On Her Birthday, We Salute the Always Provocative Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

A Hollywood scion – her father was Oscar winner Henry Fonda – Jane Fonda comes to her glamorous style by birth, a trademark that has served well in her nearly six decades in the business. As a ’60s bombshell – you’ll remember her as Barbarella – a ’70s social activist and Academy Award winning actor (Coming Home and Klute), and ’80s fitness fanatic, Fonda has done it all and in style. But keeping her career relevant through risk-taking projects, like a gamble on a Netflix series that paid off (Grace and Frankie), isn’t the only thing that makes Fonda a legend in her own right. Her daring sense of fashion, sometimes risqué, and savvy use of trends has kept her in the spotlight and winning praise for her wardrobe. In honor of her 79th birthday, we’re taking a look back on her most famous looks on and off of the red carpet.

January 1956
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From the very beginning Jane Fonda had a great sense of style. Here she is pictured in a light blue denim shirt and matching blue paisley trousers.

August 1969
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Jane nailed the actress-off-duty bohemian style here as she posed in front of her home in the countryside.

April 1979
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At the 51st Annual Academy Awards, the actress opted for a lavender sequin flare-sleeved dress. She is pictured here posing with her award for best actress in film ‘Coming Home’

March 1989
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Jane donned a stylish 80’s look while attending the American Film Institute Honoring Gregory Peck in 1989. Her pairing of a cropped fuchsia blazer, floral bustier and high-waisted black trousers was very on trend at the time

June 1990
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Jane welcomed 90’s fashion with open arms as she arrived to Stanley Sheinbaum’s 70th birthday party dressed on trend – black and gold printed windbreaker, red turtle neck, and high-waisted trousers

January 1992
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Even at the actresses wedding reception with newly-wed husband, Ted Turner, she took the untraditional route and opted for a periwinkle embellished blazer, bustier and high-waisted trousers set. She completed her look with a pair of black kitten-heel pumps and metallic clutch bag

July 1995
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Channeling old Hollywood chic at the 11th Annual television Critics Association Awards, Jane arrived wearing a white and blue polka dot turtle-neck halter dress, beige pumps and husband in tow

March 1995
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The Starlet rocked a voluminous black and white mixed print look on the red carpet of the 67th annual Academy Awards.

October 1999
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At the American Film Institute Associates’ film Platinum Circle Award Salute to the Fonda Family, Jane looked incredibly chic dressed in a black off-the-shoulder jacket and black flare pants. She accessorized her look with a pair of brown sunglasses and a black leather purse.

July 2002
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Jane donned a ivory and cream ensemble at the Paramount Studios’ 90th Anniversary Party. Her look featured a textured ivory cropped turtleneck with matching jacket, cream flared pants and beige pumps.

January 2004
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After a 10 year hiatus, Jane eased back into the spotlight with her first appearance here at the 31st Annual Golden Glove Awards. She looked stunning dressed in a classic black gown paired with leather opera length gloves.

April 2005
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At the Los Angeles premier of her film ‘Monster-In-Law’, Jane posed on the red carpet in in a leopard and floral printed maxi dress and gold metallic embroidered crop jacket.

March 2006
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The actress donned a lovely white trench coat and trouser ensemble while she attended the ‘( to 5’ 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD Launch Party

May 2007
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At the 2007 premiere of ‘Promise Me This’ during Cannes Film Festival, the starlet wore an elegant black evening dress that featured a teardrop cutout on the bodice.

October 2008
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Aside from being a world renowned actress, Jane was commonly know for her fitness obsession throughout her career. Here she modestly shows off her amazing figure while covered up in a long sleeved sheer embroidered turtleneck, black slacks and black wide waist-cinching belt.

January 2010
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At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Jane opted for a gorgeous sheer and silk gown

May 2011
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The actress arrived the the Cannes Festival premiere of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ dressed to perfection. She donned an elegant navy blue off-the-shoulder gown accessorized with a statement Chopard diamond and sapphire necklace

May 2012
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Accentuating her curves at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, Jane turned heads in this black and white panel Stella McCartney column dress

May 2012
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Again, at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival Fonda arrived in another fabulous form fitting number – this time by Roberto Cavalli. The long-sleeved bordeaux gown sparkled as it was full covered in sequin

August 2013
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Fonda showed a more causal rocker style at the ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ show as she arrived in a black studded leather jacket, black henley shirt, denim jeans and black suede booties.

June 2014
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The starlet looked like a Hollywood dream as she posed on the red carpet of the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award that gave tribute to her career. She accepted her award in a custom black and cream Vera Wang gown that feature sheer long-sleeves

September 2014
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Jane kept it classy and glamorous at the 2014 Rape Foundation Annual Brunch dressed in a mauve belted Elie Saab peplum top with matching slacks.

May 2015
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Putting all of the younger actors to shame on the red carpet, Jane donned a electric blue Atelier Versace curve-hugging cutout gown at the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

November 2015
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At the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, Jane looked young and polished dressed in a off-white Balmain gown. The gown featured a tiered column skirt and a wrap bodice with a lace underlay.

February 2016
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Jane attended the Saint Laurent at the Palladium dressed in a black embellished pantsuit by the designer. She completed her look with an extra pop of sparkle with a silver metallic clutch.