If you've ever had the very particular dream of adorning your wardrobe with Jane Fonda's iconic mug shot from the 1970's, well, you're in luck. The legendary actress, workout maven, and longtime activist is now selling a veritable trove of merchandise decorated with her famous mug and upraised fist. (Even Academy Award-winners aren't immune from the merch trend).
Fonda explained the story behind her mug shot, in which the star is sporting the very same '70s haircut she had in Klute, in an essay posted to her website in 2009. Essentially, Fonda embarked upon a nationwide anti-Vietnam War speaking tour in 1970. On a trip from Canada to back to the U.S., officials at the Cleveland airport discovered bags of vitamins in her luggage, which they mistook for drugs, and subsequently arrested Fonda. Eventually, after testing each pill, law enforcement realized their error and dropped all charges against her.
"They confiscated that as well as my address book (which was photocopied) and arrested me for drug smuggling," Fonda wrote. "I told them what they were, but they said they were getting orders from the White House–that would be the Nixon White House. I think they hoped this 'scandal' would cause the college speeches to be canceled and ruin my respectability. I was handcuffed and put in the Cleveland jail, which is when the mug shot was taken."
Fonda, and even her Grace and Frankie co-star Lily Tomlinson, have been spotted out and about with a mug-shot-plastered clutch purse in years past, but Fonda must know how iconic she truly is, as she's now made the clutch (unfortunately, out of stock at the moment) and plenty of other products featuring the black-and-white photo available for purchase on her site, among her many films and fitness regimens.