Jane Fonda by Patricia Bosworth
The Private Life of a Public Woman

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12 Critic Reviews

...The little girl who worked so hard for her father's attention has never failed to earn the whole world's notice.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

“An irresistible biography of the accomplished, controversial actress whose roles on screen and off helped define a generation. Whether you love Jane Fonda or abhor her, Jane Fonda is a detailed and generous exploration not only of the contradictory world Fonda grew up in but of the many people who shaped her.” —Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

Patricia Bosworth has gone beyond the image of an American superwoman to reveal a Jane Fonda more powerful and vulnerable than ever expected. Fonda emerged from a heartbreaking Hollywood family drama to become a ’60s onscreen ingénue and then an Oscar-winning actress. At the top of her game she risked all, rising up against the Vietnam War and shocking the world with a trip to Hanoi. While becoming one of Hollywood’s most committed feminists, she financed her husband Tom Hayden’s political career in the ’80s with exercise videos that began a fitness craze and brought in millions of dollars. Just as interesting is Fonda’s next turn, as a Stepford Wife of the Gulfstream set, marrying Ted Turner and seemingly walking away from her ideals and her career. Fonda’s multilevel story is a blend of the deep insecurity, magnetism, bravery, and determination that has fueled her inspiring and occasionally infuriating public life.

“The definitive portrait of a woman conflicted, torn between ferocious ambition, family, and feminist causes.” —Gail Sheehy, author of Passages

“The Private Life does Jane Fonda the service of making us remember why she was relevant in the first place: the movies. Bosworth’s thorough account of this wild, uniquely twentieth-century Hollywood life makes Jane Fonda the actress even more intriguing.” —San Francisco Chronicle
 

About Patricia Bosworth

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PATRICIA BOSWORTH, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, has known Jane Fonda since they were students at the Actors Studio and has been writing about her since 1968. Bosworth has also written acclaimed biographies of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando. She lives in New York.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Mariner Books. 645 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 28 2011

...as epic as the life she chronicles. Reading to savor.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 13 2011

Bosworth has succeeded in capturing Fonda's step-by-step transformation from wide-eyed, apolitical ingénue to the poised personality of recent decades.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Aug 27 2011

I was fascinated reading about Jane Fonda and her whirlwind life that touched on Hollywood, American politics and business in Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman.

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WSJ online

Good
on Aug 27 2011

...The little girl who worked so hard for her father's attention has never failed to earn the whole world's notice.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Aug 30 2011

Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman never disappoints. It enlightens, informs, intrigues...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Sep 08 2011

For a compelling read about a truly modern woman, a complicated public figure and a trendsetter like no other, this is a book that you won’t be able to put down.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Aug 31 2011

Bosworth...has written about Fonda for decades. Nobody has done a better job...

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USA Today

Good

...thanks to this book, it is difficult to not admire and be beguiled by such a strong self-made survivor.

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Denver Post

Good
on Sep 28 2011

Given the author's obviously warm feelings toward her subject, it's no surprise that "Jane Fonda" is a largely sympathetic portrait.

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Book Forum

Above average
on Sep 08 2011

Bosworth is perhaps too tactful about Jane's taste in scripts.

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Bloomberg

Above average
on Sep 01 2011

Bosworth...is sympathetic to Fonda. She doesn’t fawn, however.

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Military.com

Excellent
on Aug 29 2011

Hers has been a remarkable journey, unique for an American woman, and a life Bosworth explores with honesty and empathy in a book as striking as its subject.

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