The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Nominee Jane Fonda

By Megan Dekic
21 Dec 2013

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Photo by Andrew Eccles

Two-time Tony Award nominee Jane Fonda celebrates her birthday Dec. 21. To mark the special day, the Playbill Vault looks back at her Broadway career.

Fonda made her Broadway debut in 1960 in There Was a Little Girl, Daniel Taradash's adaptation of the Christopher Davis novel "Lost Summer." Fonda played Toni Newton, an 18-year-old who is the victim of a rape and must deal with the ensuing psychological trauma. The cast included Whitfield Connor, Ruth Matteson and Dean Jones.

The play opened Feb. 29, 1960, at the Cort Theatre, where it ran for 16 performances. The New York Times' Brooks Atkinson praised 22-year-old Fonda's work: "As the wretched heroine of an unsavory melodrama, she gives an alert, many-sided performance that is professionally mature and suggests that she has found a career that suits her." Fonda received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

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