In 1958, young Jane Fonda returned from Paris and met Lee Startsberg to pursue a career in acting. Since then, she has indeed come a long way. Her debut came in 1960 film ‘Tall Story’, after pursuing Broadway (in the play ‘There Was a Little Girl’) in the same year.
Her breakout performance came in the movie ‘Period of Adjustment’ (1962). Her list of successful movies include ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ (1962), ‘Sunday in New York’ (1963), ‘Cat Ballou’ (1965), ‘Barefoot in the Park’ (1967), ‘Barbarella’ (1968), ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They’ (1969), Julia’ (1977), ‘The China Syndrome’ (1979), ‘Nine to Five’ (1980), ‘On Golden Pound’ (1981), ‘Monster-In-Law’ (2005), ‘Georgia Rule’ (2007), ‘The Butler’ (2013), ‘This is Where I Leave You’ (2014), ‘Our Souls at Night’ (2017) etc.
She won her first ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Klute’ (1971) and second for ‘Coming Home’ (1978). She has 6 ‘Academy Awards’, 7 ‘Golden Globe’ and 4 ‘BAFTA’ nominations. She has 3 ‘Golden Gobe’ and 2 ‘BAFTA’ wins.
Her worst movies would include ‘The Cool of the Day’ (1963), ‘Miss Representation’ (2011) etc. Her top grossing movie till date is ‘Nine to Five’.
Cat Ballou returns home and faces several difficulties after finding out that her father’s ranch is being targeted by a development corporation. She eventually decides to hire a notorious gunman in order to protect her father’s property.
Tom Gruneman, an executive working for a chemical company in Pennsylvania, goes missing. Although the police try to find him, they eventually fail and eventually detective John Klute is hired to investigate the disappearance. Klute has only one lead: a prostitute. However, he is unaware of the fact that her life is in danger as well.
Judy, Violet, and Doralee are fed-up with their egotistical, hypocritical, sexist, bigot boss, Franklin Hart, and his humiliating, condescending behavior, so they decide to get back at him. After kidnapping and tying him up in his own house, they take over the office, making administrative changes that boost productivity. When they discover Hart’s embezzlement, they start digging out evidence.
Barefoot in the Park is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of Corie, a free spirited young girl who gets married to a conservative young lawyer named Paul. However, their differences in opinion lead to discord.
Julia is a drama film which revolves around two friends Julia and Lillian, living during the time of the Second World War. After they meet in Russia after a long time, they plan to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany, to aid the anti-Nazi movement.
Sally Hyde, the wife of a Vietnam sailor Bob, volunteers at a local veterans hospital to keep herself occupied. She meets Luke Martin there, a wheelchair-bound vet and soon their friendship grows in love. However, as Bob returns unexpectedly, she is at the crossroads, as she has to make a choice.
Diane is a lawyer in New York City, who is devastated after learning that her husband is looking for a divorce. Therefore, along with her two kids, she ventures to upstate New York to stay with her hippie mother. While her kids start gaining a new perspective on life, Diane herself gets close to a man named Jude.
The Chase is a crime drama thriller film which tells the story of a criminal named Bubber Reeves, who manage to escape from prison. This eventually starts to affect the inhabitants of a small town in Texas. Therefore, Calder the Sheriff decides to capture him and bring him to justice.
The China Syndrome is a drama thriller film which tells the story of a reporter who decides to bring an accident at a nuclear plant to the attention of the public. However, she gets herself involved in a big conspiracy.
Aged best friends, retired classical composer, Fred Ballinger, and film director, Mick Boyle, are vacationing at a luxury resort in Wiesen. While Mick is trying to write his latest film, Fred is being approached with knighthood and an opportunity to perform in front of Queen Elizabeth II. Circumstances force them to reflect on their lives.
Loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, the movie tells the story of African-American Cecil Gaines who went from being an enslaved plantation worker to a butler at the White House in 1957. He becomes a witness to some of America’s most iconic political moments, including the birth of the Civil Rights Act.
This drama film takes us to the time of the Great Depression. The film tells the story of a manipulative emcee named Rocky who enlist several contestants for a dance marathon, offering a cash prize of $ 1,500 to the winner. However, the competition drags on for weeks, and turns out to be inhumanely grueling.
Barbarella is a science fiction adventure film, which tells the story of Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, who is sent to a distant plan to stop Durand, an evil scientist, who is a threat to humanity’s future.
Jack Davis is an award-winning novelist who lives with his wife and daughter. However, one night, they meet an unfortunate accident, in which his wife passes away. Jake receives severe injuries which causes brain damage, and he undergoes treatment for seven months. His daughter is eventually adopted by her aunt and uncle. Years later, when his daughter Katie grows up, she develops problems of her own in forming relationships.
When Mort Altman passes away, his last wish makes his four grown-up children stay together for a week at their family-home. As the four siblings with totally different personalities, who are not much in touch, reconnect with each other amidst their spouses, exes and free-speaking mother, they come to terms with their past and present relationships, with support of their loved ones.
When aspiring fashion designer, Charlotte Cantilini, accepts Dr.Kevin Field’s marriage proposal she does not realize that she has a competitor in Kevin’s mother Viola. Viola has recently lost her successful career and now she is frightened of losing her son and will do anything to destroy their relationship. Will Charlotte fall in her trap?
Sonny, a rodeo star is being hired for an advertisement. When the shoot begins, Sonny gets to know that the horse is being doped to keep it docile. In order to protect the horse from being drugged, Sonny rides away the horse into the desert.
FTA is a documentary short film which follows an anti Vietnam war theatrical troupe, named Free Theater Associates, as they perform in several different locations around the Pacific Islands.
Better Living through Chemistry is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Doug Varney, a pharmacist, who is in an unhappy marriage with Kara, who is obsessed with fitness. Meanwhile, he is also harassed and bullied by his retired father-in-law. However, Doug’s life takes a turn when one of his clients, Elizabeth, takes an interest in him, and seduces him.
A successful businessman with his office in New York City goes home six days a week; but spends the Wednesday night with his mistress in the executive suit he maintains in the city. Trouble starts, when his secretary goofs up and sends an out-of-town client looking for a room to the suit. Meanwhile, on hearing about it from the secretary, the boss’s wife decides to visit the suit.
Nora and her dictatorial, controlling husband, Torvald Helmer, are living an outwardly happy married life. But a past forgery, that she had committed to save her husband, keeps haunting Nora. Now she is being blackmailed for it and she is worried that Torvald would find out. But when he does, outburst of his wrath results in a revelation that shocks Nora.
June Ryder is bent on marrying college basketball star, Ray Blent, eventually making him fall for her. He finally proposes to her; but they do not have money to set up a home. At this juncture, he receives an offer via radio message from a gambling syndicate to lose a key game. Because he does not want to lose the game deliberately he must find other ways out.
In rural Georgia, bigoted, greedy Henry Warren and his wife Julie Ann plan to sell their land but to do so they need to sell two adjoining lands. When the landowners, Reeve and Rad form an alliance against Henry, a desperate Henry resolves to heinous tactics including involving the KKK to get what he wants.
Renée, the wife of wealthy industrialist Alexandre Saccard, falls in love with her stepson, when he comes to stay with them after finishing his studies in England. When Renée asks Alexandre for a divorce, he agrees on the condition that she invests all her fortune in his business.
Rachel is a promiscuous, rebellious and uncontrollable teenage girl, who is sent by her dysfunctional family to spend the summer with her grandmother. Her grandmother gets her a receptionist job for Dr Simon Ward, and soon, Rachel attempts to seduce him, but he doesn’t show interest. Eventually, Rachel targets another virgin man named Harlan.
Dr. Chapman and his assistant Paul Radford are conducting a nationwide anonymous sex survey on American women, who they believe have too little knowledge about this crucial accept of their life. Adapted from Irving Wallace’s eponymous novel, the film follows the sexual life of four suburban women, focusing on Radford’s involvement with one of them.
Lee Winters, an ex-film star, and widow of a murdered petrochemical tycoon, joins forces with financial expert Hubbell Smith, who is examining the liquidity of a bank. As they fall for each other, the two try to hunt for her husband’s murderer and inspect her financial issues, but end up discovering an international monetary conspiracy that could destroy the global financial system.
In this US-Soviet co-production, peasant kids, Tyltyl and Mytyl, set out to look for the Blue Bird of Happiness to make a young sick girl in the neighbourhood happy. The journey takes the two siblings to the kingdoms of past and future as well as the land of night and luxury. Accompanying them on their journey are human forms of various living and non-living things.
Maverick demolition derby-enthusiast, Jesse Veldini, is often in the jail which disconcerts his aspiring-politician brother Frank. Jesse reconnects with his old non-conformists friends, and hooker girlfriend Iris, who together decide to escape to a place of freedom using a WWII PBY flying boat. With only 10 days before the seaplane is sold as scrap, they need money to get parts for repairs.
Although Sam is very devoted and overly protective about his chronically ill wife Christine, their marriage is not working, mainly because she wants a little space. At this juncture, she is introduced to Sam’s co-worker, Murray, who is also unhappy in his marriage. They quickly develop a bond and decide to go for a vacation in Greece.
Leonard Parker used to be a CIA agent, and he was sent on very dangerous missions. However, he eventually decides to retire from his profession, and begin a new life as a restaurant owner. He still misses his adventures of the past, and his life takes a turn and he is forced out of retirement when an evil genius named Medusa Johnson threatens the world with her army of killer animals.
Jane Fonda Awards
|Coming Home||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1979|
|Klute||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1972|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1980|
|Coming Home||Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama||1979|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1979|
|Julia||Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama||1978|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1973|
|Klute||Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama||1972|
|Tall Story||Most Promising Newcomer - Female||1962|
|The Dollmaker||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special||1984|
|Winner||Favorite Motion Picture Actress||1983|
|Winner||Favorite Motion Picture Actress||1982|
|Winner||Favorite Motion Picture Actress||1981|
|Winner||Favorite Motion Picture Actress||1980|
|The China Syndrome||Best Actress||1980|