Jane Fonda in Australia.
AN EVENING WITH JANE FONDA ★★★★½
Hamer Hall, August 28
She’s a political activist and captivating actor rolled into one.
Jane Fonda – who’s the first to admit that money and the colour of her skin have helped propel her success – delighted audiences during a rare sit-down appearance at Hamer Hall.
The 80-year-old is in Australia just days after her latest movie, Book Club, hit Australian cinemas.
But the release of her 49th film was barely mentioned; instead, she took the audience on an inspirational journey through what she calls the three, 30-year-long “acts” of her life.
Fonda seems to have dodged the ageing gene. She appeared as radiant and youthful as ever, complete with her renowned bombshell hair, and spoke openly about how she’s embracing her 80s with gusto and is determined to leave the earth with no regrets.
“I want to give a cultural face to older women who are living robust lives,” she said.
The crowd was a mix of ageing men and women and the next generation of young activists, who cheered as Fonda spoke of everything from her Barbarella days to her hit television series Grace and Frankie.
Fonda took the audience on a raw and honest look at what keeps her motivated and how Donald Trump’s presidency has led her to return to doorknocking homes in Michigan to expose America’s current health crisis, and fighting for the rights of restaurant workers.
She seemed to enjoy the evening almost as much as her fans.
Her stories of wartime activism in the streets of North Vietnam, and her subsequent 31,000 FBI files, transfixed the crowd as they hung off every word. It was the highlight of her two hours on stage.
“Live an intentional life,” she said.
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