Jane Fonda Saluted

Debbie Reynolds, Sally Field, Vanessa Redgrave, Lily Tomlin and even brother Peter Fonda turned out Monday night at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Film Society’s spring gala tribute to actress and activist Jane Fonda, 63. Though Reynolds made the crowd howl when she quipped inside Avery Fisher Hall that she obviously had been married to the wrong Fisher (singer Eddie, not billionaire Avery), she admitted to PEOPLE that she didn’t know why she was asked to speak about Fonda. “We don’t think the same things about politics and are not at all kindred in that way,” said Reynolds, 69 “(But) she’s changed her approach to life and is finding a new spirit . . . I’m here tonight to give her the courage to do that.” Reynolds, whose own life has been a bumpy one, said, “I admire her trying to go on with her life after a lot of ups and downs.” Came her turn to speak, Fonda thanked Redgrave, 64, for being her role model — ever since Fonda first read that the British actress went to bed every night reading about economic theories.

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