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Actress Jane Fonda Turns 82: What Was Her Life Like?

by Elsa Stringer

Jane Fonda, the legendary American actress, writer, fitness guru, and political activist, has just turned 82 years old. She is a two-time Academy Award winner, whose career suffered at times because of her political activism that started following her appearance on one Vietnam War protest.


Thanks to being a part of the protest, there were many controversies in her life. The actress was often accused to be antipatriotic, that she hates everything American. It is therefore easy to understand why she had tough times during her life and career. Despite this, Jane continued to be a part of many other protests.

Turbulent Love Life

Fonda was married three times. Her first husband was the French screenwriter Roger Vadim. They married in 1965. In 1968, their first daughter was born. Only three days after their divorce in 1973, she married again.


Her second husband was an activist, Tom Hayden, and the pair married in Fonda’s home. That same year, their son Troy was born. In 1982, the pair adopted an Afro-American teen, Marry Luana Williams. In 1990, Jane and Tom had a divorce.

Although “third time’s the charm” is a popular saying, not even her third marriage was a long-lasting one for Fonda. She married Ted Turner, an American businessman, media proprietor, producer, and philanthropist.


Around ten years later, their marriage ended in another divorce. The last public relationship she was in was with a producer, Richard Perry. Their relationship lasted from 2009 to 2017.

Family Tragedy

Her love life was tragic, but the true tragedy of her life was her mother’s suicide when she was only 12 years old. In her documentary, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts”, she revealed that her mother suffered from bipolar disorder. Over the years, she learned how to understand her and forgive her involuntary behavior.


“When you have a parent who is not capable of showing up and expressing love, as a child you always think that you did something to deserve it. A child does not understand how a grown person can make mistakes, because it is dependent on them for survival”, she said one time in an interview.

No matter her hard life challenges and rough years, the famous actress is still looking strong today, and she still looks amazing!