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Jane Fonda to discuss a difficult chapter for charity

jane_fonda_300Jane Fonda is putting a difficult chapter of her life on stage to benefit the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

The event, at 6 p.m. April 17 at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theatre, is the airing of the 196os documentary “Jane,” made when she was 25. It chronicles her role in the ill-fated play “The Fun Couple,” which closed after just two days.

“After the experience I had a nervous breakdown and never wanted to be reminded of it,” she told us during a quick phone interview on Tuesday. She gets into town Sunday and will be here through Easter, to spend time with the grandkids. (Fonda still has a place here, by the way, but it’s on the market. For now, Queen Latifah is renting it while she is here filming “Joyful Noise,” with Dolly Parton.)

Fonda said viewing the documentary herself for the first time years ago made her want to close the curtains and reach for the vodka.

“It made me so sad to see how I had no voice, I had no power,” she said. “I was completely disembodied.”

But talking about how she was able to overcome the ordeal, she thought, would pair well with G-CAPP’s mission.

“This shows how much I care about G-CAPP, that I am showing this publicly,” she said. After the viewing and audience Q&A she will meet and greet at a reception along with Gabby Sidibe, star of the movie “Precious.”

“I think Gabby was just miraculous in it,” Fonda said. “It was a very important movie. It touched on a lot of the issues that we work on with G-CAPP.”

Alliance Theatre director Susan Booth will moderate the evening.

“How do we find our voices? How do we own our beings, gain our confidence?” Fonda said, expanding on the theme. “Trust me, this is going to be a very unusual experience.”

Tickets for the fundraiser start at $50 and can be purchased at www.gcapp.org.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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