By Shyla Batliwalla
November 1, 2010
Jane Fonda quit Hollywood due to menopause trouble to pursue her
passion for activism.
Writer, activist, fitness goddess and menopause sufferer? Yup, that's
right. Jane Fonda openly admitted on the Oct. 27 episode of The Oprah
Winfrey Show that she quit the biz because her lady troubles left her
feeling so "unhappy." She said, "I felt so awful as a woman and I
can't be creative if I feel bad, so I just said, 'I'm gonna leave
Hollywood and be an environmental activist full-time.'"
Her departure was sad news for the silver screen, but great news for
True, Fonda is best known for her drill sergeant workout videos and
acting skills (she did win two Academy Awards after all), but it's
her humanitarian work that she cares for most. During the '60s, she
spoke openly about her support of the Civil Rights movement and her
opposition to the Vietnam War. She's an honorary chairperson of the
V-Day movement to end violence against woman. In 1994, she was named
Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Population Fund. And, she's
vocal about her disgust over the current war in Iraq.
Phew! Between all this activism, how in the world did she have time
to portray such a perfectly nasty mother-in-law figure in Monster in Law?
Fonda's currently most proud of founding the Georgia Campaign for
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). G-CAPP was born in 1995
after Fonda spent time in Cairo and saw the outrageous number of
cases of teen pregnancy in nearby Georgia. She says on the G-CAPP
website, "Girls who grow up in poverty and without hope of bettering
their situation are likely to be teen mothers. The best
contraceptive, it turns out, is hope."
See her discuss body image issues at the Omega Institute: [See URL for video]