TCM honors Jane Fonda
Academy Award–winning actress Jane Fonda was honored at the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival in celebration of her 50-plus years in show business. The 75-year-old enshrined her hand- and footprints in concrete at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood surrounded by family, friends and fans.
Jane Fonda has been immortalized in Hollywood history. At the TCL Chinese Theatre, the two-time Academy Award–winning actress partook in an imprint ceremony during a special presentation by Turner Classic Movies (TCM). The salute was one of the highlights of the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, which is in its fourth year. Each spring, 25,000 movie fans from around the globe celebrate the art and history of cinema at famous venues in Hollywood.
The four-day festival features more than 100 events, including appearances by legendary stars, live interviews, panel discussions, special exhibits and more than 70 classic film screenings. This year, TCM honored Fonda's remarkable career, which includes over 50 years in show business.
During the public ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre —formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre — an emotional Fonda was surrounded by family and friends as she enshrined her hand- and footprints in concrete. She joined legendary stars like Marilyn Monroe; Frank Sinatra; Bette Davis; Cary Grant; Judy Garland; Charlton Heston; Elizabeth Taylor; and her father, Henry Fonda.
TCM host Robert Osborne served as the master of ceremonies as Fonda cemented her spot on the forecourt among other Hollywood icons. Meanwhile, colleagues, adoring fans and members of the media surrounded the red carpet. In true Fonda fashion, she made the peace sign and imprinted that on her cement block, which will go next to her father's. Friends Maria Shriver and Lily Tomlin along with Fonda's son, Troy Garity, were among the speakers who reflected on Fonda's expansive life. Jim Carey, Eva Longoria and Ileana Douglas were also in attendance, as was Fonda's brother, actor Peter Fonda, and her granddaughter, Viva Vadim.
Born in New York City in 1937, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and eventually became a member of the Actors Studio in New York. Through the years, the 75-year-old's diverse work on the stage and screen has earned her numerous nominations and awards, including Academy Awards for Best Actress for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978) and an Emmy for her performance in The Dollmaker (1984). In 2007, Fonda received an Honorary Palme d'Or from the Cannes Film Festival. Revolutionizing the exercise world, she has also released 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings and five books.
In 2005, she released a memoir, My Life So Far, which went to No. 1 on the New York Times best-sellers list. That same year, Monster-in-Law, her first film after a 15-year hiatus, was released and became a No. 1 box office hit. The breast cancer survivor has been a lifelong advocate of environmental issues and the empowerment of women and girls. Currently, Fonda has a recurring role on HBO's The Newsroom, and she portrays Nancy Reagan in the upcoming dramatic film The Butler.
During the TCM Classic Film Festival, Fonda will be remembering her father with a screening of On Golden Pond (1981), which was the first and only time the pair worked together. The touching drama also stars Katharine Hepburn, who earned her record-setting fourth Academy Award for Best Actress with the film. Henry Fonda received his first and only Academy Award for Best Actor.
The salute to Fonda marks the third consecutive year TCM has featured a hand- and footprint ceremony at the theater, which was built in 1927 by Sid Grauman. The venue has become a historical and cultural landmark rich in history and is considered one of the most famous movie theaters in the world. In 2011, TCM honored Peter O'Toole, followed in 2012 by Kim Novak. With family, friends and cheering fans watching, Fonda joined the long list of movie stars who have forever left their mark on Hollywood.
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