Jane Fonda feted by Cinema/Chicago and Chicago International Film Festival

Cinema/Chicago and the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival presented a special tribute to two-time Academy Award-winner and three-time Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Fonda.

A Tribute to Jane Fonda, co-chaired by Corbin Horn and Lauren Robishaw, took place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel on July 29.  The evening attracted over 300 guests and featured an on-stage conversation with Fonda, giving insight into her experience and approach to her craft, accompanied by iconic clips from her career, conducted by film critic Richard Roeper.

Before receiving the Gold Hugo Award from Festival founder Michael Kutza, Roeper took Fonda on a trip down memory lane discussing highlights of her illustrious film career. Fonda won the Best Actress Award in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home. And, although she won awards for both, Fonda said the role that stuck with her the most was the character of Chelsea Wayne in On Golden Pond where she acted opposite her famous father, Henry Fonda. Katherine Hepburn also starred in the film and, as Fonda recalled, helped her during a difficult scene by hiding in the bushes and telling her "you can do it."

During the program, famous friends of Fonda's appeared on-screen offering her congratulations. They included past acting buddies Robert DeNiro, Robert Redford, Lily Tomlin (her recent co-star in Netflix's hit series, Grace and Frankie) and Geraldine Chaplin.

Fonda was a three-time Golden Globe- winner and the 2014 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. Along with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda also took on responsibilities as a film and television producer. Her credits include Coming HomeThe China SyndromeNine to FiveRolloverOn Golden PondThe Morning After and The Dealmaker.

In 2007, Fonda received an Honorary Palme d’Or from the Cannes Film Festival, one of only three people ever to be granted this honor until then. In 2009, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations on Broadway.

Her upcoming projects include a Robert Redford film, Our Souls at Night, set to premiere in the fall at the Venice Film Festival. Recently, she started work on a movie called The Book Club.

When Roeper concluded the discussion asking how she would like to be remembered, Fonda replied, "I'm too young to be able to answer that." Fonda is 79 years young.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the expansion of Cinema/Chicago's year-round Education Program and community outreach. Currently, the programs provide free film screenings to more than 7,000 Chicago Public School students annually. (Photos by Timothy M. Schmidt and Robert Martinez).

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