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Wednesday 20 August 2014

No protesting – this time – for star Fonda

Rachael Alexander

Published 07/06/2014 | 02:30

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Honoree Jane Fonda accepts the AFI Life Achievement Award onstage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California
Honoree Jane Fonda accepts the AFI Life Achievement Award onstage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California
Jane Fonda accepts the AFI Life Achievement Award
Jane Fonda accepts the AFI Life Achievement Award
Felicity Huffman, William H Macy and Eva Longoria were among the stars stepping out to attend the ceremony honoring actress Jane Fonda

Veteran thorn in the side of the US establishment Jane Fonda was honoured by the American Film Institute with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Many of Hollywood's biggest names came to pay homage to a star that has had a genuinely remarkable film career, including two Oscars from seven nominations.

AFI Board Of Trustees Chairman Howard Stringer said: "What not a lot of people know is that Jane Fonda attended the very first AFI tribute in 1973 to director John Ford. She didn't actually make it into the ballroom that night because she was out front picketing.

"That's right, she was there to protest the appearance of one of that night's presenters, Richard Nixon."

AFI CEO and President Bob Gazzale picked up on the theme. "Yes, Jane picketed the AFI Life Achievement Awards. But it wasn't the first time that she'd marched on AFI," he said.

"Some years earlier outside the gates of the AFI conservatory there was a protest led by Jane and another Life Achievement recipient, Shirley MacLaine. They were there to draw attention to the lack of women in roles in the AFI Conservatory and they were right. Their effort led to the establishment of the AFI Directing Workshop for women which this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary."

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