LAST DAY ON THE NEWSROOM

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I feel very sad. Being on this show, being able to say Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant dialogue, working with amazing actors who also happen to be exceptional people– Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer, Chris Messina.. Has been a huge experience and real treat. I’ve learned a lot watching all of them and talking to them.

This last series of scenes that will bring “The Newsroom” to it’s close has brought a new actor into the group: actor/writer BJ Novak who’s been fun and fascinating to get to know. Maybe you know him from “The Office”. I’m reading his terrific book of short stories, just out, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories,” which I highly recommend. Not going to tell you what he plays and what he does but I have to say that Aaron managed to wrap everything up more brilliantly–it’s funny, surprising and moving– than I ever could have imagined. OMG!

Joanna Gleason is another actor who I got to know in this last episode and, though she’s an east- coaster, I ‘ll want to stay connected.

Even though I was only there a few times each season as a “visiting guest star,” I feel like I made some special new friends. (Who says you don’t make new friends after 70?) Some of them– especially those who live out here– I know I will see again from time to time because I’ll make an effort. And, of course Sam Waterston will be in my new Netflix series, “Grace & Frankie” playing Lily’s husband. (My husband will be Martin Sheen).

Still, there’s always a sadness when a project you’ve loved bring a part of is over and the “family” disperses.

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  1. Hi Jane,
    I will definitely miss The Newsroom. Another gem by Aaron Sorkin with such a wonderful and talented cast. I am especially excited to hear that Joanna Gleason will be in the last episode! I have loved her ever since I saw her in her Tony-winning role of The Baker’s wife in Into The Woods! She’s a hoot…looking forward to it. Also looking forward to Grace & Frankie and am glad to hear who the husbands are going to be. FUN! You all are going to have too much fun with that one! Enjoy your weekend. 🙂
    Melissa

  2. I feel that way every year when my students graduate from high school. We all cross paths for a reason. The circle of life. I love how you always put your heart and soul into everything you do, Jane!

  3. I’m sad that The Newsroom ends. I never watched it, lol, I only tuned in when you were in the episode and I always enjoyed your scenes, with your wonderful monologues (Sorkin can surely write). Saying those lines must have been such a beautiful challange, I actually envy you quite a lot. 😀 Sorkin is really a lot like Paddy Chayefsky, his idol (I think).

    Anyway, here’s to your new roles and I cannot wait to see Grace and Frankie. It will be a real treat, I’m sure.

  4. I loved “The Newsroom”. It is such a quality show. I love that the viewer connects with real world events that have happened during the show. And of course the acting is excellent. Your performances are top notch and absolutely deserve the Emmy Award you are nominated for. Congratulations! I will certainly miss the show when it comes to an end.
    I am excited for your new show! Wow! What a brilliant group of actors in it! When will we be able to see it?

  5. I am going to miss this show so much. I’m grateful for it, because it caused me to seek out the work of actors such as yourself and the amazing Sam Waterston. I’m looking forward to your future projects even as I currently enjoy other things you’ve done.

  6. Hello Jane
    Bonjour de France
    ….Reading your blog ….from 2009 …..
    …..You never told te story about your staying …waiting a plane …with Susan Sarandon in
    Abu Dhabi Airport …..???
    Des Bises…
    Best Regards Xavier

  7. I like the way you write.The best part is you say”who says you cant make friends at 70?”. You are just great.Will you be my new friend Janeji…

  8. Oh Jane I saw you’re going to do another goldderby interview! I’ll definitely participate with my question. I hope the interviewer will say my name when I ask a question (and I’ll be as pushy as usual to be heard lol I got lucky last year). 🙂 And more importantly, I hope the interview will have a proper ending this year. 😀

  9. Hi Jane,
    I just rescued a dog that had been in the shelter and due to flea infestation, lost most of
    her hair. I have had her 4 months now. I thought she would be a small Maltese. Her hair
    keeps growing and growing and she is 12 1/2 lbs and after DNA tests, I learned that she is a Coton de Tulear. She is so funny and playful and has the most amazing thick white cottony hair. Do you still have a Coton?

    • You betcha, Kealani. Tulea will be with me till she dies–or I do. she’s 91/2. weighs 9 lbs. She was the runt of the litter

  10. I finally got to see your AFI salute in tonight’s TCM encore performance. It left me feeling even more empowered and inspired than I knew that it would. I felt like such a dolt after my last post. What Sandra Bullock had to say about your seeing the face of equality in everyone you meet, combined with your reminder to stay interested — fantastic lessons from you, a woman I consider to be an artist, hero, teacher and friend! Life continues to bless me in an unequally positive correlation to the amount of effort I put in. For the first time in my journey, I can say that I am truly excited about all that my future will bring. Thank you, Jane Fonda for your Jane Fonda-ness. Wishing you, and yours, well — always.

  11. I just watched your Golden Derby interview. I never heard of them before. So much going on out there! I laughed about the TV remark. I first saw TV around age 10. My father put it in the LR in our apt, turned it on and it was a blur. I walked out of the room. My father had no idea that one needed an antenna. I didn’t see color TV until college! And Hepburn… reading your lines. lol I guess one has to laugh at these audacious things. I notice there are not many comments on The Newsroom blog. I have to admit, I do not have a cable package that includes HBO, too costly, but I did get The Newsroom (before I knew you were in it) to watch via Netflix (by snail mail) My partner and I watched the first 2 eps and said, ‘Who talks like this?’ The first 2 eps fell short for us so we sent it back. (a bit boring to us but clearly not to many). I so look forward to Grace and Frankie. I even love the names chosen. Be well; you looked great (actually quite cute) in your golden derby vid. Oh, based on another of your blogs: I did watch and loved Great Beauty a couple weeks ago (fell in love with Toni Servillo’s facial expressions), and Sorrentino’s Il Divo is here for tonight! Take care, Jane I hope you win the Emmy if it is your desire.

  12. You’ve been “away” for a little while. Obviously, your commitment to all things you do is always apparent, I don’t mean to make it sound like ???? I don’t even know how to say that, so I’m not going to try. Anyway, you’ve been on my mind. I hope everything is all right. <3

  13. I often feel that way when things end: a mourning period follows. I have felt it often when I’ve finished a book — “Charlotte’s Web” (read as a child), “The Last of the Wine” by Mary Renault.

    It’s as if it reaches back into my cellular and psychic memory of times ended and lost.

  14. By the way, I’m listening to your audio version of “My Life So Far”. I tried to read the book, but it was too laborious. However, being an audio-visual learner — something I discovered later in life — your voice is what I had missed in the print version. And — it is a luxury beyond luxuries — I have walked, driven, sat in cafés, shopped, reclined on sofas and beds with you weaving your tales in my head all week. It did bring a sadness, though, because I thought, “My God…she has this unbelievable storyteller’s voice…this storyteller’s magic…and…yet…she’s narrated so few books.” I’ve always loved the timber and sound of your voice; however, interviews and movies are so brief: but, this book is amazing — in so many ways — because I get to lie back into the comfort of your storyteller’s voice. (This is an aside from the topic, but I felt compelled to mention that.)

  15. Odd question but I’m asking anyway. Is there a word that makes you feel happier after you hear it?

    • 4 words: “Troy’s happy” and “Vanessa’s happy”. They are my children

  16. I will be sitting in the Red Carpet Bleachers for the Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25 with the rest of the fans. Will you be walking the Red Carpet? You are the #1 person I would love to get a picture of!

    • Susan, I won’t be attending tomorrow. I’ve been working long hours and need to rest. No red carpets for me this weekend. x

  17. Hi Jane,
    First of all do you mind if I call you Jane? (I feel like I just asked the Queen of England if I can call her Liz!) I’ll pretend for now you said yes. Regardless, just found your blog recently and have taken the time to read back several years on your postings. Fascinating life you’ve lived and far from common looking from my side of the tracks here in good ol’ Tennessee. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and time to your blog and fans here. A big commitment for anyone, but in particular someone as busy as you. Most of what I’ve noticed is how kind and compassionate you are especially to those who have chosen to speak less than to you. Just wonder how they would feel if their whole life, the good, the bad and the inaccurate had been played out in the press with little chance to defend themselves? Have to be a tough cookie to live in your world. Thank you for extending mercy and grace to them and I hope forgiveness. Not only are we to receive it, but we are to give it as well.
    You’re a jewel Lady Jane and should be treasured! We might be wise to learn from your character.

    Patsy

    ps
    I think some of my favorite postings are the recipes. Just so personal. Jane Fonda’s recipes… who would’ve guessed it back in the ’60’s!?! I can see it now, VA info on one side of a leaflet and a butternut squash recipe on the other. Too much! Have a great weekend. P

  18. Jane, I don’t blame you. You have been a very busy person. You should go to your ranch and take some time just for yourself.

  19. Miss Jane,

    You certainly are an inspiration in such a variety of ways. You were fantastic on this show…. more than anything your lifetime achievements and influence has been so profound. The only way you have perhaps “let us down” is having never run for office.
    A lot of brilliant minds such as yours use the words ” i can effect more change outside of the political arena than inside. ” I know politics is hard and corrupt, but I truly feel that you have the integrity to effect real change.

    One only has to look at your activism over the years to determine that Jane Fonda would make a thoughtful and admirable leader. I think also you would be less corruptible than the likes of Barrack Obama, who said we would end the war in Iraq, only to negate that nobility by sending 30000 troops to another country.

    We desperately need leaders with the moral fortitude and sincerity in their purpose that only Jane Fonda can offer.

    Granted, I am sure you have been asked/begged/hounded about running for office in the past. I am 32 years old and my faith in our government was destroyed by barrack Obama. I voted twice for him and loved him and then watched as he broke one promise after another.

    Forgive my ignorance. I know you are much more insightful and perceptive than I. I only feel that a compassionate, brilliant person like yourself could be the President that Americans can have genuine trust and faith in. I’ve thought about this, and the only soul I can think of that might restore my, and millions like my faith in the system, is Jane Fonda. In 2016 I suspect Hilary will win and break our hearts just like every other conniving democratic president. I wish that someone would change American political hypocrisy, and the only person I can see doing that is you.

    You have made a tremendous difference for positivity and brought happiness to so many lives in this world. I don’t mean to diminish that in any way. You are my hero. I just am venting I suppose, that our elected officials don’t have a Jane Fonda brand of integrity.

    But nonetheless I am grateful for everything you do and everything you are!

    Sending you positive energy and joy,

    Jarwx

  20. Miss Jane,

    You certainly are an inspiration in such a variety of ways. You were fantastic on this show…. more than anything your lifetime achievements and influence has been so profound. The only way you have perhaps “let us down” is having never run for office.
    A lot of brilliant minds such as yours use the words ” i can effect more change outside of the political arena than inside. ” I know politics is hard and corrupt, but I truly feel that you have the integrity to effect real change.

    One only has to look at your activism over the years to determine that Jane Fonda would make a thoughtful and admirable leader. I think also you would be less corruptible than the likes of Barrack Obama, who said we would end the war in Iraq, only to negate that nobility by sending 30000 troops to another country.

    We desperately need leaders with the moral fortitude and sincerity in their purpose that only Jane Fonda can offer.

    Granted, I am sure you have been asked/begged/hounded about running for office in the past. I am 32 years old and my faith in our government was destroyed by barrack Obama. I voted twice for him and loved him and then watched as he broke one promise after another.

    Forgive my ignorance. I know you are much more insightful and perceptive than I. I only feel that a compassionate, brilliant person like yourself could be the President that Americans can have genuine trust and faith in. I’ve thought about this, and the only soul I can think of that might restore my, and millions like my faith in the system, is Jane Fonda. In 2016 I suspect Hilary will win and break our hearts just like every other conniving democratic president. I wish that someone would change American political hypocrisy, and the only person I can see doing that is you.

    You have made a tremendous difference for positivity and brought happiness to so many lives in this world. I don’t mean to diminish that in any way. You are my hero. I just am venting I suppose, that our elected officials don’t have a Jane Fonda brand of integrity.

    But nonetheless I am grateful for everything you do and everything you are!

    Sending you positive energy and joy,

    Jared

  21. I’m rewatching series two, came across the scene where Jane refuses to take the resignations of the ACN crew. This is a brilliant scene, becuase the female chairman of the board is allowed to be human (attending a party) , and emtional (angry) while still retaining dignity and control. The contrasts in this scene, so brilliantly delivered, create nuance for women as CEO’s. That scene moves the female Chairman beyond the typical depiction of a female’s struggle of worklife balance. In that scene, the the female chairman deals with the issues before her in the same manner as that of a male CEO. Her sex is irrelevent, and her decision making process is riveting. And Jane’s delivery of “get it back” is exactly what a CEO would say. Thank you Jane for providing an example of woman as leader. For me in the working world, is very inspiring.

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