Many actors, writers, and directors go their entire careers without anyone deeming them interesting enough to be the subject of a documentary. Jane Fonda became the focus of one at the age of 24.
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In The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who proudly serves tea at the White House to seven U.S. presidents, Democratic and Republican, while the segregated country he grew up in shudders with inevitable — and often violent — progress. Directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and co-starring Oprah Winfrey as Gaines’ beloved wife, The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who came to the White House in 1952 and became a favorite of many of the first families who called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.
The film is loaded with famous faces, and the historical icons they’re playing makes the new trailer impossible not to make some snap judgements about the casting: Robin Williams as Ike! John Cusack as Tricky Dick! READ FULL STORY
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.
Near-freezing temps were no match for Sunday night Globe winners such as Quentin Tarantino and celebrities like Selena Gomez, who were determined to keep the party going following the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.
Full of booze and ravenous for food, stars flocked to several bashes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just after the awards ceremony, from HBO’s soiree at the downstairs Circa 55 restaurant and The Weinstein Company’s party at the old Trader Vic’s, to the NBC-Focus Features-Universal’s rooftop shindig, Warner Bros. InStyle‘s huge party in the Oasis Courtyard, and Fox’s tented bash just outside the hotel.
UPDATE: Oprah Winfrey parties with Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman as Nancy and Ronald Reagan in 'The Butler' -- PHOTO
What would happen if Oprah Winfrey partied with Nancy and Ronald Reagan? It would hopefully look like the image to the right, which Winfrey posted to Instagram from the set of director Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The film is based on the life of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), a man who worked at the White House through eight presidencies, from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan. Winfrey, who plays Whitaker’s wife, captioned this shot: “Director Lee Daniels, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Alan Rickman as Prez Reagan, and me … gonna be a long nite.” Gotta love that both Fonda and Rickman remain in character.
Daniels has landed an all-star cast to play the famous residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington D.C. in his film. Along with Fonda and Rickman, there’s Robin Williams (President Dwight D. Eisenhower), Melissa Leo (Mamie Eisenhower), James Marsden (President John F. Kennedy), Minka Kelly (Jackie Kennedy), Liev Schreiber (President Lyndon B. Johnson), and John Cusack (President Richard M. Nixon). The film also boasts several more heavy hitters in non-presidential roles, including Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz.
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