Saturday, April 7, 2012
The daughter of a well-known U.S. actor and a Canadian socialite, Jane Fonda was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she spit it out young and jumped into acting with both feet before she was out of her teens. Soon an accomplished and respected actor and star, she used her fame and fortune in the 1960's and 1970's to fight injustice against African-Americans and to oppose the war against Vietnam when it could have destroyed her career to do so, even making a trip to North Vietnam at one point to encourage the peace process.
Quoted as saying, "Revolution is an act of love; we are...born to be rebels," Fonda called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense "our revolutionary vanguard," and said "we must support them with love, money, propaganda and risk." An in-your-face woman to the bone.