“I hope to be a role model for young people so that they don’t fear growing old,” said Jane Fonda
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jane Fonda has acknowledged that her involvement in activism has had an impact on her family life. Jane, whose children are Mary Luana Williams, 55, Vanessa Vadim, 54, and Troy Garity, 49, said her commitments often prevented her from being a good mother.
Roger Vadim of Barbarella director Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda are parents to Vanessa and Troy, while Mary was adopted by the couple. “I think about motherhood every day. It’s the one main thing about my past that I think about almost every day,” said the ‘Barefoot In The Park’ star. “And I’m telling you, one of the things that turns it off is watching my son. They just had their first child. And when I see how parents my son and his wife Simone are, I’m in awe,” she said, according to the Daily Mail. “It’s such a great relief to me that I didn’t do it. I don’t think I told him that, so I feel a little weird, but whatever, that’s the reality.”
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Jane and her first husband, French director Roger Vadim, had one child together, Vanessa Vadim, who was born in September 1968. In 2002, she made her directorial debut for the short documentary The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, in which she continued the traditions of her parents, who were also accomplished filmmakers. Additionally, she contributed to the 2018 film Jane Fonda in Five Acts, which celebrated the actress’ career. She is also a founding member of MayDay Media, a non-profit production company. In a 2019 interview, she thanked her father for motivating her to pursue a career in filmmaking and claimed that filming “always felt very natural to her.”
While not limited to movies, Vanessa has other interests as well. Like her mother, she supports sustainability and writes for Treehugger, formerly The Mother Nature Network, an online advocacy platform. Vanessa is married to guitarist Paul Van Wagoner and while she maintains a very secret personal life, the couple is known to have two children.
Troy Garity is Jane’s first son with Tom Hayden, her second husband. He was born in 1973. Besides his role as Isaac in the Barbershop film series, he is an actor best known for his work on HBO’s “Ballers,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Dwayne Johnson, which was filmed between 2015 and 2019. His nomination for Best Actor in a Television Movie at the 2004 Golden Globes for Soldier Girl was the highest honor he has ever received. Despite gaining considerable notoriety, he admitted in 2016 that his initial reluctance to pursue acting was because he is Jane’s son. Troy has been married to Simone Bent since 2007, but they have no children together.
Before their divorce, when Mary Luana Williams was 14, Jane and Tom adopted her. According to Oprah, the daughter of two members of the Black Panther Party, she grew up in poverty and a drug-filled environment. Unlike her siblings, Mary decided against a career as an actress or filmmaker. The synopsis of her 2013 book The Lost Daughter reveals that she is instead an activist who worked closely with the Lost Boys of Sudan. She explained the positive impact of Jane’s commitment to her life and even the process she went through to get in touch with most of her original family who she hadn’t seen since she left to start a new life with Jane to start. Mary is not married and has no children.