Jane Fonda's Beauty & Style Evolution
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By Brienne Walsh
Today, at 73, Jane Fonda is celebrating her age with a new book, Prime Time, about living well in what she calls Act III of life. Over the years, the Hollywood star has taken on countless roles—both onscreen and off—and embodied each fully. Take a peek at Fonda's life in pictures, and see how her look has evolved from ingénue to sex symbol to activist and beyond.
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The daughter of legendary film icon Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda began her acting career in 1954, when she appeared with her father in a performance at Omaha Community Playhouse. At the time, her style tended toward the controlled ladylike aesthetic of actresses such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
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Fonda's first film role came in 1960, opposite Anthony Perkins in Tall Story. Long before her activist days, she played a college co-ed in search of a husband. Despite her girlish braids and wholesome beauty, she still had a glint of mischief in her eyes.
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Playing off her youthful looks, Fonda gazed innocently at the camera in this suggestive 1965 photo.
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In 1965, she starred in Cat Ballou, a comedic Western that received five Oscar nominations and was one of the year's top films at the box office. Playing a good girl-turned-outlaw, Fonda's Cat was both sultry and sweet, with doll-eyed lashes framing her baby blues.
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By the time Barbarella came out in 1968, Fonda was an international sex symbol, on par with actresses such as Brigitte Bardot and Raquel Welch. Directed by her husband at the time, Roger Vadim, the movie allowed Fonda to flaunt her figure in skintight body suits and artfully torn dresses.
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After winning her first Oscar for her role in Klute in 1971, Fonda continued to gain notoriety as an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War. With her edgy shag cut and laid-back style, Fonda aligned herself with the counterculture movement.
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Generally credited with starting the aerobics craze, Fonda released her first workout video in 1982. Her brightly colored leotards and leg warmers influenced women's fashion both at the gym and on the streets.
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As the wife of liberal politician Tom Hayden from 1973-89, Fonda often hit the campaign trail with her husband. Although her radical activist days were behind her, she hadn't fully given up her relaxed Bohemian style.
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Fonda, who announced her retirement from the film community at the beginning of the '90s, never lost her status as a beauty icon during the decade. During that time, her style became more refined and elegant, though she often made a statement in bold dresses.
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In 1991, Fonda married media mogul Ted Turner. Together, they made a regal pair, as seen here at the Academy Awards in 1993. Fonda's perfectly coiffed updo and dramatic white gloves signaled a change in her look, from free-spirited to more formal.
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In 2005, Fonda returned to the silver screen with a role in Monster-in-Law, a film that also starred Jennifer Lopez. Still flawless, Fonda had a layered hairstyle, subtle makeup and tailored clothing that reflected a new, more classic aesthetic for the actress.
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Still stunning at 73, Fonda can pull off form-fitting styles similar to the ones that she's been donning since her Barbarella days. Her look today seems to be the culmination of her style so far: refined, elegant, sexy, modern, edgy and one-of-a-kind.
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