Jane Fonda to be honoured with Women In Film first humanitarian award

Long-term activist and actor Fonda also has the award named after her (Picture: Getty)

Jane Fonda will be honoured with the first-ever humanitarian award from Women In Film (WIF), the not-for-profit group has announced.

The actress and activist, 83, is being recognised for ‘the scarce feat of being an icon in the worlds of activism and storytelling’, WIF said.

The organisation’s humanitarian award will be named in Fonda’s honour.

WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer said: ‘Jane Fonda has spent her complete career as a fearless advocate for people and the planet.

‘No matter what the cost to her career or already her individual safety, she has put the needs of social justice ahead of her own; finding meaning and purpose, friendship and community in the pursuit of a better world.

‘She has led by example, and we couldn’t be prouder to name our humanitarian award after her.’

Fonda flashing the peace sign at a press conference announcing anti-war protest plans in 1970
(Picture: Denver Post via Getty Images)

Fonda’s most recent arrest at a climate change protest in October 2019 (Picture: John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Two-time Oscar-winner Fonda – whose best-known film roles include Klute, Coming Home and On Golden Pond, where she co-starred opposite her father, Hollywood heavyweight Henry Fonda – was one of the main figures of the 1960s counterculture movement and staunchly opposed the Vietnam War.

She has recently dedicated her time to raising awareness of climate change, promoting the Fire Drill Friday movement with Greenpeace via live videos on social media.

The star also built a fitness empire in the 1980s, and before said the one thing she hadn’t excelled at was ‘a successful marriage’, having been divorced three times – but was happy now to be able to watch in any case she wanted on TV.

Fonda at the 201 Golden Globe awards, where she received the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award (Picture: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Fonda will be honoured at a ceremony at the newly opened $484m (£353m) Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles on October 6.

Other honourees include Joker actress Zazie Beetz, who will receive WIF’s Max Mara confront of the future award, while Zendaya and Ashley Levinson, Marlee Matlin and Sian Heder, and Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder will receive crystal awards as collaborators that WIF has dubbed ‘Trailblazers of the New Normal’.

Comedian Jenny Yang will great number the event.

WIF was established in 1973 to help further the careers of women in the screen industries.

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