Before she was an Academy-Award-winning actress, Jane was a sultry sex symbol thanks to her lead role in the 1968 sci-fi spoof Barbarella. Although she's come a long way since the campy role that put her in the spotlight, Jane has never shied away from talking about sex.
Jane recently said, "I think it's important for everyone to know that people in their 70s can be sexually attractive and sexually active. They don't have to be, of course, and lots of people have opted out of that, but they can be. I can be. I mean, I am."
Next to her Barbarella role, Jane is almost equally famous for her aerobics videos from the '80s. She's considered one of the leaders of the baby boomer fitness craze of the time, and her first video, Jane Fonda's Workout, sold 17 million copies. Jane took a break from the workout video business beginning in 1995 until last year, when she came back on the fitness scene with two new DVDs.
Jane's got a new book out this month called Prime Time that deals with making the best of your life as you get older. This follows her well-received autobiography in 2005 called My Life So Far. Jane isn't afraid to to get real about her own struggles while reaching out to help others dealing with the same issues.
After 46 years off Broadway, Jane courageously returned to the stage in 2009 to star in Moisés Kaufman's 33 Variations. She proves it's never too late to get back in the saddle.
Jane has been involved in numerous feminist causes. In 2005, Jane worked with Gloria Steinem to cofound the Women's Media Center, an organization to encourage women's leadership in the media through advocacy. She's extremely involved in The Vagina Monologues, movements to stop violence against women, and reproductive rights organizations. In 2001, Jane founded the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health at Emory University in Atlanta to use education and training to prevent teen pregnancy.
In 2010, Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer, but beat it, and is now cancer-free.
Jane may be 73, but she doesn't follow the fashion rules that say older women need to cover up and dress their age. She goes all out in sequins and figure-flattering gowns.
Whether it was supporting the civil rights movement, protesting the Vietnam War, or protesting the Iraq War, Jane isn't afraid to get neck-deep in her political causes (even when it's controversial). She's an outspoken fighter and a doer, and we could all learn something from her political activism.
Jane has been with music producer Richard Perry, 69, for the last few years, who's only slightly her junior. It's refreshing to see a well-matched couple instead of a robbed-from-the-cradle 21-year-old stud.
A classy Jane has said she will never dish about her sex life with ex-husband Ted Turner, whom she was married to from 1991 to 2001. This is quite commendable in this day and age.