Two-time Oscar winning actress Jane Fonda got her hand and footprints immortalized in cement in Hollywood last Saturday during the TCM Film Festival. The 75-year-old actress, whose career spans 50 years, looked absolutely stunning and left a unique mark with a peace sign, symbolic of her liberal views. Fonda made a moving speech in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre (renamed in January 2013 when the TCL Corporation, a Chinese electronics company, acquired the naming rights for over $5 million), in which she paid homage to her father Henry. She also revealed that her imprints would be placed next to his. “What is particularly meaningful to me is that I’m going to be right next to my dad right over there and I can feel his presence right now” she said. Her brother Peter, son Troy Garity (whose father is Tom Hayden, Jane’s second husband) and granddaughter were all present for the proceedings. Her Nine To Five costar, Lily Tomlin, made an emotional speech, as well as friend Maria Shriver and Robert Osborne, one of the men in charge of the festival. Some of the other guests in the audience included writer/director Alexander Payne, of Sideways fame, as well as actors Jim Carrey and Eva Longoria.
The imprint ceremony took place right before the actress was scheduled to introduce a festival screening of the 1980s classic On Golden Pond (Universal, 1981), in which she costarred with her dad, conveniently portraying his daughter. Henry Fonda won his only competitive Oscar for the touching drama just one year after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Academy. His win came in the nick of time as the veteran actor passed away just a few months later, at the age of 77. On Golden Pond was directed by Mark Rydell and also starred the great Katherine Hepburn, winning her fourth Academy Award that year, playing Fonda’s wife. This compelling tale of aging and father-daughter reconciliation ended up as the second highest grossing film of 1981, behind Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Paramount).
Jane Fonda won two Best Actress Oscars, one for Klute (Warner Bros., 1971) in 1972 and a second one for Coming Home (United Artists, 1978) in 1979. The actress is also well known for her activism and was once widely criticized for campaigning in favor of the communist regime during the Vietnam war. She was married three times, to French director Roger Vadim, Tom Hayden and Ted Turner. She has one son (with Hayden) and a daughter (with Vadim).