>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
>"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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