covering her hair in deference to Ammar’s theological beliefs. This works well for her in a later scene, too, when she questions Ghul, a financier for AQ. Again, there is the scarf; again, the detainee, being treated civilly, answers Maya’s questions as best he can.

    Silver Linings Playbook is also a wonderful, truthful film that makes you happy not only to be alive, but to love and to feel, as well. Bipolar illness is something with which I’m familiar, as I’ve family members who suffer from it. Bradley Cooper’s performance is quite layered, honest, and respectful; he takes no easy route with Pat. For this, he deserved the award.

    Jennifer Lawrence was quite good, too. But the best performance of the year wasn’t even nominated: Rachel Weisz as Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea. It is a devastating performance.

    Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones was wonderful as Thaddeus Stevens, but I must go with Robert De Niro as Pat, Sr. What a lovely, humane performance he gave. While better known for his more incendiary portrayals, there’s a sweetness to Mr. De Niro’s Patricio that has stayed with me.

    Supporting Actress: Oh, but I love Jacki Weaver (who should have won for her chilling performance in Animal Kingdom: Medea and Lady Macbeth had nothing over on Grandma Smurf!). I was charmed by her Dolores. (Honorable mention: Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy. She wasn’t nominated and should have been. It’s a risky performance, and Ms. Kidman showed once again her versatility and utter lack of vanity. She was in complete service to her character, Charlotte Bless.)

    Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio wrote a good script, but I must go with David O. Russell’s adaptation of Mr. Quick’s novel. Silver Linings Playbook could have been falsely sentimental; instead, Mr. Russell opted for truth. That’s commendable. (I also loved David Magee’s adaptation of Mr. Martel’s Life of Pi. No doubt, it had to’ve been a challenging project.)

    Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty, by Mark Boal. It is a model of what screenwriting is at its best. So much information and procedural, and he made it utterly captivating. Too, it was nice to see a female character who uses her intelligence rather than her body to attain a successful conclusion to her mission. (Django Unchained was utterly offensive. Having been asked to adapt for the screen an autobiography whose central character is a freed slave and conductor on the Underground Railroad, I’ve done quite a bit of research about the subject of slavery. That Tarantino would take said subject and present it as a spaghetti-western comedy is unacceptable. What’s more, the screenplay is poorly written. No insult intended, but if awards are to be given for writing, said writing should follow rules of basic grammar and spelling. Beyond that, the story isn’t terribly original; there’s nothing in it Tarantino hasn’t done before. So derivative of others, he has become derivative of himself as well. Catchy turns of phrase and twisty vernacular do not make good writing; they make lazy, cliched writing. Not one iota of taste or tact in this screenplay and film. Plus, the treatment of the character Hildy was insulting. Instead of a strong female character, we had to watch a woman who faints, trembles, and lies around waiting to be rescued by a male. Again: a thoroughly offensive, even a cruel, film.)

    Best Director: Both Ms. Bigelow and Mr. Affleck should have been nominated; Ms. Bigelow should have won. Her direction is such that one feels as if he or she is there, with the characters, watching the story as it unfolds. The final sequence is the best of its kind: no formulaic flash; rather a slow, tense, methodical culmination that honors those who risk their lives to keep this world safe. Notice how Ms. Bigelow used no music during the compound sequence? She didn’t have to do so. Rather than manipulate our emotions, she earned them. Plus, she didn’t merely entertain us; she also informed us, giving us enough information that we may begin to ask of ourselves pertinent questions.

    That said, of the nominees, I go with Ang Lee, a true artist and visionary. I admire how he focuses primarily on characters to tell his stories. Life of Pi is incredibly spiritual without being dogmatic, and it reminds us of the importance of tolerance and empathy. More than any other director, he explores the nature of love in its myriad forms. He never proselytizes; instead, he observes and reveals. We’re lucky he chose directing as his profession.

    Oh, dear. Again, I’ve gone on, haven’t I? Sorry for that.

  32. Jane,

    Well said. We miss your ever present light here in Atlanta. You were quite regal at the Awards and you represented profoundly. Wishing you the continued success and joy so enormously earned through the years of your brilliant career. Continue the great work at the Jane Fonda Center here at Emory. As the son of a Mother who was the leading prosecutor of violent sexual assault during the Ford Administration, and the creator of the “Rape Kit” for police departments and the head of the National Rape Crisis Center under Ford, it saddens me to see that we still have to “explain” to anyone how this type of misogynistic rhetoric and behavior degrades and demeans women… period. As the father of an amazing daughter, I only want to see the world a safer place allowing for her and her talents. It will not happen in my life time, but it will get better if people such as yourself, my mother and yes me, continue to call into question this type of behavior. Lastly, I agree with so many… that this degrades all the members of the Academy when it is defended and an apology is not issued.

    All our best from “Lanta”

  33. Jane,

    I just wanted to say thank you!!! Thank you for speaking out against the obnoxious, immature ‘boob song’. The position you took was spot on. Good taste never goes out of style in my book.


  34. Thank you, Jane for your stance on this horrible Oscar program. I don’t know who picked the host but this year hit a new low for tasteless, offensive, inappropriate and NOT funny material. The Oscars used to be a showcase for elegance and class with wonderful looks at talented and inpiring actors. I wish the women AND men had booed him right off the stage, or walked out when he started that incredibly sophomoric “boob song”. My 85 year old mother and I watched with jaw-dropping reactions. Sean is an egotistical, self-promoting BOOB who should be banned from family-friendly programs.

  35. Jane is being far too modest about her involvement with the Oscars. She co-hosted the ceremony twice: in 1976 with Warren Beatty, Ellen Burstyn and Richard Pryor when “Rocky” won Best Picture and in 1985 with her “California Suite” co-star Alan Alda and Robin Williams when “Out of Africa” was top film.

    In both instances, Jane added an air of elegance, style and grace to the festivities. In 1976, she introduced Barbra Streisand performing “Evergreen,” which won the Oscar for Best Song and Barbra became the first female composer so honored.

    Throughout the years, Jane has given us so many memorable Oscar moments.

    Remember the simplicity of her acceptance when she won Best Actress for “Klute” in 1971 (

    Seven years later she also signed her speech when she won again for “Coming Home”

    And in 1981, she had us all in tears when she accepted the Best Actor Oscar on behalf of her father, Henry, who was ailing. She co-produced “On Golden Pond” and gave her father his finest role.

    Jane tells a wonderful story about calling up Katharine Hepburn to congratulate her on winning Best Actress for a record fourth time for “On Golden Pond.” Hepburn told her, “You’ll never catch me now.” As Jane had lost her Supporting Actress bid to Maureen Stapleton (“Reds”), the score was Hepburn 4/Fonda 2.

    While Hepburn was prickly, she was also so supportive of Jane when they made “On Golden Pond.” Giving her advice, she told Jane that this was what Ethel Barrymore had done for her when she was just starting out.

    Jane has passed the torch to the likes of Meryl Streep (who made her movie debut in “Julia”). But she still shines so bright. Wouldn’t we all love to see her take to the podium and claim a third Oscar (if not a fourth Miss Hepburn!).

  36. Jane, you’re always a class act! Beautiful, elegant and absolutely ageless. You are my role model.

  37. Jane! You are stunningly beautiful in EVERY outfit!

  38. I absolutely agree with you on the “boob” number being offensive and tasteless. A short time into it I seriously wanted to just turn the program off, but instead I paused it and returned a few minutes later so I could fast forward through it. On a more positive note, I thought it was a great year for movies and you looked stunning!!!!

  39. Saw the yellow and thought that has to be Jane! Nice going!
    Always grateful when you speak up about sexist things and stick up for women .
    Heard a sexist remark about Jennifer Lawrence also.
    I think people like dr phil who spends his entire show putting women down and yelling at them, or making them fit his ‘christian’ sexist agenda, helping the males even with legal representation, and leaving the women unrepresented and setting them up, show after show, have a great deal of influence in so many areas, from mental health to law enforcement. TMZ is now worse antifemale than ever as are the tv stations.
    Everything seems to be about womens hormones and how crazy women are ,from dr oz (thanks to O , for them both) worthless unless beautiful, or at least long legged with breasts.
    I am very concerned about todays female and the younger generations.
    I need to see more positive ‘we get it’ stuff from them.
    I speak up daily, nice when others do also on a public platform.

  40. Caution: lengthy commentary to follow. 🙂

    Well, in my search for intelligent banter about McFarlane’s song…and other topics, I can refreshingly say — the Buck Stops Here. 😀

    I didn’t watch the entire event Sunday, but – of course – caught the highlights (yourself included), and the low spots (‘Family’ Guy, notwithstanding). I’m sad to say — though I was tremendously offended at this infantile option for entertainment, I wasn’t surprised. It appears that the Academy planners are desperate to pick up the 18-49 aged slots, and feel the only way to do that is to pander to the lowest common denominator when it comes to “entertainment”.

    I’ve been becoming increasingly turned off by the fact that attitudes toward women — since the 60s and 70s — seems to be regressing, not advancing. IMHO, the classic example having its early budding signs w/ the advent of shows like “Girls Gone Wild” (where intelligent women – pre-law, pre-med college students — end up being treated, and responding, like playthings for men). I have my theories… one being that, in the confusion that the women’s movement caused for men…some harbored a tad of (even unrecognized) resentment at the newfound independence and strength of women…leaving the insecure ones w/ not too much to hold onto, perhaps. But, sadly, it seems to have spawned an entire generation of young women (many being the daughters of the women who worked so hard for equality) who seem to be regressing back to “Am I hot enough for men to look at/pay attention to?”. And allowing the kind of negative, sexist attention that we found so offensive in the 70s…to be the keel of their popularity, starting in junior high. Very disturbing, albeit not across the board.

    That being said, for me — even w/ all its glitz — Oscar night has always represented, and reminded audiences that, the classiest of women “mentors”, if I can use that word, in addition to their physical beauty, have brought something incredibly important to the screen. These are women (I include you, Shirley Maclaine – a trailblazer in her own right, Meryl, Juliette Binoche, Madeleine Stowe, Kristen Scott Thomas — the list goes on) whose roles convey a strength, a wide breadth of talent, a talent for translating human events, political events and emotional events into a format that touches everyone who watches. All actors do this; but it’s been especially important to watch women actors’ roles develop exponentially over the last 30-40 years.

    In one absurd, sexist, sophomoric moment, McFarlane reduced these women to simply anatomy. And those who chose him as host likely knew it was coming. That, imho, was the worst offense. Sadly, some of the younger women – who I think have yet to understand the implications of what that does, particularly at the level of the Academy — seemed to react the way they would if they were watching Family Guy on their iPads. They laughed, feeling like any other reaction would be “too heavy”.

    So, in one breath – we fine the networks millions for allowing Janet Jackson to show a “wardrobe malfunction”, yet applaud the kind of infantile humor that degrades women. And, in the same breath, are up in arms when we try to minimize gun violence. (dubya tee eff?)

    If I may draw on that last thread in this discussion, Martin Short is exactly right. Canadians DO have roughly the same amount of guns per capita as we do, and yet…they seem to have handled it with a general civility that we lack.

    Any wonder…when our standards for mutual respect are so skewed?

    “Your honor, I rest my verbal rant…” 😀

    And, may I just say…you are incredibly brave as a celebrity to allow this open discussion on your own board. It’s wonderful! Look forward to seeing/hearing/reading more of you out here in the cyberwaves!

  41. Hi Jane! Here in Brazil,you were among the 10 Best Dressed List at the Oscars Nigth!Umbelievable that such a stunning dress was made with only 2 fits!Cuddos to Donatella and her Taylor.And by choosing the only yellow collor at the Red Carpet, as we say in portuguese: “você ARRASOU!!!I agree with almost everything you said about the Oscars night;here we didn´t like either the “boobs” thing, and I loved Charlise Theron playing Ginger Rogers,and cried as Shirley and Barbra sang!So many memories for me too…But I still miss Bob Hope and Billy Cristal, to me the bests Presenters ever!I also found on the London Daily Mail, all the pictures of you, Richard,Jay Leno and others eating cheeseburger from the In-N-Out,outside of the V.F. party, and I had a good laugh about it, but would like to know:there is no food in those kind of Parties you all went?Cause here in Brazil, even in some smaller and not so important Parties,what there is the most is plenty of the best quality food for all….Best regard from Rio de Janeiro! Today is Rio´s birthday…

  42. p.s. for Daniel, three places to start: “In the Cut”..”Brokeback”… “Novecento”.

  43. Hope you got my longer post on the movie ‘Invisable War’ I don’t see it .
    I wanted to add that along with the remark made by one of the presenters of the movie on Katie Couric, something like’we think that the movie is being taken seriously now because it is presented more as a documentary rather than perceived as an attack’ (as it was in the past,is the inference).
    I wrote to them and pointed out that a lot of brilliant women had addressed this issue for many decades, and that if the Military or she thinks that the movie is now getting traction due to the dumbed down statistics (I saw them as totally understated given the reality of rape in the military) or the ‘way in which it was presented’ just puts the blame for all the rapes and nothing being done about them for decades, right back on the victim and the ‘feminist’ community. I told them it did no one any good to think of this as ‘if I am a good enough girl, something will be done about all the rape, because the nasty feminists had the audacity to be angry about rape, or they talked about it wrong’.
    I pointed out , no one has been compensated , their reputations and mental health records have not been cleared and few have gone to jail for rape. I pointed out that was a pattern with how the military handled this issue over the years. Now they will wait for the next ‘uprising’ and do it all over again, most likely. I hope not.
    Or some other senerio.

    I was appalled that that mentality would live in the younger generation who is , in my opinion. just being played once again, although the presidient is involved, and others now, it still remains to be seen what , if anything changes. The younger generation now blaming the previous ones for nothing being done.
    I have to add that it is difficult to sign in at this site, not sure why,. think I got it this time.
    take care, I know you do.

  44. Hello Jane
    vous êtes sublime dans cette robe jaune ! j’aime aussi cette couleur si lumineuse, comme le soleil !!
    Vous parlez de la violence qui monte au USA, mais malheureusement en France aussi. Cela devient de pire en pire depuis ces 8 derniers mois. C’est vraiment inquiétant. Il y a beaucoup de choses qui ne vont pas dans notre pays.
    Je trouve vraiment formidable ce que vous et d’autres artistes comme Georges Clooney, Brad Pitt … faites pour que les choses deviennent meilleures.
    Mais il faut rester optimiste et se battre pour nos enfants.
    Prenez soin de vous
    Je vous embrasse

  45. Some of the jokes that were made on oscar night were beyond disturbing. A president being murdered, a 13 year old girl being raped or a joke on domestic violence are nothing to laugh about. These jokes make light of horrible situations. I am in my twenties and I found these jokes to be truly offensive. The oscars should be about lifting people up and not bringing them down. I am very dissapointed that the oscars chose to hire him they should have known better. It’s supposed to be somewhat of a family show. I found much of the evening to be very disrespectful towards women. We should not be laughing about victims being abused or killed. Some people have excuses that it’s like it’s not real or it’s just a joke. But no these are all things that really happened. They are real and should be always dealt with seriously as they are serious issues. There was a time when comedy was about being funny and not just shocking and offensive. In my opinion these jokes should be against the law. I feel that strongly about it. I hope that more celebs can come out and say this is not okay because this is not the type of world I want to live in.

  46. And, I enclosed 7 dollars. If whoever reads this is not you; or even if it is. I need them back; my drawings. It was important to send the originals, but, I would like them back. I hope you have at least held the envelope. Our energy is a powerful thing; I would have a very happy little girl self, even if all you did was hold the envelope.

    • Dear Nancy, As of now, I have not received the envelope with your drawings, nor has my office. I will look into it.

  47. Dear Jane,

    Thank you! I am so grateful that you said something about the “we saw your boobs” skit. I was shocked that the Academy actually thought that was appropriate on any level.

    As a woman I thought it was demeaning, insulting, inappropriate, sexist and somewhat masogynistic…if you can even be “somewhat” masogynistic. As a filmmaker I was mortified that the Academy objectified the professional women sitting in the audience by talking about their body parts.

    I actually emailed and phoned the Academy to complain. The person I spoke to said that “it was just in good fun.” I guess they really don’t get it.

    Thank you for speaking out!

  48. I’ve always wondered about this. When presenting in pairs, who gets to decide which person reads off the name in the envelope?

    • I, like most presenters, receive a script where it is already written who opens the envelope and announces.

  49. Class act Jane…as always!!! To be honest with you I only watched the Oscars because I knew you & Barbara were going to be on (I don’t know if that says something about my age (58) or not?) The boob thing??? Seriously what a way to set the mood for the evening??? I really don’t think a penis piece would have even made it a tit or tat?? REDICULOUS!!! So BRAVO Miss Fonda for being such a beautiful role model for all of us!!!

    Much admiration from Toledo, OHio!!!

  50. Jane – You looked wonderful Monday night in yellow. I recently saw Cat Ballou again and you’re still as beautiful as you were back then!

    I agree that Robert De Niro was great in SLP. I don’t necessarily agree with you about the movie itself, although it was very entertaining. I came out of the theater thinking how the story really trivialized mental illness – the conclusion drawn is that all it takes to cure people is to have them fall in love and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case in real life.

    Anyway, I hope to see you in many more movies and other projects soon. Thanks.

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