Jane Fonda recently used a speaking opportunity at a recent charity brunch to open up about her mother’s suicide and how she was affected by it.
The charity brunch was held in honor of the Rape Treatment Center celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Why would Jane Fonda be giving a speech at a Rape Treatment Center? More importantly, why would Jane Fonda use the opportunity to talk about her mother’s suicide?
According to the speech that she delivered, Jane Fonda’s presence at the function was not as questionable or confusing as it may seem at first. You see, Jane Fonda’s mother was a victim of sexual abuse.
Shortly before Jane’s mother, Francis Ford Seymour, brought her own life to an end, medical records prove that she was sexually abused. Of course, Jane Fonda did not realize this at the time of her mother’s death — primarily because Jane was only 12 years old at the time. However, when recently writing her memoirs, the 76-year old actress discovered it while researching her mother’s records.
Once she reviewed that information, Jane Fonda stated that it changed everything for her — including how she felt about what her mother did over 60 years ago.
“The minute that I read that, everything fell into place. I knew why the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her and forgive myself.”
This discovery also helped Jane Fonda to realize that there might be much more to her family’s medical history than she thought. In past interviews, such as one that was conducted last year by The Weekly, Jane Fonda freely spoke about the prevalence of depression within her family tree.
“I come from a family of depressed people, a long line of depressed people on both sides.”
However, Jane Fonda did also take a moment to explain just how happy she was in her own life — going against the grain of her family’s emotional past.
“I can honestly say I have never been happier. Part of getting older is knowing what you don’t need in life. You can’t let things go and become lighter. And it’s wonderful to finally feel this way.”
As mentioned earlier, Jane Fonda is currently in her late 70s. However, she is known for having one of the sexiest bodies in Hollywood along with one of the most successful exercise workout video collections of all time. When you add the fact that Jane Fonda has been able to have a successful career on the big-screen for several decades — including two Oscar awards — it is easy to see why Jane Fonda would be so happy.