MORE THINGS—ALL SPECIAL TO ME

My last blog had #1 Why I haven’t been blogging and #2 was about laughter. This blog starts with #3: ACTIVISM. It’s been awhile since I wrote about what I’m focusing on in these rough times. But in addition to what’s below, I am a board member of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential which I founded 24 years ago. It is a state-wide non-profit which focuses on adolescent reproductive health, comprehensive sexuality education, teen pregnancy prevention and health and fitness. I am very proud of the work we do in Georgia and I continue to be involved though from afar. Our big annual fundraiser this year will be Nov 14th in Atlanta and will feature Sheryl Crow performing and Sara Blakely, Founder of SPANX, interviewing me. Fun!!!

I am also co-founder with Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan of The Women’s Media Center whose mission is to amplify women’s voices in the media. I encourage you to go onto our remarkable website to learn more.

Because of the times we are in, I’m spending more time on the ground with these organizations:

3. My Activism. I’m on the board of the Working America Education Fund board. WA is the biggest canvassing operation organizing in working class communities year-round since 2003 when it was founded by Karen Nussbaum. FYI, back in the ‘70s, Karen was the founder of 9to5: The National Association of Women Office Workers who inspired me to make the film “9 to 5.”

The fact that WA is ‘year-round’ is key. It’s one reason why, according to independent analysts, Working America is 2 to 3 times more effective than the standard canvass in winning votes. Their trained canvassers don’t just show up during the election cycle and push a particular candidate. They become ‘trusted messengers.’ The people they talk to become WA members and get information they don’t get from Fox News, which is their primary source of information otherwise.

Here are some of the WA canvassers at their annual gathering in Chicago.

Membership makes a difference.  In 2018, 8% of Trump voters switched and voted for Democrats.  But 38% of Working America members who voted for Trump voted for Democrats.

Working America will be focusing on 10 states.  Kentucky and Virginia are bell-weather 2019 elections — and campaigning in Kentucky allows us to hold Mitch McConnell accountable and challenge his re-election in 2020.  Another 8 states are presidential battlegrounds, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona. This year, after Grace & Frankie’s 6th season is done shooting and I’ve recovered from my 2nd knee replacement surgery in July, I will be canvassing with Working America.

Here I am with a group of ROC canvassers in front of the Michigan capital in Lansing, MI, last November, fighting for One Fair Wage.

I’m also on the board of ROC Action (Restaurant Opportunities Centers Action) which is fighting for One Fair Wage so that all tipped workers (the majority of whom are women) earn at least the minimum wage PLUS their tips. Right now, due to lobbying by the restaurant industry—ironically the NRA, the National Restaurant Assoc–the federally mandated salary for restaurant workers has been frozen at $2.13 for 28 years!!!!! which means that besides often having to work multiple jobs just to support themselves and their families, the nation’s 13 million plus restaurant workers have to put up with patrons who may grope them, pinch them, insult them because they are TOTALLY dependent on the tips for their survival. In the 7 states (CA, WA, OR, NEV, MINN, WISC and Alaska) that do not have a two-tiered wage, sexual harassment and poverty have been cut by 50%! And in those states the restaurant business is thriving, something the NRA doesn’t want you to know.

Here I am, being a waitress for a day in Lansing, MI. This was an effort to get press coverage for the One Fair Wage ballot measure.

We spend more time worrying if the chicken we ordered is organic than about the human being who is serving us. Big chains like Applelbee’s, Dennys and The Olive Garden are among the worst offenders. The One Fair Wage campaign is moving in Congress and in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Illinois; if you live in one of those states write your state representative, and if you don’t, please write your federal representative and demand they support the effort.  

Then there’s Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehab and re-entry program on the planet. It was founded 30 years ago by Father Greg Boyle and some 8000 formerly incarcerated women and men come through their doors annually seeking to enroll in one or more of their services which include mental health, legal services, anger management, tattoo removal and, most importantly, to receive unconditional love. For those who are ready to become trainees in their 18-month program, there are jobs with benefits at the renown Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Café, Homeboy Recycling, etc. Anyone who knows Homeboy Industries comes away knowing viscerally what could happen if we invested in people, rather than incarcerate our way out of things.

Lily Tomlin and I co-hosted Homeboy Industries large annual fundraiser, Lo Maximo, this year. It was wildly successful and very moving. So as to get a true sense of the Homeboy vibe, Lily and I worked for a while in their bakery being mentored in the making of croissants by 2 former rival gang members. In the past, these guys would just as soon have shot each other. Now they’re baking bread side-by-side.

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda at the Homeboy Bakery

I am on the board of Homeboy Industries, the largest reentry and rehabilitation program for formally incarcerated men and women in the world. You can learn more about Homeboy Industries here: https://homeboyindustries.org/donate/donate-online/Lily Tomlin and I recently worked in their famous Homeboy Bakery where 2 former gang members taught us to make croissants.Here’s the video of our bakery experience:

Posted by Jane Fonda on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Here is the video that was made of our bakery experience.

#4. Special Things Over the Last Few Months: In my last blog you saw a photo of the V-Day board which was under the subject of laughter—because there’s always so much of that when we’re all together. Above is the same group holding Eve’s new book, “The Apology”. Let me quote the Amazon review:

“For anyone delving into this slim but profoundly powerful book, fair warning that it could be triggering. Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) was sexually and physically abused by her father from the ages of 5-10. When he died, he hadn’t taken any accountability for the horrors he visited upon his daughter and the impact it had on her life. The Apology is written by Ensler in the form of a letter from her father to her, outlining his crimes and asking forgiveness–a brutal purging that provides a pathway to Ensler’s healing (and hopefully that of other survivors). With HBO’s Leaving Neverland, the scourge of sexual abuse is very much at the forefront of the cultural conversation right now. The  Apology, out in May, promises to be a potent and extraordinarily compassionate addition to it. “ — Erin Kodicek, Amazon

It’s hard for me to imagine what it took for Eve to drill down into her deepest, darkest recesses and channel her father in the way she did. She says, in the end, it was a true catharsis. What it revealed to me is what it would look like for a perpetrator to actually do the self-work that would make a true apology possible. Humility is an essential ingredient because humility softens the dark, hard place which encases entitlement and ego. It softens the soul. You can tell when a soul is softened enough for a true apology to be made. So, let’s always be prepared to forgive but let’s also pay close attention to whether the one asking forgiveness has done the work.

Another special thing for me has been the film, “Capernaum” (Chaos). I’ve seen it 4 times which is a first. It was my favorite film this year. It’s a Lebanese movie written and directed by Nadine Labaki which won the Grand Jury Prize last year at the Cannes Film Festival. It lacked the budget to do a real PR campaign which is a shame because everyone I have urged to see it says it should have won an Oscar. You can see it on Netflix. I won’t try to tell you the story because I can’t do it justice because there are so many layers to what this film is saying.

Also, on Netflix is the gem of a series, “Our Planet” narrated by the one and only David Attenborough. I see every single nature film I can, and this series has images that are astounding and never before seen. It also makes the case for the interconnectedness of things better than it’s ever been made. I wish our president would watch it.

And just to end on a light note, here are some photos of me at a recent L’Oréal shoot basking in a bathtub filled with peonies and rose petals with Helen Mirren teasing me, my team glamming me and Tulea looking on.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential: https://www.gcapp.org/
The Women’s Media Center: http://www.womensmediacenter.com/
Working America Education Fund: https://www.workingamerica.org/
Restaurant Opportunities Centers Action: https://rocunited.org/resources/for-workers/
One Fair Wage Campaign: http://onefairwage.com/
Homeboy Industries: https://homeboyindustries.org/
V-Day: https://www.vday.org
The Apology by Eve Ensler (book): http://smarturl.it/the-apology
Capernaum (film): https://sonyclassics.com/capernaum/
Our Planet (Netflix): https://www.netflix.com/title/80049832

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  1. Jane, I just found out from my cousin that the film clip, Flip the Switch is the film he produced, that I went to see. Seems Pat is speaking about the film in several places including Georgia. He didn’t know that Pat was a friend of yours. He wondered if you might speak about the film in Georgia. I explained just how very busy you are and all the things on your plate. I told him I would give him your person’s name who schedules your speaking events, anyway so he can inquire. I think I read that information in your blog recently. Andrew is working on many projects. He lives in Italy but comes to the states often.Just an FYI. Dona.

    • Jane Happy Mother’s Day, thanks for the inspiration this is very important to me. Love you very much💕💕💕💕

      • Jane, I’m going to send you a gift to the address you gave from your Atlanta office, I hope you receive it without a problem and I will not bother you as much as I did when I sent my letter to Beverly Hills. Love you. Candita.

        • It’s already there since May 22, love you.

          • Jane, I hope your knee replacement goes well, I’m going to pray a lot for your quick recovery,love you. Candita.

          • Jane, you forgive me for being so annoying, it doesn’t matter if many of my comments are awainting approval, but recommend me a book to help me right now, I need a little clarity and know where to go. Thank you.

          • Candita, can you be specific as to what sort of clarity so I’ll be better able to recommend the appropriate book?

          • Jane, I know what I want but I dread making the necessary changes. Thank you.💕💕💕💕💕

  2. Dear Jane,
    Thank you for this inspiring blog post.
    You might find this critical piece about Caphernaum interesting. I was very disturbed and upset after seeing this movie and wanted to write an article about it, but I found this piece that captured exactly what I felt.
    http://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/38447?fbclid=IwAR2_8zVo-MjH_sxJTHMXMf1rrlh6zXGLOgkEtG-z4gxCOQDBGAF0M3MkC58

    Best,
    Souad

    • Thanks, Souad, for sending the article. It’s intelligent and provoking. I don’t think one feature film can encompass every horror that the article mentions–perhaps a documentary could.

      • Thanks, that’s a very fair point. I still wish the movie had put more emphasis on the structural conditions that make such horrors possible.But from a strictly cinematic point of view (assuming you can separate cinema from politics) I, of course, agree that it’s nothing less that a masterpiece.

      • Hi Jane. Long time fan. On a side note, renting the cottage in September where you filmed On Golden Pond. My favourite movie. This is a bucket list thing for me. Wanna visit?

  3. Jane, the movie Capernaum is not on Netflix, I have not found it.

    • ooops. I will research. sorry. I saw it in a theatre.

      • You tell the Netflix executives to exhibit it please, Happy Easter, I love you.

  4. What a great blog entry! Very informative! I like the links you added. I am going to read up on Working America to possibly join.. Thanks!
    I totally forgot about the movie, Capernaum, until you mentioned it. I saw previews of it and had put it on my list to see. I will definitely be watching it in the next few days.

  5. Well, now I feel guilty because I just got done eating at Applebee’s (we had a big group so we all pitched in 5 bucks for a tip which in total added up to 35$) And now I feel like I should really just delete my Instagram and start over posting pictures of me volunteering at the VA or the animal shelter. Seriously, I’m 14 year old highschool girl and I think it’s sad that other people my age, and even adults don’t understand the importance of equal pay and rights that we have been so called “granted” but never really given the full benefit of. I’m so happy that I read your blog and realize this sooner rather than later, because it gives me a better perspective on not only my life, but empathy for other’s and a drive to do as much as I can to help them. Thank you so much.

    • Kennedy, What a great email. Thanks for letting me know and stay ‘woke.’

  6. Jane- What awesome organizations to support and be involved with! You are a gem, the world needs more people like you! Peace and SO much love!!
    Stevi 💜

  7. Dear Jane,

    Keep on blogging whenever you have a spare time because TO INSPIRE the others is NEVER TOO MUCH. What you are doing in your personal and professional life it became your mission on planet Earth and you are aware of it for sure. I just remembered that a few days ago I’ve bumped into an interview you gave to an Australian reporter last summer and you’ve said that the only desire to share your personal life is to help the others.
    I am speaking from my own experience after meeting you. I’ve started doing your workout on my almost 40 years old, and this means the first time in my life when I started doing a sport. The only thing I did until now was walking a lot on foot.
    After finishing reading Prime Time which is full of wisdom by the way and My life so far which has a lot of valuable emotional sharing, I’ve ordered Women coming of age because I am already in my midlife. I feel that reading this book will be a good and wise guide for me from now on.
    As for your recommendation about CARPERNAUM, I knew about the movie and I intended to watch it last weekend, but as it rolled on the screen of my laptop I’ve felt like it’s too much for me to emotionally handle at that moment. It’s indeed a very powerful movie. I hope to put myself together soon to watch it again from the start.
    all my love and good vibes,
    Nicole

    PS. I want to send you something traditionally to wear from my country, seething that was the source of inspiration for international designers like Dior, Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent or Valentino. It will be something handmade by some peasants ladies who still know the secret of these creations. Is it okay to send you to the address in Atlanta?

  8. Hi, Jane!
    I absolutely loved this blog. I am so proud of everything that you do to help make this world a better place and I thank you for that. I hope to be even half the person you are someday. You have always been someone that I’ve looked up to and admired! There needs to be more people like you in the world! You are such a light to everyone around you and have such a kind and compassionate heart. I love you!!
    -Alyssa xo

  9. First, I just wanted to comment on something you said a few blogs ago. You said the words “…against all odds…you can do it ” and I wanted to thank you. I’m suffering from Major Depressive Disorder and have been for a few years now. It’s a pretty bleak and haunting time but I’m determined, in an almost defiant way, to hang on. And seeing others strengths helps. Your strength helps. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Secondly, thanks for the mention of “Capernaum”. I’m Canadian and sadly it’s not on our Netflix (yet, anyway) but I’m determined to see it. I love hearing about movies that “slip through the crack”. They usually turn out to be the best in every way.

    Can’t wait to see/meet you July in St. Paul!
    *Love from Newfoundland, Lesley

  10. Lovely film “Our souls at night” .💗💗💗💗

  11. Hi Ms Jane, Thank you for all you do for others…. Hugs to Tulea and your precious family. I think of you all everyday. May you all have a Blessed Easter.

  12. Hi Jane,

    Thank you for all you do. It’s wonderful to learn from you. Would you know of Theta Healing by any chance? I encourage you to read Vianna Stibal book on this healing modality. It might possibly help you on your recovery and anything else you are doing. I’m sure it will bring healing for you… shamanism and reiki would help as well if interested! I try to bring as much energy modalities/work as possible depending on the individual needs. Dowsing helps too, including working with crystals if you like. Try hugging a tree or even talking to tree to help you in your manifestations. It all helps to manifest and Theta brings the law of attraction to the next level in my opinion. What a blessing to be able to laugh everyday! That’s amazing! I guess focusing within, learning to love yourself, getting to know ourselves a little bit more every day, respecting ourselves and learning all ways possible to take care of ourselves ( which is never ending) will help to care for other human or living beings as well! Help yourself first then you’ll be able to help others.

    Lots of love to you!
    Take are,
    Sally

    • Sally, thanks for the advice.

      • If you want…. you are your own healer!

        • Last shamanic session I did was very very helpful. Most of these sessions the healers were taking the answers from my Higher Self, in my opinion, which helped to encourage me to follow my own inner guidance and find my own answers. They were helpful…( Vianna was cured from cancer using Theta healing ) but the best help I received was for free. It was Divine love that I did receive in my own way. Prayer helps too!

          Just sharing…
          Thank you for listening!
          Take care,
          Sally

      • Wow Jane, with just your response you helped with something very important to me spiritually ( by just being your most authentic self) that these healers did not. Many contributed to my healing and you are one of them. Thank you!

  13. Dear Jane, you enlightenour soul and mobilize ir. Reading tour blog reminded me a text that I worked at school: ” A SEA OF SMALL FIRES”.From my country, URUGUAY, I trancribe it to you because you are the best of de FIRES un this World! I apologize for the gramatical errors but the translators are nota good. “A man of the town of Neguá, on the coast of Colombia, was able to climb to the high heaven. On his return, he told a story. He said he had contemplated, from above, human life. And said that we are a sea of little fires. The world is that—he revealed—A cluster of people, a sea of little fires. Each person shines with their own light among all others. No two fires are alike. There are large fires and small fires and fires of all kinds and colors. There are people of serene fire, unaware of the existence of wind, and people of crazy fire, who fill the air with sparks. Some fires, foolish fires, do not shine or burn; but others burn life so heartily you cannot observe them without stopping to blink, and whoever gets close, flares up.”
    THANKS FOR BEING!!! I love so mucho!😍😍

  14. Ms. Fonda…this is my first response and experience with Blogging…May I simply say THANK YOU. You have created, contributed, entertained and evolved us…thank you for making a difference on the planet…Life is the gift and Love Never Ends…

    Love from us in Texas…

    Jimmy Pinet Scritchfield Winchell

  15. I just told a friend to look for Capernaum on Netflicks then after she left I went looking for it to watch. It wasn’t there. I’ll keep looking because I really want to see it. I read your last blog to her and she plans to look into Working America. She was interested in your book referral. I copied it for her. I did locate Our Planet on Netflicks, but I’m going to watch that later when I can stomach the hard parts. I saw the interview with the makers and a clip with the walrus falling off the rocks for lack of ice. I will watch it, just not before bed. Anything with animals being hurt can trigger nightmares for me. I would require time to fit in a Grace & Frankie episode to lift my spirits. Dona

    • Yes, I found out I was wrong. Capernaum is nt on Netflix. I’m so sorry. Maybe ITunes?

      • Hi Jane, I found Capernaum also streaming on Amazon Prime Video. I’m looking forward to watching it.
        p.s. I love the enhancements to your website! You and your team have done a lot of work.

        Judy
        p.p.s I’m sending this a second time because my original message has been waiting for approval for a few weeks.

  16. Jane, you have such a heart for those that have been forgotten or who are in need. As a young adult going through the struggles that may arise, one of the many excellent projects you’ve been apart of Grace and Frankie has brought me so much comfort and peace. You and lily make a positive impact on the world everyday. Thank you so much! I saw in an interview once you said to let you know if I wanted to say anything to lily, please let her know how much joy she has brought into my life as well! Love , Anjelika

  17. Hello Ms Fonda. How are you?
    My boy is 6. He is in love with Dolly Parton. He has watched her read stories on a children’s tv channel here in the UK. He listens to her music also. Last week her saw 9to5. He laughed his little way through it. (This is his first movie that he has sat all the way through, he is autistic). When the film was over he asked why the boss was cruel. So, I tried to explain in a way that he would understand. He said that girls and boys are the same (even though “girls smell nicer”). He said girls should tell their boss he is bad and they won’t do his work and go away and be bosses themselves. Or… You all could wait until he is a farmer and you could work for him. (I love this boys logic.) The reason I’m writing is that this one movie has already impacted one little mind. It’s made him aware of equal rghts, even in a small way. He’ll grow and learn.

    • Hi Jane,
      This is my first time writing a comment to you so apologies if it sucks. But reading your blog has just put such a smile on my face. Lately I’ve been feeling so insecure and angry at the world ( I say lately, more like the last 30 years!) But when I feel this way I really do look up to you. I have from a child. I feel like you give me a shove through how strong you are. Reading this blog makes me smile because you have become such a well respected inspirational woman through everything you’ve been through and you do it with such grace and presence. You talk in your blog about a book called apology,and how to tell if someone’s soul is softened. How do you know? Do you think only bad people have hardened souls? I think people that are good can have hardened souls because of bad people, for protection I guess. Also I’m going to check the film out but I don’t think it is on UK Netflix. 🙂
      Shaunie x

  18. Bravo 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Jane your blog is now very modern I love it💕💕💕Happy Easter🐰🐰

  19. Dear Jane: Hello!
    I’m from Uruguay but a big fan of yours. After many years where “I lost your track” you may be in contact with family problems that isolated me from much of the world, finding myself back on the small screen has been wonderful. I have seen almost all your movies and Grace and Frankie have called me like a glove! Watching your documentary made me realize what was the reason why I lost your track! You had retired from the cinema when you married Ted Turner! Hehehehe, but, besides watching the documentary, it made me cry, smile and even feel a little pain. I would have liked to “get out” of the TV and embrace you, shelter you, protect you … Life is very difficult like resisting and can be found. I deeply admire your LIFE. Full of avatars, encounters and disagreements, what most admires you and gives me a deep respect, is your ACTIVISM! What is your life? Find causes to fight for and live causes and inspires me. I am a teacher, already retired, I know I gave a lot, I marveled and I was frustrated. It is a work of sowing and the harvest often does not get to pick up, but I can say THAT IT WAS WORTH IT! Follow your road. You are light for many people. How are you?
    I send you a big hug. I am reading Prime Time and I already got Amazon My Life so far but in Spanish. I do not see the time it comes to my hands !!!!! Once again, a big hug from URUGUAY !!!
    My real name: Graciela, but everyone tells me, Grace!

  20. As a woman entering her third act and loving life I am loving reading your blogs. Your energy is palpable and contagious. I remember as a younger woman doing the workout and feeling the burn! OMG you nearly killed me LOL
    The Homeboy project looks amazing and I love they are looking at recycling too. What a wonderful initiative it is.
    I’ll try and see if I can download the film“Capernaum”, maybe someone in your team could put pressure on Netflix to show it.

    • JoJo, Smitty tells me you can rent/buy “Capernaum” on YouTube.

  21. Jane,

    I just listened to you with Marc Maron. You’ll get it when I say I’m way too old and also, coming to the end, to keep my mouth shut about what blows my mind most about what you said to him.

    You said your guy is Jesus, even though you’ve learned and studied about other “guys” and “gals” who were great teachers and Masters.

    I met this “guy” over almost fifty years ago. If you think Jesus would have been a gas to know, (and I agree) please treat yourself to a bit of Prem Rawat, if you’ve not already.

    https://www.timelesstoday.tv/peak-is-here

    P.S.
    My mother named me after your pal, Candice Bergen, because my mom was a WAC during WWII and met Edgar Bergen and he was talking about Candice, with an “i.” Years later, I found out we have the same birthday, May 9! If you see her, give her my personal birthday greeting, ok? Love and best. Candice

  22. I feel touched by this blog as well as what you are sharing with us as a society. After meeting you on Grace & Frankie, your personal integrity, clear values, fight compelled me to investigate your life & activism further. You have ignited me!! I am a 35 year woman & mother of 2 who lives in Montreal, Canada. I’ve been on maternity leave enjoying learning about acting when baby is napping (preparing for community theater auditions!) through comedic & dramatic works of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Lily is a beloved actor close to my heart after falling for her in Beverly Hillbillies (I’m only 35 after all…Lily’s facial expressions alone and unflinching courage to get a laugh – need we say more?! GENUIS!) Little did I know about your other jobs – fighting for other human lives! WOW! My kind of people!! You’ve also made me see that acting is more than just a pastime of indulgence. It’s a connection of humanity that deepens our ability to empathize and communicate. Working on a show with others awakes you & energizes you. I want to be like you and never stop working at what I love, solving problems and giving of myself to help others.

    Thank you for sharing “Sometimes good enough, is good enough”. This has helped me beyond words with an 11 month old baby 🙂

    Your passionate relaying of information & spotlighting vital groups like HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES, have helped me open my eyes to my own place in the fight. I must contribute & live this radical kinship too. It’s deeply important to thank you for all you have shared, from me to you. Human to human. What you do and say IS important and we do NEED YOU. Now, I want to do a crazy thing like embark on documentary filmmaking with full confidence that the only limits are my own imagination….YOU helped sparked that!

    Jane, you’re a solid example to me as an leader, a thinker, a fighter and a human being. If you ever make your way to beautiful Montreal, I hope to hear you speak. THANK YOU is not enough
    Love, Jamie-Lee XOX

  23. Hi Jane, I’m writing to say thank you, thank you for the joy, the carefree, and the strength you conveyed to me by looking at Grace & Frankie.
    I have just seen your documentary and I have not been able to hold back the tears for the emotion, even before being a great actress you are a wonderful person who fights for the planet, for women and for life, we also share the fact that we both lost a parent too soon, and from your words I gained strength to overcome this.
    Thanks for everything, a greeting from Italy and from me.

  24. Just wanted to add for everyone who’s been trying to find “Capernaum”. It is available to rent on youtube 🙂

  25. Thank you for your voice and your activism Jane!! You are such an inspiration to me and to so many people! 👍♥️

  26. It’s wonderful to follow your blog, my dear Jane.
    Your energy source reinvigorates me to be a better person for me and the world.
    After reading all your books and knowing a little more about this amazing woman, I was fortunate to watch your documentary on HBO and wow, you’re really brilliant.
    I have a quote from a young Brazilian writer, edgard abbehusen, that makes me reflect on what I want for my life and I would like to share it with you!

    ‘You are what you overflow, which, by itself, already feeds on good feelings. You are already complete. what will come next is complement. and it should remain only those who help you to be even greater than what you are.’

    ps. your blog looks great with the layout renewal!

    with affection, of her Brazilian fan,
    Fernanda

  27. Dear Ms. Fonda: I just wanted to tell you that I’m mailing off my photo of my last “Barbarella” painting to your business address in Atlanta, GA today. It should get there in a few days…enjoy. Have fun! Yours-Steven Vasko

  28. Hi Jane,

    I’m personally a massive fan of your show Grace & Frankie and just finished watching season 5 and both me my mum and my grandma love your show and are so excited for the new season in 2020 which I believe you have already started filming! Are you allowed to say anything about season 6 or any spoilers? Loved this blog by the way.

    From Taasha

    • Can’t say anything about season 6 except all of us think it’s the funniest one yet. xxx

  29. Hello, on the 16th of April I sent a reply, but it is still awaiting approval. Would you please inform me of what to do and when it will be approved/forwarded? Thank you for your response.

  30. Just to let your sponsors know that you DO have influence over your fans; I now use L’Oreal face moisturizer and quit my use of another; I watched all the episodes of Longmire; I looked but couldn’t find the Vogue magazine article(guess I don’t shop in fancy enough stores), but I would have bought it; I couldn’t get Ray Donovan so I bought a season and watched that (for Lily). And of course, I watch, Grace and Frankie and tell everyone one who will listen that it is a must see show. I watch all interviews and movies, guess-spots etc, with either or both or you. One of the best roles I’ve every played? Being a fan of two wonderful people who happen to be in “The Biz.” Dona

  31. Dear Jane and Lily, (am taking you up on your interview offer to include Lily on your blog, Jane!). I thank you both for your lifetimes of artistic and activist gifts to me and to all of us. It is a joyful call-to-action to witness you both as you make your way through the world.

    Jane, your recently released Jane Fonda: In Five Acts transparently portrays the courageous warrior you are. I personally know of several women who have been emboldened by your story to make difficult life choices in order to set themselves free to become . . . . Thank you for your transparency.

    You most likely have read Kalsched’s book The Inner World of Trauma, but if not, I think you would find it insightful and supportive of your research on sexual abuse. One of his theories, rooted in the work of many others, posits when the soul or essence of a child is traumatized by abuse and neglect by supposedly trusted parents or others, the child not only dissociates to survive the unimaginable, but will also employ progressed behaviors. In other words, in some areas the child becomes more mature, more responsible, clever, accomplished beyond their chronological age, while simultaneously, remaining stuck as an insect in amber or regressed in other fundamental areas.

    The other resource you may find beneficial in your work with teen pregnancy is Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller. Again, a classic, which you most likely have read. Miller suggests that all children are tacitly tasked with “filling the hole in their mother’s heart”. In this way all children are considered “gifted.” She goes on to describe that it may be impossible “to grasp the extent of the loneliness and desertion to which we were exposed as children . . . Behind all this lurks depression, the feeling of emptiness and self-alienation, and a sense that their life has no meaning.” She suggests the way through these feelings of anxiety, guilt and shame squarely rests in finding a safe space in which to remember and to mourn. . . . “a new empathy with herself (the child) is born out of mourning.”

    Lily, thank you for your entire body of work, especially in this moment for the documentary An Apology to Elephants. Am quite certain you are familiar with the conservation work of Dr. Gay Bradshaw through the Kerulos Center. However, if not, her book Elephants on the Edge explores issues for these beloved animals in an intelligent and compassionate, yet accessible mode of complex considerations. The masterful work of Elke Riesterer, massage therapist, employing the TTouch with elephants, tortoises, monitor lizards, and more, is highlighted in the latter pages of the book. I was privileged to view an amateur tape of her touching these large animals and could literally see them melt with her touch.

    On another note, I viewed the cast interview at the PaleyFest 2019 more than once. Of course, I have enjoyed it immensely – to hear of the behind-the-scenes creative processes of development and to witness the camaraderie among all of you. One dynamic pierced my heart; I can’t believe I had never noticed it before. The moderator made such a point to ask Mr. Waterston and Mr. Sheen how it was to “play gay men” yet did not ask or even acknowledge how it is for you, Lily, to play a straight woman! This omission actually hurt me for you and for all gay people. It surprises me that even in liberal southern California we are still not liberated from these subtle yet right-out-loud ways! It would seem that we have so thoroughly introjected the shadowed bias against this minority that we don’t even notice these slights. So, I apologize for all of us that these harms linger.

    One last mention. For many years I would be in New York City on business four-to-six times a year. I always stayed with my childhood friend, Dean, in his apartment at 43rd and 10th, commonly called Hell’s Kitchen. Although an actor, he made his living as a box office manager on Broadway for over 30 years. He was my reliable guide for plays every time I was in town. Somehow, he purchased center-center seats during your press preview for Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. I have always been captivated by the process of creation whether within the individual or among individuals in a small group. And that night your courage and commitment to getting it just right was astounding. You most likely remember, you would be in the middle of a sketch, stop, run to the wings, re-enter immediately, to begin again. Polishing. Polishing. Polishing your process and product – both magnificent. I have been a fan ever since. Thank you.

    With deepest regards,
    Karen Kinnett Hyatt
    [email protected]

    • Beautiful letter, Karen. Thanks. I will send a copy to Lily. I LOVE all Alice Miller’s books. You’ve just motivated me to reread “Drama of a Gifted Child.” xx

  32. I so admire your activism and heart. There’s so many causes that interest me to be involved in, too. My whole life. It’s what it’s all about isn’t it? Leaving the world a better place, growing and spreading love. I’ve been a fan for so long, both you and Lily. I got your mugshot shirt and proudly wear it! I can’t wait for season 6. I was at the PaleyFest panel, and saw the season finale before I was quite done haha. I was up front with my service dog, and was hoping to shake your hand, and give Lily this painting I did for her in gratitude for helping me towards my goal of getting a much needed wheelchair van. I hope she got it, I had to leave it with someone to give to her assistant. Everyone rushed the stage, and they had me go way off to the side. It was two young elephants holding trunks, titled “sisters” in honor of you two. Kind of dumb of me not to write a note in case. Hopefully she recognized my name in the signature lol.
    Keep up the good fight! I can’t wait to get back at it, seems more urgent than ever to work to right the wrongs out there. My service dog is named Justice, so fitting for so many things. Lily met him as a puppy at the Petco Foundation Gala.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you, and all the awesome and strong women out there. You’re an inspiration!

  33. Hi Jane, I just wanted to let you know how much you’ve inspired me over the years! As a young gay man myself who is a performer and try’s to be an artist in my daily life you’ve really inspired me with the kind heart you have and the insane amount of talent and drive you have.
    Thank you for always putting a smile on my face and giving me the laugh i needed well having a hard day. Thank you for inspiring the younger generation as we need role models like yourself.

    Anyways, enough on my rambling… loving all the blog posts!

  34. Wow, time surely flies. Reading these words really late just made me realize that I missed you. And I wanted you to know that. There are so many things that are hard to swallow but I salute you for taking action. You are a rock star.

    Update on me: I just graduated drama school and now I am taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade, where I remember you went a couple of years to go. I agree with you on what you said back then: what a humbling experience to be doing improv especially after “serious acTOOOR training/experience”.

    BTW, thanks for the recommendation of Capernaum. I also heard Glenn Close (who I believe was ALSO robbed of an Oscar… shameful) giving the movie high praise. For some reason (probably what you mentioned), it just fell off my radar.

    Long story short, I wanted to tell you that I missed you and am glad to hear from you. Love from your old blogging pal, Daniel. ❤️

  35. @Janefonda I really want to see youuu in person!! I Just want to tell you how great and amazing youu are. Thank u for making me happy even though youu really don’t know about me hehehe. i love youu so so much and please if there is any chance for me to meet you, please hug me 😘

  36. Hi again, Jane!
    You often wear a certain ring in your personal life, which has an unique and extremely interesting shape. I can’t upload here a photo so you would see the ring am I talking about, but is the one you’ve been also wearing at the recent promotion panel of Grace and Frankie Season 6. I’ve also seen it on your finger in Paris last October and in an interview back in 2007 so I guess you simply love that ring. I love it too. What jewelry brand is it?!
    Sending my good vibes to you <3

    • Hey Nicoleta, I love the ring! L’Oreal gave it to me 12 years ago. I had worn it in my first commercial for them. No idea the brand. I have long skinny fingers so I like large rings. xx

      • Thanks a lot for answering me, Jane! XXX
        I also love large rings because as you I also have long skinny fingers. 🙂

        By the way, have you managed to read one of the books I gave you in Paris, Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown?!

        Changing the subject, I want to share with you the inner satisfaction of recently enjoying an eleven days trip to Peru. It was like a initiatory journey for me, one of connecting and reconnecting with me, the nature and the energy of that mysterious realm. I’ve seen almost 70% of the Peruvian country and everything end up with seeing the magic Machu Picchu. It’s definitely another world out there and another vision of people on life and death.
        Sending all my love to you <3 XXX

  37. We miss your posts on here! I guess you are so busy with season 6 and this makes me really happy and excited. I really can’t wait to see my Grace Hanson again! I hope you are fine, my dear! My teacher looks and dresses like Grace, so it’s a way for me to easy the pain haha! Love you so much!

  38. Dear Ms. Fonda: Hi there! If you remember, I’m the one who mailed you the portfolio of “Barbarella” artwork to your business office in Atlanta, where it got lost for a few weeks before you were finally able to receive it. I just wanted to write you to see if my envelope of two new 8″x10″ photos of my new artwork that I mailed off to your Atlanta office was received there. The first photo is of my last Barbarella painting, and I do mean last. As much as I enjoyed making artwork based on your science fiction character, I really feel it’s past time that I explore different subject matter, and even produce original artwork. The photo is of a Black & White airbrushed painting based on an old publicity picture of you in the role of Barbarella that I felt made her look like, well, an officer in her space program. The second photo is one of a personal favorite of my best friend from among my work that he insisted that I include in the envelope when I told him I would be mailing it off to you. The subject is a much earlier airbrush painting of me as a robot smoking a pipe (don’t worry though, I stopped smoking years and years ago). I’ll conclude by saying that your movie career has given me much joy over the years, and I thank you for giving me to opportunity to share my artistic impressions of my favorite film character with you, the actor who portrayed her. Thanks and have fun. Yours-Steven Vasko

    • Thanks, Steven. I will check with Atlanta on Mondayxx

    • Dear Ms. Fonda: I hope you are doing well. I’m just writing you to see if you received the two photos of paintings that I mailed to your offices in Atlanta (hint: one photo is of a Black & White airbrushed painting of Barbarella.) Just curious… Anyway thanks for your time and attention in this matter. Have fun! Yours-Steven Vasko P.S.-By watching the portion size of my food servings and taking three to four long walks around town each week I have lost thirty pounds, to the utter delight of my Doctor…just thought you’d like to know.

  39. I loath, abhor, and detest the news headlines that mislead to any degree to get people to look at the salacious gossipy crap stories constructed it seems without any moral conscience just to get a reader. The writers of those headlines are the parasites who prey on people’s honest feelings toward their fellow human beings. It is so upsetting to constantly have them trying to pull our emotional strings and treat us like marionettes. I can only imagine how upsetting it must be to be used as their tool for manipulation. Those of us who live our lives at such a distance from people we care about are easy targets because we don’t know for sure if there is a grain of truth that we would want to respond to or if it is indeed another hoax-like shit bait attempting to use fear to control us. My policy is never to read those articles, but the headlines still jerk me around. All this to say I am concerned. I hate to trespass beyond your rightful boundaries in your private life, but the friendship in my heart wants you to know that whatever trials you suffer, I would like to lift you up and stand beside you. Love, Dona

  40. Greenpeace support Tweet. NICE! Been a supporter, still a supporter, always will be a supporter. Dona

  41. Re; Grace and Frankie I want to do a shout out THANK YOU to whoever decided NOT to have a laugh track or music overlay. I absolutely hate having my emotions manipulated in that way. It is such a relief to be treated with respect as a viewer and to see the actors and writers respected. Whoever made that decision, kudos to them or her or him or. It says that they respect that you as an actor can play the character and deliver the lines in a way that will reach the viewer. It says that they trust the writers to be able to construct a reality that will connect with the viewer. It says I can relate with my own emotions without a pablum filter to tell me how I must feel. It makes it so much more real. So Thank you many times over as I enjoy watching and re-watching Grace and Frankie. ( please pass this on to …) Dona

  42. Dear Jane, Seems I missed being online with you by about 20 minutes, ah well. This is a Private message because it’s about someone else and this is a wish that you probably can’t fulfill anyway, so I’m not asking. I’m just sharing. My dear activist friend who I mention often, lost her only son to brain cancer 16 yrs ago. Her only daughter, Kelly, has been battling cancer for the last four yrs. It’s a kind of cancer that does not respond to any treatment and must be cut out until they can’t cut anymore. She is about at that place now. Kelly is one of those rare lights who always strives to give to others first. I wanted to give her something special which is why I decided to fly to Wisconsin and take her, and her husband, to see you on the 7th. Last week we learned that the cancer has moved to her lungs.
    The hug you gave me in Seattle will last me my lifetime. I had no plans to try to get close to you again except in written word. Yet, now, I wish I could get Kelly to you, for a hug. Seattle was small and it was all happenstance that came together. I don’t believe this large venue will allow that to happen. But I’m putting it out in the Universe just in case. Kelly wouldn’t ask or expect and neither do I. You know where this comes from. When we can’t do anything to save someone we love, we try to find some way to give something special to show our love. Kelly and I are hoping to develop a friendship when she moves to Washington. I wanted to begin with sharing this time with you. It will be special and we will enjoy you, your story, your insights, your sharing. If the Universe constructs more, it will be only more frosting on a special cake. Dona

    • I’ll leave your names backstage, Dona so I can give Kelly a hug. What a story! xx Give me full names so I’ll know.

      • Kelly and Bob Radford. I did not expect this! But Thank you. I’m in tears over your generosity. I can’t wait to tell her mom. I have a physically challenging day ahead of me, but I feel I will fly over it easily because my heart is so happy. Dona McPhillips

      • Jane,
        Well her Mom did cry when I told her. I decided to keep it as a surprise and not tell Kelly or Bob. So here is some background on Kelly. She’s a nurse. For years one of the special jobs she did was help recipients of transplants. You know, the person who helps pick and match , then works with the patient until the organ is available. Then flies to get it and does follow-up. Watching patients you know die before an organ is available has to be heart breaking. I think she works in the neonatal ward, now. She is very bright and has written-papers in her field that other scholars in the field pay attention to.
        She and Bob adopted four children who had been abused and/or neglected badly. Two sets of siblings. One had FAS. He just suddenly died last yr which has left a hole in Kelly’s heart. They are very active in their Unitarian church.
        I see Kelly and Bob at Thanksgiving where Kelly flies in from Wisconsin, then delights in creating a feast for family and friends. She is the Star, the Rock and sometimes, the heart-beat in this family. Whatever, crisis comes, it is Kelly who her aunts, and cousins turn to for solace and understanding. She is the leader in playing games, creating wreaths for others, and finding new and entertaining activities to share.
        She has a strong work ethic, even when challenged as she is physically now, she puts in long hours and rarely takes the time she needs to recover. She puts others first. And of course, she loves her rescue dogs and cats. One of those dogs ate rocks! They named him Frank after Sinatra because he had blue eyes.
        This is just to give you an idea of who you are giving a hug to. I don’t know as much about Bob except he is a “tech-guy” and a very warm and caring person, who loves Kelly dearly.
        I will do my best to find a person at the backstage door. I’ve only done this one time before with Lily. That it can happen is a surreal to me. So many many thank-yous for this gift. Dona

        • Just an extra note; correction on the part of Kelly working in a neo-natal unit. I was wrong on that. Also, she has recently retired. Bob is like a lay-minister at their church. They had dreamed of joining the Peace Corps after retirement to work in countries like Africa in connection with diseases like Aids, but that dream won’t be realized because of her own health challenge. They plan to move to Washington in the near future. Dona

  43. Ms. Fonda
    Thanks for the book suggestion “The Apology” A very good read. I found it to be very intense and at times would have to put it down and come back to it. I found it to be a book of healing personally for myself. I myself was like Eve and wow what great writing and amazing woman she is. Thank you!
    Also I am from Michigan and have done a lot on the ground for “one fair wage” thank you for all your help and support!!! Hoping for change here in our state!
    Also one last thing could you tell me where you got your necklace that you wear that has the “J” on it? It’s beautiful and I have someone in mind that I know would love it!
    Thank you so much
    Jessica

    • Jessica, truth is, that “J” necklace was given to me by Chelsea Handler and designed by Jenny Meyer here in L.A. xx

  44. Dear Jane!

    Thank you for all of your wonderful posts. I always look forward to reading them. It’s been just over a year since I last wrote on here although I’ve been meaning to for quite awhile. I’ve always admired how you truly “walk the walk” when it comes to your activism. It is wonderful how you have always been so hands on. You have inspired me to give more of myself to the causes I believe in. As a new PhD who has spent a good deal of time in Academia, I have become a bit frustrated with the “bubble” that often separates us from the rest of the world. This was especially apparent after the 2016 election when it became obvious that much of the country was living in a completely different world. Many academics do important work that could benefit the general public if attempts could be made to use it to serve our communities. I’ve recently become very involved in the fight against sexual assault/violence. This winter I completed my training to become a Rape Crisis Counselor and I now work with survivors in the ERs of Chicago hospitals. The work can be heavy and heartbreaking, but it is also extremely rewarding. The survivors are incredibly appreciative and I’m learning so much more about the problems and inequality in my own city. Ever since I led a bus of women (and a few men) to the 2017 Women’s March in Washington in D.C. I’ve become involved in various types of activism, but nothing compares to directly working face to face with survivors and making a difference during one of the most difficult moments of their lives. Your work has taught me that we really need to give ourselves and our time in order to be truly effective activists. Thank you for this important lesson!

    Given the nature of the work I do, I’m especially livid over the recent attacks on the reproductive rights of women. I dread the day that I or any other crisis counselor will be unable to give a survivor her full range of options. It is hard to believe this is happening in 2019. As white supremacist violence and attacks on women’s rights continue to increase, it almost feels like we are being transported back in time to the mid 20th century. We must vote with our heads and hearts, and make sure everyone we know does the same!

    Although it is nearly a year ago now, I want to tell you how much I loved Book Club! I went with my mom and it was a fun and uplifting film for people of all ages. You ladies were hilarious and I think it is great that you stay in touch. Both Book Club and Grace and Frankie are testaments to how views regarding aging have changed. I know from working with my students that Grace and Frankie is extremely popular with teens and very young adults. This has influenced them to seek out your films, especially Barbarella and Klute, which they really enjoy and appreciate. I’m a millennial and when I was little I remember a lot more negativity surrounding aging from people in my life as well as the media. I’m sure aging isn’t always a walk in the park, but you and Lily really show how much fun women can have later in life! In March I gave a presentation on Grace and Frankie at the Annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference and afterwards I got great questions from people of all ages, including the men!

    I also saw Jane Fonda In Five Acts and I thought it was phenomenal and truly inspiring! I think every young woman (and the men too!) should see it. I have read your autobiography so I especially appreciated this accompaniment. I think it is very brave how you are so open and honest, factors that allow so many people to benefit from this documentary. It was also fascinating to learn about your Dad (I greatly admire him as an actor.), particularly because so much of what you said about him reminded me of my own grandfather: not very affectionate, harder on his family than those outside of it, believed women should behave a certain way (the disease to please) etc. And like your Dad, he had a lot of integrity, worked very hard, was loyal to his friends and greatly loved his country. Other than this my grandfather was nothing like your Dad. He was an average man living in Chicago. He passed away several years ago, but after watching the documentary I thought about him a lot. Although all men of that generation obviously weren’t identical (my grandfather was born in 1911), I’m sure the society in which they lived dictated their common behaviors at least in part.

    I hope you will be giving more talks about your life and career soon! I actually had VIP tickets to the talk you had to cancel in Milwaukee, and the VIP tickets for your upcoming Midwest talks are sold out. 😢 I REALLY want to finally meet you so I’ll wait until I can hopefully snag the VIP tix again. I really wish you would come see us here in Chicago!

    Thanks so much for reading this and always being so appreciative of your fans!

    Jenny xoxo

    • Jane, tonight I watched Boris Johnson on the BBC debate for the next UK prime minister and then Trump on PBS beginning his 2020 campaign. Oh jeez. I believe nothing that comes out of their mouths. So depressing. I wish we could take to the streets. But who will join us and would we be able to change the outcome? sign.
      Jason xx

  45. I dedicate this poem to Jane, and I called it “Thought” If I thought for one moment this would be my last breath, I;d tell you I’ll love you forever even beyond death and If I thought for just one moment your face would be the last I’d see, I’d take a million pictures and save them just for me!!

  46. This is to you Jane: If I was the sun way up there I’d go with you everywhere, I’d be the moon when the sun goes down to let you Know I’m still around, I’d be the weeping willow drowning in my tears so you can go swimming when you feel, I’ll be the rainbow when the sun is gone to wrap you with my colors to keep you warm…that’s how my strong my love is Jane, That’s how strong my love is !

  47. Dear Ms. Fonda: I was just wondering if your Atlanta office forwarded the two photos of my artwork that I sent you. The first photo is of a black & white airbrushed portrait of your Barbarella character (this will be my last Barbarella artwork, as I feel that I should explore other subject matter and even create some original work). The second is a photo of my best friend’s favorite example of my work…don’t worry about the subject matter though…I quit smoking years ago. Thanks for letting me share my work with you and I thank you for your time and attention in this matter. Have fun! Yours-Steven Vasko

  48. Dear Miss Fonda,

    Hi! Please let me start by saying how much of a big fan I am of yours.
    Well, the answer is: a very huge one. I’m sure you get so many comments every day, so I’m not sure whether you’ll see this or not, but I’m going to give it a shot.

    I’m from Taipei, Taiwan and am currently in my junior year of college at National Taiwan Uni. of Arts, studying film. As you no doubt know, the industry has sadly always been full of sexual harassment cases and even worse. Regrettably, the same things are happening during our filming at school. I major in script writing, so I don’t help out that often when my classmates are filming, but recently it’s come to everyone’s attention that the cases have been increasing in both numbers and frequency. At least four of my peers have encountered sexual harassment cases in just the last month (while working with actors in the industry).

    It really pains me to know this, so I’ve recently made a proposal to try and reduce the cases at the very least in school. I’ve asked six other girls to join me to form a team. To us, at the very, very least, students should be able to create while knowing that they would be safe, and should something upsetting happen, our teachers at school would without a doubt back them up. However, this just isn’t the case. At least not yet.

    I’ve recently contacted our chairwoman of the department who is on part-time leave (she worked too hard and one of her retinas was harmed :(). After I informed her of the situation, she told me that during her time as chairwoman, this sort of incident will NOT be tolerated and asked me to have a meeting with her to discuss this further in two days. I’ve asked three of my peers for their permission to share their story with the chairwoman, with the promise of complete secrecy and they’ve all agreed.

    My question to you is that as an activist, how do you keep on going, even if there are people working against you? And do you have any suggestions for us, in terms of keeping our classmates from harm?

    Thank you so much if you read this! Any suggestions would be invaluable! Thank you even if you don’t see this, for everything you’ve done for humans and animals across the world. Although it would seem redundant to say thanks if you don’t see it… Hmmm…

    • Oh, if you do get this, please send my love to Lily as well! You are both such role models of mine, and I can’t stop giggling whenever your videos pop up on youtube! I’m also on a mission to educate more of my classmates on how amazing you two are. Thank you agin, and please have a very lovely day! 🙂

    • Paris, Who are the people “working against you”? Do you know why they are opposed to your attempts to end the sexual harassment? Is there some sort of place/agency/number where people can go to talk about what has been done to them, lodge a complain? Any formal process to lodge complaints? In all schools and workplaces there needs to be such a place. You say that you have a team of 6 women. good for you. Get as many as you can to join. Let it be known that you want any person, female or male, who has experienced sexual harassment to get in touch. Have a meeting and decide what you want to make happen as a group. If there is no place to lodge a formal complaint that would be followed up and perpetrators would see consequences then maybe demand that one be created. Maybe the group can try to find a local attorney who takes on sexual harassment cases and seek her/his help (they are usually women who have experienced such harassment)Then, go as a group (as large a group as possible)back to the Dept chairwoman who sounds receptive. Tell her what your group wants to see happen and if you don’t see results then you will get an attorney involved. Let her/him know the group is serious and means business. Let me know how it’s going. stay strong, Jane

  49. Dear Jane: You are as beautiful as the Chopin’s nocturne #1

  50. Hi Jane,

    I just discovered your blogs. Thank you for sharing what’s important to you. Its educational to read. I found the Blogs in a round about way, while researching the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. I learned that you were a board member, and I googled you, seeking information on the artistic side of you. In an interview I watched of you and Lily, I learned that you really do read and answer your comments on your Blog. I want you to know that you are more than just an actress to me. I have always admired the fact that even though you had such a famous father, and grew up around so many famous people, you come across as a person who is no different than me. You have had many life challenges but you have not allowed any of those challenges to cause you to check out on life. Like me, you are a fighter. You worked hard to get to where you are. You know what its like to live in one room. The fact that you are rich and famous is not the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the name Jane Fonda. What I think of first is your humanitarian activism. I respect the fact that you have always used your fame, your money, and your voice, to advocate for the life conditions of many people, impoverished and others, who otherwise would not have as strong of a voice. Thank you. Indirectly, I am one of those persons. I am an artist, and in seeking information to contact Maxwell L. Anderson, I found that you are on the Board of Souls Grown Deep. I am 62 years old, and I have spent my life chasing the American Dream. While I have not realized it, I have never given up on trying. I have earned a BA, and more recently, at age 62, one class away from an MFA. I paint, I am a sculptor, and I sew hand made quilts. I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. I am a Geechee Girl. Can you write a blog about where the artwork and furnishings come from that we see on the set of shows like Frankie and Gracie? Is there such a thing as a submissions process to have your work shown? I love the space you guys live in. How can I get one of my painting seen on the wall of a Frankie and Gracie set? I would love to just gift you a piece of my art. Bill Cosby made many artist famous because we first saw their art on the Cosby Show. I started collecting prints I could afford because of that show. The reason he is incarcerated is only one aspect of his life. I prefer to not shame people and instead forgive because none of us are perfect. That show impacted the way I parented my children in a positive way. Serena Williams said not to wait for people to contact you, she said to reach out to people first. I have been doing that. I decided that the worst that can happen is that the answer to my question will be sorry, I can’t help you, or I will not receive a response at all. At any rate, what matters to me is that I was vulnerable enough to try. I can’t wait to read your response. Thank you…

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