Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Michael Douglas were among the stars who turned out to honour Jane Fonda as she received a special award from the American Film Institute (AFI) on Thursday night (05Jun14). The veteran actress received the organisation’s Life Achievement Award during a glitzy bash at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, and Hollywood royalty turned out to salute her.
Streep and Bullock both gave speeches, along with Sally Field and Lily Tomlin, and Douglas, who received the same prize in 2009, was on hand to present Fonda with the trophy. During the presentation, the actor told the audience about his time working with Fonda on 1979 movie The China Syndrome, saying, “I learned that not only is Jane an amazing actress, but she is the world’s greatest multi-tasker. She was simultaneously an actress, she was a mom, she was a fitness expert and a brave, very courageous political activist. So, deep down, who really is Jane Fonda? She is one of a kind… Jane, you are true film royalty, not through birth, but through your talent.”
Fonda, who follows in the footsteps of her actor father Henry Fonda in receiving the AFI award, said, “I’m so happy to add another woman’s name to the list (of AFI award winners).” Tributes also came from Fonda’s actor son Troy Garity and her brother Peter Fonda, as well as her The Newsroom co-star Jeff Daniels, who performed a song he wrote specially for the occasion.