Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 77
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 77

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 6, 1972
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Fonda labels herself as 'actress with revolutionary polities' By Mary Campbell NEW YORK i/fl-What path did Jane Fonda take from Daddy's little girl to Hanoi? Jane, daughter of Henry, did her first acting, just after high school, with her father in summer stock, in "The Country Girl" in Omaha and "The Male Animal" on Cape Cod. She did her first movie, "Tall Story", with her godfather, Josh Logan producing and directing. An acquaintance says she was, then, "a proper young lady." These days, spearheading the traveling a n t i -A r m y FTA Show, showing up in North Vietnam for two weeks, bragging that her suitcases contains a few tops and a couple pair of slacks. She is called a lot of things, but "proper young lady" isn't among them. Some think she's a Communist or a revolutionary or guilty of treason. "I don't think I know enough to say I am a such and such and so and so politically," she says, as she stops in New York en route to Hanoi. "I'm not a revolutionary. I'm an actress with revolutionary politics." Rep. Fletcher Thompson, R-Ga., asked the attorney general to bring treason KANAWHA CITY ·CBCOOJE charges against Miss Fonda, saying that Radio Hanoi had quoted her as urging U. S. military' personnel in Viet- 0am to disobey orders. Before she left for Hanoi, she said, "Who are we--the cast of the FTA Show-to tell soldiers? We don't have to go to the brig. I don't think that our job is to tell them not to fight, or what to do. We're showing them there is support of their anti-war sentiments." The present Jane Fonda was bora, full grown, 2% years ago. She says, "I reached the age of 32 and discovered I'd wasted 32 years of my life. I realized it because of the war, because of the kind of questions that the Vietnam struggle is forcing us to ask ourselves about who we are, what our country means and what we're doing." There's no doubt, she says, but that she'd have developed revolutionary politics sooner if she'd been living in the United States. But in 1965 Miss Fonda married French film director Roger Vadim, whom she met when he directed her in "Circle of Love" in Paris. She settled into life in France « and family life, which included daughter, Vanessa, bom in 1968. "So I split. I think it's sad so many people want to leave America. I think you should come back to your country when it is going downhill. "I got off the plane in Los Angeles--I had been in India on the way and Indians were on my mind. Ramparts Magazine was on a newsstand there. On the cover was an American Indian woman looking angery and the words "Red Power." I thought, what is this? It blew my mind. I hadn't known anything; I couldn't believe what we had done to the Indians. CHARLESTON, W. VA. "When I get an idea, I usually plunge in. I plunged. "In trying to make up for 32 wasted years.- I went very fast an tried to make contact with as many people as possible." Miss Fonda spoke, out on women's rights, demonstrated on behalf of welfare children 1 and California farm workers and arranged bail for some Black Panthers charged with illegal possession of weapons. Then, she says she decided to concentrate --on ending this war--helping to have that happen. "The war relates to everything. What we're doing to Vietnam is exactly what we did to American Indians, not *.only in terms of killing them off and destroying their land but pitting them against each other. We're destroying their culture. That is racism an genocide and we have a history of that." The actress's vigorous pronouncements have been criticized a s "politically naive but sincere" and worse. Indian singer Buffy Sainte--Marie has said that Jane Fonda has hurt some causes by not knowing enough about them. Miss Fonda says, "I read a lot. I don't' know everything, or obviously. If you're a movie star and an uppity woman and miss a fact or make an error, people come down very hard. I don't mean to Jane Fonda gestures as she talks about her political beliefs. come off like I know everything. "What I feel is based primarily on observation and what I've read. Even the answer to that reflects the subject that comes first in Jane Fonda's life these days, "Not very much, given the situation in the movie industry, which is taking its toll because of the war, too." So is the next step the violent overthrow of the American government? "To me revolution means rapid fundamental social change. I don't believe that the kind of change that is necessary is going to happen through e v o l u t i o n . Who wants violence? I don't. I hate violence. But I don't think it is going to be up to us to decide. The American government fashioned a war against the Vietnamese people. It doesn't allow the Philippines or Latin America to live in peace. So why does anybody think the U. S. government, working in the interests of corporations, is going to let the American people live in peace, the moment we begin to threaten their interests? Meanwhile, back jn her personal life, in a family where everybody else is much more conservative, Vadim continues to live in France. "We're separated, not legally, just separated. We're friends. My daughter is over there now." Jane Fonda was nominated for an Oscar for "They Shoot Horses Don't They?" last year but did not win. This year she won for "Klute." Some have speculated that the climate in Hollywood has become more accepting of an actress with revolutionary political ideas. Miss Fonda says, "I guess they just thought I gave a better p e r f o r m a n c e . I thought so, too." Has her pay per film, said to be around 1400.000, gone up, as a result of the Oscar? Original 'Mancha' stars (Continued From Page 8s) and Dale Wasserman realized that " I m p o s s i b l e Dream" wasn't a bit ponderous set to music. Dale was one of the last of the golden age TV writers. He arrived on the scene quite late having labored on Broadway as a director until 1954 when, while walking on the street and thinking about his future (he had just staged a musical that ran one performance), he decided to try writing for television. His first script was sold to Kraft Theater, won an award, and he was an established TV writer from then on. One of his plays, "The Fog," became something of a cause celebre because it was a condemnation of certain aspects of the establishment. The large automobile manufacturer sponsoring the series which bought the play insisted on certain drastic changes in the content, but Dale fought them all the way. The incident did not hurt Dale's TV career, and he went on to write some of the best scripts of the time including an adaptation of "The Power and the Glory." Wasserman now lives in Spain with his wife, although they m a i n t a i n homes in Palm Springs and Haiti. He could spend most of his time traveling around the world attending openings of "Man of La Mancha," but only accepts an occasional invitation. "One of the great things about going to those openings is that in countries other than the United States the writer is treated like an artist. He is not judged by how much money he's made but by what he's created." Dale's adaptation of "One Flew over the Cuckoo Nest" which flopped on Broadway as a Kirk Douglas vehicle has recently been revived in New York and San Francisco and has been hailed as a masterpiece by young audiences. Wasserman returns to TV next season with an original musical based on the real life of Horatio Alger, another man who wrote of impossible dreams but never really enjoyed them. On his recent trip to California Dale Wasserman ran the kinescope of "I, Don Quixote," and reports, "It starts off slow, but you know it wasn't really that bad." Who Want Ads? Who Doesn't? 348-4848 SUNDAY GAZETTE-MAIL

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