BRIDGET FONDA Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Bridget Jane Fonda                                                           
Born: 27 January 1964 Los Angeles, California                                       
Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-award       
nominated American actress.                                                         
Fonda was born in Los Angeles, California, into a family of actors, including       
her grandfather Henry Fonda, father Peter Fonda, and aunt Jane Fonda. Her mother,   
Susan Jane Brewer, is an artist. Fonda is named after Margaret Sullavan's           
daughter Bridget Hayward, with whom her father was in love at one time.             
Fonda's parents divorced and he re-married to Portia Rebecca Crockett (ex wife     
of author Thomas McGuane). Peter and Portia brought up Bridget and her brother     
Justin, and older stepbrother Thomas McGuane Jr (b circa 1962) in the Coldwater     
Canyon section of Los Angeles. Fonda attended Westlake School                       
for Girls in Los Angeles. During this time, Bridget and Justin had little           
contact with their father or any of the Fonda family, recalling in an interview:   
"When I was a kid, the most important thing for me was my home... People would     
come and go, and things would change, but that place wouldn't. I loved it. I       
want to have that for the rest of my life. I want to have a place".                 
On November 29, 2003, Fonda married film composer and former Oingo Boingo           
frontman Danny Elfman (who composed The Simpsons theme song). They have one         
son, Oliver, born in January 2005. She has not appeared in a film since her         
Fonda first became involved with the theatre when she was cast in a school         
production of Harvey. She refused to solicit acting tips and advice from her       
famous relatives, and studied method acting at New York University's Tisch         
School of the Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.                         
Fonda made her film debut with a non-speaking role in the 1982 comedy Partners.     
It was not until 1988 that she had her first speaking role in a feature film       
starring with John Hurt in Scandal, based on the Profumo affair. That year, she     
also appeared in both You Can't Hurry Love and Shag.                               
Fonda's first big role in a movie was when she starred as an attractive             
journalist in The Godfather, Part III. After gaining additional work experience     
on a few theater productions and small movie roles, she was cast in the lead for   
Barbet Schroeder's Single White Female. A review in the New Yorker proclaimed       
she had "...a provocative, taunting assertiveness" and Rolling Stone said that     
Fonda was "a comic delight". Fonda was also offered the role of Ally McBeal         
before Calista Flockhart, but turned it down to focus on her film career.