Dec. 21, 1937: Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda is born in New York City, as her father, Henry, is filming “Jezebel” with Bette Davis. It's the same day “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premieres.
1950: Jane's mother, Frances Seymour Brokaw, commits suicide while in a psychiatric hospital. Jane, 12, learns the truth later at boarding school.
1955: Fonda appears with her father in “The Country Girl” at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
1956: Attends Vassar College and studies art in Paris, but drops out to become a fashion model.
1958: Fonda meets acting guru Lee Strasberg and subsequently joins the Actors Studio for training.
1960: Has her screen debut in “Tall Story” opposite Anthony Perkins, nominated for a Tony for “There Was a Little Girl.”
1962: Wins a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer.
1965: Marries French director Roger Vadim.
1966: Golden Globe nominee for the comedy “Cat Ballou,” a career breakthrough role.
1967: Golden Globe nominee for “Any Wednesday” with Jason Robards and Dean Jones.
1968: Lead role in Vadim's sex fantasy “Barbarella.” Daughter Vanessa is born.
1967: Supports the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz prison in protest of broken treaties and in support of tribal sovereignty.
1970: First Oscar nomination, for the Depression-era drama “They Shoot Horses, Don't They?” Joins an anti-war road show, “Free the Army.” Helps raise funds for Vietnam Veterans Against the War and voices support for the Black Panthers.
1972: Wins best-actress Oscar and Golden Globe as a hunted prostitute in “Klute.” She'd win another Oscar for best actress for the 1978 film “Coming Home.”
1972: Visits Hanoi during the Vietnam War, posing atop a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun used against American planes. Gets the nickname “Hanoi Jane.”
1973: Divorces Vadim, marries political activist Tom Hayden. Son Troy Garity is born.
1973-76: Political activism slows her movie career. She forms her own production company, IPC Films.
1980: Golden Globe, Oscar nominations for “The China Syndrome,” about nuclear plant safety. A broken foot during the shoot leads her to give up ballet classes as a way to keep fit.