Jane Fonda has grabbed the headlines most of her life. From 1960s sex kitten to feminist champion, from Miss Army Recruiting 1962 to outspoken anti-Vietnam protestor, from chain-smoking, pill-popping bulimic to world-famous fitness queen - veering from one cause to another throughout her 54 years, she is now a hardened businesswoman and a powerful force in Hollywood and the winner of two Oscars, for "Klute" and "Coming Home". This biography exposes Fonda's sometimes scandalous life and career in detail. Covering her films, family, politics, men and marriages, the book uncovers the confusions and contradictions behind this controversial star.
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After a promising start--detailing Fonda's childhood and adolescence and her relationship with her famous father--this biography starts to come unraveled when discussing the actress's political awakening. The second half of the book veers off into a political tract in which Andersen seems intent on bringing to the reader's attention every intemperate remark and foolish deed committed by Fonda during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Furthermore, the author exhibits a lack of understanding of cultural and social movements of the period, which undercuts his case against Fonda. While Andersen does give Fonda her due as an actress and gives a balanced assessment of her professional life, his apparent bias toward her as a public person undermines the whole book. Such a controversial and significant figure deserves a more thoughtful treatment. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternates.
- Thomas Wiener, formerly with "American Film," Washington, D.C.
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Book Description Dell, 1991. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0440209439
Book Description Dell, 1991. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0440209439