Jane Fonda is an Oscar-winning actress and former model. Born into a dynasty of prominent Hollywood actors, Fonda began her acting career in 1960 and was nominated twice for a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in There Was a Little Girl. In the following years, she gained even more important when she took part in several successful comedy movies. She moved to France in 1963 where she also became established as an international film star.
When she returned to the United States in the 1970s Fonda proved to be a serial star. With a career spanning nearly 6 decades, the Hollywood star has received 2 Academy Awards, 2 BAFTA Awards, and 4 Golden Globe Awards. In addition to her excellent long-term Hollywood career, Jane Fonda is also quite famous for her interesting relationship timeline. Let’s dive into the dating history of the Hollywood icon; high profile relationships, 3 marriages, and all the other things in between.
Jane Fonda and Her Relationships Through The Years
Marriage to Roger Vadim
Since the 1960s Jane Fonda has been working with the French-Russian filmmaker and director Roger Vadim. The actress had moved to France in 1963 to escape the overwhelming shadow of her father in Hollywood. The duo met at a birthday party organized for Fonda by her French agent. Things happened very quickly between the two when they moved in together soon after their first meeting. Since Jane Fonda now speaks fluent French, she played the lead role in Vadim’s 1964 film La Ronde, the first of several other collaborations.
The lovers finally tied the knot in a private ceremony at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas on August 14, 1965. On September 28, 1968, Jane Fonda and Vadim welcomed their only child together, a daughter named Vanessa Vadim, after the English actress Vanessa Redgrave. However, the stormy romance between the couple ended in January 1973, when their divorce was finalized. The duo remained friendly even after their divorce, as they shared custody of their daughter.
In their separate memoirs, published a few years after their separation, Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim made amazing revelations about aspects of their marriage, including their adventurous sex life and Vadim’s financial recklessness. Roger Vadim died in Paris on February 11, 2000, at the age of 72.
Marriage to Tom Hayden
Jane Fonda gave a second chance to marry the American activist and politician Tom Hayden. Since Fonda was also an activist, Hayden connected with her after hearing her give an eloquent speech at an anti-Vietnam war rally. It remains unclear when their date began, but they made the union on January 16, 1973, three days after Fonda’s divorce from her first husband was finalized.
Fonda and Hayden welcomed their first child, a son named Troy O’Donovan Garity, on July 7, 1973. He was named Troy O’Donovan after the Vietnamese resistance leader Nguyen Van Troi and the 19th-century Irish leader Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. The couple also adopted a teenager of African-American descent, Mary Luana Williams, who was born as the daughter of members of the political organization Black Panther.
Tom Hayden tried his hand at politics at the end of the 70s with great financial support from his film star wife Jane Fonda. He was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1982, and his tenure in the state legislature spanned nearly two decades. Jane Fonda’s marriage to Tom Hayden ended after 17 years, and their divorce was finalized in Santa Monica on June 10, 1990.
Marriage to Ted Turner
After her second divorce, Jane Fonda quickly found love again when she met the American media mogul and CNN founder Ted Turner. They were married on December 21, 1991, and during their marriage, the power couple worked together on several charities and showbiz projects. However, as revealed in Fonda’s fascinating autobiography “My Life So Far: Jane Fonda” from 2005, their marriage was severely affected by a touch of infidelity on Turner’s part. His ongoing betrayal in connection with Fonda’s conversion to Christianity led to her divorce, which was consummated in Atlanta on May 22, 2001. Interestingly, Jane Fonda has revealed that Ted Turner remains her favorite ex-husband.
Relationship with Richard Perry
Jane Fonda took a relatively long break after the end of her ten-year marriage to Ted Turner. All this changed in spring 2009 when the Hollywood actress met the American record producer Richard Perry. The duo was introduced by a mutual friend Carrie Fisher at a dinner party.
After dinner, Perry Fonda continued to entertain at his house in Beverly Hills, which formerly belonged to Ronald Reagan. It is on record that Fonda never left Perry’s house after that first visit, and things happened between the two of them quite quickly.
In 2012, the couple bought another mansion in Beverly Hills, located in Trousdale Estates. After 8 blissful years together, the duo announced their separation in January 2017. They also put up for sale the Beverly Hills house they once shared. According to an interview in May 2018, this seems to be Fonda’s last attempt at romance.