May 11, 2007
Jane Fonda's last great performance - and one of the last before she retired - was as an alcoholic in Sidney Lumet's The Morning After in 1986. In Georgia Rule, the second movie in her highly dubious comeback, she does an about-face on her persona and her talent, playing a teetotaler and, what's worse, a pious bore. As Georgia, a righteous small-town matriarch, Fonda gets to embody clannish virtues already a feature of the next presidential campaign. Georgia Rule (Universal Pictures) Starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman.
February 25, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- --The seven-letter word keeps resurfacing in the life and baseball times of Aubrey Huff. Without. Huff, the Orioles' new middle-of-the-lineup slugger, graduated from a Texas high school without being drafted and without getting any serious looks from Division I colleges. In his first seven seasons in the majors, Huff hit 141 homers without fanfare because he played primarily in the obscurity of Tampa Bay, a place without baseball tradition, without a consistent fan base.
April 2, 2006
9 TO 5 / / 20th Century Fox / $19.98 Certainly you will remember the clothes. The hemlines, the shoes, the poofy shoulders, the poofy hair. The year, 1980, will come rushing back at you in the fashions worn by stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, who clearly had a rollicking good time making this working-girl movie 25 years ago. 9 to 5 is the story of three women trapped in "the pink-collar ghetto" of a corporation. They form a reluctant alliance to get their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigoted" boss, played by Dabney Coleman.
May 15, 2005
My Life So Far By Jane Fonda. Random House, 599 pages. $26.95. Anyone old enough to remember the vitriol directed at Jane Fonda during the '60s and '70s -- some of it brought on by her own foolishness; most of it deeply ugly; none of it having anything to do with her abilities as an actress -- might be loath to add to the criticism. This is why it gives me no pleasure to report that her new autobiography, My Life So Far, is a very bad book. Forgoing the "and then I starred in ..." model of celebrity memoir, Fonda has chosen to write her story as a piece of self-examination, to find the narrative threads in her life.
May 13, 2005
Jane Fonda coming back to the screen after a decade-and-a-half absence in Monster-in-Law is like Brando returning from the dead to star in a Police Academy movie. Monster-in-Law isn't over-the-top: It's beneath-the-bottom. And I'm not referring to Jennifer Lopez's anatomy, although the script does, constantly. Lopez plays a virtuous Venice Beach, Calif., woman named Charlie (for Charlotte), who holds down several menial jobs while dreaming of designing dresses. Fonda plays Viola, a snooty, just-fired TV talk-show host who can't abide Charlie's engagement to her dreamboat surgeon son, Kevin (Michael Vartan)
June 9, 2003
ATLANTA - Jane Fonda drives herself to interviews. No limo, no entourage, not even a Mercedes. Just a little silver Toyota Prius. When she pays the parking attendant, the woman doesn't even recognize her. Told she just took a couple of bucks from Jane Fonda, she gasps, "That was her? I love her movies." It is indeed her. devoted mother and grandmother, Oscar-winning actress, Henry's daughter, Ted's ex, political activist, entrepreneur, Braves fan. Fonda keeps re-inventing herself, in life as well as in her career.