There are several things different about the Cannes Festival this year. For one thing, the weather has been horrible. I’m told it’s the worst weather of any festival in memory–rain, big wind, cold. As a result, the Mediterranean, shimmery glow that gives the festival its party vibe was missing.

For another, it’s the first time I’ve traveled to such a scene with my publicist, Pearl Servat, I usually travel alone. This trip with her has shown me the value of having someone who has your back.

Another thing that made Cannes different was personal. This year, I left a movie that was just getting under way to come to Cannes for L’Oreal. The result has been that I left a chunk of my psyche back in New York with my “children”, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Cory Stoll and Adam Driver. Not to mention our director, Shawn Levy. Last night I saw the new Coen Brother’s film, “Inside Llewyn Davis” which I liked a lot, and there was Adam Driver . . . brief but memorable. I’m telling you–in case you haven’t already discovered him on “Girls”– this actor is the real deal, just as Jennifer Lawrence is the real deal. Totally original and charismatic. keep your eye out. Seeing him in this Coen Bros movie made me miss my screen family even more.

Despite the weather and my missing psyche, I had a very good time. I’m getting more comfortable with my role as a brand ambassador for L’Oreal–imagine a skin care company hiring someone my age!!! It felt less stressful than last year and I had opportunities to spend time with some of my friends who also work with L’Oreal.

Here’s Eva Longoria adoring Alexander Payne with me in the Palais du Festival. His new film, “Nebraska,” screens Thursday. I hate to miss it. I’ve heard it’s brilliant.

Here’s Aimee Mullins adoring me in my gown from 3 years ago.

On the first day, there was a very interesting shoot with the fantastic, adorable, brilliant photographer Norman Jean Roy.

I wore this black blouse and skirt from Armani Privee and here I am, looking much glummer than I felt, with the stylist and friend, Michael Angel.

That's Juan Carlos next to me who styled my hair for all the photos and red carpets.

Norman was doing a group photo, the kind that covers two magazine pages, with all L’Oreal’s female brand ambassadors. But as we weren’t all in Cannes at the same time, he did us in small groups. I was photographed with my friend, the Spanish actor, Paz Vega (on the far right), and French/Algerian actor, Leila Bekhti, who, like me, had been filming in Paris. We shared thoughts on how hard it is to break the rhythm once you’re into a film and travel into such an unreal world as is the Cannes Festival.

The makeup gal is standing in front of Leila in this picture. But look how beautiful Paz is! We had to pretend to be conversing with other women who, in the final photo, will be photoshopped on either side of us where now there are only chairs with their names taped on. Then, Norman put a film camera on a dolly track and as it moved past us we had to say bits of dialogue such as, “My preference is always color riche” and “because I’m worth it.” Leila and I got the giggles . . . more like the guffaws. I had tears running down my cheeks and whenever we’d try it again, we’d catch each other’s eyes and start laughing all over again.

This video doesn’t show the moving part of the shoot but gives you a sense of the set up.

When that part was over, Leila and Paz left and I put on an Armani white shirt and did a solo photo shoot with Norman for the skin care product for “Mature Skin” that I use and love.

Here I am with Norman and Maite, who runs the publicity shoots for L’Oreal, looking at what we’re shooting on the lap top.

That first evening, I hosted a small dinner prepared by two 5-star chefs for the Swedish company Electrolux. I had always associated Electrolux with the vacuum cleaner but they have a cutting edge line of modern kitchen equipment . . . ovens, steamers, etc. Very impressive.

The dessert arrived in a plume a smoke. Kind of beautiful. Hilary Shor, producer of “The Butler” sat on one side of me and Aimee Mullins on the other. We had a nice, long, opportunity to catch up. Aimee is always interesting, deep and challenging. Hilary told me that “The Butler’s” release date has been moved to mid August by the Weinstein Co which is distributing it.

Reaction to the screenings has been beyond belief, I’m told.

With Aimee Mullins

Electrolux executives

The next night was my first red carpet wearing this Armani gown. Here I am with Michael Angel in the fitting room where we all dress. Michael has become a dear friend.

Here I am in the car heading to the red carpet. It was pouring rain.

I sat with Eva Longoria to watch the film that stars Benicio Del Toro, “Jimmy P (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian),” in which he plays a Plains indian, incredibly movingly and accurately, I might add.

My final night in Cannes, following a day full of magazine interviews, I wore a Badgley Mischka and how bout the necklace . . . it’s a Choppard ruby! I had an enormous guard with me the whole night.

with stylist Michael Angel

The wind during the red carpet was just about hurricane strength but we got by. Here are some shots to give you an idea of what it’s like.

I sat right in front of the Coen brothers who got a lengthy standing ovation as did the film’s star, Oscar Isaac. Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman (and Adam Driver) are all excellent. This is a very beautiful, exquisitely observed film that will likely receive many nominations, including an Oscar nom for Oscar. I was touched to see Frances McDormand, who is married to Joel Coen, wiping her eyes cause she was so moved when the applause and cheers refused to stop.

Coen Brothers

After the film I went with my publicist, Pearl Servat, to the party to celebrate the launch of the French Vanity Fair. Jessica Chastain, Danny Huston and Charles Finch, writer, director, producer, and developer of global brands through his company Finch & Partners (an old friend of Richard’s) were there and Paz Vega sat right across from me. We had a blast.

From there, I went to a big event that Eva Longoria hosted at the Carlton Hotel to raise funds for one of her foundations that assists under-served girls to go to college. Eva had just sold a date with herself for over $100,000. She does these things with such ease and grace. (By the way, along with all the many things he does, she’s managed to get her Masters degree from UCLA in Chicano studies! She left this morning to return to Los Angeles for her graduation). At her party, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Roland Joffe, who directed such masterpieces as “The Mission” and “The Killing Fields.” He’s still filled with passion to make the world better. I saw fire in his eyes. I want to try to help him with one of his endeavors.

I went with Pearl to the Weinstein Co. party on the beach but it was already 1:30am, it was jammed with young things none of whom I knew and Harvey had already left. So I went to bed by 2:30 and am about to board my Delta flight back to NY. Excited to be reunited with the film . . . and Tulea, who Debi has been faithfully caring for in my absence. Fortunately Debi’s as much a dog person as I am. Tulea adores her.

I started reading “Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet” by Todd Wilkinson on the plane over. It is a beautiful, important book, a must-read for anyone entrepreneurial, anyone in business, anyone who cares about the environment. I lived through much of it with Ted but I’m learning so much from this book and have sort of fallen in love with him all over again. There’s nobody like him. What a mind. And it’s exciting to see that his thinking and wisdom has deepened even more since we separated in 2000. I will now try to finish it before we land in NY.

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  1. Hi Jane,
    I always wonder how you prepare physically and mentally for such events i.e. being in the public eye etc. It must be a lot of pressure. I have a kind of whirlwind life, I travel around the world a lot and have to attend lots of events and parties and it’s really wearing. However, I don’t have to do it in the public eye, so I can sort of let myself go. Of course, all the parties mean I eat too much and ultimately drink too much (I hate leaving a party too early 😉 ) But you look way too disciplined for that. How do you do it?
    Take care 🙂

    • I don’t now, Jason. I’ve always been quite disciplined. I don’t like the alternative. When I like myself go it causes me to feel depressed and, as I come from a long line of depressed people, I have to watch out for that.

      • Yes, very wise and sensible. I try to think of the alternative too. However it didn’t work last night at a media event once I’d discovered the free vodka bar. Am suffering now. 😉

  2. Hi! I was just wondering, do you use bioidentical hormones? May I ask what doctor you see? Or what form you take? I’m 30 years old and in early menopause twenty years early, due to a postpartum health crisis. Good genes run in my family…which I was so thankful for…my mom could pass for her 40s at 63 and my sisters all look much younger too as did I, until my health crisis and early menopause. My age was guessed as 17 at 25. At 30, I now look like I’m in my late 50s or 60s! I just want to take care of myself and stay looking young! I was wondering if you took hormones to keep your skin looking young. Or if there is a doctor you recommend. Because you’re my hero! 🙂

  3. Madame Fonda, je vous ai déjà remercie à Paris, à l’occasion de la rencontre master class dans le cinéma du quartier latin et pendant la dédicace de votre dernier livre, mais une fois encore merci pour ce que vous donnez au cinéma et pour votre intelligence et beauté. Giacomo

  4. WOW!!!What a Festival!You look stunning as always, and with your perfect body, you can wear anything,and you will always look like a Top Model!I just love to “be there” at the Cannes Festival trough your description of everything!I am a L´oreal fan, wear its products for years,love the “Visible Lift”,Extra Coverage, Line Minimizing Makeup, discontinued now, but I was luck in my trip to NY last year,and I found some at a Discount Store and bought the whole box of it,and keep it in my refrigerator!My favorite gown is the Badgley Mischka with the Choppard necklace.All Armani dress and shirt, everything just perfect!Who choose the outfits?It is yourself? Will follow your advice and watch every movie you recommend!I know you were in New York and went to Broadway to see Bette Midler’s one-woman show “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers”,in which there is a”joke” about you and Faye Dunaway.Keep posting! Best regards from your N.1 Fan in Brazil.

  5. I think you just keep on getting younger and younger looking! I am going to have to try some of that “Mature Skin” product! Boy, you must have done SO many red carpet events in your lifetime! Did you ever do red carpet events with your father as a kid?
    I am excited about seeing “The Butler”. I worry about it coming out in August, though. It seems most movies that come out before October are forgotten by Oscar time. The movie just seems to shout out Oscar potential.
    Enjoy your work on your movie set and enjoy New York.

  6. You’re gorgeous, Jane! Be Always the Epitome of Beauty, Femininity and Mercy!

  7. i Jane
    your stay in France was very fast !!
    your dresses are beautifull ! celle de Badgley Mischka vous va tellement bien… this color is wonderfull for you !
    What movie did you prefer ? which you recommend ?
    I saw the movie Robert Redford …en français “sous surveillance” and the actors Julie Christie excellent and beautifull actress i love ! and Susan Sharandon. Is a very good movie. He as always excellent movies.
    Take care xx

    • I recommend the new Coen Brother’s movie, “Inside Leweylln Davis.” The Redford one everyone’s talking about which I haven’t seen is wtih him alone, no dialogue.

  8. Hi! Yet again, you stunned wearing what can only be described as the ‘exclusive Fonda look’. And the colors – like your Oscar ensemble, the more bright, the better the look is on you!
    As for the weather, yep, it’s been a pretty nasty season here in Europe with, I gather, more to come, so summer’s gonna be late, but an event like Cannes enlightens everyone’s spirit.
    Question – do you get a chance to meet the other L’Oreal representatives at the event, such as Cheryl Cole from my home nation, UK?
    Finally – good luck with the forthcoming film. It’ll be a must-see, as also with ‘The Butler’.

  9. Hello Mrs. Fonda.
    You look wonderful!
    Life automatically bring out the best in you and the world becomes a better place…You are truly fashionable, glamorous, and an elegant lady!
    Thank you for sharing the photos and for being one of the world’s most glamorous women.
    Best regards from a fan in Miami. Peace!!

  10. Dear Jane Fonda

    You are very beautiful in CANNES FESTIVAL.

    Do you have idea when preview the film PEACE,LOVE&MISUNDERSTANDING, in Brasil?

    I watching ET SI ON VIVAIT TOUS ENSEMBLE, but PEACE… I dont have official news.

    Thank you

    Mario Braga(oldfreind and fan number ONE(MAN)) in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

  11. Jane, you looked fabulous in your turquoise gown (or any gown for that matter)! You really are an inspiration.

  12. Hi Jane, Loved your blog, was a great read 🙂 I’m a huge fan of your work and if I may, your incredibly inspiring resilience, determination and advocacy for the things you are passionate about in life. As an aspiring producer-in-training who has recently received quite a hard knock(Harvey’s one of my heroes!), I was just wondering if you possibly had some words of advice for picking yourself up against all adversity and not worrying about what others think of you? Safe to say, I often think that the only thing holding myself back is myself. Huge thanks in advance for reading my comment and its such a pleasure to call myself a fan of yours! With warmest wishes, L. Clark ”, (ps. LOVED you in ‘Monster In Law’. you were hilarious! 🙂

  13. Beautiful as always! You have always been my role model. I pray the wildfire in New Mexico will not harm your property!

  14. Dear Jane,

    You look beautiful of course in the Cannes Festival pics. Your great energy, activity, beauty and fitness are very impressive especially for your age. I have been reading your book “My Life So Far” and it is very well-written and insightful. Your memory about the details of your life from years ago is also very impressive.

    I also much enjoyed your “Inside the Actors Studio” interview and think it is great that you became a Christian and that it has been helpful to you.

    Best Wishes,


  15. So I watched the goldderby chat. Brilliant. Too bad about the quality but I loved the Richard Pryor joke. It was me who asked the question about your feminist’s view on the criticism around The Newsroom. My question was the first from the chatroom. Yay. 😀 I wrote I said hi but Tom didn’t read that. 🙁 It would have been nice. 😀

    You’re great. Good luck at the Emmys. 🙂

  16. Hi Jane!

    You look gorgeous in that beautiful blue/turquoise dress and updo!

    Always a fan of yours. Admire your honesty and candor and humor as well.

    I saw this and thought…oh no…Jane’s got competition we didn’t even know about.

    I guess there are all forms of exercise–ones that I’ve never even considered. 😉

  17. the way they styled you for that shoot is really interesting. I would not say glum at all. looks like a woman who has totally integrated and come to terms with her shadows. Someone should do something with you and this look

  18. Congrats on your Critics’ Choice Television Award! 🙂 I just heard and I’m very pleased. 🙂 You rock!

  19. Je viens de découvrir ton blog et j’ai commencé à le «feuilleter». J’y prends un grand plaisir. C’est d’ailleurs pour la première fois que je suis un blog et que je laisse des commentaires.
    Jane, tu es ravissante, voire divine ! Tu es même ce que tu ne le souhaites pas être, c’est-à-dire PARFAITE ! Je sais : “We are not meant to be perfect. We are meant to be whole.” Et tu as raison, en plus. Mais, malgré cela, tu es les deux: parfaite et accomplie !
    G.B. Shaw disait : “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
    Eh bien, tu as fait un excellent travail! Toutes mes félicitations.

    P.S. J’espère que le fait de t’écrire en français ne te déranges pas. Je sais que tu maîtrises bien cette langue.

    • Olga, le francais ne me derange pas mais je n’ecrit pas tres bien en francais, malheureuxment

  20. Dear Jane,

    First of all, thank you for taking the time to write to me. I can imagine how precious time is for you.

    French writing is not easy even for native speakers. Then, it is not surprising yours is not very good (although I don’t believe you), since you’ve learned it – as you said – “sur l’oreiller” (ou “au lit” – si tu préfères ). So did I (lol). But I loved this language (as well as my French teacher ) so much that I’ve studied it at the university and became a teacher of French and of English too. But, as a teacher I can assure you that you speak French very fluently. I’ve seen some of your interviews in French (with Thierry ARDISSON, Michel DRUCKER and others). You were brilliant and charming, as usual, with that typical “je ne sais quoi”.

    But I suggest you to communicate, from now on, in “franglais”, in order to do justice to both languages: ta langue maternelle et ta langue d’adoption. No kidding ! I think it would be fun! You may, of course, feel free to write to me in either language.

    Do you agree?

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