Oscar and Emmy award-winning actress Jane Fonda and Oscar-nominated actress Gabby Sidibe attended the screening of Fonda’s least-favorite movie on Sunday evening.
The film, a documentary called “Jane,” was made when Fonda was 25 and on the verge of a nervous breakdown following her short run in the ill-fated play “The Fun Couple.”
“You can’t know how painful this is to me,” Fonda said after the screening. But she thought discussing her journey from frightened young thing too scared to say “no,” to the strong-willed woman she is today would make for a powerful fundraiser for her charity, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. The event raised nearly $70,000.
“It’s unusual that we have concrete proof of how far we’ve come,” she said. “You can get your voice back. You can become something. You can become yourself.”
Inviting Sidibe to join her just made sense, Fonda said, given her starring role in the film “Precious.” Sidibe now appears in a Showtime series, “The Big C,” despite those who doubted she’d work again. “By all accounts I am not supposed to be an actress,” Sidibe said. “I am not a size 0. I am not blond. I don’t have ivory skin. Stepping into this career means making a lot of people wrong and I love that.”
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