She's Part Canadian
Jane may have been born in New York, but she's got ties to our home and native land. Her mother, Francis Ford Seymour, was born in Brockville, Ont.
She Attended Acting Class With Marilyn Monroe
While Jane Fonda was still pondering following in her famous family's footsteps into acting, she was accepted into the private classes of renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg. Marilyn Monroe, before she became the iconic bombshell, was one of her classmates. The women sat in the back of the class together like true cool girls.
She Coined The Phrase 'Feel The Burn'
Jane Fonda reinvented herself in the 1980s and went on to form a fitness empire through her series of uber-successful workout videos. She coined the phrase, "feel the burn" and people definitely felt it! More than 17 million copies of her videos were sold worldwide. Years later, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels referred to Fonda as her idol and even put her own spin on the phrase with, "feel the fear."
She Turned Down Bonnie And Clyde
Jane Fonda was on the shortlist to play real-life robber Bonnie Parker alongside Warren Beatty's Clyde Barrow in 1967's "Bonnie and Clyde" but could not accept the role as it conflicted with filming her movie "Barbarella". The role of Bonnie then went to Faye Dunaway who went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. But don't cry for Jane, she won two Best Actress Oscars: first in 1972 for "Klute" and again in 1979 for "Coming Home". She's been nominated for Oscars five other times throughout the course of her career.
She Skinny Dipped With Michael Jackson
That's right. The former fitness Queen once stripped down with the King of Pop! As part of The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood Masters series, Jane recalled the experience.
It was the early 1980s and Jane was filming "On Golden Pond" with her father Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn when the musician came to visit her on set in New Hampshire. The singer stayed for 10 days and they even went skinny dipping together.
Her Name Is Jane Seymour
Not to be confused with THAT Jane Seymour of "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" fame. Jane Fonda's full name is Jane Seymour Fonda, the Seymour comes from her mother's maiden name and if you follow Jane on Twitter you'll know she goes by Jane Seymour Fonda on the social media channel.
She Inspired A Rap Song
"I had a baby named Jane she could shake that thing, said her daddy used to hang with Johnny Coltrane," and so begins the song "Jane Fonda" from LA glam rapper Mickey Avalon's 2006 self-titled debut album. The single was a hit on MySpace and earned some additional cred after NPR picked it as its Song of The Week in May 2007. Later that summer the song was featured in an episode of season seven of "Entourage".
If you're unfamiliar with the slinky track it's worth checking out. "One, two, three four, get your booty on the dance floor. Work it out. Shake it little mama. Let me see you do the Jane Fonda."
She Offered Up Her Home To Lindsay Lohan
In a 2015 appearance on "Watch What Happens Live" Jane Fonda was asked what advice she'd give Lindsay Lohan. Jane responded, "come live with me for a while and get a sense of what normal is supposed to be like." The women worked together on 2007's "Georgia Rule" during which Lindsay was allegedly partying so hard the head of the film's studio wrote a public letter chastising her "irresponsible" and "unprofessional" behaviour and accused her of acting "like a spoiled child." Lindsay never did take Jane up on her offer.
She Made Rihanna Do a Double Take
Usually it's Rihanna causing jaws to drop wherever she goes but at the 2015 Grammys, it was RiRi who was doing double takes thanks to this sexy form-fitting Balmain jumpsuit. After Jane slayed the red carpet in the right-from-the runway showstopper, Rihanna encountered her backstage and exclaimed, "Omigod! I wanna be you when I grow up!" Same, Rihanna. Same.
She's Pals With Chelsea Handler
Comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler posted this photo this week of her and Jane Fonda at Jane's 80th birthday celebration, writing in the caption: "She's sexier, funnier, and sillier than anyone I've ever met." Both ladies are bold, outspoken, and uncompromising so it's no surprise they're friends. Chelsea capped off the birthday post with, "thanks for a great f*@cking party." We'll just assume our invitation got lost in cyberspace.