Even Though He Was Distant And Cold, Jane Fonda Still Remembers Her Dad

Date August 13, 2018

Childhood memories that’s what shapes people as well as their future. And no matter what memories people have, they should always try to make the most of them.

Christian upbringing

In case with Jane Fonda, her father was a perfect example of a true Christian. Expressing his real emotions wasn’t the thing he was best at. His kids remember him exactly like this, cold and distant.



Here’s what his son, Peter Fonda, said about Henry in his interview according to

My dad's family were Christian Scientists. They believe that if you're hurt or in pain you cure it by praying. Crying was not acceptable. My father was a shy man. To his dying day we only ever knew seven stories about him. He was afraid of strong emotion. He could do on stage what he could not do in life because on stage he was given the words to express feeling. He just wasn't available to us. But, you know, he didn't beat us and we ate well.

Jane’s sweet memory

Jane Fonda didn't have a strong bond with her distant dad as well. They have never been as close as a father and daughter can be. Nevertheless, there was a moment between them that meant more than words. It was during a scene in 1981's On Golden Pond when she grabbed him by his arm and a tear ran down his cheek.


But, according to Closerweekly, when she asked if they can have a dinner at his house, he refused by saying:

I wish he would've said something like, 'I wasn't expecting it. That scene between us really moved me. You really moved me. I felt we were both so present.

© On Golden Pond (1981) / IPC Films, Incorporated Television Company (ITC)

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"I regret that I wasn’t a better parent.”

However, it's apparent there are things Jane's father would have done differently, especially judging by how critical his daughter is. In one of her interviews, she got frank about her parenting skills:

I regret that I wasn’t a better parent. I didn’t know how to do it. But you can learn, so I studied how to be a parent. It’s never too late. I am trying to make up for what I didn’t know before. When I die, I want my family to be around me. I want them to love me and I have to earn that. I’m still working at it.


Jane's father must have probably had some regrets about everything he did wrong, but somehow, he couldn’t express his feelings in a proper way. Still, it’s obvious he did love and care about them, and it’s by far one of the most important things.

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