GoddessLife Woman of the Week Wednesdays - Jane Fonda

GoddessLife Woman of the Week Wednesdays - Jane Fonda

It's GoddessLife Woman of the Week Wednesday! Here at GoddessLife HQ, we feature a woman who embodies the highest possible expression of her nature. Honoring the brilliance in other women will help all of us on our path to living our own true potential.

Watch Jane Fonda doing the Jane Fonda! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJNmkDVzMAw

It was unlike anything that anyone had ever seen or done before. The video opens with a close-up shot of a dancer wearing leg warmers as she stretches her leg up on a dance barre and then pans out to show a typical scenario of dancers gathering for a class. Then the camera zooms across the room onto Jane Fonda wearing her infamous stripped leotard with a belt around her waist (what was that for?), tights and leg warmers. She comes up from touching her toes, tosses back her head and utters enthusiastically her now famous line, “ Are you ready to begin the workout?” towards the camera – as if she is talking to us – because she was. We were now taking a class with the famous Jane Fonda as our instructor in the privacy and convenience of our home.

She revolutionized fitness and The Jane Fonda's Workout video eventually sold 17 million copies: more than any other home video. The video's release led many people to buy the then-new VCR. She also popularized the concept of the importance of a “cardiovascular” workout to the mainstream (despite the fact that she instructed viewers to ‘go for the burn’ by jogging, do jumping-jacks and other high-impact exercises while barefoot - which is unhealthy on the knees). Fonda subsequently released 23 workout videos, five workout books and thirteen audio programs.

I selected Jane Fonda as as GoddessLife's woman of the week because of her phenomenal contribution to the industry, but being a ‘Fitness Guru’ is only one of the many roles she has played during her vibrant life. She was born into a famous American theatrical family and as an actress; she received many of the industry’s highest awards. Fonda won her first Academy Awards for Best Actress in 1971 for her performance in the movie Klute. She won her second Oscar in 1978 for the movie Coming Home. One of her most touching roles came from when she purchased the screen rights to the play On Golden Pond specifically for her father and herself. The film brought her father, Henry Fonda his only Academy Award for Best Actor, which Jane accepted on his behalf, as he was ill and home bound. He died five months later.

Her legacy of health & fitness and entertainment continue to this day with new workout & movies releases every year.

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