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.”
“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!”
My count is 82. What about you?