Jane Fonda called legendary heartthrob Marlon Brando ‘disappointing’ as she reflected on her early days in Hollywood and her brand new book in a new profile for the New York Times.
Fonda, 82, dished dirt during a quick round of ‘Confirm or Deny’ questions, where she told reporter Maureen Dowd she wasn’t exactly charmed by the Wild One talent, who was her co-star in the 1966 drama The Chase.
While she said her experience with Brando was lackluster, the actress/activist admitted she wishes she got closer to another star, telling the NYT she regrets never hooking up with late crooner Marvin Gaye.’
Vintage gossip: Jane Fonda, 82, dished about her early days in Hollywood during some quickfire questions in an in-depth New York Time profile of the star. There, she admitted Marlon Brando was ‘disappointing’ to her but said she wishes she slept with Marvin Gaye
Asked for her take on Brando, Fonda simply said: ‘Disappointing…’ but she did give him credit for being ‘a great actor.’
One of Dowd’s cheekier questions asked Fonda whether her ‘greatest regret is that you never had sex with Che Guevara.’
But it wasn’t the Cuban revolutionary who left a lasting impression.
‘No, I don’t think about him,’ Jane said. ‘Who I do think about, and what is a great regret is Marvin Gaye. He wanted to and I didn’t. I was married to Tom [Hayden].’
Fonda was wed to the left-wing activist/politician for 17 years, wed in 1973. Hayden passed away in 2016. They two shared 47-year-old son Troy Garity.
Co-stars: Asked for her take on Brando, Fonda simply said: ‘Disappointing…’ but she did give him credit for being ‘a great actor.’ The pair worked on 1966’s The Chase together
Regrets, I have a few: Fonda said she regrets never getting it on with Sexual Healing singer Marvin Gaye, above 1974. ‘He wanted to and I didn’t,’ she explained, adding ‘I was married to Tom [Hayden]’
Jane explained how she actually met the Let’s Get It On singer while recruiting performers to do benefit concerts for her late ex.
‘I was meeting a lot of performers to try to do concerts for Tom and the woman who was helping me do that introduced me to Marvin Gaye,’ she said.
Tickled at the thought of a Fonda/Gaye fling, Dowd joked: ‘Please tell me his pickup line included the words ‘sexual healing.”
Jane admitted while that would have been nice, she turned down his offer.
‘I needed some but he didn’t say that, no,’ Fonda went on. ‘But then I read, apparently he had my picture on his refrigerator. I didn’t find that out until later, after he was dead.’
Dynamic duo: Fonda was wed to left-wing activist/politician Tom Hayden for 17 years, wed in 1973. Hayden passed away in 2016. They two shared 47-year-old son Troy Garity. They’re seen in 1979 above
Gaye died in 1984 after being shot by his father at their LA home.
Interestingly, Brando and Gaye are rumored to have had slept together.
In 2018 Quincy Jones told Vulture about Marlon’s voracious appetite for sex, dishing: ‘Brando would fuck anything. Anything!He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.’
Gaye’s son denied the rumors, saying: ‘We didn’t really think too much about it because we know the facts. My dad was a ladies man. Everybody loved my dad but my dad didn’t have anything against homosexuals. He was about love. I think he would have laughed it off personally.’
Independent woman: Back in 2018 Fonda told People she spent decades ‘defined by the men in [her] life,’ until becoming single in her 60s, telling them ‘It took me getting into my sixties, and then I began to become who I was supposed to be all along’
Back in 2018 Fonda told People she spent decades ‘defined by the men in [her] life,’ until becoming single in her 60s.
‘Up until my sixties, I was to an extent, defined by the men in my life. I was brought up to please,’ she said.
‘I wanted my father to love me so I would turn myself into a pretzel to be what he wanted me to be, not necessarily what I already was.’
‘It took me getting into my sixties, and then I began to become who I was supposed to be all along.’
Fonda’s new book What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair To Action is out September 8th.
Future is in our hands: Fonda’s new book What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair To Action is out September 8th