Sandra Bullock wasn't afraid to sum up the feeling in the room at last night's AFI lifetime achievement award gala for Jane Fonda. When she took the stage to give a speech in honor of the two-time Oscar winner, activist, and fitness icon, she said, "If we're really honest with ourselves, I think we all in here just find her annoying. Because everything she does she does just a little better than any of us do it, and that does not sit well with a room of narcissists. Her posture's better, her divorces are better, her butt is better. It's like, annoying, annoying, annoying."
Sandra was one of several of Jane's friends, family members, and former costars to gather and toast the 76-year-old on her big evening. Cameron Diaz, Chelsea Handler, Eva Longoria, Michael Douglas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones were just a few of the other high-profile Hollywood names who gathered at the Dolby Theatre. Meryl Streep even spoke about working with Jane on her very first movie, remembering her as "impossibly beautiful. So glamorous, chic in this '40s beautiful outfit . . . smoking, very louche, and she had an almost feral alertness, like this bright blue attentiveness to everything around her that was completely intimidating, and made me feel like I was lumpy and from New Jersey — which I am."
Jane, who has spent more than 60 years in the spotlight, has had a long and complex life and career. The daughter of revered actor Henry Fonda, she got her start playing an ingenue in a series of films but then absconded to France at the height of her newfound fame. In the '60s, she became a political activist — earning her the derisive nickname "Hanoi Jane" — before later reinventing herself as a workout expert in the '80s. In fact, Jane actually picketed the very first AFI lifetime achievement award gala in 1973 to protest the representation of women in film. At the end of the evening, when a Vera Wang-clad Jane took the stage to accept her honor, she shared a piece of advice that could have easily served as the motto to her own unique life: "It's more important to be interested than interesting."