She’s a Hollywood icon who combines talent, wit, grace and intellect – and at the Golden Globes on Sunday she displayed all of this and more as she collected the prestigious lifetime achievement award.
While it’s common for the winners of the Cecil B DeMille Award to walk down memory lane and discuss their numerous career highlights, Jane Fonda – whose six-decade career has spanned both TV and film – took a different approach.
Taking the focus off herself, the 83-year-old star of the hit series Grace and Frankie sang the praises of storytelling in film as an art form that must be saved.
“You know, we’re a community of storytellers, aren't we? And in turbulent, crisis-torn times like these, storytelling has always been essential.
“Stories have a way to change our hearts and our minds. They can help us see each other in a new light. To have empathy. To recognise that, for all our diversity, we are humans first, right?”
She then went on to talk about the nominated films and what she’d learnt form them.
“Just this year, Nomadland helped me feel love for the wanderers among us. And Minari opened my eyes to the experience of immigrants dealing with the realities of life in a new land.
“And Judas and the Black Messiah, Small Acts, US vs. Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, One Night in Miami and others have deepened my empathy for what being Black has meant. Ramy helped me feel what it means to be Muslim American and I May Destroy You has taught me to consider sexual violence in a whole new way.
“The documentary All In reminds us how fragile our democracy is and A Life on Our Planet shows us how fragile our small, blue planet is and inspires us to save it and ourselves.
“Stories – they really, they really can change people . . . So, let's be leaders, okay?”
The star looked incredible in an elegant white pantsuit and silver heels that she’d pulled from her cupboard as she posed on the red carpet in Beverly Hills.
She also displayed her natural grey hair. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres last week she revealed she was “so happy” to have ditched the hair dye.
“Enough already with so much time wasted, so much money spent, so many chemicals – I'm through with that,” she added.
Sources: huffpost.com, dailymail.co.uk