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.” Download and start listening now!
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.