Jane Fonda After Death and Divorce, Revisited

Death, Sex & Money

By WNYC Studios

Jane Fonda After Death and Divorce, Revisited

Wednesday, 19 September

What do you think of when you think of Jane Fonda? The sexy space traveller from Barbarella? Vietnam War activist? Fitness goddess? Fonda has had quite the career. She’s also had three marriages — to a French director, an anti-war activist, and the billionaire Ted Turner — and each ended in divorce. When she found herself newly single at 62, she felt whole for the first time. Now, she says she’d disappear into a monastery before getting married again.

When I spoke with her in 2014, she told me about her mother's suicide when she was a girl, her father Henry Fonda's long decline, and the lessons she learned by choosing to be alone. Now, we're bringing you that conversation again—because it's one of those ones that sticks with you.

Jane Fonda is the subject of the new HBO documentary Jane Fonda in Five Acts, premiering September 24. Watch the trailer and make sure to check it out:

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