Before Jane Fonda turned 80 in December of last year, she told Vanity Fair that she was single. This, she said, made her “very happy.” It seems, in the past five months, not much has changed for one of Hollywood’s favorite daughters.
At Sunday’s Los Angeles premiere for Book Club, Fonda told Extra that she is no longer accepting suitors. “I’m not dating anymore, but I did up until a couple of years ago,” she said. “I’m 80. I’ve closed up shop down there.”
To be fair, it’s been more than a year since Fonda finished the dating game. In January 2017, news came out that Fonda and her boyfriend of eight years, record producer Richard Perry, had split and were no longer living together. The breakup was amicable, and the two said they would remain friends.
Fonda’s movie and TV lives, though, are a different story. On Grace and Frankie, she and her longtime friend Lily Tomlin portray two sexually active women in their seventies who live in a very Nancy Meyers-movie home by the ocean in San Diego. And in Book Club, in which four women in their sixties get their hands on a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey, Ana Steele isn’t the only one getting some.
But in her real life, Fonda has plenty of other things to keep her busy. When Fonda and Perry split, Perry told E! that his ex-was re-dedicating her life to activism which, after all, has always been one of her main loves.
For her 80th birthday, Fonda had a big bash to raise money for Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential—something she’s done for all of her big “aughts” birthdays. Her ex-husband and friend, Ted Turner, was her date.
In these fraught political times, Fonda is as alert as ever. She’s marched for the Dakota Access Pipeline, spoken at the Los Angeles Women’s March, and risen up against Trump again at the Sundance Women’s March this year.
“I thought that I could maybe take up gardening,” she told V.F. of where she thought she’d be at 80. “I didn’t think that I would be back on the barricades, no. I didn’t think that our freedoms, our democracy, would be in jeopardy the way they are now. I am utterly terrified.”
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 , Total Page Views: 552
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