On the set of the 1964 film adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde, she became involved with its director, Roger Vadim, former husband of Brigitte Bardot.
Jane Fonda learnt the truth only months later, when she read it in a movie magazine.
Her first film role, at the age of 23, was as a husband-hungry cheerleader in Tall Story (1960) and just two years later she received a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer, for playing a prostitute in Edward Dmytryk’s 1920s-set melodrama Walk on the Wild Side.
Fonda’s performance as a sort of sex kitten space traveller has earned the film an enduring cult following, but Fonda only truly cemented her reputation a year later when she won her first Oscar nomination for the Depression-era tragedy They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
The Oscar for Best Actress came the year after, for her performance as another prostitute, the alienated Bree Daniels, in Klute.
But they were directing their anger at the wrong person; everybody should be angry about the war.” Her passionate convictions led to her starring in and producing Coming Home – the story of a love triangle between a young woman, her Marine husband (Bruce Dern) and a Vietnam veteran she meets while her husband is away (Jon Voigt) – and her second Best Actress Oscar in 1978.
This month, Fonda has been in Cannes for the film festival representing cosmetics mega-brand L’Oreal – “I am the oldest living skincare ambassador; they just keep hiring me,” she says, more in wonder than pride – and for the premiere of her latest film, the topically titled Youth, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, who won an Oscar last year for his surreal Fellini-style film The Great Beauty.• A list of the best movies on Netflix UK "I was like a lightning rod, and I understand that,” she says today.“If I believed what was said about me, I would be angry too.Her mother, meanwhile, suffered serious mental health issues; by the time the family moved to Connecticut, Frances had been hospitalised several times for depression, and in 1950, she committed suicide.Henry Fonda persuaded the children’s schoolteachers, classmates, and maternal grandmother to tell them that their mother had died of a heart attack; in fact, she had slit her own throat.“But I was brought up to believe that unless you look a certain way, no one would care for you, no one would love you.