Jane Fonda has never been a wallflower. In addition to carving out stellar careers in film and fitness, she’s spent much of her life actively fighting for the rights of others, using her platform and privilege to be a voice for people without one. Her activism has resulted in her being arrested several times—including as recently as 2019, while participating in climate change protests in Washington, D.C.
She may have had a famous actor, Henry Fonda, for a father, but she’s certainly held her own on the big screen. Before playing the lead in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, Fonda took on the chic sci-fi role of Barbarella in 1968. In The Electric Horseman and Barefoot In The Park, she starred opposite one of Hollywood’s greatest exports, Robert Redford. Not forgetting her standout smash-the-patriarchy performance alongside Dolly Parton in 9 to 5.
And she’s still a free spirit at 85. As she celebrates her birthday, Vogue revisits shots of a young Jane Fonda back when she was still a a political force in the making.