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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,826 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Fonda Narrator: Jane Fonda Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood’s elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths that she hopes “can provide a lens through which others can see their lives and how they can live them a little differently.”

Fonda divides her “life so far” into three “acts,” writing about her childhood, first films, and marriage to Roger Vadim in Act One. At once a picture emerges: a child born to the acting legend Henry Fonda and the glamorous society princess Frances Seymour. But these early years are also marked by profound sadness: her mother’s mental illness and suicide when Jane is twelve years old, her father’s emotional distance, and her personal struggle to find her way in the world as a young woman.

By her second act, Fonda lays the foundation for her activism, even as her career takes flight. She highlights her struggle to live consciously and authentically while remaining in the public eye as she recounts her marriages to Tom Hayden and Ted Turner, and examines her controversial and defining involvement with the Vietnam War. As her film career grows, Fonda learns to incorporate her roles into a larger vision of what matters most in her life—and in the process she wins two Academy Awards, for Klute and for Coming Home.

In Fonda’s third act, she is prepared to do the work of a lifetime—to begin living consciously in a way that might inspire others who can learn from her experiences. Surprising, candid, and wonderfully written, Jane Fonda’s My Life So Far is filled with universal insights into the personal struggles of women living full and engaged lives.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Doug Long | 2/20/2014

    " My Dad would HAAAAAATE this book because he will never forgive her for her Vietnam actions. Her chapter on that is interesting, and she defends her actions getting into a North Vietnamese fighter plane (or something) as an unintentional photo op. More interesting to me are her show biz stories, from her emotional pairing with her father in "On Golden Pond" to "Klute" to "Nine to Five" ... well, you know the filmography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/19/2014

    " random find in a sale bin, and took a few tries to get me into it, but once I did, I was fascinated. Such a fan of her father, and troubled by the split between his on-screen personas and his true self. Interesting look at the person (both Jane and her father) behind the image; her fragility and frankness are both striking. My father may be spinning in his grave that I read this and enjoyed it, but there seems much more to her than the Hanoi Jane who irritated him so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alissa | 2/18/2014

    " She is a warrior. I love her strength and resilience. Her father was awful! But she doesn't ask for sympathy- she's stronger every single day. She's savvy and seasoned and pragmatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angeline Boulley | 2/9/2014

    " Surprisingly intimate look. It would be a mistake to define Jane Fonda as the sum total of the one-dimensional icons she embodied: daughter of, actress, sex symbol, wife of, activist, producer, fitness industry pioneer. When nearing 60 - which she calls the beginning of her third act - she began a Life Review of acts I & II. She began with a timeline of her life and journaling what happened. Then delving into how she felt at the time and what still resonated years later. She became aware of different themes in her life: connection to nature, disconnect from showing emotions, changing her identity to mirror the men in her life, her determination to create movies that bring light to an issue and give voice to the marginalized. I was surprised at her candor regarding the ex-husbands (she allowed Hayden and Turner to vet the chapters about themselves.) One juicy detail: Ted Turner had her replacement waiting in the airport hanger after he dropped off Jane who was flying to stay with her daughter after their decision to call it quits. Her seat was, literally, still warm! "

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