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Jane Fonda, Ted Turner together again at G-CAPP fundraiser

 Jane Fonda presents her favorite ex-husband Ted Turner with the Big Thinker Award at last week's G-CAPP fundraiser. The amicably divorced couple is shown here with G-CAPP President and CEO Vikki Millender-Morrow. Photo credit: Kim Link

Jane Fonda presents her favorite ex-husband Ted Turner with the Big Thinker Award at last week's G-CAPP fundraiser. The amicably divorced couple is shown here with G-CAPP President and CEO Vikki Millender-Morrow. Photo credit: Kim Link

Jane Fonda and Ted Turner, who have to be the world’s most amicably divorced couple, took the stage together at the Georgia Aquarium last week at the Em-Power Party to benefit G-CAPP, a cause they both champion.

“It was Ted who inspired me to start this organization and make it possible to continue,” said Fonda of the guy she calls her “favorite ex-husband.” “I love you. I respect you. I admire you.”

She became emotional when saluting Turner’s children, saying,”God bless you. I am so grateful. I may live in California now but you are my family.”

Fonda’s sharp wit quickly returned when she presented Turner with the “Big Thinker Award,” which was a miniature replication of Rodin’s famous sculpture.

“I’ve never seen Ted in this position except on the toilet, where he gets most of his good ideas,” Fonda quipped.

After the presentation, journalist Pat Mitchell moderated a discussion between the two. (In addition to being president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media in New York and the past president and CEO of PBS, Mitchell is related to them both by marriage.) The conversation centered largely on global population control.

“The threat from militaries is minuscule compared to the threat from overpopulation,” Turner said.

Educating and empowering women around the world goes hand in hand with stemming overpopulation, both Turner and Fonda noted. Each cited the slogan, “Hope is the best contraceptive,” in explaining that women with many economic opportunities are likely to choose smaller families.

“The countries that are the most backward and the most behind are the countries that don’t give equal rights to women,” Turner said. “Here in the United States more women are in college than men. More women are in graduate school than men. That’s a tremendous strength for us. There are some countries that don’t want to educate women at all.”

Turner then joked that he has proposed legislation aimed at leveling the gender playing field by “outlawing men from running for public office for 100 years.”

Mitchell followed up by noting that Turner once proposed “ridding the world of testosterone poisoning” but Turner didn’t claim that one.

“I never said that. I said that?” he said, then shrugged. “I used to drink. I said things then that I apologize for.”

During the humorous, candid exchange, Fonda did make a little news, announcing a slight mission and name change for the organization she founded in 1995. Known officially as the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Fonda said the group’s expanded goals mean the name Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential more accurately fits.

“Most teen mothers come from poverty,” Fonda said, noting that teen pregnancy in turn “creates poverty. How to break the cycle: that’s what we’re about.”

15 comments Add your comment

JRHD

October 8th, 2012
4:50 pm

Captain Courageous and Hanoi Jane…quite the pair. I’ll bet if Ted still owned the Braves we would still be in the playoffs.

lantana

October 8th, 2012
4:51 pm

Jane’s a class act…

El Mongol

October 8th, 2012
5:14 pm

I still remember as a kid my Uncles were fighting a war against a communist government that Jane supported. I know we probably should have never been there, but she still supported the people trying to kill her fellow countrymen and my family. I really could care less what leftist psychobabble this idiot has to say.

dana

October 8th, 2012
6:24 pm

Oh, please, El Mongo, get over it. I fought that war, and I’ve forgiven her. We all said and did stupid things when we were young. Also, I was surprised that you said you could “care less” what Jane has to say, but, on second thought, doubt if that’s what you meant to express. Think about it, and perhaps you’ll state your position correctly next time. Or wise up.

Allen

October 8th, 2012
7:13 pm

I love Jane Fonda . . . and Ted Turner.

Rick James

October 8th, 2012
7:27 pm

Ted,please buy the Braves back…..

whatsinaname

October 8th, 2012
9:43 pm

Ted’s nickname is Captain Outrageous, not Captain Courageous.

Just Me

October 8th, 2012
10:22 pm

I love them both. Two great citizens. And yes, Ted, PLEASE buy the Braves again!

swami says

October 8th, 2012
10:57 pm

Who are these people?

pierresfamily

October 9th, 2012
1:09 am

Yeah we miss those old days when Ted owned the Braves, too. It was AWESOME to see him at the game Friday night (not to mention Niekro!!) I hope this city never forgets that it was HE who kept the Braves in Atlanta, HE for whom the stadium is named – and HE who gave us the first superstation, revolutionizing tv. So glad it’s stil TBS. He is a visionary and well-deserving of the Big Thinker Award!! Being a silly romantic, I just wish they’d reunite, but I GUESS they know a little better than I do, about such things. : ) I’m so proud we can claim Ted who was an Atlantan for soooo long.

lovetravel

October 9th, 2012
8:09 am

It’s good to see them together but I wish they would have get back together as hubby/wife. Fonda don’t need to be in Calf just because it better than GA. She would be better off in GA and can teach everyone in GA thing or 2 to learn how to respect each other. Ted you need to realize she was a good woman to you and you turn it around because she goes to church, that doesn’t have nothing to do with going to church. You need to stand up and tell her you are sorry and bring her back to GA That is all the matter to make you both happy!!

????

October 9th, 2012
8:26 am

lovetravel, if respect is what “she” needs to teach then she needs to a country tour. Respect has been lost in ALL states not just GA. So you could have kept that comment to yourself.

This looks more like a photo op than anything. So AJC would you please report news that does not kill brain cells after reading.

martha

October 9th, 2012
8:31 am

saw ted at braves game — brought back wonderful memories when he did own the braves — and when he and jane were married and would attend the home games — also jimmy and rosalyn carter were there — used to see them at those braves games too!!

LLPR

October 9th, 2012
12:33 pm

Now that Ted Turner and Jane Fonda have announced the new GCAPP mission to engage adolescents to gain power with new potential. It looks like they may be joining forces with the new recycling green heroine Grace Baine creator of the reduce, reuse, recycle campaign. is there a new dynamic trio in evolution here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1140761 search Grace Baine, Jane Fonda and Ted Turner on imdb

Brenda K

October 9th, 2012
2:01 pm

Great to see them together again, Jane look Great, and look like Ted has been taking care of himself, we would love to see them together again, nice to see how much respect she has for him, such a Lady.