[sixties-l] Fwd: Fonda sorry for Hanoi Jane image

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Date: Sat Jun 24 2000 - 08:19:25 CUT

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    >GUARDIAN (London) Thursday June 22, 2000
    > Fonda sorry for Hanoi Jane image
    >Michael Ellison in New York
    >The reinvention of Jane Fonda as an all-American conformist gathered pace
    >yesterday with the abandonment of one of her longest-cherished positions,
    >support for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war.
    >"I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft
    >carrier, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes," said
    >the 62-year-old Oscar-winning actress, referring to a 1972 picture of her
    >with North Vietnamese soldiers which earned her the soubriquet of Hanoi
    >"It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanised such hostility. It was the most
    >horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless."
    >Fonda has rethought large areas of her life recently, splitting up with
    >her husband, the CNN cable news founder Ted Turner, and embracing
    >"You have to be able to say 'I was wrong'. You have to be able to accept
    >responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them," she said in an
    >interview with the chat show personality Oprah Winfrey in O magazine.
    >Fonda said that at the time of the Hanoi picture she was living a "fun but
    >rather empty life" in France with her first husband, the late film
    >director Roger Vadim.
    >Ed Croucher, executive director of the Vietnam Veterans of America, was
    >unimpressed by her change of heart. "There are many of us who will never
    >forgive her for what she did," he said.
    >"Because of her, prisoners were tortured or denied basic necessities.
    >"She could start by helping the groups she harmed the most, such as
    >surviving prisoners of war or the families of those who died in
    >Fonda said of her conversion to Christianity: "It's been difficult. People
    >come up to me in airports and throw their arms around me."
    >The former apostle of the 1980s fitness video-tape industry also said that
    >she was bulimic up to the age of 36. "I think I lived on apple peels and
    >the crust of bread because if I went any further into the food there'd be
    >no stopping.
    >"It has something to do with living a lie. Not being authentic. Faking it.
    >It's like becoming a woman and then rejecting it. Like alcoholism, it's a
    >disease of denial."

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