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 12 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.
Want to hear about Jane Fonda's first date with Ted Turner? She talks about that night and more in this interview with Audible's founder and CEO, Don Katz.
©2005 Jane Fonda; (P)2005 Books on Tape
2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Biography/Memoir
"Intriguing, instructive, inspirational personal exploration is enriched by a flawless, captivating author performance. It's her life in her voice - and she delivers." (AudioFile)
"Fonda's remembrances...nicely sum up more than 50 years of American history, seen through the eyes of one well-traveled woman." (Publishers Weekly)
"Whether you love her or hate her, all but her most venomous critics would have to conclude she has lived a fascinating life. As celebrity books go, this is a good one." (Houston Chronicle)
I thoroughly enjoyed this first volume. Ms. Fonda tells her story without sentiment, self-pity or ego. She grew up to become a '60's babe and then , with courage and intelligence, she opens her eyes to the real world of injustice and discrimination, and does something about it. She is a great role model for me, and probably for many others as well, yound and old.
One of, if not the best, autobiographies I've ever read. Certainly one that is straight forward and compelling. Due to her politically outspoken nature continually covered by the press, without question hers has been a life of controversy. That aside, this is clearly a "life examined" through intense and conscious work on herself. The honesty and personal insight revealed in this piece moved and inspired me. Insightful and self aware, this is a book I highly recommend to my daughters and to women everywhere. I also recommend it to men to offer an insight of how paradoxically challenging it is for a woman, specifically one perceived by the world as beautiful, powerful and outspoken, to finally authentically claim her true voice.
Ms. Fonda makes no excuses for herself whatsoever as she examines her early life, adult relationships, her career, her politics, her mistakes, and her soul. Her humor and humility shine through. This book is intelligent, literate and very well-written with vivid descriptions of things that border on the poetic. The anecdotes about Katherine Hepburn, Tom Hayden, Ted Turner and her father, Henry Fonda, bring them to life. There is nothing trivial or gossipy in this book. It a sheer pleasure to hear Ms. Fonda read it herself, demonstrating her talent while she bares her soul. If the ratings of this book continue to average below a 4, clearly some people who have not read it, are voting solely on a 30-plus years old grudge.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.