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In 1982, Jane Fonda became a different coming of age (literally) for the female baby boomers, who were thirty-ish and experiencing sag-after-babies, when "Jane Fonda's Workout" video was released. It led to 13 more such videos, rake in $13 million, and open up a whole industry of muscle toning (leg warmers, incl.).
But, sandwiched in between 1968 and 1980s, Jane Fonda was an activist for many civil rights issues. Ranging from women's rights to Alcatraz and American Indian reparations, Jane Fonda was a voice.
It wasn't always a good voice. Black Panthers, Huey Newton, and then Vietnam were always in the forefront. It was that Vietnam choice that tarnished who and what Fonda was.
She visited Vietnam and American servicemen, as well as North Vietnamese military. So much gets blurred, especially when a photo of her on an anti-aircraft gun was published.
|Nicknamed "Hanoi Jane" thereafter|
Although Jane Fonda relayed what really happened in her 2005 autobiography, that photo is still too strong.
From Barbarella to Exercise Queen to Political Activism, Jane Fonda definitely created a memorable legacy.
What do you remember?