Jane Fonda’s Marriage to Ted Turner ‘Ate Her Alive,’ Adopted Daughter Writes

Image: Jane Fonda’s Marriage to Ted Turner ‘Ate Her Alive,’ Adopted Daughter Writes 1996 photo of Ted Turner, left, and his wife Jane Fonda prior to game six of the National League Championship series of baseball games at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 06:05 PM

By Greg Richter

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In the waning days of her marriage to Ted Turner, Jane Fonda dropped weight and was “greatly diminished physically and emotionally,” her adopted daughter writes in a new book.

Fonda married the billionaire media-mogul in 1991, but a decade later the pair, both known for their liberal politics, were no longer enamored with each other, the Daily Mail reports of the memoir “The Lost Daughter” to be released Tuesday.

“Though she continued to put up a front that screamed ‘Everything’s fine!’, I could see things were not,” writes Mary Williams, the adopted daughter. “Emotionally, she was shutting down. Her marriage was eating her alive.”

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Williams, whose biological parents were Black Panthers, first met Fonda at a camp put on by the actress and her second husband, left-wing activist Tom Hayden. When Fonda received word Williams had been raped at age 14 she took her into her home.

Williams writes that the CNN founder and Fonda acted like “a pair of lovesick teenagers” when they first met. But when the marriage went downhill, Williams refused to let Fonda tell her how Turner was treating her. She didn’t want to think less of the man she had come to consider her father.

Announcing their divorce in 2001, Fonda and Turner both said her becoming a Christian played a role in their breakup. Turner has been quoted as saying, “Christianity is a religion for losers.”

She appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network last week, apologizing for the photos taken of her sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun in 1972. Reaction against the woman dubbed “Hanoi Jane” was still strong, with Newsmax readers saying she was still a traitor, and some said she should be tried for war crimes.

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