Jane Fonda Jennifer Lopez

Jane Fonda Jennifer Lopez – an Icon and an Idol at UCLA Awards

Also: Jane Fonda, in a Q&A Session with Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Circle   


An American Idol shared the stage with an American Icon, when Jennifer Lopez presented the UCLA Longevity Center’s well-deserved Icon Award to actress, activist and fitness guru Jane Fonda. 

With Louise Horvitz and Timothy Noonan as event co-chairs, more awards that night went to philanthropist James Collins and Dr. Bradley Straatsma, founding director of the Jules Stein Eye Institute.

As the event took place June 4, Lopez had just been named “The most beautiful woman in the world” by People Magazine, and the evening’s host – Jason Alexander – expressed his agreement.

He added, “She has made ‘American Idol’ once more the most talked about show on TV,” (and FOX apparently thought so, too, as it has since been reported that her salary as an American Idol judge has been raised to $20 million, up from last season’s not-so-shabby $12 million.)

Jane Fonda Jennifer Lopez shared the spotlight at the gala. Yet this was Fonda’s night. So before the award presentation, Alexander read congratulatory messages from well-wishers.

“I will always love you,” he read from Dolly Parton’s missive.

From Lily Tomlin’s note, he read, “No matter how swell-headed you may become as a result of this evening, your self-esteem could never match my own great respect and love for you.”


Jane Fonda: Like Merlin of Camelot, instead of aging, she seems to “youthen” instead

Personally, I can’t think of a better candidate than Fonda for an award from the Longevity Center. I’ve run into her three times this year – at October’s fabulous Carousel Ball, which benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, at a February Q&A for the Artistic Director’s Circle of the Center Theatre Group and at this UCLA gala. Each time I see her, she looks better, as though – like Merlin of Camelot – she doesn’t grow old, but “youthens” instead.

A genuine trouper, and not one to slow down, she showed up for  CTG’s Q&A on her one day off from starring in “33 Variations” at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. She kept her commitment to speak there, despite a cold and serious case of laryngitis.

She said that night, “My boyfriend (Richard Perry) is very upset with me that I’m here,” completely ignoring his signals for her to wrap up the interview.  She came, she said, to honor those present, “for making possible great theater in Los Angeles.”

For more details of the Icon Awards gala, you can find my LA Times story here; and more details about the Center Theatre Group’s Q&A in my LA Times story here.

Photos, from top, Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda at the UCLA Longevity Center’s Icon Awards (Credit: Vince Bucci); Q&A with Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Jane Fonda at a private home. (Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.)

In the gallery below, you’ll find more photos of Jane Fonda Jennifer Lopez and others at UCLA’s gala; and Jane Fonda at CTG’s Q&A with hosts Eva and Marc Stern and Artistic Director’s Circle founder, Brindell Gottlieb. 



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Jane Fonda Jennifer Lopez at UCLA Icon Awards

Published Sept. 12, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA