JANE FONDA (Viola)
After tremendous success as a stage and screen actress, Jane Fonda now focuses her efforts on community service and social change, with much of her work devoted to the program she founded in 1995, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). Fonda chairs this statewide effort to reduce the high rates of adolescent pregnancy in Georgia through community, youth and family development, sustainable economic development, and legislative advocacy.
Fonda has long been known for activism and advocacy on environmental issues, human rights, and the empowerment of women and girls. Among the scores of community projects she has spearheaded is the Laurel Springs Children's Camp. This summer program ran for 15 years at her ranch in Santa Barbara, California, using performing arts to build self-esteem and cooperation among children of all races and socio-economic backgrounds.
In 2000, Ms. Fonda traveled to Nigeria and produced a film, in collaboration with the International Women's Health Coalition, entitled "Generation 2000: Changing Girls' Realities."
At the Emory School of Medicine Fonda established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health which engages in research, education and training activities that have the potential for creating needed social change as well as enhancing service delivery to children, youth and families, including adolescent reproductive health. In addition, Ms. Fonda's gift has endowed a faculty chair in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Emory University School of Medicine named the Marion Howard Chair in Adolescent Reproductive Health.
In 1994 Ms. Fonda was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
Fonda was born in New York City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College. In her late teens, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York.
Her subsequent work on stage and screen earned numerous nominations and awards, including two Oscars for Best Actress -- Klute in 1971 and Coming Home in 1978 -- and an Emmy for her performance in The Dollmaker. Along with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda also took on responsibilities as a film and television producer on The China Syndrome, Coming Home, Nine to Five, Rollover, On Golden Pond, The Morning After and The Dollmaker.
Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda's Workout in 1982. She followed with the production of 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings, and five books -- selling 16 million copies all together. The original Jane Fonda's Workout video remains the top grossing home video of all time.
Fonda is currently writing her memoirs, which will be published by Random House in April 2005. Her interests include reading, writing, horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing and yoga. Fonda lives in Atlanta, along with her daughter Vanessa Vadim and her two grandchildren. Her son, Troy Garity, lives in Los Angeles and is an actor.
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