To celebrate her 60th birthday, Jane Fonda wanted to make a video about her life.
“Why don’t you just get a chameleon and let it crawl across the screen?” her daughter, Vanessa, sarcastically suggested. That anecdote in Patricia Bosworth’s no-holds-barred biography, “Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman,” aptly sums up the mercurial movie star, sex symbol, social activist, exercise guru and trophy wife. The daughter of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda has had more reincarnations than Shirley MacLaine. Her three husbands — filmmaker Roger Vadim, political firebrand Tom Hayden and media tycoon Ted Turner — reflect the scope of her interests, not to mention her lifelong search to fill the emotional void left by her prickly relationship with her distant father. Bosworth writes about all aspects of Fonda’s life, from her struggles with bulimia and guilt over her mother’s suicide to death threats resulting from her trip to Hanoi during the Vietnam War. Fonda’s antiwar activities in the 1970s, along with her support of the Black Panthers, Native Americans and other left- wing causes, gets extensive coverage in the book. … Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed have a date to get married — finally. The KISS singer and the former Playmate have been together for 28 years and have two children.
Invitations to the Oct. 1 wedding, sent out under the kids’ names, contain art by Nick, 22, and a nontraditional message from Sophie, 18: “After 28 years of loose strings, our parents have finally decided to tie the knot.” Simmons is 62 and still touring with Paul Stanley and the current incarnation of KISS; Tweed is 54. Simmons’ proposal in Belize was captured by reality-TV cameras for A&E’s show “Gene Simmons: Family Jewels,” which rolls its seventh season starting Oct. 4.