Jane Fonda to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

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Jane Fonda has been selected to receive the American Film Institute’s 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award. The honor will be presented to her at a gala tribute June 5 in Los Angeles that will be broadcast by both TNT and Turner Classic Movies.

Fonda, an Oscar winner for 1971’s Klute and 1978’s Coming Home, follows in the footsteps of her father, Henry Fonda, who received the AFI’s highest honor in 1978, making the Fondas the third family to receive multiple AFI awards: Kirk Douglas was recognized in 1991, and his son Michael Douglas in 2009; Warren Beatty was honored in 2008, and his sister Shirely MacLaine in 2012.

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In announcing Jane Fonda’s selection by the AFI board, Howard Stringer, the board’s chair, said: "Jane Fonda is American film royalty. A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon. Today she stands tall among the giants of American film."

Since she made her film debut in 1960’s Tall Story, Fonda has starred in more than 40 films that have included Cat Ballou, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The China Syndrome, 9 to 5, and On Golden Pond. Most recently, she has appeared in HBO’s The Newsroom and on the big screen in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, appearing as Nancy Reagan.

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Beyond her acting career, she has devoted herself to various causes as a political activist, and also contributed to the ‘80s aerobics craze with her workout videos.  

The list of AFI Life Achievement Award recipients follows:

1973   John Ford


1974   James Cagney


1975   Orson Welles


1976   William Wyler


1977   Bette Davis


1978   Henry Fonda


1979   Alfred Hitchcock


1980   James Stewart


1981   Fred Astaire


1982   Frank Capra


1983   John Huston


1984   Lillian Gish


1985   Gene Kelly


1986   Billy Wilder


1987   Barbara Stanwyck


1988   Jack Lemmon


1989   Gregory Peck


1990   David Lean


1991   Kirk Douglas


1992   Sidney Poitier


1993   Elizabeth Taylor

1994   Jack Nicholson


1995   Steven Spielberg


1996   Clint Eastwood


1997   Martin Scorsese


1998   Robert Wise


1999   Dustin Hoffman


2000   Harrison Ford


2001   Barbra Streisand


2002   Tom Hanks


2003   Robert De Niro


2004   Meryl Streep


2005   George Lucas


2006   Sean Connery


2007   Al Pacino


2008   Warren Beatty


2009   Michael Douglas


2010   Mike Nichols


2011   Morgan Freeman


2012   Shirley MacLaine


2013   Mel Brooks

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