UCLA Announces Jane Fonda As Commencement Speaker. Heads To Explode In 3-2-1-
It was wrong for students to object to Condoleezza Rice speaking at Rutgers, and it is wrong to object to Jane Fonda speaking at UCLA. But get ready for heads to explode because the actress and activist has been invited to give the commencement speech on June 13. UCLA’s press release states:
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Teri Schwartz, dean of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, announced today that Academy Award-winning actress, author and fitness icon Jane Fonda has been named the 2014 commencement speaker at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s graduation ceremony. Dean Schwartz will preside over the event to be held on Friday, June 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall…
Even after a self-imposed 15-year retirement, Ms. Fonda has come back stronger than ever, earning a Primetime Emmy nomination for her recurring role in HBO’s “The Newsroom” and appearing as Nancy Reagan in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Later this year, she will star opposite Tina Fey and Justin Bateman in Shawn Levy’s “This Is Where I Leave You.” Next month, Ms. Fonda will receive America’s highest honor for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award. Only eight women have received the prestigious award in its 42-year history. In addition to film and television, Ms. Fonda has prevailed on Broadway, starring in Moises Kaufman’s “33 Variations,” in which she received a Tony Award nomination for her role.
Ms. Fonda wrote her autobiography, “My Life So Far,” which was No. 1 on The New York Times bestsellers list, and she published her second book, “Prime Time,” in 2011. She is committed to sharing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle (with two dozen workout videos selling more than 17 million copies, six books and 13 audios).
Fonda has been repeatedly recognized for her tireless work on behalf of women and girls. In 1994, Ms. Fonda was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund; in 1995 she founded The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Potential & Power; in 2004 she co-founded the Women’s Media Center.
“We are truly honored to have Jane Fonda speak at this year’s commencement ceremony,” said Schwartz. “Jane is a visionary and a remarkable artist who has spent her life telling deeply powerful stories that have moved and inspired audiences worldwide to action for the greater good and to a greater understanding of our common humanity through her films, philanthropic efforts and personal journeys. She has effortlessly placed herself at the heart of what TFT stands for — the education and development of outstanding new artists and scholars whose stories, performances and research enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.”
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