LOS ANGELES – Jane Fonda established herself in Hollywood’s appeal as a chameleon actress and social activist, and now the Golden Globes will honor her illustrious career with its highest honor.
Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 78th annual awards ceremony on February 28, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Tuesday. A member of one of America’s most distinguished acting families, Fonda has captivated and inspired fans along with critics in such films as “Klute” and “Coming Home.”
Fonda, daughter of Oscar winner Henry Fonda and sister of Peter Fonda, made an impact off-screen by creating organizations to support women’s equality and prevent teen pregnancy and improve teen health. He released an exercise video in 1982 and was active on behalf of liberal political causes.
In a statement, HFPA President Ali Sar applauded the Golden Globe winner’s decorated career and “relentless activism.”
“His undeniable talent has earned him the highest level of recognition,” Sar said of Fonda. “While his professional life has taken many turns, his unwavering commitment to evoking change has remained.”
The DeMille Award is awarded annually to a “person who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”
Previous recipients include Tom Hanks, Jeff Bridges, Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Sidney Poitier, and Lucille Ball.
Nominations for the upcoming Globes show are scheduled to be announced on February 3.
Fonda, 83, has been nominated for five Academy Awards and won two for the thriller “Klute” and the compassionate antiwar drama “Coming Home.” He had other notable films such as “The China Syndrome”, “The Electric Horseman” with Robert Redford and “9 to 5” with Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. She stars in the Netflix television series “Grace & Frankie”.
Fonda gained notoriety in the 1970s when he traveled to North Vietnam during the height of protests against the Vietnam War and posed for photos next to an anti-aircraft gun. She came under heavy criticism for her decision, one for which she repeatedly apologized, to pose in the photo that gave her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.”
In 2014, Fonda received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. She launched the Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors by IndieCollect, an organization aimed at supporting the restoration of films directed by women around the world.
Fonda was arrested in the US Capitol while peacefully protesting climate change in 2019, an action dubbed Fire Drill Fridays.
For her 80th birthday, Fonda raised $ 1 million for each of her nonprofits, the Georgia Campaign for the Power and Potential of Teens and the Women’s Media Center. She is also a member of the board of directors and made a $ 1 million donation to Donor Direct Action, an organization that supports front-line women’s organizations to advance women’s equality.
Fonda’s book, “What can I do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action, ”published last year, details his personal journey with Fire Drill Fridays.