Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz Pay Tribute to Jane Fonda at AFI Life Achievement Award Ceremony
Streep and Bullock both gave speeches, along with Sally Field and Lily Tomlin, and Douglas, who received the same prize in 2009, was on hand to present Fonda with the trophy.
Jeff Daniels also attended, and sang a song with the refrain “abs, butt and thighs”, apparently referring to the star’s exercise videos.
Wanda Sykes wore a Barbarella costume, referencing Jane’s 1968 film, and was carried on stage by a man dressed as a winged angel.
As she collected her award, Jane had some advice for the roomful of Hollywood celebrities, telling them: “Ask questions, stay curious. It’s much more important to be interested than to be interesting.”
The most emotional moments came when her son, actor Troy Garity, describing what he called his mother’s own life-long journey of self-discovery, “a journey that I feel began when she lost her own mother at a young age and was left believing that she had to fight for her father’s affection. Since then, for better or for worse, she has fearlessly pursued a life to mark her existence, to prove her worth, and it makes sense that you found comfort in acting. It’s a craft that gives lessons to live by.” He concluded, “Being raised by you, intimately observing your commitment, I want to say to you here, in front of this great room of people, that in film, in fitness, in politics, in family, Mom, you have succeeded.”