Academy award-winning actress Jane Fonda will be honored with the Coolidge Award on January 31 for her film work and social activism spanning five decades. Fonda will attend a special afternoon screening at the Coolidge Corner Theater of her new film Youth, for which she recently received a Golden Globe “Best Supporting Actress” nomination. The festivities will culminate that evening with an onstage conversation and presentation of the Coolidge Award.
Selected screenings from Fonda’s filmography will be shown leading up to the Award event. Details about the program and tickets can be viewed on Coolidge Corner’s website.
Fonda began her film career in the early 1960s and quickly established herself as a world-renowned film star. Since then she had garnered several accolades, including many Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. In 1971 she won her first Oscar for “Best Actress” in Klute, and in 1978 received her second Oscar for Coming Home. To date, her prolific career boasts stellar performances in over 40 films, including Julia, Nine to Five, On Golden Pond and more recently Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Currently, Fonda is featured in the Netflix series Gracie and Frankie.
In addition to her dynamic acting career, Fonda is also known as a bestselling author and a passionate social change activist. Since her early anti-war activity in the 1960s, Fonda has also advocated for environmentalism, the feminist movement, and teen health and empowerment. She is a co-founder and board member of Women’s Media Center, a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that women are well-represented at all levels in the media.
Launched in 2004, the Coolidge Award recognizes a selected film artist whose work represents original and outstanding contributions to cinema. Previous honorees include actress Meryl Streep, artist Viggo Mortensen, director Jonathan Demme, film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, director Zhang Yimou, film producer Jeremy Thomas and the animators the Quay Brothers.