Actress Jane Fonda: Talking about issues through her life story

Actress Jane Fonda agreed to bare her soul in a documentary after seeing the impact her 2005 memoir had on readers

Jane Fonda at the premiere of her documentary at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles last month.
Jane Fonda at the premiere of her documentary at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles last month.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, HBO

In person, the iconic actress and activist Jane Fonda is as spirited as you would imagine after watching her in classic films such as the crime thriller Klute (1971), disaster movie The China Syndrome (1979) and workplace comedy 9 To 5 (1989).

The 80-year-old star is quick with good-natured quips and comebacks as she chats and banters with reporters from The Straits Times and other press in Los Angeles - in between lusty mouthfuls of cookies - about the new documentary on her life, Jane Fonda In Five Acts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2018, with the headline 'Talking about issues through her life story'. Subscribe