Show Business: Growing Fonda of Jane

The rebel has mellowed

Henry Fonda's little girl who went to Vassar grew up to be not only a gifted actress but the Pasionaria of the antiwar movement. In the early '70s Jane marched in protests and starred at rallies, and during a trip to North Viet Nam, spoke against the U.S. war effort over Radio Hanoi. "I'm not a do-gooder," she proclaimed in those days. "I'm a revolutionary—a revolutionary woman!"

Her protests inflamed supporters of the war. Groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars boycotted her films. She received death threats, and Maryland legislators half-seriously debated whether she should be punished with...

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