May 31, 2013 3:40pm EST
Jane Fonda raced to cast Meryl Streep in her acclaimed 1978 movie Coming Home after the newcomer left her breathless with her performance in her film debut Julia the year before. The Mamma Mia! star had a supporting role in the 1977 Lillian Hellman biopic, opposite Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, and the On Golden Pond star still recalls the first time she saw Streep onscreen.
In a webchat with GoldDerby.com on Friday (31May13), she explains, "You wouldn't have recognised her... She had a black wig and I remember the first time I saw the rushes (review of the previous day's filming).
"It was a scene where Lillian Hellman had just opened on Broadway with her play, Little Foxes, and it was a magnificent triumph... Lillian is walking through Sardi's and the camera panned with me... and then the camera stopped and I walk off camera, and Anne Marie walks on camera and stops - and that was Meryl. What she did in just a few seconds with her face and her hand... my hair stood on end.
"I was in the process of casting Coming Home and I called my producing partner, Bruce Gilbert, and I said, 'Listen, it's a weird name, Meryl Streep, but I'm telling you not since Geraldine Page have I seen anything like this; try to get her in the part.'
"She wasn't free, she was doing a Tennessee Williams play but I feel privileged to have been present at her screen debut... It was breathtaking."
May 31, 2013 3:31pm EST
Jane Fonda has taken issue with a line in Bette Midler's hit Broadway play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers because it continues the myth she was offered the lead in cult 1974 movie Chinatown. As late super agent Mengers, Midler suggests Fonda turned the role down, but the movie veteran insists Roman Polanski never officially offered her it before opting to cast Faye Dunaway.
In an online chat with GoldDerby.com editor Tom O'Neill on Friday (31May13), the actress said, "In Bette Midler's play... it says that I turned down Chinatown... I'm mad about it with Roman Polanski but he never really offered me the part."
During the chat, Fonda also exploded the myth that she turned down the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate.
May 31, 2013 3:27pm EST
"I can look like her, we both have long, narrow faces. You'd be surprised how much I look like her in the movie. I enjoyed playing her. We may not agree politically, but I respect her... I felt very honoured to play her and I think I did a good job." Jane Fonda on portraying former First Lady Nancy Reagan in new movie The Butler.
May 31, 2013 3:14pm EST
"You just can't beat Maggie Smith... I didn't feel bad about losing to her. I don't think I deserved it in Julia; I'd like to go back and do that again and I'd do it differently, but I'm sure proud of the ones that I won." Jane Fonda on missing out on Oscar gold for They Shoot Horses Don't They and Julia. The movie veteran lost to Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) in 1970 and Diane Keaton (Annie Hall) in 1978. Fonda won two Best Actress Oscars for Klute (1972) and Coming Home (1979).
May 31, 2013 2:24pm EST
Jane Fonda will always treasure a fond memory of her On Golden Pond co-star Katharine Hepburn's competitive streak after the late movie icon picked up her fourth Oscar. Despite famously telling reporters she wasn't interested in accolades, Hepburn made it clear to her young co-star that she did.
Fonda, a double Oscar winner, tells GoldDerby.com, "She came from an era of great competition... and I don't, so it took me a while to kind of figure out her modus operandi (method of operation), but even at the very end, some of the last words we exchanged she took me by surprise and it happened the night of the Oscars.
"I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, my father was nominated as Best Actor and Katharine was nominated as Best Actress. The film of course won and the writer won and my father won and Katharine won and I called her up to congratulate her and the first words out of her mouth were, 'You'll never catch me now'.
"I stopped for a second, I thought, 'What is she talking about? Oh my Lord, that's right, if I had won... we'd be tied... That was Katharine."
May 31, 2013 2:21pm EST
"I'm like Rupert Murdoch marinated in Ted Turner... I am a ferocious businesswoman who looks very, very closely... at the bottom line but I'm not ruthless. I don't try to hurt people by telling not truths. I think Ted Turner is that way." Jane Fonda tells GoldDerby.com her tough-talking character in The Newsroom is loosely based on her media mogul ex-boyfriend Ted Turner.
May 31, 2013 12:36am EST
Veteran actress Jane Fonda was nervous about meeting the mother of her adopted daughter for the first time recently, but the pair bonded over their shared experiences of surgery. The Barbarella star and her second husband Tom Hayden took in African-American child Mary Williams when she was 14 after meeting the underprivileged girl at Laurel Springs Children's Camp in Santa Barbara, California.
Fonda had rarely spoken about her daughter until she opened up about their relationship in an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year (13), and now Williams has further detailed their life together.
The 45 year old reveals she is now back in contact with her birth mother, also called Mary, and her two mums met for the first time at a recent photoshoot for her book, The Lost Daughter.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Jane was so nervous. I think she felt Mama was going to look at this white lady with jewellery who's had work (cosmetic surgery) done and all this class guilt came to the fore. But they got along just fine and laughed together and talked about their different surgeries, so they found a common bond."
May 24, 2013 5:37pm EST
"We both do a lot of charity in Atlanta, Georgia so we hooked up in that way and we work together a lot. She's always tunked up (caffeinated). She has a lot of energy." Rapper/actor Ludacris on his unlikely friendship with movie legend Jane Fonda.
May 20, 2013 4:33pm EST
Rapper Murs and his wife are preparing to welcome their second child by adoption next month (Jun13). The hip-hop veteran, real name Nick Carter, became a first-time dad last October (12) when he and his spouse Kate adopted their baby son Bishop from North Carolina, and they are now set to expand their family with the addition of a 15-year-old, called Eddie.
Murs, who is signed to embattled rap mogul Damon Dash's new label DD172, reveals he and his partner were inspired by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and Jane Fonda's mixed families as they decided to give a home to children in need, and they hope their journey to parenthood will encourage others to adopt too.
He tells HipHopDX.com, "We adopted because we wanted to help change someone's life. We both know kids in the foster system and it's not the best place for a child to be raised.
"I hope I inspire more people to adopt. Hopefully, some of my peers will get involved. Shout out to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt 'cause they were definitely inspirations for me. Jane Fonda adopted a black girl (Lulu) when (she) was 16 or 17. There are a lot of people, but I want more of the hip-hop generation... (to know that) you can change someone's life as parents.
"I hope I can encourage a few people to do the same... that's why I talk about it. It's beautiful. It's wonderful."
May 19, 2013 9:56pm EST
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban made sure no one had any doubts about their romance on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday (19May13) as they kissed and cuddled for the cameras. Kidman, who jetted to France for the festival last week (ends17May13) as her husband wrapped up his stint as a judge on the 12th season of American Idol, was as giddy as a lovestruck teenager when her usually scruffy man showed up in a tuxedo for the premiere of Inside Llewyn Davis.
After spending months as an Idol panelist, Urban is now letting his wife play the judge - she's working with Steven Spielberg and other top industry figures to pick this year's (13) big Cannes winners.
The couple pawed and smooched as the world's snappers flashed - and they didn't even seem to notice there was anyone else there.
It was quite the star-studded pair affair as the film's star Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel also hit the red carpet, where they rubbed shoulders with the pop superstar's castmates Carey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac and leading ladies Jane Fonda, Kirsten Dunst and one of the world's most beautiful women, Bollywood icon and Cannes regular Aishwarya Rai.