Soon, she was conducting classes herself at a studio in Beverly Hills.
A friend suggested she turn the class, which was growing enormously in popularity, into a video.
when I was working and had to look good, and when I was in an inauthentic relationship, which I was in a lot.” • The 39 TV flops of 2015 so far In the 1980s, Fonda transformed herself into the epitome of hardbodied fitness.
After she fractured her foot and was forced to give up ballet classes (which had been her regular exercise for many years), she attended a new sort of fitness class in LA – aerobics.
“I really never was.” In fact, she has struggled with her self-image for much of her life, something she blames on her father, the acclaimed actor Henry Fonda. Only later could I look back and say: it had nothing to do with me.
“I grew up being told I was fat by my father,” she says simply. He married five times, and all the women had body issues.
“Not only was it a fitness phenomenon,” says Fonda, now. Between 19, she put out 22 more videos, five workout books, and 12 audiobooks. “But in Connecticut, where we moved when I was 10, I began to notice that people treated us differently,” says Jane.
“They’d whisper: ‘Oh my god, it’s Henry Fonda.’” Her father was famously critical, though, especially of both Jane and her younger brother, Peter.
• A list of the best TV shows on Netflix UK Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) are rivals rather than friends, whose husbands, Sheen and Waterston run a law firm.
Youth stars Michael Caine and Rachel Weisz, and is “very strange” beams Fonda, who has a small role.
“I just really wanted to work with this guy; he’s not like any director I’ve ever worked with before.” Given how busy she appears to be as an actress again these days, it’s rather remarkable that she publicly retired from the profession in the early 1990s.
• A list of the best movies on Netflix UK "I was like a lightning rod, and I understand that,” she says today.
“If I believed what was said about me, I would be angry too.
“I wanted to do a television show that showed the realities of being an older woman.” Just how hard is it to be a woman seeking work in Hollywood after 50 (or 60, or 70), I ask. But I am 77 years old now, and those opportunities just aren’t there.” She holds up her hands to take in the full sweep of the suite, sculptures, chandeliers and all, before adding. So, for us, it’s all about trying to stay young.” • Jane Fonda says Hanoi Jane photo will hurt "to my grave" Unusually for someone in her position, Fonda has been open about her efforts in this department – having cosmetic surgery on her jowls, eyelids and the bags under her eyes. I have friends – one of whom is the beloved Vanessa Redgrave – who have allowed us to see them age. When I mention the phrase sex symbol, though, she scoffs.