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Jane Fonda is an American actress, political activist, environmentalist, and former fashion model. She is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards and two BAFTA Awards. Additionally, she won seven Golden Globes, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and the Honorary Golden Lion.
Born to Frances Ford Seymour and actor Henry Fonda, Fonda made her acting debut with the 1960 Broadway play There Was a Little Girl. She received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. And she made her screen debut later the same year with the romantic comedy Tall Story.
Jane Fonda rose to prominence during the 1960s with the comedies Period of Adjustment (1962), Cat Ballou (1965), and Barbarella (1968). A seven-time Academy Award nominee, she got her first nomination for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969). Also, she went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress twice in the 1970s, for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978).
In 1982, she released her first exercise video, Jane Fonda’s Workout, which became the highest-selling VHS of all time. Moreover, it would be the first of 22 such videos over the next 13 years, collectively selling over 17 million copies.
In 2005, along with Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, she co-founded the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content.
In 2009, she returned to Broadway after a 49-year absence from the stage, in the play 33 Variations. The role earned her a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Additionally, her role in the HBO drama series The Newsroom (2012–14) earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She also released another five exercise videos between 2009 and 2012. Fonda stars as Grace Hanson in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. And the show debuted in 2015 and has earned her nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.