Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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August 15, 1956

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Jane Fonda

"When I was chronologically young, I was pretty old. With age, two-thirds has to do with spirit, your soul... I'm way happier now, and I'm way younger now."

Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda is stirring up buzz again for her role as an aging Hollywood star in Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth," which bowed Dec. 4. Fonda earned her first mention in Variety at a very young age indeed - in a page 1 birth announcement She was again mentioned in 1956, when she made her acting debut in "The Male Animal," starring her dad Henry Fonda, timgray

Was it exciting to get your first role?

I was working in Hyannisport at the playhouse, summer interning. I fell in love with the stage manager, James Franciscus, the actor. My dad was doing this play, and they cast me as the ingenue. I was very shy and self-conscious; I didn't assume I had what it takes to be an actor. My dad would come home from work, and he never seemed joyful.

What changed your mind?

Susan Strasberg suggested I take classes with her father. It took me a long time to get up on stage and do something. Lee said, "You have real talent." He wasn't paid to say that. I must have had a latent desire to act, but he unleashed it. …

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