Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
Born Bridget Jane Fonda
(1964-01-27) January 27, 1964
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–2002
Spouse(s) Danny Elfman (m. 2003)
Children 1
Parent(s) Peter Fonda
Susan Brewer
Relatives Henry Fonda (grandfather)
Frances Ford Seymour (grandmother)
Jane Fonda (aunt)

Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in such films as The Godfather Part III (1990), Single White Female (1992), Point of No Return (1993), It Could Happen to You (1994), and Jackie Brown (1997). 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 provides 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.

Personal life

Fonda was born 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.[1] She is named after actress Margaret Sullavan's daughter Bridget Hayward. Her maternal grandmother, Mary Sweet, married businessman Noah Dietrich.[2]

Bridget's parents divorced and Peter remarried Portia Rebecca Crockett (former wife of author Thomas McGuane). Peter and Portia raised Bridget, her brother Justin, and older stepbrother Thomas McGuane Jr. in the Coldwater Canyon section of Los Angeles and south of Livingston, Montana. Fonda attended Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles. In 1986, Bridget met Eric Stoltz and, in 1990, they began dating. The relationship ended after eight years.[3]

On February 27, 2003, she suffered a serious car crash in Los Angeles which caused a fracture in her vertebra. In March of the same year, she became engaged to film/TV composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman, and they married in November.[4] They have a son named Oliver.[5]


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[6] and graduated from NYU in 1986.[7]

She made her film debut at the age of five in the 1969 movie Easy Rider as a child in the hippie commune that Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper visit on their trek across the United States.[8] Her second (non-speaking) part was in the 1982 comedy Partners. In 1988, she got her first substantial film role in Scandal. That same year she appeared in You Can't Hurry Love and Shag.

Her breakthrough role was as a journalist in The Godfather Part III. 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).

A notable action-drama role was in 1993's Point of No Return. A review in the New Yorker proclaimed her "provocative, taunting assertiveness". In 1997, she was on the same plane flight as Quentin Tarantino when he offered her the part of Melanie in Jackie Brown. She was also reportedly offered the lead, eponymous role in the television series Ally McBeal but turned it down to concentrate on her film career.[9]

She starred with Jet Li in the action thriller film Kiss of the Dragon in 2001, played the title role in Snow Queen in 2002 and has not appeared in films since then.


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Easy Rider Child in Commune Uncredited[10]
1987 Aria Lover Segment: "Liebestod"
1988 You Can't Hurry Love Peggy Kellogg
1988 Gandahar Head/Historian Voice (English version)
1989 Scandal Mandy Rice-Davies
1989 Shag Melaina
1989 Strapless Amy Hempel
1990 Frankenstein Unbound Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
1990 Godfather Part III, TheThe Godfather Part III Grace Hamilton
1991 Iron Maze Chris Sugita
1991 Drop Dead Fred Annabella (uncredited)
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 (uncredited cameo)
1993 Bodies, Rest & Motion Beth
1993 Point of No Return Maggie Hayward / Claudia Anne Doran / Nina
1993 Little Buddha Lisa Conrad
1994 It Could Happen to You Yvonne Biasi
1994 Road to Wellville, TheThe Road to Wellville Eleanor Lightbody
1994 Camilla Freda Lopez
1995 Rough Magic Myra Shumway
1995 Balto Jenna Voice
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 Simple Plan, AA Simple Plan Sarah
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 Bazinni
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Jacob Have I Loved Louise Bradshaw Movie
1989 21 Jump Street Molly 'Moho' Chapman Episode: "Blinded by the Thousand Points of Light"
1989 Edge, TheThe Edge Dorite Pilot for HBO
1997 In the Gloaming Anne Movie
2001 Night Visions Mary Episode: "The Occupant"
2001 No Ordinary Baby Linda Sanclair Movie
2002 Chris Isaak Show, TheThe Chris Isaak Show Stephanie Furst 4 episodes
2002 Snow Queen Snow Queen Movie

Award nominations


  1. "Bridget Fonda profile at". Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  2. "Urban Cinefile FONDA, PETER : Ulee's Gold". Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. unknown (July 13, 1998). "Fonda Memory: Actors Bridget Fonda and Eric Stoltz End Their Eight Year of Unwedded Bliss". People Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  4. Steven W. Silverman (December 4, 2003). "PASSAGES: Bridget Fonda's Boingo Wedding". People Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  5. "CHRISTMAS PARTY CHEZ FONDA/ELFMAN (Bridget and Danny) - Jane Fonda". Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  6. "Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute". Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  7. "Bridget Fonda biography". TV Guide. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  8. Riley, Sam (2010). Star Struck: An Encyclopedia of Celebrity Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 110. ISBN 9780313358128. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  9. "Pictures of Bridget Fonda". 1964-01-27. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  10. "Sunday Classics: "Easy Rider"". Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  11. "Bridget Fonda Emmy Nominated". Retrieved 2012-05-29.

Further reading

Collier, Peter (1991). The Fondas: A Hollywood Dynasty. Putnam. ISBN 0-399-13592-8. 

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