How Many "I, Me, My" Are in Jane Fonda?

Jane Fonda is hawking her new book, Prime Time, so she sat down for an interview with the celebrity-fawning Vanity Fair magazine.
Ever the narcissist, at 73, it’s still all about her. See how many “I,” “me” and “my” you can count in her quotes from the interview. To make it easier, those words are in red!

Fonda on Fonda and about Fonda

On her infamous 1970 mug shot from her arrest for “drug smuggling” in Ohio: “It was like I had Richard Avedon in that jailhouse taking my mug shot; it’s a beautiful mug shot. My hair was in Klutemode. About four years ago, I went to the Sally Hershberger salon in New York and one entire wall, like six feet, was my mug shot!”
On going to the Cannes Film Festival this May, where she was a Pucci-clad hit, prompting gushing headlines like SEXIER THAN EVER AT 73. “Well, I was in my skin, as the French say, bien dans ma peau. I was at the entry of the Palais, P-A-L-A-I-S” — she helpfully spells out exotic words — “and there are all these posters of Bardot, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, and then there’s me! When I saw it, I almost passed out.”
She sees the various chapters of her life (daughter of Henry Fonda, Hollywood ingenue, muse to first husband Roger Vadim, Oscar-winning actress, activist, fitness queen, political wife of Tom Hayden, wife of media mogul) “organically. I know that it’s difficult for people outside of my skin to see it that way, but for me, I can say it has been a natural evolution.”
“When I was researching myself, I wondered, is there a ‘there’ there? Or am I just a hollow person who gets filled up by whatever man I’m with?” (She is currently dating music producer Richard Perry.) “I’m fine with women. My problem is always with men — you know, pleasing a man, turning myself into a pretzel to be who the man I’m with wants me to be. I’m not saying that that’s gone away 100 percent, but maybe 90 percent, 95 percent even.”
I was raised in the ’50s. I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved.”

I wasn’t very happy from, I would say, puberty to 50? It took me a long time.”

“It was in my 40s, and if you suffer from bulimia, the older you get, the worse it gets. It takes longer to recover from a bout. I had a career, I was winning awards, I was supporting nonprofits, I had a family.” One day she just stopped. “I had to make a choice: I live or I die.”
I have a six-pack back,” she laughs about modeling a backless number in Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief runway show in Cannes. “I don’t do lunges, though, because I have a fake knee and a fake hip. I set off as many bells and whistles at an airport as I did on that runway!”

I’m vain. My arms are thin, but I’m vain about loose flesh. And so I’m careful that what I wear will show off my best parts, which are my waist and my butt. I have people in my life who will say, ‘Honey, you’re trying too hard.’ I like being saucy, but I’m 73 and a half. I’m still trying to find myway between matronly and coltishness.”

“What helps me, now that I’m old, is I don’t take things as seriously as I used to. I almost never get stressed.”Fonda doesn’t watch movies from her own ingenue days too often. “I find it painful, frankly. I’d like to redo every one of them, including Barbarella. Well, when Barbarella was in the orgasmic machine, she would have laughed. I shouldn’t have acted the way I did. I would have gotten in there with absolute confidence that there was no friggin’ way this machine was going to get me. I would have flipped on my special switch and known with great laughter and joy that Iwas going to blow its fuses.”Fonda has been flipping the switch for more than 50 years and is acutely aware of her value. (She reminds you that she was on Oprah for “the full hour.”) After rave reviews for her Broadway turn in 33 Variations in 2009, she gets theater offers, “but I would do television, for sure! Hmm, the roles that I covet — Nurse Jackie; I am in love with Edie Falco. I just adore The Big C, I love Weeds… But I don’t want to cameo. I want to be the lead.”
My count is 82. What about you?
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73 and still a selfish airhead.


Actually, 84. You disconsidered one my in “Well, I was in MY skin” and the ma (french for my) in “bien dans MA peau”. And yes, it is remarkable how the whole universe seem to revolve around her belly button. But the best part is that it does not matter it is a mug shot, as long it is a pretty one!!! That is what gives a lot of perspective to the things she thinks about!!!


She’s a born-again Christian. You may not forgive her for her past sins, but Jesus did. You have no right to judge her.


I’ll take your word for it. I am not the least bit interested in Jane Fonda. I grew up liking Henry, who was the unfortunate father to this person. She can join the rest of the Liberals/Progressives in Hollywood and get sun burned basking in their own hot lights.
Clifton Lee West