For a long time I have wanted to do a TV series that would let me address all the fascinating, surprising, sometimes sad, sometimes joyous, scary, sexy, clumsy aspects of life as an older woman. Even better if it showed the woman just as the rug–job, relationship, marriage, whatever– has been pulled out from under her. Finally, Marta Kaufman (originator of “Friends”) and Howard Morris (“Home Improvement” & “According to Jim”) came up with a story that has not one but two women of a ‘certain age’ and, (trumpets and drum rolls sound here!) Lily Tomlin is the one. My old pal, the iconic, brilliant, soulful multifaceted Tomlin and I are going to do a series called “Grace & Frankie” for Netflix. NETFLIX!! It wasn’t that long ago when someone explained to me how Netflix was the “new thing” and how they had turned DVD rentals into something you did from home. I never imagined in so short a time they would be producing original and high quality content for television. I mean, you all have seen “House of Cards”, right? And “Orange is the New Black”? Enough said. What I find exciting about doing this for Netflix is that someone will be able to view all 13 episode in one binge weekend as I did with “House of Cards.”

The potential for unique, funny, complicated, true-to-life things happening between me (Grace) and Lily (Frankie) is endless.

Older women are the fastest growing demographic in the world– a world that doesn’t often acknowledge our continuing ability to be brave, sensual, funny and creative. Our series will show all of this and be real as well as funny. I am thrilled beyond words and excited by this new challenge. I will continue to play Leona Lansing on “The Newsroom” for its final third season. Playing her (a very different kind of older woman) has been a joy and I will be sad to bid her adieu but grateful that I can finish “Newsroom” before “Grace & Frankie” starts. Stay tuned.

Okay, so maybe you’ve noticed that I’ve announced this exciting news on a new website. I know, I know. I can hear some of you now “NO JANE!!! I liked the old website, why change it?” I understand your trepidation, but I humbly ask that you give things here at the updated janefonda.com a chance.

We have made some changes that will allow me to post more interesting content, such as a “Fonda Flashback” section where I will share special photographs from my life, many of which have never been seen. Among the other new things you will find is a “Newsstand” which will feature both current and archival magazine articles. (Hey, when you’ve lived this long there’s a lot to archive, and my life has been interesting.)

You’ll also notice my “twitter” feed over to the right, where I often post updates and current photos. Of course I will continue to “Blog” and always enjoy your feedback, but I wanted to create more engagement, so this site also features a “Community” where you can start new topics, ask questions, and share your thoughts. Whatever your passion or passions whether they are creative: films, fitness, theater, television; Political: teen pregnancy, violence against women, war; Personal: spiritual pursuits, aging, relationships, whatever they are, there are others here who share your passions, so why not meet here and engage? As the community grows I hope to be able to host online and video chats with myself and maybe even a friend or two. You’ll need to sign up and create an account in order to post comments, or start your topics, so please do so here: Janefonda.com/community. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and having you, my community, share with each other.

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  1. Very excited. The Today show asked Dolly about it the day news broke while she was at Dollywood. And she said she hadn’t heard much on it, but she’s in if they want her. This will be successful! Love this and love Jane!

    • Right now we don’t have any plans for Dolly. We both adore her but this isn’t “9to5” and it would be confusing—maybe.

  2. as a woman of a “certain age”, I like to think of myself as a woman of a “gentle age”. All the edges kind of rounded out by life. I guess I can put Netflix on my list, looking forward to seeing you and Lily on your new show….

  3. AWESOME NEWS! Can’t wait to see it! Any chance you can have Dolly as a guest star sometime? 🙂

  4. Congratulations! I won’t be seeing this right away, but I’ll be following this show for sure. It sounds fabulous!!

  5. Can’t wait. Gotta be better than netflix “other” show. If you need some fodder for the show – I can probably load you up!

  6. purchased netflex in 2006 for about 20 bucks a share…now over 400…AND i like to watch all the episodes in a one night stand…i notice you don’t post receipes any longer..whats up?

  7. All the best on the blog. I do one at Google blogger called normswords

  8. Congrats on the new site and congrats on the new television show! I am looking forward to both! When do you start filming the show?

  9. Love it all!!!! Congrats on everything. X

  10. Ok, now I have to get Netflix! Congratulations!
    Looking forward to it.

  11. I already love the new page! And I am thrilled that you are doing the show for Netflix; now I don’t have to go to a theatre, OR buy a television! 🙂

  12. So excited for you and Lily…and for us because we get to watch!!! Can’t wait!!!

  13. So exciting, you have no idea how happy this makes me. I’m a fan of everything you do really.

  14. Can’t wait to see it, I literally JUST got Netflix and now I know why!!! I do so love you as Leona and I can’t wait to see what tricks she has up her sleeve in the final season of the Newsroom, one of my favorite programs. SUPER excited to see you and Lily Tomlin working together again, do you think that Dolly Parton could be convinced to guest star?

  15. Hi Jane, great news about your new show – congratulations! I’m really looking forward to it. I also wanted to write to you and let you know what a fan I am – I’m only 26, and hadn’t seen any of your films until about 2 years ago, but I’ve now become quite a film buff and watch movies from all eras (unlike any of my friends, unfortunately). It took me a while to see your work anyway (I was a fan of your dad first!), I think I was introduced to you via my Katharine Hepburn obsession, but you soon became one of my favourite performers to watch (and I loved reading that you are an active leftie/feminist – that made me like you even more!) Then last week I started your autobiography, and my interest/appreciation has only grown. I’m racing through it! Because of that I’ve been seeking out even more of your films – I’ve seen about 2/3s of them so far, but my favourite remains “They Shoot Horses Don’t They?” I was wondering where you’d rank that among your work? I think it’s brilliant (relentless cynicism and all).

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you’re still winning new fans and inspiring those of us in our “first acts”! 🙂

  16. I love this new design! One really needs to change things every now and then 🙂 I so can’t wait to see this show. You and Lily Tomlin together. Such a great pairing. You’re both ladies with deep talent and humor that just floor me every time, but each of you does it differently. And your chemistry will be awesome. I’ll be first to watch.

    By the way comedy… your post about crying had such a huge effect that I’m starting to wonder if you should write a “sequel” about laughing. Laughter is also about opening your heart and soul, as you’re faced with your own silliness in a joke, a tv show, a movie or a play. You see yourself and you’re able to see how imperfect you are and you sort of forgive yourself for it with another silly thing… laughter. And isn’t forgiveness the most important (and as Jacqueline Bisset said, also the best beauty treatment 😉 ). I’m so interested in your thoughts on laughter in general (and your further experiences with that improv team) and what it takes to open up your heart to laughter. 🙂 BTW Didn’t you also say that your favorite sound is the belly laugh of a child on Inside the Actors’ Studio?

    Or maybe I’m obsessed with laughter. But I see that it makes so many people’s life easier (both the “giver” and the “receiver”). My motto is “Laugh like nobody’s watching.”

    I don’t know why I said this, but it felt like my two cents. 🙂 Good luck with the show. 😀

  17. This is absolutely great news. Two great actresses are going to share the same screen. Someone, please tell me this is not dream. Can’t wait to see it!

  18. This is absolutely great news. Two great actresses are going to share the same screen. Can’t wait to see it! YAY

  19. Great news about the new show on Netflix. Hoping it will come to Australia. : D A big hello from all the way ‘Down Under’ ! : )

  20. Great news! Also, I am establishing a temporary staffing services company in the Bay Area called “9 to 5 Staffing Solutions” and would love to hear back from Jane and Lily (and Dolly) about possible sponsorship for equity share of the new company.

  21. Ms. Fonda,

    Thank you for the advice you gave me on your previous blog post (“Being a Teen”) with regard to coping with bipolarity, depression, low self-esteem, and loss. It is my hope that you know how grateful people are (at least I am; but I’m sure there are many) that you take the time to listen and communicate with them. It helps see some of us through difficult days.

    Speaking of difficult days, are you familiar with “Easy Way to Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr? I am currently reading it. I have been a smoker for twenty-seven years. It has been my principal vice, as alcohol and other recreational drugs never impressed me.

    I started smoking when I was seventeen; I have continued to smoke ever since. I know some of the reasons why I smoked. To emulate characters in films whom I admired. To feel less shy in social situations. To feel accepted by those whom I know who are smokers. Control, control, control (which really has been deception, deception, deception). And, of course, to feed what I now discover has been an acute, insidious addiction.

    Over the past couple of weeks, I found myself lighting cigarettes and not smoking them to completion. When I lay in bed at night, my chest felt heavy; I had to focus on breathing consciously, which was alarming. As I wrote to you of the anxiety attacks from which I’ve been suffering, imagine how much they were compounded by ingesting poisons via my lungs!

    This past Sunday, I lit three cigarettes — not one of which I finished. On Monday, I lit two — neither of which I finished. Since then (it is now 2:21 a.m., Thursday) I have not smoked. By now, either the nicotine is out of my system or well on its way to being so.

    The past few nights I’ve slept without feeling as though an elephant was lying on top of me; I haven’t coughed nearly as much (though I do occasionally cough up dreck); food is tasting and smelling better to me; and I’ve saved, what?, around $60 by not buying my additive-free (but nicotine-choked) brand of cigarettes; and my anxiety has not been as acute as it was (still there, of course; it’s just hasn’t been as all-engulfing as usual).

    I’m nervous, because I do still think of going out and buying a pack of the damned things. Out of what? Ritual, I suppose — something those who suffer from OCD must deal with on a daily basis.

    I’ve written you about my low self-esteem; going back to smoking would be, I fear, just another way for my self-loathing and -doubt to manifest themselves. You know — to prove to myself I’m as worthless as I suspect myself to be. So I go back and forth, back and forth… but always manage (as yet) to stave off the addiction.

    In fact, in lieu of leaving my house at 2:30 to buy a pack of cigarettes at the neighborhood gas station, I sit here writing to you.

    I know you’ve had your own challenges with smoking. In fact, with not smoking, I’ve been going over in my mind those characters in films (and books) who smoked. You’re in some of them (“They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”; “Klute” — though not nicotine; “Julia” — and how!; “The China Syndrome” — just the beginning, I believe; “Agnes of God”– though those were herbals, weren’t they?; and “The Morning After”), though nowhere near as much as others (Bette Davis comes to mind).

    Anyway, I just wanted to write something to someone who’d understand so that I could keep myself from slipping out to the neighborhood gas station. As always, thank you.


    P.S. — Lovely news that you and Ms. Tomlin will be working together again. Maybe Ms. Parton will have a guest spot (I hope, I hope, I hope)?


  22. Hi, Jane. Like you, I pleasantly OD’d on ‘House of Cards’ over a terrific weekend and I really like this new media. I hope it will be so successful for Lily and you. So many dramas/comedies have, in the past, concentrated on men of a ‘certain age’ (eg. ‘The Odd Couple’), but women were, in those pieces, mere appendages and, to add insult to injury, were frequently much younger than their male counterparts! It’s been the old warcry for so, so long now that there are not enough good parts for older actresses and so I just know you’ll grab this one by the horns and bring a new understanding – and appreciation – to a learning audience. Oh, and also, with Netflix, I get the chance to watch from Budapest without something like a 2-year wait!

  23. Dear Jane,
    what are the odds that just before you put out a book called “Being a Teen”, I unknowingly contact you about “Age Reversal” and making you return to around age 18? Can you see the Hand of God?

    I’ve written that “signs” are, that the world is heading for calamity. And the NEWS headlines agree. “March 25 Obama: I’m Concerned About a Nuke Being Detonated in Manhattan” http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-im-concerned-about-loose-nuke-being-detonated-manhattan_786009.html

    “March 28:Obama calls on Putin to move troops from Ukraine border” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-calls-on-vladimir-putin-to-move-russian-troops-from-ukraine/

    Many people, without money or influence, may turn away from what I propose because they feel powerless to help.

    So far you have not responded, even after I posted a link to a youtube video showing how you and I and “Reverse Aging” were mentioned within a Bible Code Matrix.

    Now comes your NEWS of doing a new series. Is it possible that MONEY is a reason for not responding? The type of people I would like you to help me meet are not only very powerful but incredibly wealthy, and they have access to the manpower and whatever else is needed to find a cure for paralysis and to “Reverse Aging”. You basically get to come along for the ride.

    But, if you feel that you need to be compensated for your time by more than having your youth restored to you (which I desire for all the world to share in) then there is more that can be done.

    Do you desire fame , glory and mass riches? Consider that God may reward you.

    Mel Gibson, when he couldn’t get anyone to finance “The Passion of the Christ”, paid $25 million of his own money to make the movie. It went on to become the highest grossing independent film ever at $600 million dollars.

    Opening Feb 28, 2014. a movie made out of film from a TV series about Jesus, “Son of God” has made $55 million so far.

    Michael Moore has made barebones production value Documentaries that made millions. 2004 “Fahrenheit 9/11” $119 mil. 2007 “Sicko”(About healthcare) $24.5 mil. 2002 “Bowling for Columbine” (About gun control) $21.5 mil.

    IF you desire to make a low cost documentary or a “Reality TV” show about the effort to cure paralysis and “Reverse Aging” showing real life spiritual experiences and the Bible Code as it works, you could surely top Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” of $119 mil. and make a run at Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” $600 million.

    You mention Demographics; a huge amount of Elderly would like to know about Reverse Aging and a huge amount of Christians would like to see miracles come from Codes from the Bible! And even IF the effort “FAILED”, people would watch TV as the effort went on to just see what happens for themselves.

    Since I believe we will succeed, your being involved in it and recording it will be forever part of History. How much money do you think a spectacle such as this could make? Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” was his concept of what happened. What we would do is real life, the here and now! Not 2000 years ago, TODAY! They would call you Saint Jane!

    To show you this is all real I have made another video about you. This time I take a small sample look at 3 Matrices with 3 different ways of spelling your name connected with my name appearing in the same matrix. In each of these Codes, the theme of you and I being involved in “Reverse Aging” is shown to be a common theme. Please watch and let me know what you think.

    In essence I am already proving the Bible Code works. These posts I am writing and videos I show would /could already be in a TV show or Documentary, if that is what you desire.

    I am posting 2 links. The first video I originally made in case you missed it and the 2nd new one.
    #1 “To JF” 26 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7bcuQBKGYE
    #2 “JF#2” 23 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-k-miXbhkc

    IF a Moderator is posting my posts but not passing them on to Jane for her to see, please make her aware of my posts for the sake of Mankind. And if nothing else, I will make sure Jane rewards you handsomely should she prosper as a result of you pointing out to her this very unique situation.

    Sincerely, Jimmy


      • Dear Jane,
        it just occurred to me that if you haven’t seen my other posts or the videos I made, there are some things you don’t know that may be important.

        I’ve told you that God sent “signs” in Sept. 2010 that suggested that paralysis and spinal injuries could be cured using clues found within the famous Bible Code computer program, that you may have seen discussed in TV specials on the History Channel and such.

        I believe the reason paralysis is to be cured is because Jesus cured a paralyzed man proving that it gave Him authority to forgive sins, which meant He was God incarnate as a Man because only God could forgive sins according to the Jews.
        Luke 5:21
        21 “The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” 22 But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” 25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.”

        Now, this paralytic healing is in Matthew, Mark and Luke and in each Gospel Jesus immediately afterwards goes to the rich and powerful of His day, the sinners and tax collectors, and preaches to them. It is these same people today, the rich and powerful, that I would show that the Bible Code will cure paralysis thus proving there is a God.

        Matthew 9:10
        10″ Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

        Since Sept. 2010, the idea has arisen that “Reverse Aging” was also possible from the Bible Code. In fact, “Reverse Aging” may play a role in curing paralysis. But “Reverse Aging” is meant as a type of incentive, bribe or reward to the “powers that be” for getting involved in finding cures.

        What is perhaps key in all of this as far as it concerns Jane deciding to help, beyond the evidence I’ve provided already, is that the cures should be found within 2 years time. There will be no long drawn out decades search. From personal experience, God can act surprisingly fast. And the current state of the world demands a quick response, as the “powers that be” will not or may not be able to commit to a long effort.

        So, it may take 3-6 months to get the manpower together and then within 1 years time after that, the cure for paralysis should be found and I expect “Reverse Aging” as well. So, all said and done in 1.5-2 years! If no progress was being made the effort would be canceled. But I expect positive results quickly and it should be very obvious to all.

        As a guide to cost, an estimate might be made on what is currently being done on working to find a cure at a facility in Miami. There they spend $25-35 million a year on research. If you go by an estimate that things always take 3-5 times longer than you expect or cost 3-5 times more, then a safe estimate tops out for one year at $150-175 million to cure paralysis in a year.
        Paralysis healthcare costs insurance companies I believe, $4 Billion a year. Diseases of Aging probably cost Trillions. Yet, for $200 million you may cure paralysis and “Reverse Aging”? And in only 1.5-2 years? That’s what it takes just to make a Major Motion Picture nowadays!
        So, Jane it’s going to be cheap and fast and stop global calamity! How can you resist this adventure?

        Sincerely, Jimmy

        • Dear Jane,
          I thought I’d mention that finding the cure for paralysis and “Reverse Aging” may actually cost very little. It would be the TESTING by Medical researchers that could cost a lot of money.
          However, I expect the cure to be so effective, that not much testing would be necessary. One day you’re paralyzed, next day feeling returns to your limbs and things improve quickly and then you’re as good as new.

          The real cost my just be the time and effort of using the Bible Code to determine what is the cure. The Bible Code seems to suggest some kind of “Salt” is involved in the cure for paralysis. But which one, and how is it to be used?

          When it comes to Aging, it seems obvious to me that most diseases start developing when you start going into Middle Age and beyond. What causes Aging may be causing weakened immunity; disease and a physical health decline comes as a result.

          Therefore, stop Aging at an optimum physical peak and you’ll probably stop most disease from occurring. Revert backwards to your optimum physical condition and you should reverse disease as well.

          Sincerely, Jimmy

  24. I just happened upon this blog as I had inquired Google about Ms. Fonda’s religious beliefs. Why? I have no earthly idea, but I’m so glad I did. I love this site! I have been reading blog posts and comments and have found myself giggling and sometimes scratching my head at some comments. Quite entertaining, needless to say.

    I’m 52 and just wanted to say to John the “what the heck is making me buy smokes?” I started smoking the very night we invaded. Iraq. My husband is a combat search & rescue pilot and we were not in favor of the invasion. We knew that our country had taken 70,000 body bags and were expecting some chemical warfare. With his specialty field I knew he’d be in the thick of it, watching the invasion unfold live on tv when you have a loved one involved is tough to take. Some wives drank, some took medication, some smoked. I happened to be with some women that night who smoked and. I found myself begging them for a cigarette. How dumb is that? Waiting until I’m 40 something to do something that stupid. I’m a work in progress and I’ve resorted to a tactic. When you find yourself in any store about to throw down hard earned money for something really bad for you here’s what. I do. I tell the cash register attendant first, “No matter what say or threaten you with, absolutely do NOT sell me a pack of cigarettes. I’m trying to quit and. I need all the help I can get.” They always agree to this. Once or twice I’ve put them to the test by saying, “Just kidding, may I please have a pack of Camel Menthol?” I always get a “Sorry” or “No.” I congratulate them on a job well done. I’ve even threatened one that. I was going to call for the manager and complain and I still got a “No mam.” LOL. People usually just laugh at me and I go on my merry way. The urge usually subsides soon anyway. Good luck buddy! You can do it and I can too. Stay positive!

    With that, I don’t even know how to do Netflix or what it is but I’m going to find out because I adore Lily and you Ms. Fonda and that’s one show I don’t want to miss. I’m so happy I found your webpage! Kudos for doing this! Shabbat Shalom!

  25. Hey Chick,

    Very excited about the series. Love Lily! I’m sure you’ll have some great chemistry moments. Will look forward to seeing the first episodes.

    We’ll have to come up with a cutesie name for the both of you: “JaLily”? No. LiJane? No, that sounds like a long-lost Jackson sister.

    Keep on painting the world “Jane”.

    I’m still determined to take your Energizer Bunny ass to lunch someday! Either that or I need to win the “O”-fficial “guess how many jelly beans in the jar” contest and win a group dinner at your ranch!

    I’ve had aliens come to earth and line up for my organic marinara sauce. I cook-a fo’ you!

    Much love,

    The Ralphster

  26. Hey Jane,

    The new site looks great! Good job!

    I saw Lily in her play “Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life” way back when. She is just outright plain funny!
    You two will be a wild and hootin combination.. Great writers. I wish it wasn’t on NetFlix (since I don’t get that). Guess I’ll have to subscribe.
    You are gonna have some great fun doing that series. Very happy for you.
    Best wishes. –
    – Nancy

    • Thanks, nancy. Yes. can’t wait

    • I saw Lily in SFSOIL (looks like San Francisco Soil!) anyway..it was in NYC in the mid eighties or so. I love that woman… but when I left the theater that day, I did not leave laughing. I thought my sides would ache from laughter but instead I left in such deep thought. I worked in Human Services at the time, which can weigh one down, so I thought Lily would give me a huge comedic boost, but she made me go deeper and wider instead with her performance. I am now too far away in Maine and retired on a fixed income to head down to NYC by train on a whim. But my partner and I catch Lily whenever she pops up on the television or via Netflix. And now Jane with Lily… life can be great. Thanks women!
      off topic… Jane, can you reminisce of your experience in the movie Julia… another one of my favs with you. Did you ever meet Hellman? I have a worn copy of Pentimento, Julia (short story) was in there. Was Julia a real person, related to a NYS judge?

      • Hi Frances, yes, SFOIL made me think deep too. No time to reminisce about “Julia” but I did briefly meet with Ms Hellman. She was my best friend’s godmother. The story, though written by her as a real story, never actually happened. There may have been a woman like Julia who did what she did but it seems Ms Hellman never knew her. Ah well…

  27. Would like to purchase the digital download of the Complete Personal Trainer Series. Is this available at any sites?

    • Sandi, We do not have the Complete Personal Trainer Series available for digital download yet, but we will have some of the earlier titles available this fall, and hope to keep adding more.

  28. Liked the old site but change is good. I’m from Albuquerque and always enjoy reading about you and your friends and family when you visit the ranch. Will you continue that?

    • Yes, Theresa, when we all go there which may not be soon as my working schedule is so full. This is all good. xx

  29. Jane,

    I have been a fan of yours for as long as I can remember and I’ve admired the grace and beauty as well as the confidence and strength with which you have become a woman of certain age. Everything you have brought to entertainment, all of the emotions your characters have shared with us, the real-life examples you have set and the champion you have been for so many causes easily outshines the common credits to your name: actress, model, writer, fitness guru, activist, television/film producer. Your fans everywhere are sure to be thrilled by the news of your Netflix collaboration with the insanely talented Lily Tomlin, and will be anxiously awaiting our first introduction to ‘Grace and Frankie.’

    There should be some kind of special award to acknowledge all that you have been for us and for all that we anticipate to come… Oh, there is such an award! How wonderful! You certainly deserve to be honored for your life’s achievements. Congratulations on being named the recipient of the 42nd AFI Live Achievement Award.

    It couldn’t be awarded to a more worthy candidate.


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