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David Emery - your Guide to: Urban Legends and Folklore

'Hanoi Jane' Rumors Blend Fact and Fiction  Dateline: 11/03/99

Email rumors blending fact and fiction about Jane Fonda's activities as an anti-war protester during the 1970s have reopened old wounds for Vietnam veterans and inspired a new round of recriminations for things the actress did long ago, and things she never did.

The rumors (see next page) center around Fonda's tour of North Vietnam in 1972, during which she cozied up to the enemy, posing for photo ops with communist troops and broadcasting anti-American propaganda over
Radio Hanoi.....

As the '90s progressed Fonda's past was less frequently brought up as an issue and seemed to dwindle in importance  - until this year, that is, when Barbara Walters chose to honor the actress in a TV special called "A Celebration: 100 Years of Great Women." The announcement of the program -  which aired in April 1999 and did honor Jane Fonda - prompted an instant outcry from veterans and ex-POWs, many of whom vented their indignation via the Internet. Angry recriminations were posted in newsgroups, published in newsletters and on Web pages, and shared by email.......


Sources and links

Barbara Walters Honors 100 Women
Coverage by Jone Johnson Lewis,'s Women's History Guide
Hollywood Confidential
By Fred Gardner, archived by The Sixties Project

Jane Fonda Bio
From Mr. Showbiz

Jane Fonda - Radio Hanoi
Excerpts originally published in Citizen Jane, by Christopher P.

The POW Network
One of the best Net resources for information by and about American POWs

Vietnam War Internet Project
A vast directory of historical materials relating to the Vietnam

When Jane Spoke Out
Jeff Jacoby's Boston Globe column, dated June 16, 1999

Words Are Not Deeds
From Guide Marc Fisher: one veteran's perspective on Jane Fonda's legacy