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In 1978, while working as a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine, Audible founder and CEO Don Katz wrote a cover story about Jane Fonda. It was the same year she starred in Coming Home (a role for which she won her first Academy Award) and was just after the height of her very public and controversial anti-Vietnam War demonstrations.

In the article, Don Katz wrote that Jane Fonda had grown up in public and that, "No actor in Hollywood had stepped out to the beat of so many drummers and still had a career." Jane Fonda has quoted this line many times since then.

Now, she has a new memoir, My Life So Far, and it has provided Don Katz and Jane Fonda a chance to sit down again to talk about where she has been. In this interview, conducted in a hotel room in New York City, Jane Fonda says that as she enters her "third act" of her very public life, she's eager to share the many observations and hard won insights she has gained about what has motivated her, entertained her, and sustained her during her sixty-seven years.

Producer: Kerry Donahue
Engineer: Craig Hutchinson
Post-Production Engineer: Gil Hova

©2005 Audible, Inc. (P)2005 Audible, Inc.

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  • Barbara
  • 10-05-2005

Don Kurtz Interviews Jane Fonda

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. Don Kurtz reminds me of Bill Moyers and Diane Rehm: gentle, insightful, accepting, to-the-point. I enjoyed Fonda's 'reading' of her experience with K. Hepburn after Henry Fonda had somehow hurt his daughter with unkind words. I have looked at the book in various bookstores, but definitely would choose to listen to this on audio.

Jane Fonda is still a 'scoundral'(or worse) among Vietnam Vets especially ... but I wonder if their visceral hatred of her really goes deeper ... to the government that betrayed them - with her being their scapegoat. I think this interview begins a look at her humanity. I think this book is a must - to look at our own (that is our own personal AND America's) history and values and freedoms ... which sometime seem to be in jeopardy.

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  • Steven Ray Hill
  • 04-12-2019

Interesting

Nice to hear people who are in the public speak about their life off screen.

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  • Sunshine
  • 15-03-2019

Honest and Revealing

People love to hate Jane Fonda. I love her, she is bold and a trailblazer. She is an amazing woman who is beautiful inside and out. The movie that mirrors this book was better because it was more storytelling and not an interview. That doesn't take from this book and I am glad I bought it.

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  • Reggie
  • 13-01-2019

Honest. Fascinating.

I have been following JF for years. While I tried reading her book about her life published awhile ago, this is so much better. Audio is so nice. It takes the time & work out of the written word.

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  • Donn Edwards
  • 01-11-2005

Content Good, Audio not good

The worst part of the interview is the fact that Don Katz's voice is soft and indistinct, and Jane Fonda's voice is clear and loud by comparison. Unfortunately these technical gremlins make it difficult to listen to in the car, because you have to keep changing the volume levels.

Even so, Jane Fonda is interesting to listen to, and makes for a fascinating interview.

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  • Colum Lavelle
  • 10-09-2020

I met Jane

I've been an admirer of Jane Fonda since the 70's ...... initially watching movies on TV and the after seeing China Syndrome in the cinema, I realised that she was more than a quality actress, she was socially and politically engaged as well. Over the years she has become renowned for her activism, most recently the fire drill Fridays climate change campaign while maintaining her acting career. I admire anyone who can use their public platform, the likes of which films stars & people in the music fields occupy, to further causes for the betterment of the human race and the protection of the environment. I met Jane Fonda twice on the same day, at book launch's for My life So Far and had positive interactions with her. She struck me as a mature, intelligent and articulate woman who cares greatly about many of the challenges facing humanity, equality, human rights the environment and so on. I enjoyed this short interview and found it an interesting piece.

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