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“I began making movies that had more to say, things that reflected my own interests and values,” she explained. “Suddenly, acting was more important to me; it meant more to me.”
Fonda cites as “a career turning point” the Oscar she won for her role as a prostitute in the 1971 noir thriller Klute. She won another (as did her co-star Jon Voight) for the 1978 Vietnam War drama Coming Home, which she co-produced; Fonda calls it “my first movie that was sort of my idea.”
And of course, On Golden Pond (1981), “which I produced for my father,” will always have a place in her heart.
“That was a very important movie,” she said.
In the ’70s and early ’80s, Fonda’s activism branched out into other areas of life.
“When the war ended, the problem was the corporate takeover of the American economy,” she said. “Then I became involved in the women’s movement — because I’m a woman.”
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