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From Vietnam to Video

Jane Fonda made several appearances in the pages of Women & Film: her film Klute reviewed and discussed in light of her portrayal of the ‘hooker with a heart of gold’ stereotype, and the transcript from Godard and Gorin’s Letter to Jane, in which she appeared, was reprinted in its entirety. Whether she was admired or abhorred by feminists, she certainly could not have been ignored, as Peter Kramer makes clear in his post.

Women's Film and Television History Network-UK/Ireland

From Vietnam to Video:
Notes on Jane Fonda’s Films 
and Activism, 1970-1982

by Peter Krämer

At the beginning of 1970, Jane Fonda, who had recently turned 32, received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the Depression-era drama They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, one of the 20 highest grossing films of 1969 in the United States. While Fonda did not win the Oscar, the New York Film Critics selected her as the Best Actress of 1969, thus confirming that she was a highly regarded actress as well as a major star. Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)If any further confirmation was needed, it came after she completed work on the noir thriller Klute in October 1970. The film went on to become one of the twenty biggest hits of the following year and earned Fonda her first Best Actress Oscar.

Jane Fonda, 1970Also in 1970, Fonda began to receive a lot of publicity as…

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