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Publisher's Summary

She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths that she hopes "can provide a lens through which others can see their lives and how they can live them a little differently." Fonda divides her "life so far" into three "acts", writing about her childhood, first films, and marriage to Roger Vadim in Act One. At once a picture emerges: a child born to the acting legend Henry Fonda and the glamorous society princess Frances Seymour. But these early years are also marked by profound sadness: her mother's mental illness and suicide when Jane is 12 years old, her father's emotional distance, and her personal struggle to find her way in the world as a young woman.
By her second act, Fonda lays the foundation for her activism, even as her career takes flight. She highlights her struggle to live consciously and authentically while remaining in the public eye as she recounts her marriages to Tom Hayden and Ted Turner, and examines her controversial and defining involvement with the Vietnam War. As her film career grows, Fonda learns to incorporate her roles into a larger vision of what matters most in her life, and in the process she wins two Academy Awards, for Klute and for Coming Home.
In Fonda's third act, she is prepared to do the work of a lifetime, to begin living consciously in a way that might inspire others who can learn from her experiences.
Surprising, candid, and wonderfully written, Jane Fonda's My Life So Far is filled with universal insights into the personal struggles of women living full and engaged lives.
Want to hear about Jane Fonda's first date with Ted Turner? She talks about that night and more in this interview with Audible's founder and CEO, Don Katz.
©2005 Jane Fonda (P)2005 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews



2005 Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author
2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Biography/Memoir
"Intriguing, instructive, inspirational personal exploration is enriched by a flawless, captivating author performance. It's her life in her voice - and she delivers." (AudioFile)
"Fonda's remembrances...nicely sum up more than 50 years of American history, seen through the eyes of one well-traveled woman." (Publishers Weekly)
"Whether you love her or hate her, all but her most venomous critics would have to conclude she has lived a fascinating life. As celebrity books go, this is a good one." (Houston Chronicle)
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5 out of 5 stars
By J F Whitmore on 07-11-14

No ordinary Jane

Enjoyed everything about "My Life So Far." Jane is exceptional as always. Makes you want to keep listening. Quite a life. Narration is superb and you can feel her emotions. Jane explains her life of personal issues and public issues. I love her honesty. I am a lifetime fan.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Simone on 12-02-16

Very Interesting!

What did I know about Jane Fonda before reading this book?

• Tense relationship with her dad
• Work-out videos & Legwarmers
• Hanoi Jane
• 9 to 5 (that’s just the first movie that popped into my head)
• Once married to Ted Turner
• Now stars in Grace and Frankie, a terrific TV show on Netflix (can’t wait for Season 3!!)

Needless to say I barely remembered the highlights of the highlights - but as I read on, many things I had forgotten quickly sprang to mind. On many occasions I said to myself “Oh yeah! I forgot about that!” like her activism, her struggles with eating disorders, her black adopted daughter, “Agnes of God”… all sorts of miscellaneous factoids.

I found her autobiography very honest and interesting. There was so much more to know about her than the superficial tid-bits I remembered. For example, I had no idea to what degree she was vilified during the Vietnam war and had been under investigation by the FBI! Yowza!

Other reviewers have said that her book is a little preachy and almost seems like a self-help book. I can understand that point of view; she is EXTREEMLY introspective, and I have to say some passages did start to feel a little too long and drawn out … but I never felt preached to, I thought she was just being passionate about what she believes in and therefore has a lot to say on the topic.

I listened to the audiobook and noted multiple technical glitches - MANY repeating sentences - but Jane’s narration was great. I liked listening to the sound of her voice and I think hearing her tell her own story directly made the entire thing even more interesting.

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