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Who are Jane Fonda's children? Actress, 84, says she thinks 'about motherhood every day'

'I hope that I can be an example to young people so they won't be afraid of getting older,' said Jane Fonda
UPDATED NOV 12, 2022
Jane Fonda with Vanessa Vadim (L), Troy Garity and his wife Simone Bent (R) (Frederick M Brown/Getty Images for AFI)
Jane Fonda with Vanessa Vadim (L), Troy Garity and his wife Simone Bent (R) (Frederick M Brown/Getty Images for AFI)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jane Fonda has acknowledged that her commitment to activism has an effect on her family life. Jane, whose children are Mary Luana Williams, 55, Vanessa Vadim, 54, and Troy Garity, 49, said that her obligations frequently prevented her from being a good parent.

Tom Hayden, the director of ‘Roger Vadim of Barbarella’ and Jane Fonda are parents to Vanessa and Troy while Mary was adopted by the couple. “I think about motherhood every day. It's the one main thing about my past that I think about almost every day,” the ‘Barefoot In The Park’ star said. “And I'll tell you one of the things that's keying it off is watching my son. They just had their first child. And when I watch my son and his wife Simone parent, I'm awestruck,” she told according to Daily Mail. “It puts into such stark relief for me, what I didn't do. I don't think I've said this to him, so I feel a little weird, but anyway, that's the reality.”


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Jane Fonda has three children named Vanessa, Troy and Mary (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Jane claimed that when she was younger, her activism had her "too wrapped up." 'Watching my son be a parent, I think, ‘God I just wish I had done that.’ And then I realize, if I had done that I would not have become who I became.” She recently stated to People that she wants to serve as an "example" for young people. On December 21, 2022, the Hollywood icon will turn 85, who has urged young people to not fear growing older. “I've lived a good life. I've lived a productive and intentional life. And I knew I couldn't make it any longer than it was going to be, but I could make it wider and deeper. And I've done that. I feel like I'm doing that,” she said. “I hope that I can be an example to young people so they won't be afraid of getting older.” Jane is highly recognized for her environmental advocacy and she is adamant about doing everything in her power to slow down climate change. “It's going to be rough for young people, and I just want my kids to know and my grandkids to know that I did my best.”

Vanessa Vadim

Jane and her first husband, French director Roger Vadim, had one child together, Vanessa Vadim who was born in September 1968. In 2002, she made her directorial debut for the brief documentary ‘The Quilts of Gee's Bend’, continuing in the traditions of her parents who too were accomplished filmmakers. Additionally, she made a contribution to the 2018 film ‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’ which celebrated the actress's career. She is also a founding member of MayDay Media, a nonprofit production firm. In a 2019 interview, she thanked her father for motivating her to pursue a career in filmmaking and claimed that she had "always felt very natural" when she was filming.

Daughter, Vanessa Vadim and Honoree Jane Fonda attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT.
Vanessa Vadim is the daughter of Jane Fonda (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for AFI)

Though not limited to movies, Vanessa has other interests as well. She supports sustainability, just like her mother, and writes for Treehugger, formerly The Mother Nature Network, an online advocacy platform. Vanessa is married to guitarist Paul Van Waggoner and although she maintains a very secretive home life, it is known that the couple has two children.

Troy Garity 

Troy Garity is Jane's first son with Tom Hayden, her second husband, He was born in 1973. In addition to playing Isaac in the Barbershop film series, he is an actor most recognized for his work on HBO's ‘Ballers’ which starred Dwayne Johnson and was filmed between 2015 and 2019. His nomination for Best Actor in a Television Motion Picture at the 2004 Golden Globes for ‘Soldier's Girl’ was the largest honor he ever got. Despite achieving considerable prominence, he acknowledged in 2016 that his initial reluctance to pursue acting was due to the fact that he is Jane's son. Troy is married to Simone Bent since 2007 but they have no children together.

Troy Garity and Jane Fonda attends the premiere of HBO's
Troy Garity is Jane Fonda's only son (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Mary Luana Williams 

Prior to their divorce when Mary Luana Williams was 14 years old, Jane and Tom adopted her. According to Oprah, she was raised in poverty and a drug-filled environment as the daughter of two Black Panther Party members. Mary, unlike her siblings, decided against pursuing a career in acting or filmmaking. The synopsis of her 2013 book 'The Lost Daughter' indicates that she is, instead, an activist who has collaborated closely with the Lost Boys of Sudan. She explained the beneficial effects of Jane's outreach on her life and even the process she went through to get in touch with most of her original family whom she had not seen since leaving to start a new life with Jane. Mary is not known to be married and does not have any children.