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JANE FONDA TO RECEIVE 42ND AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
America’s Highest Honor for a Career in Film to be Presented June 5, 2014
Tribute will Air on TNT and Turner Classic Movies in June 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 5, 2013 – Sir Howard
Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the
Board’s decision to honor Jane Fonda with the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award, the
highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Fonda at a gala
tribute on June 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. The 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award
tribute special will return for its second year on TNT when it airs in June 2014,
followed by encores on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
“Jane Fonda is American film royalty,” said Stringer. “A bright light first introduced to
the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own
voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon. Today she stands tall
among the giants of American film, and it is AFI's honor to present Jane Fonda with its
42nd Life Achievement Award.”
The Academy Award
-winning actor of KLUTE (1971) and COMING HOME (1978),
Fonda has starred in more than 40 films since her screen debut. Spanning decades,
her diverse career features celebrated comedies – including CAT BALLOU (1965) and
9 TO 5 (1980) – as well as powerful dramatic performances such as THEY SHOOT
HORSES, DON’T THEY (1969), JULIA (1977), THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979), THE
MORNING AFTER (1986) and ON GOLDEN POND (1981) – in which she starred
with her father, Henry Fonda, the AFI Life Achievement Award recipient in 1978. More
recently, Fonda appeared in Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER (2013), and currently stars in
Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series, THE NEWSROOM.
Last year’s AFI Life Achievement Award tribute brought together the film community in
force to honor Mel Brooks. AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Martin Scorsese
(1997) presented the award, while other past honorees Robert De Niro (2003), Clint
Eastwood (1996) , Morgan Freeman (2011), George Lucas (2005) and Steven
Spielberg (1995) paid tribute to Brooks and his diverse talent. Among the other
comedic and filmmaking greats who honored Brooks were Woody Allen, Billy Crystal,
Larry David, David Lynch, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Carl Reiner, Martin Short,
Sarah Silverman and Gene Wilder.
The sponsors of the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Jane Fonda is
American Airlines, the official airline of the American Film Institute.