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A Salute To
Jane Seymour Fonda:

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One of the greatest, caring actresses of our times.

 
 

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My first time with the Fonda Family was in the late fifties. I was staying at my favorite hotel on The Avenue of the Americas and 57th St. Called, at that time, ‘The Great Northern” owned by Jack Dempsey.  It was just down the street from Carnegie Hall. It was Sunday and I was taking my dog, Duchess for a walk. I loved to look in the shops on 57th St.
         My eye caught something in one of the window as Duchess and I moved along towards Carnegie Hall. Duchess never wore a leash, and she would step into the gutter if she had to go. All of sudden I bumped into a couple of people also caught up with the window. I started to apologize when the man said it was his fault. The man was Henry Fonda, one of my favorite movie idols, accompanied by a young lady, probably one of his daughters. We smiled at each other and continued on our way.
         The next event happened some time in the middle seventies when I was in San Francisco. There was a movie theater just off of Van Ness Blvd. near Geary St. I was probably eating at Tommy’s Joint. Anyway, I was walking towards my hotel on Geary St. when I noticed the billboard on the movie theater that was there at that time. I decided I wanted to see the movie, since Jane Fonda was in it; it was called “Coming Home” with Bruce Dern and Jon Voight.
         I bought a ticket and walked in. To my surprise, Jane Fonda was sitting at a table - I believe she was signing autographs or selling a book. I went into the theater and watched the movie. When I came out, she was still there. I walked over to her side and told her how much I enjoyed the movie and that she had really turned me on in that romantic scene with Jon Voight. She smiled and thanked me, and I went on my way back to the hotel.
         Yesterday, Tuesday, February 2, 2016, I once again watched that movie “Coming Home.” I was curious about what year that was done, and what year had I gone to that Movie in San Francisco. I then started reading Jane Fonda’s history. I came across this article, which proves my point about acting and why I tried to start an acting workshop here in Ashland, OR.  It is posted below this.

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Jane Fonda has a blog on her site. this is part of it, regarding acting. I tried to start my acting workshop where I am now living. The response was very poor. When I was living in Hollywood, I took many classes, and many Jane Fonda has a blog on her site. this is part of it, regarding acting. I tried to start my acting workshop where I am now living. The response was very poor. When I was living in Hollywood, I took many classes, and many of the local professional actors were in these classes. They knew they had to keep themselves polished. Jane affirms my feelings about the need to keep polishing your talent. Here is her reply to a question.

There is an outstanding question that George Reese asked me in my blog comments on Dec 15 that I promised I’d answer and now I have time. He wanted to know why “a 2-time Academy Award winning actress had to take acting lessons.”
I mentioned in a previous blog that after Season One of Grace & Frankie, I started working with an acting coach (and therapist). There are several reasons:
1. Unlike painters or musicians whose instrument is outside themselves —what sounds they make come from a piano, what colors and shapes are put on a canvas—actors’ instrument is ourselves. Our creations and choices come from our tone of voice, our bodies, our faces that are animated by our emotions, energy, attitudes. Unresolved events in our lives can be triggered when we work on a particular kind of character or scene and we become stuck and not know why. This happened to me and I retired from acting for 15 years because all of those most intimate, personal things were not flowing properly. I was stuck. I thought it was forever. I was wrong.
2. When, after all that time, I started acting again, I began to feel I was relying on old habits and I started to question if I was meant to be doing this again. It also occurred to me that maybe my ‘instrument’ needed some tuning up. As Jason Segel says in a recent interview about playing the role in “End of Tour” which was very different for him, “I’d done so much, but now I had to start from scratch.” I sort of feel that way. Like a newbie. It’s an interesting thing to experience when you’re my age and I am grateful for it. I’m glad I am still not willing to settle. I want to flex new muscles. In fact, working with a coach is a little analogous to working out with a new exercise instructor. If they’re good, they encourage you to expand, leave your comfort zone, dig deeper. I may fall flat on my face in the process but I want to stretch. And I’ll continue to work with a coach and return to therapy when I feel it necessary. It sure helped me last year!
I hope this answers your question, George.
Happy New Year to all. What I wish for most is moving closer to a world that is safer—for the environment, for women, for children, for those who are ‘different.’ Let’s learn to embrace what’s different. Love and empathy, not saber rattling and entitlement, are what will defang the ISIS of the world.

Actors were in these classes. They knew they had to keep themselves polished. Jane affirms my feelings about the need to keep polishing your talent. Here is her reply to a question.

 
 

Here is some info about her. You can read it all on her site: www.JaneFonda.com

 
   Jane Fonda was a visible political activist in the counterculture era during the Vietnam War and has been more recently involved in advocacy for women. She was famously and controversially photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft battery on a 1972 visit to Hanoi. She has also protested the Iraq War and violence against women, and describes herself as a feminist. In 2005, she, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem co-founded the Women's Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. Fonda currently serves on the board of the organization. She published an autobiography in 2005. In 2011, she published a second memoir, Prime Time.  
     
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