The Private Life of a Public Woman
On Sale: August 30, 2011
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Bosworth goes behind the image of an American superwoman,
revealing Fondaâ€”more powerful and vulnerable than ever
expectedâ€”whose struggles for high achievement, love, and
successful motherhood mirror the conflicts of a generation
As actress, activist, businesswoman, wife, and mother, Jane
Fonda has pushed herself to the limit, attempting to please
all, excel in every arena, be everything. Weâ€™ve read her
version of her controversial life, yet nothing can prepare
us for this genuinely revelatory account of Janeâ€™s
engrossing, sometimes shocking journey.
Supplemented by the psychiatric records of her suicidal,
bipolar mother, Fondaâ€™s FBI file, and interviews with her
intimates, this perceptive portrait strips away hype and the
subjectâ€™s own mythmaking. Patricia Bosworth shows us what a
toll Janeâ€™s quest to excel (and please her demanding father,
Henry) exacted and sheds light on truths sheâ€™s glossed over:
her rejection of her mother before her suicide; the death
threats and self-doubts of her antiwar crusade; her second
husband Tom Haydenâ€™s habit of putting her down while
spending her fortune; the emotional downfall that led her to
stop acting and marry Ted Turner.
Lee Strasberg once said that Jane had "panic in her eyes,"
and it is this wounded but so familiar womanâ€”human yet still
heroic, the embodiment of a generationâ€™s conflicts and
triumphsâ€”whom Bosworth captures so utterly and definitively.
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