||She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood’s elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths that she hopes “can provide a lens through which others can see their lives and how they can live them a little differently.” Fonda divides her “life so far” into three “acts,” writing about her childhood, first films, and marriage to Roger Vadim in Act One. At once a picture emerges: a child born to the acting legend Henry Fonda and the glamorous society princess Frances Seymour. But these early years are also marked by profound sadness: her mother’s mental illness and suicide when Jane is twelve years old, her father’s emotional distance, and her personal struggle to find her way in the world as a young woman.By her second act, Fonda lays the foundation for her activism, even as her career takes flight. She highlights her struggle to live consciously and authentically while remaining in the public eye as she recounts her marriages to Tom Hayden and Ted Turner, and examines her controversial and defining involvement with the Vietnam War. As her film career grows, Fonda learns to incorporate her roles into a larger vision of what matters most in her life–and in the process she wins two Academy Awards, for Klute and for Coming Home.In Fonda’s third act, she is prepared to do the work of a lifetime–to begin living consciously in a way that might inspire others who can learn from her experiences. Surprising, candid, and wonderfully written, Jane Fonda’s My Life So Far is filled with universal insights into the personal struggles of women living full and engaged lives.
||With a career spanning roles in the camp 1960s science fiction movie classic, BARBARELLA, the brooding, seamy '70s thriller KLUTE, and a much-remembered cameo appearance in the Vietnam War, actor, activist, and doyenne of the '80s workout craze Jane Fonda has amassed more than enough material in her 67 years for a riveting autobiography. In MY LIFE SO FAR, Fonda's emotionally disturbed childhood (she was 12 years old when her mother committed suicide) and cold, forbidding father, the actor Henry Fonda, lay the foundations for a lifetime of insecurity. She begins her career a naïve young actress, the wife of French film director and bon vivant Roger Vadim. Abandoning her jet-set lifestyle and her group sex-loving husband as the Swinging Sixties draw to a close, she espouses a variety of social and political causes, most notoriously journeying to North Vietnam in a well-publicized show of solidarity with Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh's anti-U.S. forces. Fonda's many personas--'60s and '70s activist, early '80s exercise maven, and society wife of media mogul Ted Turner--are unapologetically laid bare throughout MY LIFE SO FAR. Their common denominators are the wholehearted passion she brings to each new stage in her life--and the consistent widespread controversy she generates.