xoxoxoe, #36, Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth, #CBR3

Here is an excerpt from my review of my #36 book, Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth, on my blog, xoxoxo e:

Jane closely resembled her father, in personality and physicality. Her long-term bulimia was both a product of her Hollywood existence and her desire to look more like him. She has assumed a more traditionally male role in her life — she was away from home a lot, relegating the raising of her kids to others, finally wanting to reconnect with family in her 60s, when her many careers were on the back-burner.

On the surface her story reads like the evolution of a feminist, and Jane did live through the beginnings of that movement. But of all the political causes she has leant her voice to, she never really fully committed to feminism, probably because she realized that she wasn’t completely walking the walk. As independent as she was, there was always a man in her life that she was trying to impress or help. She’s the embodiment of the modern female paradox — wanting to support and nurture, but also wanting to be in charge, independent.

Roger Vadim directing Jane in Barbarella

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