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  • midlifelove 12:37 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aspen, Baby It's You, Carrie Fisher, Florence Greenberg, in love, Jane Fonda, knee surgery, PDAs, Richard Perry, Robbie Robertson, Scepter Records, Shirelles, Tom Hayden   

    Jane Fonda Finds Love at 71 

    richard perry

    Gorgeous Jane Fonda is in love again – outing herself on her blog http://janefonda.com/pda/ – after she was caught in “public displays of affection” (PDAs) with music producer Richard Perry at a birthday party for legendary muso Robbie Robertson at Los Angeles’ Sunset Tower Bar.

    She’d hinted in an earlier post that she was in love; “Maybe I shouldn’t have but it’s so much fun I couldn’t resist,” she said – but she didn’t name the new man. When a TV gossip column picked up on the pair making out in a car park, Jane decided to “go public”.

    “In May I told friends I’d stop thinking about love and all the other good stuff. “That’s all over for me,” I thought. “Oh yeah…wham.”

    First Met 35 Years Ago

    Fonda says she first met Perry 35 years ago “when he gathered heavy hitters from the music industry to support my then-husband, Tom Hayden’s run for the US Senate. I danced with him in Aspen 25 years ago and didn’t see him again till a week after my knee replacement surgery in June when our mutual friend, Carrie Fisher, acted as a go-between at Richard’s request and set up a dinner.”

    Jane is supposed to be completing her next book but entertainment columns report she’s been going to all the rehearsals of Richard’s new musical “Baby It’s You” about Florence Greenberg,   Jewish housewife in New Jersey who started her own record company Scepter Records in the 1950s.

    She was the first woman to start a record company and created a long list of hits with, among other groups, the Shirelles.

    Says Jane: “It’s pretty exciting– the music I grew up with.”

    Third Act  More Fun

    Love and rehab for knee surgery have left little time for writing, so she says she’ll “just have to hole up at my ranch starting week after next and knuckle down. I guess the chapter on love etc in the third act will be more interesting now–and fun to write.”

  • midlifelove 4:55 am on July 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Helen Keller, Hopi Indians, Jane Fonda, , Robert Redford, , Santa Fe, Sibylle Szaggars, Sundance   

    Redford and Fonda – Life An Adventure or Nothing 

    Jane Fonda and Robert RedfordWhat is it about turning 70?  First Robert Redford gets married at 72, and then Jane Fonda announces she’s in love again at 71, having thought “all the good stuff” was now a thing of the past.

    The two stars – each a Hollywood legend in their own lifetimes – are powerful exponents of the Helen Keller* approach: “Life at any age is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.”

    Redford, American cinema’s “eternal, and most principled, hunk” (Time, 2001) married his partner of 13 years, German abstract artist Sibylle Szaggars (51) in her hometown of Hamburg in July.


    New House in Santa Fe

    Engaged in May 2008, the couple recently announced they were building a house in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and starting an initiative there to support and encourage Hispanic and Native American film makers. It’s obviously a passion they share.

    On her website http://www.sibylleszaggars.com/index.html Sibylle records how her interest in old cultures and traditions led her live with Hopi Indians in Arizona after she moved to the US from London in the late 80’s. She said was “deeply touched by the Native Americans spiritual connectedness with life, the land and the world,” and developed large paintings inspired by the connection.

    In the 1990s after moving to Sundance, Utah, she met Redford and her artistic focus turned to “impending issues of extinction and environmental protection,” she says.

    Fresh New and Exciting

    In the new programme, veteran film directors, producers, actors and writers will work with Hispanic and Native American filmmakers in a series of labs which will be an independent offshoot of Redford’s famous Sundance Institute, he says. The goal is to help bring out under-represented voices of our society.

    Redford says he has been drawn to Hispanic cultures for years. He traces that appreciation to growing up as Anglo in a primarily Hispanic neighbourhood in Los Angeles. It grew when he worked on the 1988 hit film Milagro Beanfield War, which was filmed in New Mexico.

    Redford has decided to build his new home near the tiny village of Tesuque, just north of Santa Fe. The Sundance offshoot will be headquartered at Los Luceros, a historic hacienda and ranch between Santa Fe and Taos.

    “The exciting thing about this is that it’s basically a startup program,” Redford stated. “It’s fresh. It’s new. That excites me.”

    * (Keller, the deaf blind activist who inspired Oscar winning 1962 movie The Miracle Worker, was one of Gallup’s Most Admired People of the 20th Century)

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