“As A Child, You Always Think It Was Your Fault”: Jane Fonda Reveals The Truth About Her Mother’s Suicide And Father’s Treachery

Date September 21, 2018 14:06

Acting runs in Fonda’s family blood. Henry Fonda was a famous stage and film actor, with many awards under his belt. He was also the patriarch of a family who won over the Hollywood. His daughter Jane Fonda, son Peter Fonda, granddaughter Bridget Fonda, and grandson Troy Garity, all got lured by a cinema industry.

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Jane Fonda has lived many lives under the spotlight, appearing for the first time on the silver screen in 1960. Shy and beautiful daughter of the acting royalty transformed into a strong woman, recognized by her incredible talent. 


She has experienced a lot of ups and downs over the past 80 years. Still, she says the childhood trauma was one of the most defining moments in her life.

Heartbreaking loss

Henry Fonda married Frances Ford Seymour in 1936. The couple had two children together, Jane and Peter. When Jane was 12 years old, her 42-year-old mother committed a suicide by slitting her throat when she was in a mental institution. Henry told his children that their mother had a heart attack.

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Jane found out the truth when she read about it in a magazine. Frances had been suffering from a bipolar disorder but her children didn’t know about it.

Fonda shares with People:

If you have a parent who is not capable of showing up, not capable of reflecting you back through eyes of love, it has a big impact on your sense of self.


She found it hard to cope with the news about the real reason for her mother’s passing.

As a child, you always think it was your fault…because the child can’t blame the adult, because they depend on the adult for survival. It takes a long time to get over the guilt.

But with time, Jane forgave her parents, saying that realizing that they had issues that had nothing to do with her, made her feel empathy towards them.

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