Jane Fonda may not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (yet), but she’s getting something better.
All it took was two Oscar wins, a Hollywood pedigree, and a lifetime in show business, but Jane Fonda is finally making her mark in Hollywood right outside of the legendary TCL (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theater. This Saturday she’ll roll up her pants and sleeves to put her hand and footprints right next to her father’s (Henry Fonda) who got his spot at Grauman’s in 1942.
The 75-year-old actress is also being honored by the TCM Classic Film Festival. After her imprint ceremony she’ll go straight into the theater to introduce a screening of On Golden Pond, the 1981 film that she co-starred in with her father.
“I am very, very excited,” Fonda said in an interview with the AP. “I thought probably I would die and this would never happen. I’m just really thrilled that it actually is happening and not only that, but I get to put my hand and footprints right next to my father. … I’m just so happy I’ll probably cry.”
In honor of Fonda’s expansive and awesomely diverse career, take a look at some of our favorite Fonda moments from across the years.
Fonda had been working as a model and then a stage actress before nabbing her first role in Tall Story where she somewhat relentlessly pursues a college basketball player.
“Meet the most beautiful creature of the future. Her name is Barbarella and she makes science fiction…something else.” Though the French/Italian science fiction film was largely considered a flop, Barbarella’s major hair and skimpy costumes cemented Fonda’s status as one of the most beautiful women in the movies.
One trip to Vietnam and a few interviews later, and Fonda would forever be associated with the Vietnam War, mostly derisively. Fonda later apologized for any careless remarks that she may have made.
Fonda won her only two Academy Awards in the 70s, first for her call girl performance in Klute and then in 1978 for the Vietnam drama Coming Home. But her most moving moment at the Oscars came when she accepted the Best Actor Award for her father, Henry, for his performance in On Golden Pond – which she’d actually acquired with the sole purpose of finally making a film with him. He was still living at the time, but died shortly thereafter. It was Henry Fonda’s first and only Academy Award.
9 to 5 Jane
A comic ode to secretaries and their terrible bosses, Collin Higgins’ 9 to 5 was a cultural touchstone and a box office success.
The outfits! The soundtrack! Actually, it looks kind of fun…
After a 15-year break from acting, Fonda returned to the scene for a few forgettable films, including the Jennifer Lopez comedy Monster-in-Law and the would-be Lindsay Lohan comeback Georgia Rule. Fonda really hit her stride again when Aaron Sorkin cast her in The Newsroom as the quick-witted CEO Leona Lansing.
What’s next for Fonda? Besides being named one of People’s most beautiful women this week, she’ll be appearing as Nancy Reagan in the upcoming film The Butler, and is expected to begin production soon on This is Where I Leave You.