Actress Jane Fonda was named Tuesday the recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, which honors an individual for their lasting impact on the film industry.
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association takes great pride in bestowing the 2021 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Jane Fonda,” HFPA President Ali Sar said in a statement. “For more than five decades, Jane’s breadth of work has been anchored in her unrelenting activism, using her platform to address some of the most important social issues of our time.
“Her undeniable talent has gained her the highest level of recognition, and while her professional life has taken many turns, her unwavering commitment to evoking change has remained. We are honored to celebrate her achievements at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards.”
Fonda, 83, will receive the honor during the Feb. 28 Golden Globes ceremony.
Past recipients of the award include Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Sophia Loren, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington and Robin Williams. Tom Hanks was given the honor last year.
Fonda has won seven Golden Globes in her career, beginning with a “most promising newcomer” award in 1962 for “Tall Story.” Her other awards were for films including “Klute,” “Julia” and “Coming Home.” Fonda won back-to-back Oscars for her roles in “Julia” and “Coming Home.”
Her other notable roles include “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They,” “The China Syndrome,” “On Golden Pond,” “The Morning After,” “Cat Ballou,” 9 to 5” and “Barefoot in the Park.” She currently appears in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” with her “9 to 5” co-star Lily Tomlin.
Fonda is also well known for her political activism, most notably her protests of the Vietnam War that made her the target of much criticism at the time as “Hanoi Jane,” but also on behalf of civil rights causes. She currently holds weekly “Fire Drill Friday” events aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of global warming.
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