Welcome to our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Jane Fonda. Jane was born Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda. She is an actress, writer, fitness guru, political activist and former model. We may know her as an award-winning actress today but here are 15 things you probably did not know about Jane. Stay tuned for part two of this list coming soon.
Number Fifteen: Jane Fonda Comes From Royalty
Jane comes from royal blood. Jane’s mother Frances Ford Seymour can be traced back to Jane Seymour’s lineage. She was Henry VIII third wife.
Number Fourteen: She Had Severe Self Esteem Issues
We all know that being in the public eye can be hard as a woman. Jane was a model and felt the pressure of being slim. She admitted to suffering from Bulimia and Anorexia for over 20 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. She also established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health in Atlanta.
Number Thirteen: She Raised Someone Else’s Child
Although Jane never officially adopted Mary Luana Williams. She took her in and raised her as her own since the age of 14. Mary’s parents were incarcerated for being members of the Black Panthers.
Number Twelve: Her Activism Landed Her In Hot Water
Jane was a dedicated activist. She was arrested in 1979 for illegally talking to soldiers against the war. Many called her anti-American. She 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 Eleven: She Was Monitored By The FBI
Due to her relationship with the Black Panthers, she was placed under surveillance by the FBI for over 7 years. Her conversations with her husband were also recorded in Britain and surrendered to the US government.
Number Ten: Her Mother Committed Suicide
Jane’s mother committed suicide when Jane was only twelve years old. In the 1950’s, Frances was in a psychiatric hospital ward where she ended her life. Stay tuned for part two coming soon!