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Jane Fonda chats about stage acting and ... 'Nurse Jackie?'

January 29, 2011 |  6:00 am

JaneJane Fonda’s self-described “third act” in life is going gangbusters: front and center is the Moises Kaufman play she’ll be starring in, “33 Variations,” which begins previews Sunday at CTG’s Ahmanson Theater. The play is about Beethoven’s 33 variations on a single waltz that was written by his publisher Anton Diabelli.

Then there are the recently released fitness videos for boomers and seniors; a robust blog  (at janefonda.com); a new book about aging due out this September; two just-completed films and an upcoming LACMA film retrospective opening Feb. 11.

Yet all these disparate parts seem bound by a sense of calm and purpose. Isn’t that what third acts are all about, anyway?

But what Fonda really wants to do at this point in her life, she told Culture Monster in a recent interview, is … cable.

“The most interesting, edgy, exciting cultural statements are made on cable TV now,” she says. “'Nurse Jackie,'” for example, I think is amazing. 'Weeds,'The Big C,' really interesting stuff. I would like to find a way to express, in a television series, what it’s like to be a woman of my age in the world today.”

Lest anyone suggest that a woman’s role, in their third act, in the world today is about mellowing,  consider Fonda’s take on the state of things.

“The world is in a major crisis. I think if it’s going to change – our really seeing what we’re doing to the earth – it will be up to women, older women,” she says.  “We are damaging our life support system. Women can relate to that. In the places where women are really in leadership – Chile, Liberia – you can see the difference.”

Click here for the full profile of Fonda in Sunday’s Arts & Books section.

-- Deborah Vankin


 Photo: Jane Fonda, in rehearsal at the Music Center; credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (3)

So, who is this old fogey, anyway?
She looks like she should be in a nursing home somewhere.
Talks like it too.

Public people and figures can draw attention to social issues because of their notoriety. Once statements of political significance have been made, these public figures retreat into their comfortable, insular worlds of privilege.

The education system in California is at the stage of virtual collapse; already there is talk of possibly as many as three community colleges in Los Angeles, proper, being shuttered entirely, the campuses ceasing their operations altogether. On the remaining campuses, ALL part-time faculty could be let go, the financial crisis and funding cuts are this critical. This means the average student could be facing four to five years to complete an Associates Degree--there will be so few sections of classes offered.

We're beyond the point of worrying about living conditions outside our country. With situations as they are, the United States as we know it is fast approaching a third-world status itself. It's time these Hollywood figures start to get a grip on what's happening in their own home town and draw some attention to what's really taking place in the collapsing institutions of learning. In addition to getting their 'mugs' in front of the camera, they also may want to consider writing some serious personal checks to help the doors to post-secondary schools stay open. The moment chains and locks are on the doors will be just the start of education as we once knew it, plunging to the bottom of a very dark and bottomless abyss.

Why are you wasting space with anything by HANOI JANE?


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