Jane Fonda is an American actress, political activist and former fashion model. You may know her as an award-winning actress today but we present a list of top 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Jane.

Number One: Jane Fonda Comes From Royalty

She comes from royal blood. Her mother Frances Ford Seymour can be traced back to Jane Seymour’s lineage. She was Henry VIII third wife.

Number Two: Jane Purchased A Movie To Act With Her Father

The actress had a hard time connecting with her father. They both were estranged for many years. Fonda decided to purchase a script called On Golden Pond, so she and her father can act in it together. The film also features Katharine Hepburn. Henry won an Academy Award for Best Actor in this film which Jane Fonda accepted on his behalf due to him being ill. He died 5 months later.

Number Three: UN Made Her a Goodwill Ambassador

Along with being Goodwill Ambassador, she is no stranger to receiving awards. Since then she has received the Women in Film Crystal Award, AFI Life Achievement Award, the Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century award and the New York Women’s Agenda Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Number Four: Fonda Has a Fitness Empire

Most of you know her for being a fitness guru. Since ’82, Jane has launched over 22 workout videos. Her empire is still strong thirty years later, selling over 18 million copies. She also authored Jane Fonda’s Workout Book which was on the #1 sellers list for over six months.

Number Five: The Actress Raised Someone Else’s Child

Although she never officially adopted Mary Luana Williams. Jane Fonda took her in and raised as her own since the age of 14. Mary’s parents were incarcerated for being members of the Black Panthers.

Number Six: Fonda’s Activism Landed Her In Hot Water

She was a dedicated activist. Jane was arrested in ’79 for illegally talking to soldiers against the war. Many called her anti-American. Fonda also supported the Black Panthers and was a known associate of the Panther’s leader Huey Newton. The State Department disapproved of her behavior and at least, one congressman is recorded of demanding her arrest for treason.

Number Seven: The Actress Was Monitored By the FBI

Due to her relationship with the Black Panthers, she was placed under surveillance by the FBI for over seven years. Her conversations with her husband were also recorded in Britain and surrendered to the United States government.

Number Eight: Jane’s Mother Committed Suicide

Her mother committed suicide when she was only 12 y.o. In the 50’s, Frances was in a psychiatric hospital ward where she ended her life.

Number Nine: The Actress Retired From Acting In ’91

In ’91, Fonda married billionaire Ted Turner. Jane retired from acting and focused on her philanthropic efforts and family. The couple divorced in ’01.

Number Ten: Self Esteem Issues

She was a model and felt the pressure of being slim. Jane admitted to suffering from Bulimia and Anorexia for over twenty years. Later in life, this led her to become active in organizations focusing on women’s health and well-being. She co-founded the Women’s Media Center, whose goal is to share a women’s perspective in the media. The actress also established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health in Atlanta.

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