Show Business: Typhoon Jane

In Japan, the storm warnings were up. Jane Fonda—or, as local newspapers described her, "Typhoon Jane" —was blowing into the country to stir up the peace movement, lash the resident U.S. military brass and crack a few thunderbolts at male chauvinism. After whooshing through five Japanese cities, Jane had generated formidable gusts of publicity and scattered showers of four-letter words. But the impact was considerably less than tropical force.

Along with Fellow Movie Star Donald Sutherland, Jane was leading a scraggly, 15-member troupe of entertainers called the Free Theater Associates. Formed last winter...

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