Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Bridget Fonda, celebrity culture, and me

Whatever happened to film actress Bridget Fonda – and – more importantly – why should I care? There are family and friends who have fallen under the GC radar, who don’t warrant as much consideration as I give La Fonda.
I fear celebrity culture has me in its thrall, trapped in that little part of Hell where ordinary people read Hello and care why Cheryl Cole has been dumped from The X Factor. It could be constant exposure to showbiz trivia has finally worn away my ability to judge the important from the inconsequential.
I can’t explain my curiosity about why Fonda – Hollywood aristocracy with Peter as father, Henry grandfather, and Jane her aunt – hasn’t made a movie in nearly a decade.
As much as I would wish for you, I hope Fonda is happy and healthy and raising a family somewhere in the sun. But every time I catch her in a television re-run, I’m struck by the same thought as she steals scenes and sometimes whole movies. Her absence has been a loss to the cinema.
If it’s Single White Female, Jackie Brown, The Road to Wellville, or Lake Placid, Fonda is never less than a consummate actress whether the role calls on her dramatic, comedy, or action skills. Among today’s crop of actresses there are those equal in beauty but I can’t think of one who matches her range.
I saw Fonda first in Aria (1987), a strange collection of opera-themed shorts but it was her knockout performance as Mandy Rice-Davies in Scandal (the Profumo one) two years later that made me – and the rest of the world – aware there was a new Fonda in town. Her Swinging London dolly-bird complete with pitch perfect accent set the standard for American actresses playing Brits ever since.
So given Fonda is a one-off perhaps I needn’t worry that I’ll be getting my news fixes from the BBC rather than TMZ* any time soon.
*TMZ’s the gossip website censoring the Blake Lively ‘fake’ nude pix unlike Perez Hilton…whoops

2 comments:

  1. Yes, GC, I also liked her a lot as an actress, especially in "Scandal". Apparently, she is 47 now with a six year old son; so perhaps she is concentrating on her family.
    [Jaffa].

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  2. Henry, Jane, Peter and Bridget. The Fonda family has contributed so much to cinematic enjoyment. Plus Peter Fonda's film "Easy Rider", in which Bridget played her first role [untitled] as a young girl in a hippy commune.

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