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Jane Fonda remembers MJ


HOLLYWOOD — Skinny dipping with Michael Jackson? Improbable as that sounds, it’s exactly what Jane Fonda did with the late superstar.



It was the early 1980s, and Jackson had come to visit her and one of his heroes, Katharine Hepburn, on the New Hampshire set of On Golden Pond, in which Fonda starred with her father, Henry, and Hepburn.

“(He) came and stayed for 10 days,” recalled the actress, whose new movie, opens on
December 4. “And when I first asked (Hepburn) permission she was not happy. Then the crew said, ‘You don’t understand. It’s Michael Jackson!’ We lived together. I went skinny dipping with him — also, by the way, with Greta Garbo.”

She said Katherine Hepburn accepted him and he wanted to be a movie star.

The two-time Oscar winner for Klute and Coming Home also spoke about her father, the star of such pictures as The Grapes of Wrath and 12 Angry Men.

“I’m older than he was when he died,” the 77-year-old actress noted. “And at this late stage of my life, I’m happy to be able to say: ‘Dad, I love you dearly. I know you did your best, and I’m proud that I’ve evolved past you.’ I’ve worked really, really hard on myself to not be judgmental, you know. He was a certain generation of person who believed that therapy, and religion, and Prozac, and all of those kinds of things that some of us really need — belief, faith, therapy — were crutches. ‘They’re all damn crutches.’ And so, you know, I’ve worked hard to not be mired in depression and judgment and things like that. And I say that with great love in my heart for him. I think that if there had been Prozac then, our lives would all have been different.”

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