Jane Fonda And Her First Husband, Director Roger Vadim, Had One Daughter. Did She Follow Their Path?
Jane Fonda, a still-popular actress and controversial activist, has three children. Her eldest child, daughter Vanessa Vadim, was born in 1968 in Paris, in her first marriage to French filmmaker Roger Vadim.
Given her parents’ occupation, it would make sense for Vanessa to have followed in their footsteps. So, what is she doing?
Who is Vanessa?
Although she was born in France, Vanessa spent most of her childhood and young years in the United States.
She graduated from Brown University and became a director – she did follow in her dad’s footsteps, after all.
Vanessa makes documentaries and is best known for The Last Party (1993), Blue Is Beautiful (1997), and The Quilts of Gee's Bend (2002).
Like her famous mom, Vanessa is an activist, and the cause she’s most passionate about is protecting the environment.
Vanessa is married to Paul Van Waggoner. They tied the knot in 2010, in a modest ceremony in Saint-Tropez, France. Vanessa has two children, a daughter and a son, from her previous relationships.
Vanessa’s dad was married five times and she has three half-siblings: half-sister Nathalie and half-brothers Christian and Vania.
Vanessa’s difficult relationship with her mom
As Fonda herself has admitted, she wasn’t the best mom she could be. Vanessa was, by all accounts, closer to her dad until he passed away in 2000 and wasn’t on the best of terms with her mom.
However, Fonda said in an interview on NPR that she and her daughter “have been growing closer” in recent years.
Maybe, the actress finally realized that family is more important than fighting dubious battles.