Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda

born on 27/1/1964 in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Bridget Fonda

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Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
Born Bridget Jane Fonda
January 27 1964
Los Angeles, California, US
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969, 1982-2002
Spouse(s) Danny Elfman
(m. 2003present)
Children Son
Parents Peter Fonda, Susan Brewer
Relatives Henry Fonda
(grandfather, deceased)
Frances Ford Seymour (grandmother, deceased)

Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in films such as The Godfather Part III, Single White Female, Point of No Return, It Could Happen to You, and Jackie Brown. She is the daughter of Peter Fonda, niece of Jane Fonda and granddaughter of Henry Fonda.

Early life

Fonda was born in Los Angeles, California into a family of actors, including her grandfather Henry Fonda, her father Peter Fonda, and her aunt Jane Fonda. Her mother, Susan Jane Brewer, is an artist.[1] She is named after actress Margaret Sullavan's daughter Bridget Hayward who committed suicide at the age of 21. Sullavan was Henry Fonda's first wife. Bridget's parents divorced and Peter remarried Portia Rebecca Crockett (former wife of author Thomas McGuane). Peter and Portia brought up Bridget, her brother Justin, and older stepbrother Thomas McGuane Jr (born circa 1962) in the Coldwater Canyon section of Los Angeles as well as just south of Livingston, Montana, where both brothers attended high school. Fonda attended Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles. During this time she and Justin had little contact with the Fonda family, with Bridget recalling in an interview: "When I was a kid, the most important thing for me was my home. People would come and go and things would change but that place wouldn't. I loved it. I want to have that for the rest of my life. I want to have a place".


Fonda first became involved with the theatre when she was cast in a school production of Harvey. She refused to solicit acting tips and advice from her famous relatives and studied method acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and graduated from NYU in 1986.[2]

She made her film debut at the age of five in the 1969 movie Easy Rider as a child in the hippie commune that Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper visit on their trek across the United States. Her second (also non-speaking) bit part was in the 1982 comedy Partners. In 1988 she got her first substantial film role, costarring with John Hurt in Scandal, based on the Profumo affair. That year she also appeared in You Can't Hurry Love and Shag.

Her breakthrough role, however, was as a journalist in The Godfather, Part III. After gaining additional work experience in a few theater productions she was cast in the lead in Barbet Schroeder's Single White Female, followed by a role in Cameron Crowe's ensemble comedy Singles, both in 1992. A review in the New Yorker proclaimed her "provocative, taunting assertiveness", and Rolling Stone said Fonda was "a comic delight". In 1997 Fonda was on the same plane flight as Quentin Tarantino when he offered her the part of a beach babe in Jackie Brown. Fonda was also offered the lead role in the television series Ally McBeal (later accepted by Calista Flockhart), but turned it down to focus on her film career.[3]

Personal life

Fonda has not appeared in films since 2002. On November 29, 2003 she married film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman.[4] She has a son named Oliver.[5]

Award nominations

  • 1990 - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Scandal
  • 1997 - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for In the Gloaming
  • 2002 - Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television for After Amy


  • Easy Rider (1969) (uncredited part as little girl in hippie commune)
  • Partners (1982)
  • Aria (1987)
  • You Can't Hurry Love (1988)
  • Light Years (1988) (voice in English version)
  • Scandal (1989)
  • Jacob Have I loved (1989)
  • Shag (1989)
  • Strapless (1989)
  • Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
  • The Godfather Part III (1990)
  • Out of the Rain (1991)
  • Doc Hollywood (1991)
  • Iron Maze (1991)
  • Drop Dead Fred (1991)
  • Leather Jackets (1992)
  • Single White Female (1992)
  • Singles (1992)
  • Army of Darkness (1992)
  • Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
  • Point of No Return (1993) aka (outside the US) The Assassin
  • Little Buddha (1993)
  • It Could Happen to You (1994)
  • The Road to Wellville (1994)
  • Camilla (1994)
  • Rough Magic (1995)
  • Balto (1995) (voice of Jenna)
  • City Hall (1996)
  • Grace of My Heart (1996)
  • Touch (1997)
  • Mr. Jealousy (1997)
  • Jackie Brown (1997)
  • Break Up (1998)
  • A Simple Plan (1998)
  • Finding Graceland (1998)
  • Lake Placid (1999)
  • South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)
  • Delivering Milo (2001)
  • Monkeybone (2001)
  • Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
  • No Ordinary Baby (2001)
  • The Whole Shebang (2001)
  • Snow Queen (2002)


  1. Bridget Fonda Biography (1964-)
  2. Bridget Fonda biography. TV Guide. Retrieved on April 2, 2011.
  3. Pictures of Bridget Fonda -
  4. Steven W. Silverman (December 04, 2003). PASSAGES: Bridget Fonda's Boingo Wedding. People Magazine. Retrieved on 2011-04-08.
  5. Does Bridget Fonda have any kids?.

Further reading

  • Collier, Peter (1991). The Fondas: A Hollywood Dynasty, Putnam.

External links

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