The death of Peter Fonda has many fans thinking about his family. The Easy Rider star passed away at age 79 after a battle with lung cancer, as previously shared by The Inquisitr. The counter-culture icon and son of legendary actor Henry Fonda left behind two children, Justin and Bridget, who both followed in the family business in the entertainment industry.
Both Bridget and Justin Fonda made their acting debut in uncredited roles on their dad’s signature film, Easy Rider, in 1969, playing children in a commune. Bridget didn’t act again onscreen until she was a teenager in 1982, but after that, the daughter of Peter Fonda and Susan Brewer logged a steady stream of credits as a young actress and was set for a decades-long future in the movie industry.
Bridget was a huge presence in the movies in the 1990s, scoring prominent roles in hit films like The Godfather: Part III (1990), Singles (1992), Single White Female (1992), It Could Happen To You(1994), the Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown (1997) and the movie Lake Placid (1999), according to IMDb. Bridget also had an impressive TV resume with an Emmy nomination for her role in the 1997 TV movie Into The Gloaming and a Golden Globe nod for 2001’s No Ordinary Baby.
On her birthday, here is Bridget Fonda, in costume as pot-toking surfer girl Melanie Ralston, with Quentin Tarantino on the set of his 1997 masterpiece, JACKIE BROWN. pic.twitter.com/PiqgNU32H4
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) January 27, 2018
But Bridget Fonda has not been seen onscreen in more than 15 years. After a short TV stint on The Chris Isaak Show, Bridget’s last acting credit was in 2002 in the Hallmark Channel miniseries The Snow Queen. The now 55-year-old actress retired from acting and suddenly left Hollywood in 2003 and hasn’t been seen since.
According to The New York Post, Bridget was involved a serious car accident in Los Angeles shortly after wrapping the Hallmark film. In February 2003, the actress lost control of her 2001 Jaguar while driving in heavy rain on the Pacific Coast Highway. The car flipped over an embankment and tumbled downhill. Bridget miraculously survived the rollover car crash due to the fact that she was wearing her seat belt, authorities said at the time.
The crash may have been a big wakeup call for Bridget. She married longtime boyfriend, Oingo Boingo singer Danny Elfman, in November of that year and gave birth to son Oliver Elfman two years later. The movie star seemingly traded her fame to raise her family, and she and Elfman remain notoriously private about their life as a couple.
Bridget is so far away from the spotlight that she doesn’t even have an Instagram account, much to her fans’ dismay.
While Bridget Fonda is no longer working as an actress, her husband Elfman still produces music for television and film. According to Variety, the former new wave singer has composed theme music and scores The Simpsons, Desperate Housewives, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Fifty Shades of Grey, and more.
Bridget has not yet issued a statement on her father Peter Fonda’s death.