The Ballad of Jane Fonda

Back in the early 1970s, all of us Soldier Boys at Fort Hood were Told to Get Off Fort Hood, Off Post, and DON’T Come Back until a Certain Day. Why?

The infamous Jane Fonda was Coming! To Protest the Vietnam War.

And back then, the Soldiers has a pretty big Hard on for Jane. We wanted to put her Downrange and make Target Practice out of her. And We…had so much HATE in us for College Students and Anti-Protestors that we couldn’t even see straight.

But our feelings were on our cuffs and riding in our Hearts for Our Fallen Comrades. And our Hearts had turned Cold with nothing but Pay Back embedded in all of us. And we weren’t alone. The WW-II Generations were backing our Hate too.

This Photo which gained Jane her nickname Hanoi Jane was extremely upsetting to all of us G.I.s.

But let’s face it. That was then and this is Now! And lots of time has passed to give all of us time to rethink all of that Hatred. And most did. And with more and more information that has come out, We now all are Asking Ourselves-How Much Do We Trust the Government? We trusted it enough to Kill over 50,000 of us blindly following the Save the Vietnamese from Communism Marching Band. And did our Bomb Sweeps of whole Villages Save a single Person from Communism? No. But it sure sent Eyeballs and fingers and legs in all directions. And it turned from a Supposedly Noble Cause to something that surely were quite sinister in nature.

My best Friend died in a Huey Helicopter. And he shouldn’t have died. No one should have. The Big Dick Pricks who sat in their deep leather smelling chairs that put all of Our Nation there never were brought to Justice. None were. Not a one. And one of the Biggest Dicks was Mcnamara. And he was a Daisy. A real Daisy!

This one goes out to McNamara as well…he screwed all of ūüáļūüáł.

But when the Protests Came to an End and the Smoke cleared, only one thing has become clear to me now. Jane Fonda was right. She may have been one of the biggest Reasons the War came to an End. Sure, there are many others. Many, many others. And Kent State was a notorious example of the Political Divide between Pro-War and Anti-War. A sad Day in American History. Very sad. But throughout Our Short History, there have been many. Many of other Blunders. And more will come.

But all of this Hate wasn’t justified if you can reel yourself out of the Hate

We Bitch, We moan at one another, but we still come together when another Country messes with ūüáļūüáł. And there appears No Way Out of Keeping Stupid Decisions such as the Vietnam War to Escalate. Why? No Accountability in Washington. Jackasses and Elephants are running lose all over Washington. And No Animal Tamers in Sight. Even Party Leaders cannot get them in line anymore except on Party Line Votes.

But Lucky for ūüáļūüáł, we had Our Jane Fonda. Our Joan of Arch. Yes, in many ways, she has been. And I know, there are many who still Hate Her. But there are lots of other things to Hate Today like the way George Floyd was Publicly Executed.

But Jane, Jane, Jane…

Fonda was a prominent antiwar protestor in the 70’s, focused on the rights of troops while in the military and of those who wanted to resist being drafted. She was primarily associated with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, to which she gave a lot of time and money.

Jane Seymour Fonda[2] (born December 21, 1937) is an American actress, activist, and former fashion model. Recognized as a film icon, Fonda is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Golden Lion Honorary Award, the Honorary Palme d’Or, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.[3]

Jane Fonda
Fonda at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
BornJane Seymour Fonda
December 21, 1937 (age 84)
New York City, U.S.
Other namesJane S. Plemiannikov[1] (from marriage to Roger Vadim Plemiannikov)
Alma materVassar College
Years active1959‚Äďpresent
WorksFull list
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Roger Vadim‚Äč‚Äč(m.1965; div.1973)‚ÄčTom Hayden‚Äč‚Äč(m.1973; div.1990)‚ÄčTed Turner‚Äč‚Äč(m.1991; div.2001)‚Äč
Partner(s)Richard Perry (2009‚Äď2017)
Children3, including Troy Garity and Mary Williams (de facto adopted)
ParentsHenry Fonda (father)Frances Ford Seymour (mother)
RelativesPeter Fonda (brother)Bridget Fonda (niece)
AwardsFull list

Born to socialite¬†Frances Ford Seymour¬†and actor¬†Henry Fonda, Fonda made her acting debut with the 1960¬†Broadway¬†play¬†There Was a Little Girl, for which she received a nomination for the¬†Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, and made her screen debut later the same year with the romantic comedy¬†Tall Story. She rose to prominence during the 1960s with the comedies¬†Period of Adjustment¬†(1962),¬†Sunday in New York¬†(1963),¬†Cat Ballou¬†(1965),¬†Barefoot in the Park¬†(1967), and¬†Barbarella¬†(1968). Her first husband was¬†Barbarella¬†director¬†Roger Vadim. The 1969 psychological drama¬†They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?¬†was Fonda’s first major dramatic role, and brought the first of her seven Academy Award nominations. Fonda went on to establish herself as one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation, winning the¬†Academy Award for Best Actress¬†twice for¬†Klute¬†(1971), and¬†Coming Home¬†(1978). Her other nominations were for¬†Julia¬†(1977),¬†The China Syndrome¬†(1979),¬†On Golden Pond¬†(1981), and¬†The Morning After¬†(1986). Consecutive hits¬†Fun with Dick and Jane¬†(1977),¬†California Suite¬†(1978),¬†The Electric Horseman¬†(1979), and¬†9 to 5¬†(1980) sustained Fonda’s box-office drawing power, and she won the¬†Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie¬†for the television film¬†The Dollmaker¬†(1984).

In 1982, she released her first exercise video,¬†Jane Fonda’s Workout, which became the highest-selling¬†VHS¬†of the 20th century.[4]¬†It would be the first of 22 such videos over the next 13 years, which would collectively sell over 17¬†million copies. Divorced from her second husband¬†Tom Hayden, she married billionaire¬†media mogul¬†Ted Turner¬†in 1991 and retired from acting, following a row of commercially unsuccessful films concluded by¬†Stanley & Iris¬†(1990). Fonda divorced Turner in 2001 and returned to acting with the successful comedy film¬†Monster-in-Law¬†(2005), the family drama film¬†Georgia Rule¬†(2007), and her first Broadway appearance after 49-year absence from the stage, in the play¬†33 Variations¬†(2009), which earned her a nomination for the¬†Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Fonda re-launched her career by the early 2010s, appearing in five films including leading roles in¬†Youth¬†(2015) and¬†Our Souls at Night¬†(2017), and starring in¬†Netflix‘s comedy series¬†Grace and Frankie¬†(2015‚Äď2022) for which she earned a nomination for the¬†Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She also released another five exercise videos during 2009‚Äď2012.

Fonda was a political activist in the¬†counterculture era¬†during the¬†Vietnam War. She was photographed sitting on a North Vietnamese¬†anti-aircraft gun¬†on a 1972 visit to¬†Hanoi, during which she gained the nickname “Hanoi Jane”. During this time, she was effectively¬†blacklisted¬†in Hollywood. She has also protested the¬†Iraq War¬†and violence against women, and describes herself as a¬†feminist¬†and environmental activist.[5]¬†In 2005, along with¬†Robin Morgan¬†and¬†Gloria Steinem, she 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 serves on the board of the organization.

Jane Seymour Fonda was born on December 21, 1937, in New York City.[6]¬†Her parents were Canadian-born socialite¬†Frances Ford Seymour¬†and American actor¬†Henry Fonda. According to her father, the surname Fonda came from an Italian ancestor who immigrated to the Netherlands in the 1500s.[7]¬†There, he intermarried; the resultant family began to use Dutch given names, with Jane’s first Fonda ancestor reaching New York in 1650.[8][9][10]¬†Fonda also has English, French, and Scottish ancestry. She was named for the third wife of¬†Henry VIII,¬†Jane Seymour, to whom she is distantly related on her mother’s side,[11]¬†and because of whom, until she was in fourth grade, Fonda said she was called “Lady” (as in Lady Jane).[12]¬†Her brother,¬†Peter Fonda, was also an actor, and her maternal half-sister is Frances de Villers Brokaw (also known as “Pan”), whose daughter is Pilar Corrias, the owner of the¬†Pilar Corrias Gallery¬†in London.[13]

In 1950, when Fonda was 12, her mother died by suicide while undergoing treatment at Craig House psychiatric hospital in Beacon, New York.[14][15] Later that year, Henry Fonda married socialite Susan Blanchard, 23 years his junior; this marriage ended in divorce. Aged 15, Jane taught dance at Fire Island Pines, New York.[16]

Jane, Henry and Peter Fonda in the 1950s

Fonda attended Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut; the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York; and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.[17] Before her acting career, she was a model and appeared twice on the cover of Vogue.[18]

Fonda became interested in the arts in 1954, while appearing with her father in a charity performance of¬†The Country Girl¬†at the¬†Omaha Community Playhouse.[18]¬†After dropping out of Vassar, she went to Paris for six months to study art.[19]¬†Upon returning to the US, in 1958, she met¬†Lee Strasberg; the meeting changed the course of her life. Fonda said, “I went to the¬†Actors Studio¬†and Lee Strasberg told me I had talent. Real talent. It was the first time that anyone, except my father ‚Äď who had to say so ‚Äď told me I was good. At anything. It was a turning point in my life. I went to bed thinking about acting. I woke up thinking about acting. It was like the roof had come off my life!”[20]

Fonda writes in her autobiography that she lost her virginity at age 18 to actor James Franciscus.[157] In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she dated automobile racing manager Giovanni Volpi,[158] producers Jos√© Antonio Sainz de Vicu√Īa[159] and Sandy Whitelaw[160] as well as actors Warren Beatty,[161] Peter Mann,[162] Christian Marquand[163] and William Wellman Jr.[164] Fonda has acknowledged that during this period, like many single women in Hollywood, she occasionally bearded for closeted homosexuals,[165][166] including actors Timmy Everett and Andreas Voutsinas.[167]

Fonda and her first husband, French film director Roger Vadim, became an item in December 1963 and married on August 14, 1965, at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.[168] The couple had a daughter, Vanessa Vadim, born on September 28, 1968, in Paris and named after actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave.[169] Separation reports surfaced in March 1970, which Fonda’s spokesman called “totally untrue,”[170] though by mid-1972 she was conceding: “We’re separated. Not legally, just separated. We’re friends.”[171] In the early 1970s, Fonda had affairs with political organizer Fred Gardner and Klute co-star Donald Sutherland.[172][173][174]

On January 19, 1973, three days after obtaining a divorce from Vadim in¬†Santo Domingo,[175]¬†Fonda married activist¬†Tom Hayden¬†in a free-form ceremony at her home in¬†Laurel Canyon.[176]¬†She had become involved with Hayden the previous summer, and was three months pregnant when they married.[177]¬†Their son,¬†Troy O’Donovan Garity, was born on July 7, 1973, in Los Angeles and was given his paternal grandmother’s maiden name, as the names “Fonda and Hayden carried too much baggage.” Fonda and Hayden named their son for¬†Nguyen Van Troi.[178]¬†Hayden chose O’Donovan as the middle name after Irish revolutionary¬†Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.[179]¬†In 1982, Fonda and Hayden unofficially adopted an African-American teenager,¬†Mary Luana Williams¬†(known as Lulu),[180]¬†whose parents were¬†Black Panthers.[181]¬†Fonda and Hayden separated over the Christmas holiday of 1988 and divorced on June 10, 1990, in¬†Santa Monica.[182][183]¬†In 1989, while estranged from her then spouse, Fonda had a seven-month relationship with soccer player¬†Lorenzo Caccialanza.[184]

Fonda married her third husband, cable television tycoon and CNN founder Ted Turner, on December 21, 1991, at a ranch near Capps, Florida, about 20 miles east of Tallahassee.[185] The pair separated four days into the new millennium and divorced on May 22, 2001, in Atlanta.[186][187]

Seven years of celibacy followed,[188] then from 2007 to 2008 Fonda was the companion of widowered management consultant Lynden Gillis.[189][190]

In mid-2009, Fonda began a relationship with record producer Richard Perry. It ended in January 2017.[191][192] That December, when asked what she had learned about love, Fonda told Entertainment Tonight: “Nothing. I’m not cut out for it!”[193]

Patricia Bosworth‘s 2011 biography of Fonda notes that, over the span of her career, she also has been rumored to be romantically linked to numerous men, including co-stars Alain DelonKris Kristofferson and Jimmy Smits, musician Mick Jagger, cinematographer Sven Nykvist, talk show host Geraldo Rivera, columnist Robert Scheer and slain hairdresser Jay Sebring, but most of these liaisons are unconfirmed so far.[194]

In a 2018 interview, Fonda stated that up to age 62, she always felt she had to seek the validation of men in order to prove to herself that she had value as a person, something she attributes to her mother’s early death leaving her without a female role model. As a consequence, she attached herself to “alpha males“, some of whom reinforced her feelings of inadequacy, despite her professional success. Fonda said that she came to see that attitude as a failing of the men in her life: “Some men have a hard time realizing that the woman they’re married to is strong and smart and they have to diminish that, because it makes them feel diminished. Too bad we have defined masculinity in such a way that it’s so easily shamed.”[195]

Fonda grew up¬†atheist¬†but turned to¬†Christianity¬†in the early 2000s. She describes her beliefs as being “outside of established religion” with a more feminist slant and views God as something that “lives within each of us as Spirit (or soul)”.[196]¬†Fonda once refused to say “Jesus Christ” in¬†Grace and Frankie¬†and requested a script change.[197]¬†She practices¬†zazen¬†and¬†yoga.[198][199]

The biggest thing I’ve learned about all of this was OR is this-


Years ago you may remember my Onslaught of Asking this-How Much Longer will we be in Afghanistan? In Iraq?

I wrote Blog after Blog and suddenly the Get us out started picking up Speed. 20 Years was damn sure too long. And Holy SHIT! The Cost has been astronomical. Did No One even think about who was going to be responsible for these Debts? Apparently Not! And why not?

No ACCOUNTABILITY in CONGRESS. None whatsoever. But I learned one thing for sure-

I DO NOT TRUST A BILLIONAIRE AT ALL! They are the ones who have caused all of the World’s Problems. They are… They Have!

My view of Jane Fonda? She served a Purpose. One that others may have to follow one day. Or we will all be Lost…God Bless all Veterans and America and Jane Fonda and America!

I am a U.S. Army Veteran…I don’t need your Thanks.

May God Bring Peace in Ukraine and the rest of the World. Please Pray for Peace