Bridget Fonda

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Bridget Fonda
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Bridget Jane Fonda

(1964-01-27) January 27, 1964 (age 58)
Alma mater New York University
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1969–2002
(m. 2003)
Parent Peter Fonda
Relatives Henry Fonda (grandfather)
Frances Ford Seymour (grandmother)
Jane Fonda (aunt)
Troy Garity (first cousin)

Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an American former actress. She is known for her roles in The Godfather Part III (1990), Single White Female (1992), Singles (1992), Point of No Return (1993), It Could Happen to You (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), and A Simple Plan (1998). She is the daughter of Peter Fonda, niece of Jane Fonda, and granddaughter of Henry Fonda. Fonda was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing Mandy Rice-Davies in the 1989 film Scandal and provided the voice for Jenna in the 1995 animated feature film Balto . She received an Emmy Award nomination for the 1997 TV film In the Gloaming , and a second Golden Globe Award nomination for the 2001 TV film No Ordinary Baby .


Early life

Fonda was born on January 27, 1964, in Los Angeles, California, to a family of actors, including her grandfather Henry Fonda, father Peter Fonda, and her aunt Jane Fonda. Her mother, Susan Jane Brewer, is an artist. She is named after actress Margaret Sullavan's daughter Bridget Hayward. [1] Her maternal grandmother, Mary Sweet, married businessman Noah Dietrich. [2]

Fonda's parents divorced, and her father Peter later married Portia Rebecca Crockett (former wife of author Thomas McGuane), who raised Bridget, her brother Justin, and older stepbrother Thomas McGuane Jr. in the Coldwater Canyon section of Los Angeles, as well as in Paradise Valley, south of Livingston, Montana. [3]


Fonda became involved with the theatre when she was cast in a school production of Harvey . She studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute as part of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts acting program [4] and graduated from NYU in 1986. [5]

She made her movie debut at age five (filmed at age four) in Easy Rider (1969) as a child in the hippie commune that Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper visit on their trek across the United States. [6] Her second (non-speaking) part was in the 1982 comedy Partners . In  1988, she got her first substantial film role in Scandal , and appeared in You Can't Hurry Love and  Shag .

Her breakthrough role was as a journalist in The Godfather Part III , released in late 1990. After gaining additional work experience in a few theater productions, she was cast in the lead in Barbet Schroeder's Single White Female , followed by a role in Cameron Crowe's ensemble comedy Singles (both 1992).

Fonda starred in 1993's Point of No Return , an American remake of the 1990 French film Nikita . A review in The New Yorker cited her "provocative, taunting assertiveness". In 1997, she was on the same flight as Quentin Tarantino when he offered her the part of Melanie in Jackie Brown . She starred in Lake Placid (1999), and was also reportedly offered the lead, eponymous role in the television series Ally McBeal , but turned it down to concentrate on her film career. [7]

In 2001, Fonda starred with Jet Li in the action thriller film Kiss of the Dragon . Her final film role was in the 2001 movie The Whole Shebang . Her final role overall was the title role in the TV movie Snow Queen in 2002, and she has not appeared on screen since, having retired from acting. [8]

Personal life

Fonda met Eric Stoltz in 1986 and they began dating in 1990. The relationship ended after eight years. [9]

On February 27, 2003, she suffered a serious car crash in Los Angeles that caused a fracture in a vertebra. [10] In March of the same year, she became engaged to film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman, and they married in November. [11] In 2005, they had a son together. [12] [13]



1969 Easy Rider Child In CommuneUncredited [14]
1987 Aria LoverSegment: "Liebestod"
1988 You Can't Hurry Love Peggy Kellogg
1988 Gandahar Head / HistorianVoice dub (English version)
1989 Scandal Mandy Rice-Davies
1989 Shag Melaina
1989 Strapless Amy Hempel
1990 Frankenstein Unbound Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
1990 The Godfather Part III Grace Hamilton
1991 Iron Maze Chris Sugita
1991 Drop Dead Fred AnnabellaUncredited
1991 Out of the Rain Jo
1991 Doc Hollywood Nancy Lee Nicholson
1992 Leather Jackets Claudi
1992 Single White Female Allison Jones
1992 Singles Janet Livermore
1992 Army of Darkness Linda
1993 Bodies, Rest & Motion Beth
1993 Point of No Return Maggie Hayward / Claudia Anne Doran / NinaAlso known as The Assassin
1993 Little Buddha Lisa Conrad
1994 It Could Happen to You Yvonne Biasi
1994 The Road to Wellville Eleanor Lightbody
1994 Camilla Freda Lopez
1995 Rough Magic Myra Shumway
1995 Balto JennaVoice role
1996 City Hall Marybeth Cogan
1996 Grace of My Heart Kelly Porter
1997 Touch Lynn Marie Faulkner
1997 Mr. Jealousy Irene
1997 Jackie Brown Melanie Ralston
1998 Break Up Jimmy Dade
1998 Finding Graceland Ashley
1998 A Simple Plan Sarah Mitchell
1999 Lake Placid Kelly Scott
2000 South of Heaven, West of Hell Adalyne Dunfries
2001 Delivering Milo Elizabeth
2001 Monkeybone Dr. Julie McElroy
2001 Kiss of the Dragon Jessica Kamen
2001 The Whole Shebang Val BazinniFinal role in a theatrical film to date.


1989 Jacob Have I Loved Louise BradshawTelevision film (WonderWorks)
1989 21 Jump Street Molly 'Moho' ChapmanEpisode: "Blinded by the Thousand Points of Light"
1989The EdgeDoriteUnsold TV pilot (HBO)
1997 In the Gloaming AnneTelevision film (HBO)
2001 Night Visions MaryEpisode: "The Occupant"
2001 No Ordinary Baby Linda SanclairTelevision film (Lifetime)
2002 The Chris Isaak Show Stephanie Furst4 episodes
2002 Snow Queen Snow QueenTelevision film. Final role to date.

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