Jane wrote a new post, ORGANIZING IN CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL VALLEY WITH WORKING AMERICA 2 months ago
Yesterday I went to Modesto in the northern part of the Central Valley to canvass with Working America and attend a joint fundraiser for them and the North Valley Labor Federation.
Two years ago, […]
Love to see you working for labor rights and helping working America. My whole family was/is working America. Love seeing how much people enjoy volunteering. I got to get More into it.
Jane, you once again amaze me with your hard work with the working class of America. Working America is a great group, listening to the needs of the working class of our country. I love their task, Schools and Communities First. (I’m not sure if people understand how important it is to fight for proper funding for public schools.)
Having a fundraiser with the union leaders is a great thing. The new president in 2020 needs to reach out to the working class, including the unions, now. They know how to organize and fight for the future of our country. I am a member and delegate for the Michigan Education Association/National Education Association. The NEA is the largest union in the United States. One in 100 Americans is a member of the NEA and 1 in 39 voters reside in an NEA household. I can only imagine what the numbers are if you combine all of the unions across the country. These union folks can be a powerful group and truly understand the needs of the working class of America.
Hi Jane, I’m Monika, I’m 15 and I’m your big fan from Poland, I love you, I can watch Grace and Frankie all day, this show is hilarious, it’s one of my favourite shows ever
I totally adore you, you are my favourite actress, one of my biggest dreams is to meet you, sadly I will never have a chance because I live so far away but it would be just as great if you answer my comment, so I would know you read it, I know you are busy and I am no one important but
I would be very happy
Also I have a question, do you answer your fanmail? Is there a chance to get an autograph from you? It would be amazing
I wish you all the best, because you are the best ❤️
Greetings from Poland, love you xx
I do sign the photos that fans send me. Yes. xxJane
this is amazing! proud of your work, jane. with love, claire x
i love seeing the work you’re doing throughout the country, i wish more people had the ambition, open mindedness, and humility that you have. and i can’t wait to chat with you when you come back to michigan.
Jane, please take over in ‘Tea at Five’.You would be perfect.
Dear Ms. Fonda: While not wanting to be a nag, I was just wondering if you received the two photos of my artwork that I mailed off to you via your Atlanta business office. Just curious… Thanks and have fun! Yours-Steven Vasko
Yes, Steven, and thank you. You’ve very talented
Thank for you all of the hard work you are doing to advocate for labor rights. I studied political science in college and really developed a passion to work as an activist, rather than in a political position. With all that is going on in our country right now, I’m feeling more inspired than ever to use my voice to create change. I’ve been researching where I can get involved and I’m really excited about it. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I wish more people felt called to use their voice for good!
thanks for doing all these, please keep it up
Tell me what your gift is, Candita. I’m not sure if I received it. I get so many things sent in. xx
Jane, I am thinking of you and your whole family. I am sending you all my love and compassion. Take care of each other in this sad time! Much love!
Hello Jane, my name is Barbara and I’m from Germany. I’m a big fan of you and her person! I have followed a lot of you and how much they are working for the people! Respect! I take my hat off to you. I would like to ask you if you have received my letter which I sent to the address in Atlanta. I know that they are very busy and traveling a lot. Still, it would be nice if they responded to my comment so I know they read it! I would be very happy about that. I wish you all the best and keep up the good work. I love you ❤ Greeting Barbara
I love you and lily so much it’s my dream to meet you all you guys are my idols
Hi Jane – I’m not sure if there’s a way to email you or send you a letter, but I’ll keep it shorter here to tell you how you’ve inspired me. I’m about to begin a master’s program this week studying drinking water contamination, and I’ve learned so much through your interviews online, recent documentary, and autobiography over the past few weeks. The feeling that you were spirited in your youth, felt the need to please certain people for much of life, and then got sick of it and became more authentic in your 30’s resonates with me. I love that you’re inspired by regular citizens fighting environmental contamination. I hope to start working with those groups soon and have some in the past. You’re a great role model to me as a woman and as a human. Thanks!
April. what you’re doing is called fighting for environmental justice. Good for you. I focus a lot on the lack of proper sewage disposal in rural areas which is particularly worrisome in the South where the ground is wet and when it rains, raw sewage comes up through the ground and even into people’s homes. It’s very dangerous. In parts of Lowndes County Alabama where this is true there is hook worm!!! One other thing: I didn’t get over the need to please an fit myself to what my man/husband/lover wanted until I was into my 60s!!! I’m a quintisential late bloomer
– He is no longer there where he once was, but he is now everywhere you are.-
My deepest condolences to you and your family.
From the outpouring of love for your brother may you find the strength to get through this difficult time.
Thanks so much, Jason. xx
Dear Jane, I wish you and your family much strength in this difficult time. My sincere condolences.
Thanks, Barbara xxx
Today was a deep culture dive. In the morning the “Soul of a Nation” exhibit of African American artists at the Broad Museum. Moving, powerful, beautifully curated.
Tonight at the Hollywood Bowl, Gus […]
Hey Jane! That was a great Cultures bath!!! 😉 AND nothinh better than friends to share ir!!!😍 I send You a big hug!!😍
Hi Ms. Jane :). Today i’ve read your recent blogs and as always you are doing great job. I am living in Europe and few months i bought UK vogue with your interview and today i bought our CS Vogue and i was thinking wouldnt it be great to have Jane Fonda in our vogue, too. And guess what, i was in the middle of magazine and then i turned page and there were you, your photo from photoshoot for Barefoot in the park. I couldnt believe my eyes. I just wanted to tell you, you made my day and if you would like to i can send you one copy too. 🙂 Wish you nice day and thank you for everything you do and especially for your braveness in speaking out about health , you helped me overcome my disorder. Thank you ♥️
I just read about getting out the disability vote. I called our county voter registration board. They do not have a volunteer list to help take anyone to register. Called the Democratic headquarters in Columbia, SC, ditto. I left my name to help in any way. Now I will click on your links and see if I can get some place where I can be of help!
I love to see you enjoy classical music! Pablo is amazing, I’ve had the opportunity to perform with him in the orchestra I work at as a violinist, he’s simply extraordinary! I can’t wait to meet you and Lily on Oct. 30th in Detroit; I’m counting the days.
What you said about fame in your latest post made me want to tell you that it’s not because you are on G&F that I admire you, it is what you do and the force that you represent what moves me, and makes me (and I’m sure many others) admire you and want to meet you and share the space with you, even for a minute. I’m grateful for Grace and Frankie for bringing you and Lily to the front of the world´s screens and for making many people aware of the power houses you both are. Especially for those like me that are curious enough to dig into the internet archives to find all the amazing things both of you have been doing for decades, it is exhilarating, and moving to the core. I’ve become an activist in my heart and I’m starting to express it in my daily life, because of the incredible inspiration you are. I’ve recently been through tough times and experienced growth in many levels. And I have found in you and Lily great figures as empowered women and have inspired me to be myself and feel strong and good about being who i am. So, I thank you and Lily for that!
Looking forward to meeting you in October!
i love that dress you wore! also, seeing that museum you went to is definitely going to be added to my museum bucket list. with love x
I’m in the process of reading an absolutely fabulous book and I strongly recommend it to you: WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES, written by psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
The book includes 13 lessons and the author’s insightful perspectives and analysis of 20 fairy tales and myths from all over the world. It’s about waking up the woman inside us, the wild woman who lives inside us.
I feel you gonna like it very much!
love and hugs,
I just got home from a short speaking tour. 4 events. I realized that’s about my limit because it requires me to be awake, rested and present. When Dona (a long-time blog follower) told me her daughter thought […]
Dear Jane – I can see why it bothers you that you’re receiving a lot of attention after Grace and Frankie than before. I don’t think it matters that people think you’re cool now, I think it matters what they think you’re cool for that does. Unfortunately, people often only tune into change-makers when it’s something that affects them personally or something they relate to.
I’ve never been much of a celeb follower, but recently been watching documentaries of artists and thought-leaders, as I’ve been curious about what sparks and how they get people on board with change. I’m 26 now, and through a lot of self-work over the past few years something has shifted or unblocked and my mind feels like a sponge. I am curious about so much.
After watching the Feminism documentary on Netflix, you featured and mentioned ‘Jane in Five Acts’ so I added that to my watchlist. (I recognised you from Grace and Frankie, I was like “she’s cool” 😉 , I should watch her documentary) My mind was blown at the bold, colourful life you have lived. It’s been a great fuel to my new found fire. There is so much I want to do in this lifetime that I sometimes get overwhelmed ~ you’re a true example of what is possible.
Your use of “Fame” as a platform to activate change is so smart and admirable. Using art or entertainment as a way of translating a message seems to get people’s subconscious thoughts ticking towards a new idea. Growing up in South Africa, I have never felt my potential has been inhibited because of my gender. There are definitely elements of gender roles though. I had no idea that this history and movement was so recent and now feel responsible to make use of my power as a young woman. Not sure how to go about this just yet, but I’ll find a way.
I was in Cannes by chance over the film festival this year and thought to myself “Hmm I wonder if Jane Fonda is around?”.. Second thought “Yeah but she’d be pretty busy anyway, I actually just want to hang out, chat and ask questions” haha..
So there ya go, I think that you’re “cool” because of your energy and capacity to keep pushing towards something greater than yourself. Not quite sure how you do it, so let me know when you’re free for that coffee 😉 Jokes, haha. I am going to try to make over to the States this year, hopefully it overlaps with your evening with Lily Tomlin.
Fame, perhaps has allowed people to be reminded of you and pay attention in a crowded world. I have found for better or worse, people listen to those that they like and feel are relevant. Perhaps also G&F has simply reminded people of how truly special you are. I am just very happy to be a beneficiary of your wisdom and find you inspiring. I also am guilty of not being “aware” of what you were doing until I was reintroduced to you through G&F. I am 57 so like so many people, I did not really know you growing up.
What you talk about fame is very interesting.
It is a fact that people become more visible and heard if they are famous. I understand that this should cause a certain indignation to be more heard when it is more famous, but if we think on the positive side, you are exactly the same person, with more experience and wisdom and with more public to listen to and learn from his legacy.
I follow her life trajectory today, because since 2011, when the film ” Peace, Love & Misunderstanding ” was released, I was delighted with her life story and her teachings.
I love to read because it allows my imagination to create scenarios and I truly feel what the words translate. After reading all your books and learning so much, so much, to complete the documentary, Jane in five acts, brought color and images to all those words I had read about her incredible, arduous and beautiful life.
I am a better person and more aware of my actions with your shared experience.
Thank you for this
with all the affection and admiration, Fernanda
I went to your event in Saint Paul, MN. It was an amazing experience and I really enjoyed it. I felt like I could relate to and learn from a lot of what you said. I watched your documentary a few days before your event and I really related to what you said about feeling old at 20 and that you felt darker and sadder. I’m in my early 20s and I feel the same way. I feel less alone now after listening to you speak more about this at your event. Thank you.
I would like to have a career in acting and music and I hope that someday I get to work with you. I was also wondering if you have any advice for this? Especially since going for it is really scary to me.
I am a fan of your films but I also just love who you are as a person. You inspire me in so many ways. I wanted to thank you for sharing your experiences, wisdom, and your heart.
Jane, my name is Karine and I’m Brazilian. I’m your fan. I admire you and inspire myself. I loved reading your story. I agree!! I love you! Affectionate kisses.
Somethimes I think if is possible love a girl with 81 years as you, the answer is yes just yes!
Hola Jane. Cómo estás? Hace mucho escribí en este post t pero no sé cuál será el motivo por el cual no me lo aprobaron. Eso me apena. Usé el traductor cuidadosamente! Sé que no puse nada disparatado.
En realidad quería decirte que no te apenes por la gente que “te sigue por tu fama actual”. Creo que tú eres más que “famosa”. Tú eres una estrella que con su luz guía por la senda del activismo. Creo que si bien Grace and Frankie te ha puesto en la cresta de la ola desde 2015, tú trasciende más allá. No sólo por tus películas o por “ser hija de Henry Fonda”, sino por tu gran entrega a las múltiples causas en las que entregas tu verdadera pasión. Yo admiro eso de ti. Tu entrega, tu energía, tu compasión y tu enorme humildad.
Me gustaría conocerte, escucharte personalmente pero es imposible. No me atrevo a escribir en inglés porque temo cometer errores gramaticales serios… Espero esto no sea rechazado y tú puedas leerlo mediante el traductor de tu página!!!
Dios te ilumine y te guíe siempre fortaleciendo tu lucha. Sé FELIZ y te envío un beso y un fuerte abrazo. Me encantaría que se lo des a Lily Tomlin también, porque con Netflix descubrí a una extraordinaria comediante aunque el personaje de Ernesthine lo conocía!( Es el nombre de mí mamá) Gracias a “la fama” ambas mí vida se ha vuelto mucho mejor. Me han impulsado a cambiar algunas cosas a mis 63 años de edad. Por eso….MIL GRACIAS!!! ABRAZOS Y BESOS!!!😍😍😍😍
Arggghhh I wish I could read your comment!
Hi Jane, I have seen some of Grace and Frankie and also your TED talk on aging, and wanted you to know that Olga Mikhailovna, a lawyer and Director of International Relations at the Grabovoi Education Center in Belgrade, saw your TED talk and mentioned it to me (I’m in the U.S.). Dr. Grigori Grabovoi is a distinguished Russian scientist who was known at the Russian Academy of Sciences as an expert in Noospherics, and he uses some amazing consciousness-related methods for anti-aging, restoration, rejuvenation, and regeneration. These methods enabled his clients to grow back a thyroid, uterus, lung tissue, urethra, teeth, etc. The results were undeniable because the medical doctors of many of these clients had removed the organ in surgery, and the removed organ and the restored organ were confirmed with medical scans. No other intervention could have grown these organs back, so as you can well imagine, some of these doctors were astounded! The implications of this for anti-aging are pretty incredible. Dr. Grabovoi has been doing this for decades and has 6 volumes of documented (signed, sealed, and delivered, so to speak) results – Volumes 1-3, his results, and Volumes 4-6, his students’ results. The reason he is somewhat of an unknown here is mainly because of the language barrier, although now that is starting to change. Many are starting to know about him in Europe, and many will soon know about him here. If you’re interested, you could contact me, or if you would like to talk to Olga about it (she speaks English), you could reach her at https://www.grigori-grabovoi.world. Click on the X at the “Dear Visitors” overlay to remove it, and then click “Contact” at the top menu – Best regards, Sandy
Hi Jane, I learned and changed in a month. My messages were not approved until now for some reason. I reflected from the topic of being evolved to just love and focus on the Creator. I sometimes think about it because I’m human, but It’s more about love and loving others for who they are.
my name is Virginia and I’m 21, I’m from Italy. I really didn’t know you before I started watching Grace and Frankie. One day my mum was passing by the tv and she said “hey, is that Jane Fonda?” And I was like “well I don’t know”. So I’m glad Netflix made this show with you and I’m glad I watched it. I think you said a lot of true things in this post, and I agree with the fact that people are attracted to fame for a lot of wrong reasons, but fame also means that people may listen to you, because they acknowledge your existence in this world and actually care what you have to say. Even thou you are saying the same things you were saying when you were less famous, the main thing is that now we get to hear them. I am really happy for your fame right now, because it really is impossible to have eyes and ears everywhere, everybody have to focus on something and this fame brings some of the focus on you. And I love that it does, because now I can too akcnowledge your existance, and I can listen to you and learn something I didn’t know yesterday, or be intrigued by something I didn’t think about. And I also can start watching all the movies you’re in because I got a crush on you (ooops). So, please don’t feel bad about all this emphasis, I think it is a good thing that people can now relate to you. I don’t think that people pay attention because you’re famous, I think that they choose to pay attention because they like you. Fame it’s just the thing that connects you to us, it’s the channel of communication.
With much much love,
I’m glad I don’t live in DC where’d I’d have to hear the rumbling of tanks down the hot Washington pavement and fighter planes overhead and narcissistic ramblings from the Lincoln Memorial. Imagine what […]
Wow, Jane, I’m speechless! I’m not even from the USA but I totally feel you! In Brazil people are asking for free weapons and it scares me. How can people think that war is the answer? How did the human beings become this “thing”? But people like you give me hope for a better future. You made me stronger and a dreamer! Thank you, Jane! Love you xx
i agree with most points you have made here, i hope you have a nice 4th of july, with love xx
I very much agree with your points about education and care for the older generation. As a teacher in a public school, I find it heartbreaking that politicians continue to move funds away from the school, choosing to invest in vouchers and private schools. I teach in a rural area where a private school is not an option, so we very much depend on support at the state and national level. Also as a mother of two young children, I want my kids to grow up in a beautiful America and feel empowered and cared for.
Likewise to older generations whom have devoted their lives to molding and shaping what we have today. We must make sure we keep our compassion and take care of our own.
Have a wonderful 4th and get plenty of rest. Can’t wait to meet you in Dallas on Monday!
My surgeon says my knee has a few more years still in it! Thanks for your prayers. xxx
First let me just say I agree with your views. I recently joined your website to become more interested in what the world was about. In about 3 months I will be 18 and a senior in high school. I want a chance to express my views to the world and I feel be either acting or writing I have accomplished just that. This particular article just explains how we as a country should come together not just for The 4th but everyday. I thank you as a follower for letting us read your view points. You have inspired me along with your friend Lily Tomlin in my preforming (theatre) acting. Thank you!
I am so thankful for you; your many talents, your heart, your writings, your creativity, enthusiasm and activism! You make me think and laugh. A lot! (on Grace and Frankie) I think you’re one of the most amazing and influential women in our country! I agree with your views 100% and it infuriates me that such greed and corruption exists in our government. The 1% is all about money over people. And our earth. God help us all. I love your passion Jane Fonda!! Keep up the good work!
Thank you Jane for so beautifully articulating what I believe most Americans want and need! I live in the DC area, but was out of town for the “festivities”, and I’m grateful that I didn’t have to see and hear the military posturing. I worry so much about the things that this administration is doing and what kind of a world my son is about to go out into, but I take heart when I hear such inspirational words from people with influence. Keep on speaking for us Jane – we need you!
Hi Jane. This is Sonja (former GCAPP) You got a chance to meet my daughter. I am in Los Angeles for a couple of days for training and would love to meet with you if you are nearby.
Hi Sonja. Thanks for wrtiting. Unfortunately I am traveling too much to meet. xxoo
Ms. Fonda, You always have something so insightful and eloquent to say! You’re an inspiration to me because you don’t just preach about causes, you take action as well, and always have! I completely agree with every word you said. I often wonder how Independence Day fits in with recognition of the massacres of indigenous people… Thank you for always using your platform to bring up these important topics! Love you!
re your reply: I don’t believe a previous comment on the above aforementioned, though similar ,was exactly the same. If so, nonetheless, I had forgotten that it was brought out once before…
…a belated Happy 4th to Jane! Unfortunately i missed yr appearance in Madison( on the 7th), one-time radical anti-Viet War capital of the Western world…
I am sorry to have missed you, Garry xxoo
…a belated Happy 4th to Jane! Unfortunately i missed yr appearance in Madison( on the 7th), one-time radical anti-Viet War capital of the Western world…,byw, I just found an old greeting (Xmas) card to me from you & late former husb Tom Hayden–him pictured in a LA Dodgers uniform. ( …when as a child, once saw Brooklyn Dodgers play the old Milwaukee Braves…). Would like to send a copy of the greeting card but don’t know if can do attachments here.
Mrs. Jane, I just went to your event In Dallas and I am empowered and motivated to make a change in this world. I really wanted to get a backstage back to meet you, but couldnt afford it. Thanks for all u do and for how u care about people less fortunate and fortunate in our country.
Love, Lauren Pye.
This is what up to Ms. Jane….
Thank you for all that you do! You are such an inspiration! I was at your talk in Minnesota on Saturday night (and you were fabulous!). I am the teacher who asked you the question about what you tell immigrants. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I really appreciate your advice and will use it to continue advocating for my students. I am so thankful for people like you who work to make a difference!
Mikki, I saw you nodding your hgead when I answered your question. Thanks for your concern for the vulnerable. xxoo
Ms. Fonda. I’m the nephew of the late playwright, Preston Jones, who wrote the play your father starred in live on NBC television in 1980: The Oldest Living Graduate. I would like for The plate to be digitized and available to the general public. May we please meet to talk about it while you are in Dallas?
I appreciate even just a few minutes.
Thank you, and break-a-leg!
Sorry I didn’t get this pre Dallas, Trey. I left soon after so there wouldn’t have been time. I;m afraid I can’t/haven’t the time to raise the funds it would take to digitize your dad’s play. I saw my dad perform it at a small theatre in Hollywood. I believe Ron Howard was in it.
Beautifully put. No country is perfect, but over here we’re watching with incredulity at what is happening in your beautiful country. And the whole world is being affected by decisions being made in DC. Sadly. I hope that will all change in 2020.
I hope, however, you had a great 4th July with your family and friends and didn’t suffer too much from the earthquake.
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 addit […]
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.
Lovely film “Our souls at night” .💗💗💗💗
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
Smitty, glad you’ll be coming to St Paul. xx
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!!
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,
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?
Nicoleta, yes, send to the Atlanta address. xxx
OK, Jane, I’ll send you to the Atlanta address after Easter time. A tight hug from me!
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!!
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.’
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.
ooops. I will research. sorry. I saw it in a theatre.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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
I will show your email to Lily. xx
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.
p.p.s I’m sending this a second time because my original message has been waiting for approval for a few weeks.
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
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!😍😍
Sally, thanks for the advice.
Just wanted to add for everyone who’s been trying to find “Capernaum”. It is available to rent on youtube 🙂
Thnks, Smoiitty. Much appreciated.xx
Thank you! I’ll head over to You Tube
Hi when will you think my post will be approved? Or what is being done with it? I would love for Jane to read it. Thank you for your reaction.
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.
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
the only thing I would incorporate into this new website design is the return of a search button for your blog. I always used to use that to search specific topics you discussed that I may have missed.
I will pass on to my tech guy. Thanks. xx
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.
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
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.
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!
Thanks, Grace. xx
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.
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.
Can’t say anything about season 6 except all of us think it’s the funniest one yet. xxx
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
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,
Thank you for your voice and your activism Jane!! You are such an inspiration to me and to so many people! 👍♥️
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
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.
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!
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
@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 😘
Dear Jane, Im looking forward for the Season 6 of Grace and Frankie hehe. i just wanna say thank you for making me happy but you never knew hehe. Hmm Nothing this is just a random message hehe. I know that you won’t even notice this but thank you and i love youu!
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. ❤️
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!
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!
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
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
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
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!
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.
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, truth is, that “J” necklace was given to me by Chelsea Handler and designed by Jenny Meyer here in L.A. xx
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.
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
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
Greenpeace support Tweet. NICE! Been a supporter, still a supporter, always will be a supporter. Dona
I just finished listening to a reading on NPR of “The Apology” and an interview with author, Eve. So powerful, deep, filled with truth, revelation and insights into our nation’s deepest wounds. She spoke to Patriarchy, idolization and racism. It provoked thoughts about our/my own idealization of others and also, came together with thoughts I had pondered recently regarding Reparation to African-Americans and Native-Americans. We so need to learn how to do honest apologies. We, in this nation, have so much to apologize for. Even good intentions don’t excuse the wounding of others. But it requires an awakening to know that you are causing/have caused pain. So, grateful that Eve has written and talked about and shared these thoughts and her own hard come-by awareness. Dona
Dear Jane: You are as beautiful as the Chopin’s nocturne #1
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
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! 🙂
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
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 !
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!!
I was reading right now about Kelly’s story and how incredible you were giving her the opportunity to meeting you! And, Jane, everytime I see you doing things like I feel so lucky I’m your fan. I mean, there are lots of talented people in the world, but you are not only talented, you are also a big heart and beautiful soul. I have no words to describe how much you make me feel better and prouder of you everydays! Thank you for inspiring me and teaching me lots of things! I wish you all the best things in your life, every second of it. I love you, my dear! Big kisses from Brazil!
As usual, one thing leads to another and here I am still in my bathrobe jumping from one 2009 post to another. I’ve kvelled???, I’ve O’Neilled, been to The Ranch and eaten ice cream designed as a baked potato, learned more about Greer Garson, re-read more closely comments on racism. It’s been a happy two-hour visit, which I can look forward to again and again because you have posted for so long.
Look at all those fans like me so happy to make a small connection, some just discovering you, others who have adored you much of their lives. What a medium this is! What a time to live! Fans across the world who can never hope to connect with a person who has a great impact on their lives, can in this small way voice their feelings to that person directly. Only because you, dear person, reach out, are open to making that connection. I hope you have at least 20 more liquid golden falls and bright blue sky summers, all healthy, full of growth and self-discovery for sharing your talent and insights. Even if I have only a few of those fall/summers, I will be watching and listening and reading late mornings in my bathrobe. Dona
Just two days until I leave for Madison!!!Five days until we see YOU!!! We are all so excited. Kelly heard you do an interview on radio, I think. She said it was interesting and that what you said, “Helped her.” I’m looking forward to a conversation with her about that. Can you delete the post with their full names? That was just for you because you asked. Dona
Candita, can you be specific as to what sort of clarity so I’ll be better able to recommend the appropriate book?
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…
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
C’etait un plaisier de vous rencontrer a Paris 1964 Jane
Jane: I would like a little acknowledgement to my comments please, what do I have to do to get a simple thanks or a “that’s nice”. You answer trivial ones, I think mine are simply telling you how much I love you Jane, short poems because I know you love them. adieu mon amour!
Thank you very much, Jorge, for your nice, warm thoughts and wishes. xx Jne
You are very welcome Jane I want you to know that you’ve been in my heart since the year 1964 when I met you in Paris! Remember Romy?
Dear Jane, July 7th has been since 1955 the date to remember the loss of my father, but this 2019 that date has been transformed into one of my most wonderful memories. A transformation made by you. You gave me the precious minutes I dreamed of and they were perfect. I loved your sharing on stage. I am going to write you a long letter about this complete event but for now and to the others following our brief saga, I want you to know that what I wanted most was to give an introduction of you, a person I hold most dear, to my friend’s daughter, who I also hold dear. I wanted her to experience the joy of that discovery and in every possible way I hoped for, that connection happened. She bubbled with joy all the way to the car and in the car and all the way home. One brief quote; “She is so PRESENT! She really sees you!”(meaning you gave her the feeling of really being present in the moment of connection with her.) Thank you so much from all three of us. Bob was happy to have that moment to reconnect with you, as well. You made all three of us extremely happy. Your fan with one N, Dona.
This makes me truly happy, Dona. xxoo
Jane: je pense toujours a toi, chaque jour mon ami!
I don’t know if you often read the comments made on the group “just fans”, I wrote one I’d like you to read and I would like to know your opinion on the subject since I highly respect it. Au revoir
1. Blogging. I feel really badly that I haven’t blogged. Why haven’t I? Well, so many are suffering all over the world including here in this country; climate is wreaking havoc. My heart breaks for the folks in […]
Jane, there was so much in this blog to cheer me up and help give me strength to fight the good fight in 2020, but on a lesser note, I was so happy to see that Tulea is still alive and well!
Yes Jane, I completely agree. It’s very hard to laugh while all these horrid things are going on around us. That is why I am so grateful to you and Lily for Grace and Frankie. We need this release to get us thru the dark times.
I would like to sincerely thank you, Ms Fonda, for your voice and your steadfast honesty. I have been a fan for many years now and my admiration has only grown through the years. You have owned your life as not many people do and that has inspired me from my youth to, now, my “middle years”. Thank you!
I love seeing the candid shots of you having fun with your friends, especially the Book Club gals. You and Liiy are inspiring me so much. I am a bit younger but getting my hip replaced soon (aarrgh). Makes me feel geriatric. I will be glad when it’s done and I can get back to my life! You had both hips done and 1 twice, I believe? Yet looking amazing.
Grace and Frankie is such a great show because it treats women who are a bit older like any other women. That inspires me as well!!
Thank you for all the laughs!
Catherine, wait till you see the age-related stuff I (Grace) is trying to handle in the 6th season! Hilarious!
This political crisis we are in plus the climate changes are peaking for us. I was active during the Vietnam War and now I find myself resisting once again. We need your leadership and I am glad you are so willing to speak up. My resister sisters and I are discouraged by the GOP leadership who are allowing T to design his own form of authoritative government
And meanwhile very little attention is given to the suffering of our people from Puerto Rico, California and now the Midwest. I urge you to continue to use your humor during the show and your media appearances to help all of us gain some ground. You are the best!
Hi. Love “Grace and Frankie”… just waiting for more episodes! And I will probably binge watch those as well, then have to wait again.
I don’t want to discourage you from blog-writing because I love reading them, but … ahem.. a “boarder” is someone who lives at your house and eats your food. The imaginary line between two countries is a “border.” I’m sorry. It’s pet peeve, so I had to. Forgive me. Please, keep up the good work!
OMG, WEndy, thanks for the correction. I will NEVER make that mistake again. Yikes.
I can’t speak for anyone else of course, but I view your blog posts as a treat, like a little something extra to brighten up some days by opening a good conversation (even if the subject matter, like the atrocities of home and abroad, is a bit depressing) That is to say, yay, another post! Though I wouldn’t want regularity at the expense of thoughtful content (and self care), I’m glad to see this! A delightful read.
What this blog tells me is that you find ways to enjoy life even when there are a million reasons to get bogged down. Is that coming from a place of privilege? Maybe, but I’ve really learned the hard way recently that you have to take things at face value and enjoy the little things, like get togethers with the girls or a good work day, to not get burnt out with speaking out against the world burning down around us (metaphorically… literally… depends on the day). What good are we to the fight if we wear ourselves too thin, yknow? Anyways, as always, your post was a little bit of a reminder to put things in perspective. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I hope things look even better for you going into the summer (though I don’t envy the heat out your way, yikes, I’ll stick with my milder east coast maritime summer).
So happy to read a blog entry. Sounds like you’re finding a really good balance which is so important. I recall in an interview you once saying that “compassion is what puts empathy into action.” You certainly lead by example and I admire you for that. Also making the time for those gatherings is equally important. Since speaking to you at the Q&A for Paulo Sorrentino’s film in Jan’16 (and recently turning 50) I’ve embarked on a writing project, taking the lead from ‘My Life So Far’. Even though I’ve come to a point of forgiveness from the people in my life, it’s still quite an emotional process; and taking much longer than I anticipated! Cheers, RTB
Happy to read about your activities and recent blog. You are a complete person and a standard we should all strive for…intelligence, humor, kindness, beauty inside and out. Looking forward to Season 8! Love love love.
Thank you for all that you do. Grace and Frankie is just a great series, I can’t imagine my life without it anymore. The fifth season was very good. Many may not notice this but it was very deep in terms of the relationship between Grace and Frankie. To be honest, the ending of this season was very sad. I am a guy that turned 21 years old in December 2018 and I have not cried so much for a long time. The realization that the 13th episode could be a reality and not its alternative, plunges into shock. I look forward for the 6th season! I want to thank you, Allyson Fanger, Abby Walker, David De Leon and Jonathan Hanousek as well as the rest of the team who is working on this series because it is just great!
Your biggest fan from Russia, Tim.
Ms. Fonda I just want to say first you are an amazing person as well as actress💕. I’ve been a fan for such a long time and it’s such an honor to be able to be apart of your blog community. I wanted to ask what would be your advice on people trying to get into the industry and really have good success ?
Love you Jane! Keep blogging 😘
Love you, Jane! Thanks so much for just being on the planet. As a woman, you are such an inspiration for me. I too, have a complicated mother. I so appreciate your honesty about her in your documentary. XO from Switzerland
This blog makes me so happy, currently lying in bed and overcoming eating disorder for a while, and hearing from you after long time is so satifying. Seeing you smile gives me so much energy to fight and hope that one day i can travel and maybe meet you somewhere 🙂
Sending so much love to you 🙋🏻♀️ps. cant wait for new GaF 👭 you look stunning
So true , so much going on that truly boggles the mind!!! The outrageous one sitting in the most revered position in the country continues to shock the hell out of us.
But…it is certainly refreshing to see your posts and hearing your intellect…
A cherished clasisc treasure you are…If I may say so.
The real smiles and real laughter are the best tho! Thanks for that! Your show taught me what binge watching was! And I do not watch ‘real’ TV ……. thanks again ladies!
Lady Jane, you’ve always been, will always be, my lighthouse. I love your sensibility, your essence, your empathy, compassion, sense of justice, intelligence, goofiness, sense of fun, your smile, your joy, intelligence, wisdom, bravery – are you blushing yet? I could go on….
In short, I love you. I don’t know you, but I SEE YOU…thank you for simply being authentically you. I hope you read this… I’m not the only one who feels this way, I’m sure…
Dear Jane, thank you for sharing your thoughts. You’re such an inspiration to all generations of women. Including me, I’m 25yrs old. The healing power of laughter is a true thing, but if one loses this ability, it’s hard work to get it back. I’m working on it! Thanks for reminding me, because I’m struggling a little right now, at this point in my life. It’s so great to see you and Lily back together for Season 6 – incredible good that it is such a huge success. I’m looking forward to it, rewatching the older seasons and make all my friends watch it!!! All my best wishes!
Yay… Look forward to reading more and seeing more pics. xxx
Your struggles and needs are as mine in my life. These last few months have been some of the roughest in my life (to say the least) but not nearly as for some. So I try not to complain to loud. But as I laid here letting my stupid ankle heal and after watching your season 5, I watched all the seasons over again. And the laughter and joy of watching all of you in Grace and Frankie has brightened my spirit. I can not wait to watch season 6 and hopefully by then the world will be a little more on our side as humans again. Thank you Jane. I adore you!
We are all WHEELING TO HEALING…cycling through time, emotion, situations, love, and everything else human life has to offer. Thank you, Ms. Fonda, for sharing your experiences and energies via this blog. I appreciate you.
It’s good to see you blogging, Jane. I truly enjoy reading your updates, whether it is about current issues, your work, or your personal life.
You are right about our country’s current state of affairs. So many struggles out there, and a good majority of them could be prevented. I am trying to keep my eye on 2020, hoping that the elections will put us back on track. 2019 has already been an eye opener for me with our health care system. I had what would be considered a major surgery and my father has had a great deal of problems. I would put us in the blue collar category, but we have been fortunate to be a part of a union who has fought for better health care, pensions, etc. I can’t imagine what it is like to go through any health crisis without proper health care. I can’t imagine going through a surgery, then not being able to take the needed time off to heal because you need to earn money to get food on the table. I know I am lucky. No, I am not close to being rich, but I am so lucky for the things I have. The Affordable Care Act was not the final solution, but it was a step in the right direction. I am afraid of where this current administration will lead us in this area.
I am also afraid of where Betsy Devos and those who have their greedy hands in our public education system will lead us. The public education system is slowly being destroyed and I am not sure people will realize this until it is too late.
Sigh. There are so many issues out there it is difficult to find which to focus on first. Gun violence, climate change, health care, immigration, mental health, education, and on and on. So, to survive and give us strength to fight these issues, you are right, laughter is great medicine. Laughter and kindness. Try to find humor in your daily life and shower kindness on others. Simple smiles and opening doors for strangers, kind words to the workers who are serving you, encouragement to those around you. Kindness just may be the key to strengthening the forces needed to fight those who are greedy and care only about their own future.
When I was 14, I was bullied in school and was depressed. But you know what helped me? I saw 9 to 5 one day, and it changed my life forever. In May that year, Grace and Frankie premiered, oh imagined the excitement I had, it completely changed my life forever and you have made my life better, you truly have. By the power of the internet, I have made a lot of friends because of you and Lily. They are wonderful people and we take care of each other even if we can’t be there for each other physically, the love is there. You and Lily have helped me grow into this young lady I am today.
Last year, I did your workouts and one day that I chose not to do it, my right knee dislocated. Don’t feel bad though! I got home schooled for my senior year and my life has been better since except for the physical pain that I had to endure during recovery from the surgery I had. I lost a lot of friends because they simply did not care for me because of my disabled state at that time and I was heartbroken. But you and Lily are one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. Who knows if you’ll ever see this, I’m just here to thank you. I also graduated high school with flying colors despite all that I had to go through.
I thank you a lot, a whole lot. You made me realized so much at this age.I have learned a lot from you and Lily. You have my whole heart. You two have succeeded in healing me. I thank you for that. I love you and Lily very much. You are my biggest inspiration.
Thanks for letting me know, Edleena. I have copied this from you and sent to Lily. I know how happy it will make her. She has the biggest heart in the world. Her empathy is huge. I love your name. xx
It´s so great you and Lily are back filming “Grace and Frankie”. My boyfriend and I started the series last month and we have only two episodes left to watch! We want more “Grace and Frankie”!!!
It is lovely seeing your “Book club” reunited. You all are definitely good friends in real life. I first watched the movie in Lima this summer while I was there on vacation and I rewatched it this weekend with my mother. I even laugh more this time.
By the way, loved your interview at the British Vogue. The photos are marvelous and you look incredible!
Kisses from Spain, Diego.
P.S. I think you have been to Madrid, my hometown, several times. Do you have any memories of it?
Diego, Ilove Madrid. I love Spain. My 2nd boyfriend was Spanish. Jose Vicuna. i still think of him warmly.
Can’t wait for season 6!, Jane it’s always a thrill to read your blogg. I just joined but i known about you forever ofc, at the moment i’m enjoying reading Prime time even tho i’m 15 this is really great things to know for later!
Wow, Nathalie, can’t believe you’re reading PRIME TIME! I would love to know what resonates most with you in the book. Iam proud of Prime Time. There’s a lot of wisdom in there, if I say so myself. You spell your name like the French do.
I can’t wait for the new season. I love ❤️ the show.
Any advice for me? I am moving to be with my husband in Reno. But my family is close knit and lives in Wyoming. What’s your thoughts? I will miss them terribly and part of me doesnt want to leave.
Thank you for being such a role model and advocate for diverse groups in this world!!! You have helped me from death multiple times. Please know that. When I was alone and scared I would turn on 9 to 5, or Grace and Frankie, and everything in the world didnt matter anymore. Thank you.
Go with your heart, Robert, and when it gets too hot in Reno, visit your Wyoming family with your husband and when it’s cold there, have them visit you.
Thanks so much again for Blogging! I love that you write back to the comments and yes my name is Jane too!!! Born and raised Miamian with Cuban Parents – Jane means Juana in Spanish – Have a great weekend Juana! :0)
Thank you for the blog post, I know it feels trivial despite everything but I hope you don’t underestimate the influence something as simple as this has on many people. Your blog has been a beacon of light for me for years and seeing a new post made my entire day.
I had a question, I’m 21 and I’ve unfortunately developed quite an addiction to smoking. I was wondering what you did to quit, I don’t know how big of a smoker you were in the day or if it was even a struggle to give it up but I’m finding it difficult to find the motivation to do it.
Thank you for everything you do 💕
Camille, I stayed stoned for a few weeks. I was 31 when I stopped. It was easier because I was no longer with my 5 packs a day French husband. Also, I had a young child.
Jane – thank goodness Wendy Baily didn’t need to bang your head with a :”gravel” about the border / boarder issues . . . Love ya!
Merci pour ce post ! Vous êtes et resterez une révolutionnaire et vos propos sont importants pour convaincre vos anciens fans qui ne croient pas encore à la fin du monde !
Toutes les études le prouvent.
En Belgique nous manifestons sans relâche et sommes boostés par nos jeunes qui chaque jeudi se retrouvent dans la rue pour appeler au secours.
Mais nos interpellations auprès de nos politiciens reste sans effet ! Ils se disputent entre eux pendant que la planete se meurt.
Que faire ?
Merci à vous de nous faire rire car il faut malgré tout rester forts et optimistes …
merci, Francoise. La lutte continue!!!! Il n’y a pas de chois.
Always a JOY to get a blog from you Jane……..glad you mentioned the book as I am always looking for books to read. Have read ‘My life so Far’ many times. I feel I know you so very well even though we have never met. You are an inspiration. I am moving fast towards 78 yrs old and Live in Australia. Much love always……
You were, you are and you will always be an inspiration. Thank you. Love from Greece
My God, Jane Fonda, can’t even express how much I admire you! I worry so much about this world we live in, and have become much more political, and vocal about it, and try to do my part, but I know I could do more! I love how you lift Women up, and we all need to do more of that, as well as laugh! Can’t trust people who don’t laugh, like your president. Lol There is a Canadian singer, Jann Arden, who just wrote a blog about supporting one another! Please check her out! Love You and All You Do! Alison Beatty
Hola Jane!!! Es un placer leerte y verte. Saber que estás bien, que te has repuesto de tu reemplazo de cadera y estás trabajando, militando y reuniéndote con amigos. Lo mejor de la vida! LOS AMIGOS!! En mí caso, son los “hermanos que elegimos” . Sentí tu primer punto.. . Doy una de las tantas que mira instagram y busca tus fotos. Me diste un golpe directo. Jajajajajaja no importa, ya me repuse y es la primera vez que te escribo aquí. Desde un país súper chico en el Sur de América: URUGUAY….DONDE LUCHAMOS CONTRA los avatares del clima y los desastres de los fertilizantes que nos están dejando sin lo mejor que tenemos EL AGUA DULCE. Nos están envenenando. Pero, los intereses de las grandes empresas pueden más de lo que unos pocos podemos reclamar!!! Bueno, me encanta leerte!!! Aún luchó con Amazon para que me envíen tu libro de Memorias. Parece que “no existimos”!!!😢 Eres toda una inspiración. Un ser hermoso de quién sacar ejemplo! Un abrazo gigante para ti….y para Tulea!!!!😍😍😍🤣 Te aprecio y admiro muchísimo! SALUD!!🇺🇾🇺🇾🇺🇾😍😍😍
Once again, thank you for sharing with us. I don’t know how you do all that you do but I can tell you that I’m amazed. I’m looking for ways to “Make a difference” in my own community, Jane. When I was younger my focus was on helping with abused/neglected children in America. My husband and I have 3 Beautiful children we adopted from foster care. Our oldest will be 25 this year and in September we will have our first grandchild.
Laughter is definitely my life saver. That and music. I love to watch Grace and Frankie (it’s my all time favorite) because I do get to laugh so much.
I wish you would come to Florida for one of your shows but I do understand you’re 💯 busy.
Love and admire your life, a loving follower..Cary ❤️
Cary, I’ll be there one of these days.
(especially since I myself kidnapped the idea from ‘9 to 5’!)
Those are lovely photos, especially The Book Club.
I also think there is good scope for a Grace crossover. I think you and Lili should kidnap Larry David for a 2-part episode and not set him free until he says something positive.
I hereby give away that idea for free with no need for recompense now or in the future, absolutely gratis. Go get him, girls.
Hmmmm, you are a funny one, Gary. It’s an interesting idea that I will proffer o the show runners.
If I went to work at 5:30 am and didn’t get home until midnight, the right emoji for me would have her eyes closed, and mouth open in a snore .D
Hi Jane! I am new to your blog but have been a fan of yours for while! As a young woman, (24), I find inspiration in your work and life constantly. I am a huge fan of Grace and Frankie for bringing me laughter every time I watch it!! Your work as an actor is lively and always evolving. However, I can’t tell you how much I look up to you as a feminist, activist, and overall champion for equality. Your courage, strength, and confidence motivates me to find those traits within myself. I am so excited to explore your blog and keep up with you in a more personal way! Thank you for all you do, it means a lot to the little people!
I have to say felt a twinge of irritability and hypocracy when I read in your post that exchanging instagram shots equated emptiness….we all need our ways to decompress between family, work, and chores. Sometimes mindless exchange of photos or quotes on instagram, FB, or even a blog helps us relax and feel connected on some small level. Even 5 minutes to scroll through pictures on instagram is a welcomed break from the grind of work, chores, etc. We cannot be so super serious all the time. That being said, whenever I get a notice that you have posted on your blog, it is such a treat. You infuse happiness, strength and joy into my life, daily! Through your books and Grace and Frankie, I have developed a strength in myself I never knew I had AND also a really good friendship with a fellow admirerer. I applaud you for all your hard work, effort, passion that you put into the causes you support. In the (little) free time you for the time you get to relax, it makes me happy that you get to spend time with your girlfriends, and treat us all to a blog post!!!
Lisa, you make a really important point (re Instgram, etc) and I will take it to heart
Brava Jane! What would we do without the women in our lives! We need to stick together. You and Lily are an inspiration to all of us older women – if you can do what you do, we can too! And we have to protect the world for the next generation of powerful women!
Hello, I’m so excited to message you. You are one of my favorite people I always look forward to watch your show Grace & Frankie you both are so funny and so cute!!!!! I feel like I relate to Frankie she’s so spunky. Now to respond to what you said in your blog I’m right there with you I’m so busy with my family I have two girls Delilah age 9 and Olivia a year and a half they are a handful and all I want to do is protect them daily from this crazy world. There is so much going on in this world every witch way I turn it makes me want to throw all my electronics off and hide with my baby’s but that won’t work and it makes me so sad because I read about people killing their baby’s WHY? I don’t understand why someone would want to hurt the very child they carried within their belly’s!!!! As a mother I can’t fathom ever doing such a thing and it breaks my heart that I feel like it’s my job to protect these sweet baby’s from the crazy sick people that brought them in to this world and I can’t so I feel like I’m a failure even though I know that there is no way I could have known to even save them and also these sick people raping these baby’s I read that these men pretty much get a slap in the wrist what kinda world do we live in? I love my God and I pray daily that he takes these evil people freewill away and that they be struck down to their knees in-front of all of the world and made an example of! And also out poor earth that hardly any of Gods children don’t care about they act as if we can just destroy this earth and then move on like we do with a house or some old pair of jeans. I try to do my part my picking up trash and cutting up bags before I throw them away and other things. I know I’m just one person but at least I try. I hope you read what I wrote it would make me so happy to get a response even though I know you have such a busy life. It’s 5:14 am and I can’t sleep so I’m up watching my baby’s sleep as I listen to country music with my head phones and so I figured I’d check out your blog I can’t wait to see more Grace and Frankie again anyways hope to hear you soon I better end my message because know I’m just saying nothing really haha! Have a great day Jane xoxo Nicole Jones
Hi Nivole. I’m so glad you like our show and yes, Frankie/Lily is very spunky! warmly, Jane
Thank you for responding Jane.
Your words resonate. Your actions, thoughts and energy is in the right places (in my opinion) Never a rush to share a blog, your friends will be here when you’re ready to share XO
Howwww do I meet Lily Tomlin? She brightens my good and bad days. I have searched everywhere for her meet and greets. Or even a show, I live in Portland and I know she was just here in September but I missed it!! I’m afraid if I don’t try my hardest to meet her then I will never get the chance. Her smile and laugh makes me completely forget about everything going on around me.
Kasha, I will show her your comment!
Hi Jane just watching re-runs of Grace & Frankie. I came to see you at the Opera House when you visited Sydney last year and really enjoyed listening to your life story. I was also in the audience when you were guest on “The Project” and was extremely flattered when you spotted me in the audience and said i looked like you lol, how i wish. Anyway great news about season 6, cant wait. Also enjoying reading your books. You are an inspiration to woman. Thankyou
P S hello to the fabulous Lily Tomlin
I am writting from Croatia..
1. My english is probbably totally wrong(sorry)
2. Thank you for being there
3. Thanks netflix who made possibile to watch you
4. Sorry for my english
5. Sorry ( wish lilly is here now)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do. I’m an older gay man with PTSD caused by living through the AIDS epidemic years and years ago. Recently I became suicidal and almost went through with it. It was a terrible night and I felt I couldn’t go on. I luckily binge watched Grace and Frankie straight through to dawn, a dawn I thought that I would never see again. Please know how your work touches people. I would not be here now if it weren’t for you and your brilliant, loving, wonderful show and sweet characters that made me feel less alone and scared that awful night. All my love to you and Lily, always.
Stay strong, Fredrick. I m moved that G&F helped. xxxxOOOO
Hi Jane, I wasn’t too sure on where to write this, however, I figured here is as good a place as any! I’ve just been watching YouTube videos of you and Lily and learned that you have this excellent blog!
– I just wanted to let you know that I adore you. Keep being your wonderful, hilarious self and one day I may be lucky enough to meet you in person! 🙂
Mike, 27, Manchester England
Hi Jane, so excited to watch the 6th season of Grace and Frankie! Me and my auntie love the show and can’t wait to see what more hilarious things you and Lily come up with! Binge watched the whole season for the last few weeks and its already one of my favourite shows of all time!
Hi Jane! *first time blogger here, ever. Because of you! You’re going to have to let me know how in the hell to ‘blog’ without commenting on someone else’s blog?!
Appreciated in advance.
Dee, I have no idea
Jane and Lily, please, if in good health, don’t stop making Grace and Frankie. I asked once I’d you get Richard Gere as compition for Nic….Nic wins. Also you could have a great deal to write about if Julie Andrews and her daughter moved in next door. Playing themselves. But are shocked at your family style and they keep sneaking around peeking at what’s going on at your beach house. Julie is still strong and really likes to cus. And can be quite naughty. Have them play themselves. They truly write books. Spying gives them material for their writers block. …….Have any idea how many times I’ve watched Grace and Frankie? Hubby goes to bed, I start watching you. I’ve watched dozens of times. I’m 74 years old. Please don’t let the writers make you and Frankie be gay!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!! There’s enough of that thrown in our faces. Make beach house into a duplex. Live with your boys, married or not. God, Jane….stay healthy!!!!!! Deeply worried about that. Run for president!!!!!! For real!!!!!!!! Thanks for the joy you and Lily have brought us. Keep going if can. Love all the cast members. Writers are tops!!!!
How fun and generous your comment is. Thanks. xx
Ms Fonda (actually her assistant I’m sure) How do I book you to come to Quincy, MA for “An Evening with Jane Fonda” (857) 333 4199 or firstname.lastname@example.org TY!
Contact John Trembler at Mills Entertainment, 518/633-4291 http://www.millsentertainment.com
DearJane i am a big fan of your accomplishment through out your incredible life time. Is possile to write you privatlay and share with you few things from my life and expereinces. Second I wonder whether you read our messages as your life is full with accomplishments and success.
Third can i have your email would love to share with you few things.
Dear Raja, I read my blog comments and answer them myself. I can’t conceive of having someone else do it. Someone else does all the technical stuff like create the website (he just upgraded it. I write and send him what I write to post. His name is JJ and he’s cool.
I just found out what Grace and Frankie are all about. I’ve been binge watching while being down from hip surgery. Thanks to this show, I have never laughed and cried so much. I look forward to another birthday knowing that I’ll be okay and am ready for anything! Lily, I have watched since Laugh-In and Jane, I’ve exercised with you since Elaine Powers and aerobics have been around. ❤️ the show!!!
I recently discovered Grace and Frankie on Netflix and had to watch all five seasons in a matter of days and I absolutely love it!! Jane and Lily rocking it and making me laugh every episode I can’t wait for the launch of series 6 although it’s months away that’ll also be a binge over two days! I hope you lovely ladies keep this going for as long as possible, two fantastic actresses who I love watching!!
Dear Ms Fonda,
I am so sorry to just hear of your brother Peter’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Aloha.
I am into the fitted blouse style and want to know where you get your lovely patterned blouses. I especially like the lemon 🍋 one.
Hi Jane! *first time blogger here, ever. Because of you! You’re going to have to let me know how in the hell to ‘blog’ without commenting on someone else’s blog?!
Appreciated in advance.
I hope you realize that you are far more talented an actor than your father, that you have more breadth and depth, and that he was overrated. Don’t feel bad about that. It’s just the truth.
Wow, Gary. Thanks. xxx
Thanks, Mary xxx Jane
I’m replying to your letter re booking me. Please contact Stephanie Simon at simon @ untitledent .com
Oops, Candita. I didn’t know. Thanks for the heads up. xx
Lilliana, xxx Thanks
Oh my goodness, dear Steven, I want to apologize many times over for the long delay. Your work is so amazing and detailed and professional it deserved better from me and “my people.” Here’s what happened: A woman […]