The event: The American Film Institute’s 42nd Life Achievement Award gala on Thursday brought out a who’s who of Hollywood to praise Jane Fonda for her expansive career, kindness to young actors, portrayal of female characters, abundant energy, political activism, and, as presenter
The scene: Guests rose as Fonda entered the ballroom at the Dolby Theatre, tears welling in her eyes as she made her way to her table, en route greeting Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, family members and friends, many of whom soon ascended the stage to tell their stories about the two-time Academy Award-winning actress. First up: Last year's honoree, Mel Brooks, who said, addressing AFI, "You finally got it right," of this year's honoree.
The speakers: “Are we ready to work out?” said
Also taking turns at the podium were
The crowd: The star-studded turnout also included
Quotes of note: “If my mother thinks it was difficult being the daughter of Henry Fonda, she should try being the son of Hanoi Jane,” said Garity, Fonda's son with ex-husband Tom Hayden. He got perhaps the night’s biggest laughs as he described that experience. “My first 13 birthday parties were fundraisers,” he said. “My mother never hired a nanny to watch out for me -- that’s what the
Said Fonda in accepting her award: "I'm so happy to add another woman's name to the list." She then thanked Vera Wang for designing her dress and ended her remarks by dispensing this advice: "Ask questions. Stay curious. Stay interested. It's much more important to be interested than interesting."
The broadcast: The “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda” will air on