Jane Fonda has moved away from Atlanta – but she didn’t stay gone long.
We caught up with her Wednesday night for an interview prior to Taste of the Nation. The sips-and-nibbles extravaganza at the Georgia Aquarium benefited Share Our Strength, which combats childhood hunger.
“I’ve become a resident of Los Angeles, but I’ll never leave Atlanta,” said Fonda, noting she has family, friends and her two charities here.
Her swank Poncey-Highland pad is still on the market (it’s yours for $4.5 million or $10,000 a month if you prefer to lease) but she won’t be here to personally give you a tour. She leaves for Paris soon for a film project there, and then heads to upstate New York for a film called “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding.”
Such opportunities are the reason for her move back west, and she got a little choked up when we asked if she was sad to move from Atlanta, her adopted city of nearly two decades.
“I’m not happy about the move,” she said, “but I need and want to work.”
Pulling a slip of stats from her purse, she made sure to stress the work that Share Our Strength does.
“I don’t have my glasses,” she mused.
“Here, these will work,” said event co-chair George McKerrow, offering his. “Look out the bottom. They’re bifocals.”
Back on track, Fonda noted two bits of information – Atlanta is the top market for Share Our Strength, a national charity, but Fulton County ranks at the top of Georgia counties where children have poor nutrition.
“I won’t say starving,” she said. “A few years ago I said children were starving in North Georgia and Zell Miller got really mad. We don’t want to make him mad again.”
Miller was governor at the time, McKerrow noted.
“Jane,” he chuckled, “you still got it.”