By John H. Foote
Two-time Academy Award winning actress and nominated five other times, groundbreaking artist Jane Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.
Fonda is a multiple Golden Globe winner and nominee, earning best Actress (Drama) for Klute (1971), Julia (1977) and Coming Home (1978), as well as an Emmy for her brilliant performance in The Doll Maker (1984).
In a career that saw her emerge from sex kitten to light comedic actress to full blown dramatic actress, stunning audiences with her intelligence and artistry, she opened doors for women in the film industry unlike any previous actress. Fearlessly tackling roles which saw her dare to be a horrific person, Fonda did not so much open the door as she did kick the door down and stomp on it for good measure.
After proving her worth in comedies such as Cat Ballou (1965) and Barefoot in the Park (1967), and establishing herself as a sex symbol in the silly science fiction romp Barbarella (1968), she gave a seething performance in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) as a damaged young woman who has lost all hope. Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress, she won the prestigious New York Film Critics’ Award for Best Actress, beginning a career as a major actress.
For her film Klute (1971) she won every award available to her and gave one of the greatest performances in the history of film.
Her work on Netflix’ Grace and Frankie has earned she and good Lily Tomlin friend great acclaim.
John H. Foote is a well-recognized Canadian film critic/historian who has been an active critic for 30 years. His deep love for the movies began at a very young age. He began his career as co-host of the popular TV show Reel to Real where he remained for nine years. While on TV he began dabbling in education, eventually ascending to Director of the Toronto Film School, where he also taught film history. After leaving the college to care for his wife, he returned to teaching at Humber College where he taught both Film History and Method Acting Theory. John has written two books: “Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker” and the upcoming “Spielberg – American Film Visionary”. He is currently working on two books, one about the films of the seventies and another on the films of Martin Scorsese. Through his career he has worked in TV, radio, print and the web. John has interviewed everyone in the industry (more than 300 interviews) except Jack Nicholson, he says sadly. Highlights include Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow.