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Jane Fonda to be honored by the USC School of Dramatic Arts

Jane Fonda to be honored by the USC School of Dramatic Arts
Jane Fonda will be honored by the USC School of Dramatic Arts. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

The USC School of Dramatic Arts is honoring two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home") with the Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists.

The 76-year-old actress, the daughter of fellow Oscar winner Henry Fonda and brother of Academy Award-nominee Peter Fonda, will receive the honor at a  gala fund-raiser Nov. 5 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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The award was created in 2009 for its first recipient, Robert Redford, who has appeared with Fonda in three films -- 1966's "The Chase," 1967's "Barefoot the Park" and 1979's "The Electric Horseman."

"The Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists honors an individual who has used his or her fame to significantly bolster public awareness of important social issues," Madeline Puzo, dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, said in a statement Monday morning.

"It is our hope that this award will inspire students to be socially engaged in their lives and through their art."

The Redford honor isn't the only award Fonda is receiving this year. In June, the actress, who made her film debut in 1960's "Tall Story," will receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.

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