Jane Fonda interviewed by Henry Fonda (1979)

About This Item

KQED film footage from September 26th 1979 featuring scenes of actress, producer and political activist Jane Fonda being interviewed by her father, the late Henry Fonda (1905-1982). PBS were airing a BBC Omnibus documentary about Jane Fonda made in 1977 and Henry Fonda explains: "I've been asked to update it." In his preface to the interview, Fonda states: "I'm Jane Fonda's father. I guess it's safe to say I'm a proud father. Fact is, I'm in total awe of her. She's not only one of the finest actresses working today, on top of all this Jane is a political activist of the highest ideals and the courage of her convictions." He asks Jane Fonda to discuss: how she tries to achieve a work-life balance; environmental issues and coporate responsibility; what she means by identifying a need for "social and economic reorganization"; the Vietnam War; the US healthcare system and feminism and the woman's movement. Jane Fonda also shares a work in progress with PBS viewers: a picture drawn by her father which will be made into a greeting card for the Campaign For Economic Democracy, featuring a passage from John Steinbeck's novel 'The Grapes of Wrath' (which she recites). When asked by her father to reflect on accusations that her anti-Vietnam War position means she is a "traitor", she responds: "I consider myself a patriot. I've made mistakes in my life, it's true. But I do hope that if I just stick to what I believe and continue doing what I'm doing, that history will show that I love my country. And that I'm not a traitor."

Please note this interview was reconstructed by synchronizing 16mm color film negative A/B-roll elements, with a separate magnetic soundtrack. Not all of the original film elements were available to accomplish this. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

16mm color negative film and full coat magnetic soundtrack
Digital Format
mp4 file
special report
Copyright Holder

Related Items


There are not yet any comments on this bundle. Be the first to comment!

Add comment