Even a career spanning over half of a century isn’t enough to totally dissolve wounds of the past.
Jane Fonda embodies this idea. The legendary actress has played a multitude of iconic roles, the most recent being “Grace” in Grace and Frankie, a Netflix show which received multiple Emmy nominations.
Though Fonda, like her legendary actor grandfather, has always shown immense vulnerability in her performances, she’s not afraid to open up on vulnerable subjects in her personal life either.
Fonda’s mother died when Jane was 12, but her father told young Jane Fonda that the cause of death was a heart attack. As Fonda grew older and her career gave her better means, she was able to uncover the truth.
Now, at 80 years old, Fonda is opening up regarding her mother’s untimely death:
“As a child, you always think it was your fault…because the child can’t blame the adult, because they depend on the adult for survival. It takes a long time to get over the guilt.”
Some on Twitter trumpeted the news.
Jane Fonda says one of the defining moments of her life was her mother’s suicide in 1950, which happened when Fonda was just 12 years old.
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— Carol Kivler, MS,CSP (@CarolKivler) September 22, 2018
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Jane Fonda keeps coming back to a photograph of her family at a picnic when she was a little girl. It was taken before her mother committed suicide, before her movie star father, Henry Fonda, remarried and sent her off…
— mustain arif (@mustainbinarif) September 21, 2018
— Shilo Allan Walter Wilson (@WilsonShilo) September 20, 2018
It is good to know that she has empathy for her mother and has had to let go all the anger and guilt she felt as a child. It was neither her nor her mother's fault.
— Muncef Ali (@FrontlineShrink) September 21, 2018
Fonda’s career has lasted decades and will be remembered long after she is gone. Her love for her mother and the way the tragedy influenced her personhood is undoubtedly just as formidable.