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What the Hell Happened to Bridget Fonda?

Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda came from Hollywood royalty.  Peter Fonda is her father and Jane Fonda is her aunt.  Her grandfather was the legenday Henry Fonda.

In the late 80’s, Bridget Fonda was hailed as one of America’s most promising young actresses.  In the early 90’s, she seemed poised for a break-out that never happened.  And then, she disappeared faster than you can say “Steve Guttenberg in the 90’s”.

What the hell happened?

This one actually has a fairly simple explanation.  Fonda basically walked away from her career to start a family with former Oingo Boingo frontman and current movie soundtrack composer, Danny Elfman.  I figure we may as well get that out of the way up front so the answer won’t seem too anti-climactic.  But What the Hell Happened articles are more about they journey than the destination.  So, let’s walk through Fonda’s career so we can appreciate what she left behind for the love of Jack Skellington.

Bridget Fonda and Danny Elfman

Bridget Fonda and Danny Elfman

Yeah, keep on smiling, Oingo Boingo!

fonda - easy rider

Bridget Fonda – Easy Rider – 1969

At the age of four, Fonda appeared in her father’s 1969 cult classic, Easy Rider.

Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper played hippies who ride motorcycles across the American Southwest.  Along the way, the two come across a commune where they stay for the day.  Four-year-old Bridget played one of the kids in the commune.

James Cameron originally wrote The Terminator with Bridget Fonda in mind to play Sarah Connor.  In the original script, the character was much younger.  Had Fonda agreed, The Terminator would have been her movie debut.  When she passed, several actresses were considered.  Debra Winger was cast but changed her mind before filming started.  Eventually Linda Hamilton landed the role.

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Bridget Fonda – Aria – 1987

Fonda’s first credited role wasn’t until 1987’s Aria.

Aria asked the question, “What can we do to sex up opera?”  The answer turned out to be to “add some sex scenes”.  Viewers were treated to opera, pretension and nudity.  I believe I saw it twice.  I was really into pretentious opera movies at the time.

Fonda’s segment centered on a young couple who consummate their relationship in Las Vegas and then try unsuccessfully to commit suicide.  All set to “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde.  Seven minutes, well spent.

I tease Aria.  It was actually a very well-regarded art film.  It won the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival that year.  And it had Elizabeth Hurley naked.  Sixteen-year-old lebeau approved of both.

Bridget Fonda - You Can't Hurry Love - 1988

Bridget Fonda – You Can’t Hurry Love – 1988

In 1988, Fonda appeared in the romantic comedy, You Can’t Hurry Love.

David Packer played a guy from Ohio who moves out to LA when his cousin promises him a hot job in advertising.  When he gets there, he finds himself handing out flyers on the beach.  As a frustrated single, he joins a video dating service where Fonda works.

David Leisure, who was appearing in popular commercials at the time as the character, Joe Isuzu, had a supporting role and was featured heavily in the movie’s marketing materials.  Sally Kellerman, Charles Grodin and Kristy McNichol all had cameo roles.

Gandahar/Light Years - 1988

Gandahar/Light Years – 1988

Fonda also did voice work in the English dub of the French animated science fiction movie, Gandahar or Light Years as it was called in the US.  Fonda voiced the Head/Historian.

I remember seeing this weird little cartoon in the very same art house where I watched Aria in 1987.  Glenn Close, Jennifer Grey and Christopher Plummer were also featured on the English language version.

Next: Scandal and Shag

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Posted on October 7, 2012, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 238 Comments.

  1. Danielle Charney

    I have always liked her a great deal and felt she was under-rated and under utilized- but, what is even more weird is that I cannot remember Godfather 3 at all – and I’ve seen it – along with the first two – many times- I can remember most of the other two perfectly. I loved A Simple Plan- it’s actually one of my very favorite small films- she was quite good in it. She is so talented and natural I think, obvious brains and real class- that she was smart enough to say “nah” I can always do something if it’s good – and walk off with the brilliant man. She lives the little girls fairy tale dream. And looks it. More later- ugh I have work to do.

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    • I wish I could forget Godfather 3. 😉

      Seriously, it’s not terrible. It’s just nowhere near deserving of being in the same series as the first 2. It relies on goodwill from the first two films for everything.

      A friend of mine convinced me to go see it before having seen the first two films. He insisted it stood alone. It doesn’t. I was utterly baffled.

      Now I have seen them all several times. I can follow GF3, but it’s still extremely weak.

      I remember loving A Simple Plan. And then I was utterly shocked how badly it bombed. No one I knew liked it at all. No accounting for taste, I guess.

      I’m glad to hear you are also a Fonda fan. She was one of my favorites back when she was working.

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  2. I have heard of and seen only a few of these movies in her filmography. The roles I can remember her in she was good, but never the star of the movie. The biggest role I saw her in was City Hall which I rather liked. I never followed its box office returns so was surprised to learn it flopped. It wasn’t that bad, and it was one of Pacinos last meaty roles before he started going for the paychecks. I might be partial though because City Hall holds the distinction of being the very first DVD I bought after purchasing my very first DVD player back in the 90’s. Picked up City Hall and Blade Runner to christen my new toy!

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    • We must have got our first DVRs about the same time. I remember City Hall and Blade Runner being two of the only watchable movies out on DVD.

      City Hall was another one that took me by surprise how badly it performed. Fonda, for whatever reason, had a lot of those kinds of films on her resume. Around City Hall, the studios started asking if audiences just didn’t like her.

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  3. Great article – and I agree about Jackie Brown…but I disagree about Lake Placid. I really liked that film, and a couple of the lines in it are laugh-out-loud funny.

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    • I actually saw both films before they were released.

      When we saw Jackie Brown, the audience was really electrified expecting another Pulp Fiction. And you could taste the disappointment in the air when it was over. I wanted to shake people. Sure, it wasn’t as game-changing as Pulp Fiction. But it was still a great movie.

      I am going to have to re-watch Lake Placid. I saw it just the one time. It’s possible my expectations were too high. I was a big fan of Fonda and Platt and I was really expecting a good movie. That time, I was the one who was utterly disappointed.

      But I promise I’ll give it an objective look next time I get a chance.

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      • I like Bill Pullman, plain and simple. The best line of Placid is when he looks over at the uber-annoying Fonda:

        “You know, you don’t really have to tell anyone you’re from New York.”

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  4. I actually saw Scandal, Jackie Brown (no spoilers there!), and A Simple Plan in the theatre.

    You actually failed to mention who her grandfather was. Le Blog readers should search the sur name and see what they find. 😉

    She was one of the very beautiful and charming young actresses of her generation, and not bad when she was given a chance to do some real character work or different styles.

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  5. I’ve only seen her in about 3 flicks. She had kind of a nothing role in Jackie Brown, but did a good job in Point of No Return and Kiss of the Dragon.

    One movie that I want to see (and I think you will probably want to see too) is a direct-to-video film of hers from 1998 called “Break-Up.” The trailer looks very fun—it looks like she plays an abused deaf woman who kills her husband and then goes on the run. Penelope Ann Miller is in it (she’s only in the trailer briefly but it still looks like a juicy role) and Tippi Hedren plays Bridget’s trailer trash mom, or so it appears. I just checked out the forum for this movie on IMDb, which is inactive, but one thread calls it “Well acted junk”. I so need to see this movie.

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    • That does look surprisingly engaging. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. Fonda + Miller = must see. I am really surprised this hasn’t been on my radar before now! Although I usually avoid direct-to-video at all costs, I’ll make an exception in this case. Thanks for the tip!

      Fonad’s role in Jackie Brown wasn’t large. But it was memorable. It’s one of the scenes people still talk about years later. I remain mystified to this day that Point of No Return wasn’t bigger than it was. Not that it was great, but there weren’t many female action heroes running around back then. I would have liked to have seen more movies with Fonda kicking ass and looking fantastic.

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  6. I thought Bridget looked so hot in “Godfather Part III.” Call me biased, but I can’t help but think that I’d like that film a lot better if her part had been bigger.

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    • Bridget, along with Andy Garcia (and maybe the guy that played the crooked cardinal) gave the only interesting performances of GF3. What a disappointment otherwise. Talia Shire and Diane Keaton were clearly only there for the paycheck, Pacino completely forgot how to play Michael Corleone, and Eli Wallach, whom I normally enjoy, was just horrible. This was Coppola’s “Phantom Menace”, where too many years had gone by since the glory days of the first two films, and he lost whatever lightning-in-a-bottle that made the first two so great.

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  7. I was wondering what had become of Bridget and am glad to see she is living her life off-screen. The film industry can be brutal. My favorite films of hers are “Point of No Return” and another film which you failed to mention, “Kiss of the Dragon” with Jet Li.

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    • I was a big Point of No Return fan. I still can’t believe it wasn’t a hit. I did skip over Kiss of the Dragon, but in retrospect I should not have. It looks like it was a late career money-maker. Thanks for pointing that out. I’m in the process of updating some of the older articles. I’ll have to include this in the next update.

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  8. Google Bridget Fonda. Check that out!

    1. Wikipedia
    2. IMDb
    3. WTHH!!!
    4. Rotten Tomatoes

    2013 is the year of Bridget Fonda. Sorry, Val.

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  9. I have to comment because Jackie Brown is such a great great movie . Great soundtrack brilliant cast great script well filmed. I ahve seen it about 20 x and i love it more and more and more every time i see it one of his best films ever.

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  10. I have always enjoyed watching her talent at work. Genuine, committed acting. I wonder if all the politics didn’t suck the joy out of it for her. She’s so talented that I (selfishly) hope that she can return on her own terms. But never at the cost of compromising her values and well being. Bridget, you rock,

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  11. The events portrayed in ‘Scandal’ were more than just a sex scandal, they were establishment-shaking and exposed a national security risk at the height of the Cold War.

    And if you’ve never heard of this or ‘Frankenstein Unbound’ you probably shouldn’t be writing about films and certainly not in such an arrogantly smug and forthright way.

    But then one expects little more from Americans…

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    • Yes, in this situation it is we Americans who are being smug and arrogant. (eye roll)

      Please excuse us for not being experts in British history. They don’t teach it here in public school. I’m betting there are bits of American history we consider important that the typical Brit would not know much about. It cuts both ways.

      It is near to impossible to see every film a performer has appeared in when writing these articles. Some are completely unavailable. Even if available, some others just aren’t important enough to the performer’s career to warrant a full screening. Some of these are, though, still worth mentioning in passing.

      Hope you have a great day!

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      • Thanks for coming to my defense. 😉

        I have actually seen Scandal. It’s been a long time, but I have seen it. Are you kidding me? In my college days there was no way I was going to miss a movie with Joanne Whalley and Bridget Fonda in a sex scandal! At the time, I was the chair of the cinema committee at my school which meant I decided what movies were shown in the student center theater. I booked Scandal as soon as it was available. Virtually no one showed up, but the few of us who did enjoyed the heck out of it.

        I am amazed how many people seem to miss the point of these articles. It’s a high level career retrospective with a bit of snark. If readers are interested in any one topic (like the history of political scandals in England) there’s a great big, beautiful internet to explore. And I believe they still print history books with this information as well.

        I’m still lauging that someone clicked on an article called “What the Hell Happened to Bridget Fonda” and was disappointed with my coverage of account of the Profumo Affair. The internet is a funny place.

        Steve, you crack me up. You really do.

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      • I thought you probably had seen Scandal, but there wasn’t anything in the article or comments which definitely confirmed it.
        I probably wouldn’t have responded to this fellow, but among Americans, I would be considered a little bit of an Anglophile. This being the case, when I see criticism lobbed from one side of the Atlantic to the other in any direction I tend to be disappointed and annoyed.
        There are lots of Americans who I would definitely label as provincial, but I think you only have to do some traveling to see that this is the case to some extent everywhere.

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        • I glossed over Scandal for two reasons. One, it’s been over 20 years since I have seen it (good lord!). Two, most readers aren’t going to be all that interested.

          I do remember a lot of stuffy English guys doing stuffy English things. So it wasn’t all hot chicks and sex scandals. But that was clearly the selling point of the movie.

          There are definitely Americans who live down to Steve’s expectations. Although I highly doubt many people on either side of the pond put as high a premium on Frankenstein Unbound as he appears to.

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    • lol – thanks for a chuckle, pal.

      I could have spent more time on the historical background of Scandal. But that really wasn’t the point. I’m glad you’ve fleshed out my comments for those who might be interested. It’s a good movie. People should check it out. But this is an article about Fonda, not English politics. My focus was on the fact that Scandal got creitics buzzing about Fonda.

      As for Frankenstein Unbound, you really think the criteria for writing about movies should be a Roger Corman production that grossed $300 grand in 1990?

      I like to think my smugness is part of my charm. Isn’t being forthright a good thing? *shrug*

      Sorry you didn’t care for the article, Steve. You can’t please everyone. Based on your final swipe, I’m not sure I could have pleased you at all. But, cheers.

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  12. One footnote I guess about Bridget Fonda is that she was offered the title role of “Ally McBeal”. She however turned it down to focus on movies. In fact, she didn’t even read the script out of fear that she would like it too much.

    You also didn’t mention that in 2003, Bridget suffered head and neck injuries when she drove her Jaguar over an embankment and off the Pacific Coast Highway.

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    • Thanks as always for the clarification. This article has been so popular in recent weeks that I am planning to do an update. I’ll make sure to include those details.

      I may even track down a copy of Frankenstein Unbound so I can have a chat with Steve.

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    • I did not know that. Interesting. I would have tuned in for that had it happened.

      Thanks for sharing!

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    • I like Teri Polo. I just saw her in a Joe Dante-directed horror/fantasy film called The Hole which is worth checking out on Netflix. But I like Bridget Fonda a lot more.

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    • 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Ally McBeal

      http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-ally-mcbeal/?streamview=all

      Bridget Fonda Offered Lead Role

      It would be hard to picture anyone except Calista Flockhart as Ally McBeal, but apparently Bridget Fonda was David E. Kelley’s first choice! In an interview with the Calgary Sun, Fonda said she turned down the role to focus on her film career. “David sent the [Ally McBeal] script and offer to me through my agent. I refused to read the script for fear I might really like it. I’ve never wanted to do TV. I love feature films too much. I’m not kicking myself for having passed on ‘Ally McBeal,’ even though it’s a huge hit. I’ve been acting long enough to know it could have been a complete dud with me in it,” she said.

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  13. Mathew Buck’s “Bad Movie Beatdown” of “Monkeybone”:

    At about 15:46, Mathew says “By watching this, I think I found the reason why Bridget Fonda stopped acting!”

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    • I haven’t seen it. But I am going to subject myself to it before writing up Fraser. Monkeybone largely put an end to his long-running bid to be A-list. It was a double career killer. Triple if you count Chris Katan.

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  14. It’s funny how perceptions can differ. At the time of seeing “It Could Happen to You” in the theatre, my recollection is that it was a big hit. Surprised that it wasn’t bigger box office. It seemed maybe that critics used to focus too much on her famous name and not on her own unique, intelligent acting style. This blog also brings back a lot of movie memories, such as that I also saw “SWF” at the theatre. Which is now reminding me of something else. How about… WTH to Ally Sheedy? She became A- list Brat Pack after War Games, St. Elmo’s Fire and then? and then? A bomb like “Maid to order” WHICH I also paid good money to see at the theatre along with all the other Brat Pack schlock. In my defense, this was the 80s and we didn’t have DVDs and it was a while before we could afford a VCR even. The movie theatre was it. Well, that or bad TV movies. Also, even though I’m older than the Brat Pack actors, still identified with them enough to keep buying those movie tickets.

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    • I remember life before video stores. And the joy of going into those early video stores and renting “new releases” that were a year or two old. Kids today don’t know how good they have it! 😉

      I plan to cover all the main Brat Packers over time. I’m going to space them out though. Otherwise I’ll just right about the same movies over and over again.

      As for Fonda, she was kind of a darling of the critics for a while. I don’t think they gave her a bad shake at all. But a lot of her mainstream movies just didn’t connect as well as they should have.

      It Could Happen to You is a perfect example, Cage and Fonda were both winning, but the movie was uneven. The performances were much better than the material.

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  15. My sister, Brenda, and I met her on the beach by chance a couple years ago when we were in Santa Barbara on a weekend excursion. Actually, we were both goofing off by the shore and went for a swimm with our clothes on and, as we were coming out of the water dripping wet, we heard someone say “Wow, you ladies know how to enjoy life!” I turned around and froze. My sister and I could not believe it was Bridget Fonda (in the fless), holding her shoes as she was taking a nice casual barefoot stroll along the shore. We both said to her it was just something that happened and Bridget smiled and replied “Nothing wrong with that, I too have jumped into the water fully clothed before, very liverating.” We laughed and talked for a few minutes. We even thought about going back in and asking her to join us, but she said it was very tempting, but she had family and friends to meet up with withing the hour, otherwise if it was just her she;d do it. We then bid each other farewell and went our seperate ways. It was quite an experience and a treat to say the least.

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  16. Bridget Fonda and Dianna Agron are the two most attractive females I will ever find.

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  17. Actors and actresses you’re suprised didn’t become bigger stars:
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Diogenes the Cynic
    I thought Bridget Fonda really had it going on back in the 90’s, both in terms of acting chops and straight up hotness, then she just disappeared off the face of the earth. It wasn’t a slow fade, either, she just vanished. The last thing I remember her in was Jackie Brown. It wasn’t like her career went south, she just stopped working.

    http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=12028515&postcount=110

    Actually, her career did kind of go south which is likely one reason why she stop working. I think her last good part was in A Simple Plan (that was after Jackie Brown wasn’t it?). Then, she appeared in Lake Placid and that flop turned out to be toxic to the career of everyone concerned except for Betty White. It wasn’t long after that that she married and decided to retire to raise a family.
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  18. Bridget Fonda alos starred in a movie in 1998 with Kiefer Sutherland, Steven Weber, and Penelope Miller called Break Up. I thought she had a lot of potential, and was one of the more interesting actresses in Hollywood besides being very attractive!

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  19. A comment about Bridget Fonda from the WTHHT entry on Uma Thurman:
    https://lebeauleblog.com/2013/03/29/what-the-hell-happened-to-uma-thurman/#comment-26023

    My opinion of Fonda is that although talented she came off as very generic and didn’t really bring anything new to the table. Of all the attractive blonde actresses who burst onto the scene in the late ’80s she’s probably the least memorable.

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  20. Whatever Happened To…?:
    http://www.bigthoughtsfromasmallmind.com/2011/01/whatever-happened-to_26.html

    Bridget Fonda

    I was going to feature my childhood crush, Phoebe Cates, this week but when I was reflecting on her works Bridget Fonda’s name kept on appearing. I had forgotten just how many films Fonda and Cates did together. I have always viewed Fonda as an actress akin to Laura Dern, the talent is there but the quality roles just are not being offered. Given the right material Fonda could easily reclaim some of the magic she had back in the 90’s.

    Career Highlights: Single White Female (1992); A Simple Plan (1998); Jackie Brown (1997); Army of Darkness (1992); It Could Happen to You (1994); Strapless (1989) Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993); Camilla (1994); Doc Hollywood (1991); Scandal (1989); Grace of My Heart (1996); Touch (1997); Little Buddha (1993).

    Low Points: The Point of No Return (1995); Monkey Bone (2001); Singles (1992); Lake Placid (1999); Kiss of the Dragon (1999); City Hall (1996); Mr. Jealousy (1997); The Road to Wellville (1994).

    Last Seen On The Big Screen: The Whole Shebang (2001).

    Where You Will See Her Next?: Currently Fonda does not have any films in production.

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    • Craig Hansen

      Jackie Brown really is a highly underrated movie. I think you hit the nail on the head, Lebeau, in the wake of the decade-defining Pulp Fiction, too many people walked into this movie really expecting Pulp Fiction 2, when Jackie Brown is quite different, a more adult and mature film, though yes still a crime story at heart. The entire cast shined in this film, and that definately includes Bridget Fonda. Jackie Brown is my favorite film of hers, though A Simple Plan, another highly underrated movie, comes in a close second. Both of these films deserved to be much bigger hits, if they had been as successful as they deserved, they would’ve given Fonda a much bigger career boost.

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      • I got to see Jackie Brown before it opened and the excitement in the theater was palpable. No one knew what to expect, so we were all expecting Pulp Fiction. Myself included. As the movie played on, the excitement died down. I could tell people were disappointed. I enjoyed the movie a great deal, but I had to admit it wasn’t what I was expecting. Every time I have watched it since, I have gained a greater appreciation for it. It’s a great movie plain and simple.

        I remember seeing A Simple Plan opening weekend. I was convinced it would be as big as Fargo and was shocked when that didn’t happen.

        Those two movies should have been bigger and should have put Fonda on the map. Such a shame that didn’t happen.

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        • Craig Hansen

          On a side note regarding Jackie Brown, I do tend to think that Robert DeNiro had his last great movie performance here. Now, I did enjoy Analyze This, Meet The Parents and The Score which were released shortly afterwards, they were entertaining movies, but outside of those few movies since Jackie Brown, it seems like DeNiro usually is showing up just for the paycheck. His performances just don’t impress or sizzle anymore like they used to, but that’s just my opinion. But to watch Jackie Brown is a chance to watch DeNiro when he was still great.

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        • Agreed. DeNiro’s first couple of comedic performances were fun. But since then he has just been collecting paychecks.

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    • “The Godfather, Part III”

      http://domcappelloblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/the-godfather-part-iii/

      There’s no reason to pen an article about either of the first two films in “The Godfather” saga. Those two cinematic endeavors are as close to flawless as you’re going to get. But, as with most sequels, everything unravels in part three.

      Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Talia Shire were the only principle actors to return from the previous films. Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, and Sofia Coppolla portrayed new characters with varying degrees of success. Director Francis Ford Coppolla has freely admitted that this film only exists because he was in a financial pinch. He also chose to cast his daughter in a major role, despite her inexperience as an actor, after Winona Ryder dropped out.

      You cannot discuss this film without acknowledging that Mary Corleone is the Jar Jar Binks of “The Godfather” franchise. I’m not picking on Sofia Coppolla. I don’t blame her. She was put in an impossible situation and did her best. Diane Keaton had to speak some of the most unintentionally humorous lines of dialogue, “I dread you,” and “You became my horror.” Robert Duvall opted to not reprise his role as Tom Hagen because of a pay dispute. He was sorely missed. George Hamilton basically took his place as the Corleone Family lawyer.

      Joe Mantegna was good in his supporting role as gangster with panache, a precursor to Fat Tony on “The Simpsons.” Despite of all the negativity surrounding this film, Andy Garcia gave a very strong performance. Vincent Mancini, the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone, was a worthy successor to Don Michael Corleone. It’s just that he was saddled with a convoluted plot and having to act opposite Sofia Coppolla.

      I’ve seen this film many times and only recently began to comprehend what was going on in the story. Michael bailed out the Vatican Bank, so that they would vote him control of Immobiliare, an international real estate company. I wish someone had explained that to me years ago because I never had any idea what the heck they were talking about. The most celebrated scene is the helicopter attack in Atlantic City. Too bad it was followed by cringe inducing scenes like when Eli Wallach hires the Sicilian assassin and he asks his nephew to do an impression of a donkey. I hate that scene.

      All the subtlety from the previous films was replaced by melodrama. The final sequence in the opera house dragged on for half an hour whereas the christening in the original film was around five minutes in length. “The Godfather, Part III” was beautifully shot and the score was wonderful, but the script needed more polishing.

      1990 must have been a disappointing year for Talia Shire between this and “Rocky V.” There are many similarities between this film and the “Star Wars” prequels. Convoluted stories coupled with blatant attempts to echo the past films, relying solely on nostalgia while inventing nothing new to inspire audiences.

      Marlon Brando had satirized his portrayal of Don Vito Corleone that same year in “The Freshman.” Other than his infamous weight gain, he still looked the part. I wonder if Francis Ford Coppolla contemplated shooting a flashback sequence with the renowned actor. I always thought it would have been great if Francis Ford Coppolla had created a part for his nephew, Nicholas Cage. That would have made this film amazing by default. The plot doesn’t have to make sense when Nicholas Cage is involved.

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  21. I actually met Bridget Fonda a couple years ago in at the Santa Monica pier. We talked for a couple minutes about her movies and her life as a stay-home-mom. She said she hasn’t planned on being in any movies but will not rule anything out either. She was really sweet.

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  22. I saw a bit of “It Could Happen to You” this morning. I had never seen it although I remember when it came out. Hard to believe it was 19 years ago!!! Bridget was very, very cute in the movie and it got me to wondering what the hell ever happened to her, hence here I am on this site. It’s amazing to think about how many people have been in movies over the years and have dropped out of that world. I’d like to see more of her, damn you Danny Elfman!

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  23. I’m watching Camilla on TV now and wondered what happened to her. Glad to hear she’s doing well. She looks so much different in recent pictures!

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  24. I’m sure the accident she had may have also put things into perspective. It would for me.

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  25. One thing left out of this otherwise good article is that Fonda didn’t start to get going until she was 30 (born in 1964) – often when many actresses disappear-

    I think its even a theme in Jackie Brown in 1997- that she isn’t as hot as she once was-

    She was still hot (to me ) in Kiss of the Dragon- but I think casting people started to not call her agent back.

    Sure- she could have stuck around with mommy roles- but she had a decent run-

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    • We often talk about age in these articles. Particularily with regards to actresses. I didn’t realize Fonda was in her 30s when she made It Could Happen to You. She looked younger. But I’m sure that was a factor.

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  26. The funny thing about Fonda is that I thought she was bigger than she was- I have seen about half her movies- but now I realize that I watched most of them on cable TV after they flopped/did mediocre in the box office. She was a star to me, at least.

    As to her age- I just saw Jennifer Lawrence on TV- she’s 22 and has an Oscar and 2-3 big movies- Scarlet Johanson is 28 (the age of Fonda in Singles) – but has been around for basically a decade.

    Fonda started kinda slow- but then worked steadily for a good 10 years- and retired more to raise a family than because her career died.

    Not bad in Hollywood for an actress-

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    • She had a lot of buzz at the time. Everyone expected her to be a big break-out star up until around It Could Happen to You. Even with Jackie Brown, a lot of people thought that might jump start her career. It just never came together.

      All in all, she had an impressive career many would kill for even if she never made the A-list. This article is one of the most popular on the site which tells me there is still interest in her after all these years. Pretty impressive.

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  27. daffystardust

    I just finished watching Bodies, Rest & Motion. It is very Gen X. The sort of examination of unreliable and aimless souls which was very in vogue at the time it was made. Most of the action takes place in two houses next door to one another, to the point that it could be a stage play. Plenty happens between the four leads, but the overall languid tone and odd native American soundtrack negatively effect the energy of proceedings. This is one example of a project that could’ve been improved by an alternative soundtrack a few more quick cuts. In other words, by making it even more Gen X.

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    • lol – I’d watch that. On the way into work the other day I was listening to NPR and they were talking about Tupaq. They set a lot of background about the early 90s and Gen X. It was weird hearing the period of my young adulthood talked about the way people used to talk about the 60s when I was that age. Getting old is a trip, man.

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  28. Thanks for the article. She is one of my all time movie hotties! I was looking down at my toes and remembered a spoof that was done on her character in Jackie Brown. Possibly a Conan O’brien skit where her toenails where long and curly. That made me ask the question What happened to Bridget Fonda.

    As for getting old. I felt that way the first time I saw those TV commercials for hits from the 80’s. it reminded me of when I use to see the commercials for the hits from the 60’s thinking, now that is old timers’ music.

    You just gotta embrace it and take it with the continuous loss of eyesight!

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    • That’s for sure! Getting old beats the alternative. But it can be weird sometimes.

      Now I’m going to have to see if I can track down that sketch.

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    • daffystardust

      TV commercial coming in about 3 years:

      2 old dudes with long sideburns, wearing plaid shirts and Doc Martens are sitting outside a beaten-up old SUV, drinking obscure microbrews.
      Beck’s “Loser” plays on the sound system.

      1st Old Dude: Hey man, is that ‘Slacker Rock?’
      2nd Old Dude: Yeah, man.
      !st Old Dude: Well Turn it up, man!

      That’s right! ‘Slacker Rock’ features all of your favorite alternative 90’s hits! Like…
      “Cannonball” by the Breeders
      “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden
      “Low” by Cracker
      “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz
      “Good Riddance (The Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
      “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins
      “Undone (The Sweater Song)” by Weezer

      and of course…Nirvana!
      “Smells Like Teen Spirit” plays

      1st Old Dude: ‘Slacker Rock” is like, totally corporate, dude.
      2nd Old Dude: Yeah, man, don’t buy it. I’ll make you a tape instead.

      Slacker Rock!

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      • The best part of that little bit is that only Gen X is going to get the reference. Gen Y would have no idea what you’re talking about.

        But since I’m an X’er, Turn it up!

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  29. I thought about who Fonda had to compete with for roles in the early- mid nineties-

    Basically- Sandra Bullock pulled ahead of Bridget. Bridget misfired with Point of No Return- in ’93- Bullock had a hit with Speed in ’94.

    After that- Bullock mostly had hits (even Hope Floats- which I wouldn’t watch unless threatened) – while Fonda had too many misfires.

    Funny how it works-

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    • Fonda seems infinitely more attractive than Bullock, who has a somewhat quirky, fun style, but I don’t get how they would be up for the same roles. If I were a director or producer, Fonda would be my choice for the lead, and Bullock would be the interesting supporting actress. But we all know what my free opinons are worth 🙂

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      • I’d ditch a date with Bullock for Fonda 99/100 (like I’d ever get the choice!) – but Bullock seemed to have hits (the Net? please)- while Fonda movies flopped.

        I imagine movie execs take notice.

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        • Bullock has tons of charisma. And she charmed the heck out of me in Speed. But most of her movies are Kryptonite to me. Whereas Fonda’s movies, while often flawed, are usually much more interesting.

          As for 90s dream dates, circa Point of No Return Fonda would have been my top movie crush. Bullock has never topped my list. In fact, I would never say I had a movie crush on Bullock at all.

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    • That’s a good point. At the time, competition was fierce for good roles. (When is it ever not?) Fonda was in competition with actresses her age like Jennifer Jason Leigh. But they went down very different paths,

      The rom com field was filled with Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts taking all the sought-after roles. Sandra Bullock was an up and comer. Then there were older actresses like Kim Basinger, Geena Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer etc who were snapping up rom coms because they were lucrative.

      I think Fonda’s niche was that she was the Gen X girl. Problem is, Winona Ryder already had a pretty good lock on that position. Had Singles been the hit it was expected to be, I think Fonda’s career would have been very different. She kept making Gen X movies, but Gen X stayed home.

      Fonda made a move to break out with Point of No Return. But unfortunately there wasn’t much of a market for action heroines at the time. Which is a shame.

      Then came your Mira Sorvinos, Uma Thurmans and pretty much the entire cast of Beautiful Girls. Not to mention another favorite of mine from the time, Penelope Ann Miller. And Heather Graham. All my 90s blondes who never quite made it to the top.

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      • The problem with Gen X movies is that its pretty patronizing to Gen Xer’s- Slackers? My group of friends worked our tails off- sure we had fun- but we weren’t Ethan Hawke in Reality Bites- I sided with Stiller-

        I watched a clip of Singles- I think I know why it wasn’t a hit- you really want Fonda’s character to kick Dillon’s filthy grunge guy in the jewells and – I thought she should of ended up with Scott’s character.

        But no- Crowe was too into the Grunge scene to do that- so Fonda character starts a relationship that she almost certainly regretted.

        Well- at least it was retooled into Friends-

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        • Life is weird if you’re in that cusp of years (1960-64) where there is no consensus whether you’re a Baby Boomer or Gen X. Musically, I’m with the Boomers all the way, 50s/60s all the way and know nothing about GX music. In terms of political and cultural forces including the movie world, it’s easier to identify with the Xers. I love Audrey Hepburn and Jack Lemmon, but grew up with Winona Ryder and Matt Dillon. Can’t speak for others obviously, it’s just my own experience. Having said that, I didn’t find the GenX movies to be patronizing, kind of the opposite. It was sort of the idealized version of life; the concept that Xers would grow up to be either Yuppies with good jobs and conspicuous disposable income, or alternatively, still living at home and being supported by their parents. The truth, as it usually is, is duller… more about the daily grind and contributing to IRAs. It’s part of what makes Gen X movies (and TV shows) appealing, and the opposite of reality: instead of working your butt off in unrewarding jobs, you somehow have all this time to sit around and drink beers with your friends, trading witty one liners. if only!!

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        • Musically, it’s probably for the best that we not discuss my musical tastes. Daffy’s the music guy round here. I will just say my taste has always been questionable when it comes to music. Movie wise, I went through phases. In my teen years, I got heavy into the classics. I put myself through an amateur film school. In high school, I saw just about every foreign film released. In 1988, I don’t think I saw a single new Hollywood release, but I went to the art house twice a week. I was probably highly annoying to anyone who made the mistake of talking to me about movies. In college and shortly after graduating, I identified pretty heavily with the Gen X label. Not grunge, which I didn’t really get until after its time had passed. But the cynicism, the ironic detachment and some of the anger that comes with being thought of as a lost generation. Probably a little too much of the latter. When Hollywood tried to make something specifically for Gen X, we were usually way “too cool” to fall for it. Although I did fall for Reality Bites pretty hard, I still thought the most Gen Xy character in the movie needed to shut up and get a job.

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        • There’s always a blur at the start and end of any generation. I have some young uncles who straddle the line between Boomers and Gen X. I also have younger siblings (my youngest sister is 15 years younger than me) who straddle the line between Gen X and Gen Y.

          I always considered myself a child of the 80s. ET, Raiders, Star Wars, Michael Jackson, Atari, all that great 80s stuff defined my childhood. But then I hear “child of the 80s” referring to kids who grew up on GI Joe, Transformers, Smurfs, He-Man and Thundercats or Voltron. Stuff I was too old for.

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        • Oddly enough, I felt patronized by Friends. I know what you mean about Reality Bites though. Hawke’s character was such a worthless jerk. Stealing candy bars? How is that cool? I wanted to see her with Stiller’s character too. I know I watched Singles, but I don’t remember it well at all. Need to watch it again.

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    • I wrote a witty, informative reply. Alas, a technical glitch seems to have eaten it. : ( The gist is, I join lebeau as a B. Fonda fan! Especially Point of No Return!

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      • If I had a dollar for every time that has happened to me I could pay an editor to spell-check my articles for me.

        I really need to watch PoNR sagain. It’s been too long.

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  30. So no one told you life was gonna be this way?

    Seriously Lebeau… you’d have loved the prof I had for a film class in college. Almost all foreign and art house films. His class was all Bergman and Fellini as the basis for understanding film.

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    • It took me a second to get the references. When I did, I heard the clapping. I used to do a stand-up bit on how the characters on Friends were nothing like the Gen Xers I knew. But the bit never did gel. Eventually, I gave in and just enjoyed it for what it was. It helped that the show eventually stopped trying to be hip and just settled into a cozy sit-com.

      I still watch a fair amount of art house movies. But I don’t watch a ton of foreign films anymore. Not that I don’t like them. Just lack of time. But also, I watched a lot of bad foreign films back in the day. Turns out everyone in the world makes bad movies. Not just Hollywood. Fortunately for everyone, my pretentious stage didn’t last long.

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      • I’m actually not a huge Friends fan- but it had some funny shows. It certainly was popular- I didn’t know they got the idea from Singles until I read up on it for this thread.

        As I said- the idea of Fonda ending up with a filthy, cheating band guy is hard to take.

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  31. Thanks for the info! I just finished watching Kiss of the Dragon and wondered why I hadn’t seen her in so long. Turns out that was the second last film she did. Good to know she came out of the accident OK.

    It’s funny, Kiss of the Dragon was not a good movie but she was probably the best part of the first half. She really brought a lot of heart to an otherwise typical kick ’em up from Jet Li. I’m not dumping on Li though. Growing up with Hong Kong parents, my babysitters were frequently either Mr. Chan or Mr. Li but Jet Li’s western stuff is pretty unremarkable. He’s not the most skilled actor but he can do more than glower at people. So the only thing that kept me watching was Fonda’s character. Kinda wished they’d actually gone with the romance as opposed to just tiptoeing around.

    Oh well, that’s enough whining from me. Thanks again!

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    • Glad you liked the article. I’m hardly an expert in the genre, but the Hong Kong style action stars all seemed to loose something when they came to America. Jackie Chan fared best. He’s the only one who overcame the language barrier enough to retain some of his original on screen persona. It’s a shame Kiss of the Dragon didn’t catch on. Li should have had a better career than he did in the US. And I’d have loved to have seen Fonda keep making action movies.

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  32. Most all these actors I still see regularly…

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    • At cocktail parties?

      A lot of actors I have covered still get regular work. That’s not the point. Some have “disappeared”, but very few ever really do. Most people haven’t seen Steve Guttenberg since the 80s, but the guy still gets work, It’s just not in big, mainstream movies.

      You actually commented on the Bridget Fonda article. She’s an example of one of my subjects who more or less retired. But sometimes, I cover actors who still work but are no longer at the top of their game.

      Originally, I had a pretty strict set of rules for inclussion in the series. But the series has been so popular that I have expanded the focus. Now, it’s fairly open. Think of the articles as career retrospectives if that makes it more palatable.

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      • The only actors who “disappeared” are Christopher Jones (drugs, breakdown after working for David Lean), Dennis Hopper (drugs, came back), Klinton Spilsbury (the Lone Ranger guy who had his lines dubbed) and Cliff Robertson (who was blacklisted for whistleblowing)

        Actresses “disappear” when they get the “too old” tag and marry some producer/businessman.

        But frankly that was all pre-internet, pre-IMDB- almost everyone works- but you just miss it.

        Well- except for Christopher Jones- who is something of a legend.

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        • Read an interesting article on Klinton Spilsbury when the Depp Ranger came out. Heck of a story. I’d write a WTHH on the guy, but it would be all about The Lone Ranger.

          You’re absolutely right. No one really disappears any more. When I started the series, I didn’t realize just how true that was.

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        • I guess I assumed Bridget Fonda was working and I just missed it- didn’t realize she was OUT.

          I started watching Boardwalk Empire – Gretchen Mol is in it- she was the IT girl of the mid-late ’90’s who missed. Damn she still looks good. She has kids and only works near NYC- according to Wiki-

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        • Yeah, Fonda retired. She could always decide to come back, but she hasn’t worked at all in a long time.

          I definitely plan to write up Mol. Probably pretty soon. She was the definition of an “It” Girl that never happened. It’s great to see her on BE all these years later. And yes, she looks fabulous.

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  33. Monkey Bone ended Brendan Fraser’s career? Have you checked his page on IMDB?

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    • Of course I have. He has his own WTHH article as well.

      I didn’t say it ended Fraser’s career. The exact quote is that Monkeybone “effectively took both Fraser and Fonda’s careers with it.” There’s a bit of hyperbole in that statement, I’ll grant you. But really not as much as you seem to think.

      Fraser had a long career as an aspiring A-list leading man. Hollywood kept rolling the dice on him. Arguably he achieved A-list with George of the Jungle in 97. Or two years later with The Mummy.

      But aside from The Mummy sequel, Fraser never capitalized on those successes. Hollywood kept giving him chances, but he had a pretty remarkable string of flops. Monkeybone is when Hollywood collectively decided Fraser was never going to make it.

      The guy still works. Val Kilmer still works. Everyone still works unless they walked away. Heck, Sean Young works. Steve Guttenberg works. Having current projects on IMDB isn’t the same thing as being relevant.

      Does he have a career? Yes. Is it the same one he had in the last 90s and early 2000s? No. Why? He had a string of flops like a sentence with Monkeybone as the exclamation point at the end.

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  34. The same thing happen with Phoebe Cates. Her career just never took off after Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Which made it easy for her to leave and start a family.

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  35. Meg Tilly (was in The Big Chill & Oscar-nominated for Agnes of God)is another example….
    had a impressive string of film & TV credits in the 80’s/early 90’s before parenthood took
    over for like the next 15 years or so til Bomb Girls came along,but was hesitant to take it
    til she read the pilot story…..wonder could something like that can lure Bridget out of her
    exile,perhaps????

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  36. She is very talented. Maybe she’ll come out of housewife life and do what she was born to do and became excellent at. Her acting is far better than her dad and dare I say her grand dad as well.

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    • With Mira Sorvino and Elisabeth Shue coming to TV I wonder how long before Fonda does the same.

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      • I think most actresses have an ego. When her kid gets older she might think she has a good role or two left in her. She might just do it out of boredom.

        I imagine Michelle Pfeiffer’s worth more than Mr. Bongo (how much do soundtracks pay?) – not just hers – but her husband’s- and she is still trying.

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        • Well, Pfeiffer still looks like she’s 30. So I can’t imagine her sitting at home when making movies is an option. She’ll still look like a movie star 20 years from now.

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      • I have a tough time imagining that Sorvino or Shue really need the money. But you never know. Fonda certainly doesn’t have to work. But if the right project comes along, you just never know.

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  37. Saw the end of South of Heaven East of Hell this weekend. Dwight Yoakum stars , directs and does the music for this oddball Western. Vince Vaughn plays a psychopath villain- which is a bit weird today- but this was pre- Old School/post Psycho remake. Interesting because playing psychos is a notorious career dead end that Vaughn escaped.

    Anyway- Bridget Fonda is the damsel in distress- but plays it with a lot of depth- and even has a good action scene (naked rapists and broken glass DO NOT MIX)

    She looks great and certainly could have stayed active in this era- but as we know- its one of her last films. She also started dating Yoakum around that time- so maybe she developed her interest in musician/soundtrack guys here.

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    • I really need to flesh out this article a bit. I may have to track this one down.

      I started watching a movie called Break Up which stars Fonda, Keiffer Sutherland and Penelope Ann Miller. But I didn’t get very far into it.

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  38. I saw it on Encore Westerns- Encore has about 10 sub channels – I was just channel surfing and saw it- remembered that it was one of Fonda’s last movies- I might program my DVR to see if it is replayed and catch the beginning.

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  39. NEWSFLASH>>>>>>>>BRIDGET FONDA IS A MAN. GO WATCH SINGLE WHITE FEMALE AGAIN!

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  40. I guess you are trying to be funny- Bridget has been in the public eye on and off for 40+ years- I doubt her parents dressed her as a little girl for Easy Rider and then just stuck with it.

    As lebeau has written- she’s frequently posed nude/done nude scenes- if she was – er – suspect- it would have gotten out long ago.

    She also has a little boy that looks just like her- I haven’t googled her pregnancy photos- but I’m sure they are out there.

    OK- that’s enough- this is just silly-

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  41. Bridget Fonda also appeared on Chris Isaak’s TV show for a few episodes. I think that’s one of her last notable roles. I think after 1997 and 1998 with her fantastic performances in Jackie Brown and A Simple Plan, she should have moved into the big leagues. A Simple Plan, in particular, should have brought her an Oscar nomination along with Billy Bob Thornton (who was nominated). She was brilliant – and chilling – in it.

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    • I never saw the Chris Isaak’s show but I may have to check it out. Definitely agree about Simple Plan. I was stunned when it wasn’t a big hit. Fonda was terrific in it.

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  42. Caught the rest of South of Heaven West of Hell – strange film- needed some editing- the pacing was erratic- but Fonda looked great and performed well.

    She certainly could have kept working for a few years more- she doesn’t look like she aged at all here-

    Frankly I still feel a little robbed- but I guess walking away “leaving them wanting more” is the ideal-

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    • Gonna have to check that one out.

      I can related to feeling robbed. Throughout her career, I wanted to shake people and demand to know why they weren’t Bridget Fonda fans. I kept expecting that her next film would make her a household name. Sadly, it was not to be.

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  43. I wondered what happened to Fonda. She always struck me as a good actress, although she perhaps lacked that personality spark which turns a good actor into a star. She was also dogged by a certain amount of bad luck-turning down the role of Ally McBeal probably didn’t help. Ageism didn’t help, either. A girl who works at the same company as me confided the other day about how she felt that she was rather ‘past it’. She’s 28. I suspect that to her, someone like Fonda is practically prehistoric.

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    • Fonda was 28-29 when Point of No Return came out. Maybe 27 with Singles. Compare this to Jennifer Lawrence’s 22. Fonda looked young up to her retirement- her youthful appearance might have even hurt her in the late Eighties.

      I think Fonda could have worked in the early 2000’s no problem- but it looks like she wasn’t getting the great roles.

      She could certainly return now- but she would probably have to do the wife/mother roles unless she got lucky.

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    • You are probably right about Fonda not having “IT”. While I think she was a fine actress, she didn’t radiate charisma like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts or Will Smith. That’s the stuff that makes movie stars.

      Ageism also seems to be a factor which is a bit weird for me. I think of Fonda as a Gen-X actress given her role in Singles. That makes us roughly the same age. She always seemed like she was meant to appeal to a young audience. But that young audience is now middle-aged.

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  44. I miss her on the screen. She is one of my all-tme favourite actors

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  45. Many of her movies did better here in Europe than in the US, maybe that is due to “Scandal”. That movie got a lot of press coverage here and produced a Dusty Springfield hit single with a video featuring Fonda i.a., which went on heavy rotation on MTV Europe. Most of the people I knew liked her back then, I would definitely say she was a star in Europe. Fonda was brave to go for uneasy characters but never played an archetypal role putting her on the A-List. The broken heroine in “Point of no Return” was an unfortunate attempt since Anne Parrilaud defined that character in the film’s original “Nikita”. With this move Fonda lost parts of her European fanbase she had built up since “Scandal”.

    I don’t think Fonda can be compared to Bullock or Roberts, completely different types. Fonda was always best as a snippy princess. If she did lose out to an other actress that would be: Nicole Kidman.

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    • Early on, Fonda got a fair amount of work in Europe before going Hollywood. I can see how she would have built up some good will. My guess is that the studio hoped to capitalize on some of that with Point of No Return. Obviously, that didn’t go as planned.

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  46. Great actress……I’ll always love her.

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  47. Great summary….I would only add “Rough Magic” (1995) with Russell Crowe, which is my favorite film of hers, and of Crowe’s, too, for that matter.

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  48. just finished watching east of heaven, west of hell, terrible movie, but she still looked great!!!

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  49. Snow Queen is being broadcast on Encore/Starz and I believe you can watch it online on Encore Play.

    This is Bridget’s last movie (well- TV miniseries) performance and she looks amazing in white furs-

    As I’ve said above- its sad- she certainly could have worked a few more years from watching this-

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  50. Hard to believe he didn’t mention Single White Female- probably her most important role, with a serious hot sex scene.

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  51. Great Actress possibly better than some of the other family member’s, just finished watching Assassin, great movie, she could of been massive movie star, but I can see why she would like to retire to bring up her family, it is very hard place to be.

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    • I was really surprised and disappointed that she never caught on as a major star. She definitely has talent. And she had the look. She just never got the right roles to move her forward.

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    • Too bad she was never in a movie titled ‘assassin’. Maybe you’re thinking about someone else.

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      • Yes she was “Point of No Return” is titled “The assassin” in just about every market except for the US.

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        • Aha… Are yo implying that if something doesn’t happen in or to the typical manufactured Merkins it’s not worth mentioning….? At least not within conventional Merkin culture…? Bridget Fonda, like the entire Fonda clan, is neither typical nor myopic. Nor is she conventional. She lives her own lfe, her own choices. She’s a woman in full. I’m glad she gave us those fine prrforamces. I’m glad too that she recognised in time that ‘fame’ Merkin style can be hollow and destructive. Her choice of family first was an exemplary one.

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        • Me too. She’s obviously an intelligent and beautiful person. I so agree with everything you said. I think I’ve seen all her movies, and all her dad’s, aunty’s and grandfather’s as well. Love ’em all. We watched Assassin on TV last night for the third time. A great movie. Bridget F turns in a real, believable, understated, and uniquely sexy performance each time.

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      • Point of No Return…

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  52. On Dutch commercial television(on Veronica television) l watched the film Point of no return last night. Great movie, good actress she is.
    Hopefully she will make her way back to the cinema. Giorgio.Rotterdam The Netherlands.

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  53. Until a couple moments ago, I’d never heard of “what the hell happened to …” — kind of a snarky, s.hitty-attitudinal site. Hey, she’s set for life. She quit making movies. It’s not as if she walked out of a lab 3 days before find a cure for cancer. But hey, who am I to argue with words of a one-named writer?

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    • Hugo, my friend, it’s all in fun. Snarky? Sure. That’s intentional. Shitty? I like to think I don’t fall on that side of the line. Especially with regards to Ms. Fonda. I think I have made my appreciation of her work fairly evident. You seem to feel I was overly critical. I’d love to hear you elaborate on that.

      See, your last line tells me you appreciate a little snark. Well done.

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      • Bit of an overreaction Hugo.. if you don’t mind my saying that. A lot of times the very question of WTHH is not an insult or even snarky. Sometimes it’s a compliment of sorts, especially with someone like Fonda who has an enduring fan base. WTHH has really taken on quite a variety of different meanings and has generated very different kinds of answers. Then again sometimes it can be more on the snark side. I don’t know anyone who sits around pining for the next Seagal movie. And if so, it’s still apparent that it is indeed, all in fun.

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        • Thanks RB. I can see where someone who is new to the series would read a single article and find the tone off-putting. It’s not intended to be for everyone. Having said that, I didn’t exactly go after Bridget Fonda.

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    • Ewwww! That’s awful. You can’t go around making comparisons. Fonda is no less a person because she a) was an actress, b) was not a research oncologist, or c) chose family over film fame?
      Or are you suggesting you are couch-potato inconvenienced by both the notion she is a woman and the fact that she has an independent mind?
      BTW, why shoot Messenger leneau? He’s doing the essential work here putting the conversation topics on the Interweb table. All we have to do is enjoy.
      Or not, as is your preference. But why be insulting?

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  54. She was a great actress when will she return..

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    • I would like to think so, but I’m not holding my breath. I think she’s happy enough doing her thing outside the public view.

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      • And her husband does quite well. I see his name very often in movie credits. So, along with the funds she enjoyed with her own career, and the support of a successful husband for the future, I wouldn’t hold my breath either.

        But it is always interesting to watch the stars come and go in the ‘night sky’ of the silver screen, and once in awhile, to get a chance to see some of the same stars you gazed at and appreciated once before return. Seeing many of the old action stars from the 80s and 90s reappear over the past few years has been a fun experience for the most part.

        I just watched a movie that had been collecting dust on the shelf for awhile now ‘Kiss of the Dragon’ after a craving for some Jet Li style ass-kicking entertainment, and stumbled on this site after wondering whatever happened to the female lead. Now I know.

        Interesting site, I’ll have to check out some of the other past stars that have drifted over the horizon.

        Cheers

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        • Glad you found us. I hope you’ll stick around.

          Speaking of Danny Elfman and his success as a composer, my oldest daughter is going through a Simpsons phase at the moment. Elfman, of course, wrote the Simpsons theme song which play several dozen times a week on FXX. I would imagine the residuals from that piece of music alone pretty much guarantee that neither he nor his wife will ever have to work again if they choose not to.

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  55. 10 Awesome Actors Who Just Dropped Off The Face Of The Earth:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-awesome-actors-just-dropped-face-earth.php/2

    10. Bridget Fonda

    You may recognize Bridget Fonda from films as varied as Point of No Return and Monkeybone. She had worked with Sam Raimi, Jet Li and starred in the crazy 90s hit Single White Female. Her last credited role was a television film called Snow Queen. That was 2002.

    It wasn’t like Fonda was having trouble finding parts. She was beautiful and talented and in her prime when she suddenly disappeared. In 2001, she starred in Monkeybone opposite Brendan Fraser and Kiss of the Dragon opposite Jet Li.

    Where is the actress now? 2003 was a big year for her. Fonda suffered a fracture in her vertebra after a serious car crash in L.A. Though that probably didn’t have long term effects on her career, she also married film composer Danny Elfman that same year and the two are still married and raising a son. The best guess here is that Bridget Fonda walked away from Hollywood to start a family. We wish her luck, but hopefully we can see the Jackie Brown actress on the big screen again someday.

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    • Re: Bridget Fonda:
      http://www.datalounge.com/cgi-bin/iowa/ajax.html?t=10717571#page:showThread,10717571,2

      Boy there was a real push back in the late 80s early 90s to make her a huge star but it didn’t really happen. I think the tipping point for her career was the American remake of La Femme Nikita that was a huge flop. It was supposed to make her an action star but it didn’t happen. In all honesty while I liked her a lot and enjoyed a lot of her performances she always kind of seemed like a poor man’s Jodie Foster, of course her big draw was her last name, but that could only last for so long. I’d be interested to see if she comes back in middle age roles. It seemed to me like her career goal was about stardom and not acting so I would be surprised if she returned.

      by: Anonymous reply 25 08/07/2011 @ 08:11PM

      Loved her in “Single White Female” as well.

      I think she could have bridged the gap into successful middle-aged roles, a la Laura Dern. But it’s nice to see someone who can take it or leave it.

      by: Anonymous reply 27 08/07/2011 @ 08:45PM

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      • Film ‘stars’ you thought were going to be massive, and really weren’t:
        http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showpost.php?p=72715724&postcount=78

        Fonda was already retired when she became romantically involved with Elfman.

        She was interested in being a film star, but certain incidents in her personal and professional lives at one point had her deciding to retire in 1999. She didn’t outline those incidents but regarding her career, she hinted at being pressured over her appearance and age, which had her being offered almost nothing but unsuitable roles. Once she made her decision, she still had to fulfill the remaining agreements, so she worked until she could retire in 2000 or 2001. She shared this story at a Women in Film event a few years ago.

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  56. I just loved how you kept saying for ‘some reason’ it was a flop. (g) She had horrible taste in the projects she chose. As a movie goer, she became one of the ‘bellwether”s of whether I would like the movie or not. If she was in it, I stayed away. Garbage material with talented people in it is still garbage. Actually, when someone consistently chooses these types of movies to act in, I have to conclude that personally they appeal to them and they don’t to me, so I’ll go watch someone else.

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    • I can’t agree with you. For one, I liked a lot of her movies. Some of them fell short. But I don’t think Fonda made very many movies that were clearly destined to be bad. For example, Godfather 3 and Point of No Return had to look like sure-things on paper. A Simple Plan and Jackie Brown were good movies. It Could Happen to You and Singles were movies that could have been solid hits but just didn’t connect with audiences.

      Perhaps the majority shared your point of view and avoided Fonda. But I doubt it. I think most people just didn’t register her one way or another.

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      • The only obvious mistake she made was in turning down Ally McBeal- but movie stars turning down TV is nothing new.

        The Road to Wellville might have been a bit out there- but it was with Anthony Hopkins and Matthew Broderick – it wasn’t like she was doing a Uwe Bolle movie.

        She probably could have been in a few more mainstream roles than some of the indie-type stuff she did- but she just might not have been offered these roles over Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, etc-

        She’s hardly a female James Caan – who basically turned down every great role of the late Seventies(!!)

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        • I remember really wanting to see The Road to Wellville. And when I finally did, my enthusiasm slowly drained from me. But no, you can’t blame her for wanting to do it.

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  57. BTW,today Bridget hits the half-century mark!!!

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  58. I’ve heard David Kelley mentioning that Bridget wasn’t even on his list during the search for
    his Ally,BTW!!!!

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    • Interesting- Fonda gave interviews where she said it- its all over a google search I just did.

      It wouldn’t be the first time this sort of thing is disputed. Producers/actors/agents do have their agendas.

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  59. like all her movies…has that fonda face that keeps you looking at her…wish she would have made a sequel to point of no return…girl action figure…loved it

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  60. In my opinion she was the most attractive “rising young actress” of the 90s – but she had kind of a cold and unlikeable personality onscreen, which I think people never responded to despite her looks. There was also the nepotism factor to turn people off, and since the Fondas were pretty unpopular anyway… I’d say that’s what the hell happened.

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    • In that regard, I wonder if Bridget Fonda is sort of an opposite variation of Drew Barrymore, who you can also make the argument wouldn’t have gotten as far as she did in part because of the famous acting dynasty that she came from. I’m not necessarily saying that Drew pretty much “took” Bridget’s career per se, I’m saying that while you can argue that Drew Barrymore has never been the greatest actress from a technical standpoint, she none the less had sort of a “magnetic charm and quality” (perhaps something that Bridget couldn’t immediately fall on) about her to make you know overlook her limitations.

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      • I wasn’t on board until you got to the end. I do think Barrymore got a lot of mileage out of her charm. Fonda, on the other hand, didn’t have that bubbliness. In that respect, I think you’re right. I don’t really buy that Fonda’s family held her back in any way. I doubt she would have gotten as far as she did without her family connections.

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        • I hope I didn’t phrase my words incorrectly or poorly when discussing the differences between Drew Barrymore and Bridget Fonda’s career arcs, because part of my point is that you can make the argument that both women (regardless of overall acting talent) wouldn’t have gotten as far as they did in the first place w/o their famous family connections.

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        • Sure family connections help a lot for getting in the door- but that’s it. A lot of actors have kids- many tried acting- and never did much. Look at all Clint Eastwood’s kids- for example.

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  61. Seems she was a victim of her family’s excess baggage,perhaps????

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    • It’s possible. Although I don’t think the casual audience member knew or cared about her family connection. I just don’t think she connected with audiences for some reason. To some extent, I think it was the projects she chose. But I’m sure some people also found her “cold and unlikable”.

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  62. Blink And You Miss ‘Em: Celebs Who Were Famous For, Like, Five Minutes:
    http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2014-05-13/celebs-whose-fame-didnt-last/

    Bridget Fonda (daughter of Peter, granddaughter of Henry, niece of Jane) was a huge star for a red hot minute. She lit up classics like Singles and Single White Female with her quirky pixie beauty, and managed to bring some class to The Godfather Part III. And then nothing! She was in a terrible car accident in 2003 that damaged her vertebra, which might be why she slowed down — but her presence is sorely missed. We’d love to see her playing Gwyneth’s big sister in a family dramedy about pristine Upper East Side wasps.

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    • What has happened to Bridget Fonda?

      https://www.quora.com/What-has-happened-to-Bridget-Fonda

      Mark Blanchard, Giving all questions the answers they deserve since 2014
      Answered Aug 14, 2015
      Who knows, Bridget Fonda may have “hit the wall”. I think she still looks damn fine, but I’m not a Hollywood producer. She may simply not want the kinds of roles that are being offered to her these days. Grandmother roles. Many actresses can’t see themselves that way, so they work less as they age. It could also be that she’s happily married to composer Danny Elfman since 2003, is comfortable financially, and simply does need that s*** anymore.

      About 15 years ago I wondered the same thing about Mariel Hemingway, a crush from my youth. Then I ran into her at a screening and she looked just awful. No image on the first Google image page is as bad as she looked in person 15 years ago.

      Hollywood is very very cruel when it comes to employing aging actresses. If their looks fade after a certain age, they simply can’t find work anymore. Usually around 40. They hit the wall. The ones who still find work are the Aniston-Bullock-Roberts types who through surgery or just really good genes still look good past the wall. Some actresses just don’t age, some do. Any Schumer, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Patricia Arquette and Tina Fey did a BRILLIANT sketch on this subject.

      I like to use Marissa Tomei as my best example of an actress aging well. Look at any photo you want of her. She’s past 50 and looks as good as ever. She still gets regular work in romantic roles.

      On the other side of the coin, you have a “Kathleen Turner” type, who seemingly metamorphosed overnight. But she gets work precisely because she embraces her new self and gobbles up the different roles that she’s offered.

      Rich Burke
      Answered Aug 14, 2015
      I know she had some kind of car accident: when she hit 35 she knew it was time to hang it up because actresses that have sex appeal like her have to be viable but just cant beat mother time: michelle pheiffer has been an exception but she was pretty hot even into her 40s also bridget was never overly ambitious: she knows this business: her grandfather is james fonda her dad peter fonda her aunt jane fonda: she doesn’t care to play grandmother types!Shes happy!

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  63. Longtime favorite in the 90s … Think she was underappreciated by the audience. IMHO she has acting talent.

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  64. Loved her in Single White Female, shame she walked away. I wish her well in whatever she chooses to do with her life.

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  65. 17 Career Comebacks We’d Love To See:
    http://www.hitfix.com/galleries/overlay/17-career-comebacks-wed-love-to-see/8.js

    Bridget Fonda
    Best known for: “Jackie Brown,” “Single White Female,” “Singles”
    Last seen in: “The Whole Shebang”
    Comeback plan: “Looooooouisssssssss. Looooooouuuuissssssss.” Fonda was the real deal, smart and funny and casually gorgeous, and she seemed to be able to find fun notes to play even in weak material. She hasn’t worked at all since 2002, and her last theatrical feature was 2001. She’s got a young son, and she’s married to Danny Elfman, and she may be perfectly happy with that. But I’d love to see her work again, and it would take someone (maybe Tarantino, who gave her one of her very best roles as the sharp-tongued Melanie in “Jackie Brown”) to write something worthy of her enormous wit to remind audiences just how great she is.
    – Drew McWeeny

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  66. I remember her most in Point of No Return. There have been many versions of this plot through the years but none as good and no one has ever played her character as well. She was so believable.

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  67. Maybe I missed this but saw nothing regarding the huge accident she was in in this article to which I was surprised not to see written here. Forgive me if I missed this if it’s in this article/post but she was in a serious car wreck and her car plunged off an embankment in which she suffered head and neck injuries and a back fracture. That isolated likely want she suddenly stopped acting. This occurred in early/mid 2000s

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    • It is addressed very near the end of the article:

      In 2003, Fonda was in a car accident in which she flipped her Jaguar. Fonda lost control of her vehicle due to weather conditions. She sustained a slight fracture of two thoracic vertebrae and was rushed to the hospital. Remarkably, her injuries were not terribly serious and she was able to recover at home.

      I could probably give it a little more attention. But frankly, there isn’t much more out there. By this point, Fonda was largely out of the public eye. Although there is little doubt it must have been a contributing factor.

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  68. Good for her, she had a taste of Hollywood but apparently, decided being happy was more important. Still, after watching Single White Female, I was hoping to see more of her, she was excellent in that, one of my favorites movies from that period. Hope she’s happy and doing well, too lazy to read the entire article 🙂

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  69. I liked Bridget Fonda, but I think her husband has had an amazing musical journey. I know Oingo Boingo wasn’t huge per se, but I really like the songs “Weird Science” and “Dead Man’s Party” (who can ask for more?). I mean, “The Simpsons” theme and the ambiant 1989 “Batman” instrumentals? Love it.

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  70. Colorado semi-native

    I liked her in Point of No Return. She was very good. She may not be one of our all time greatest actresses but you can’t accuse of her of over acting. Don’t compare her to Jodie Foster. Foster over acts in all her moves. I like the more nuanced performances.

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    • That’s true. I won’t accuse Foster of over-acting in every performance. But her performances do tend to be showier than Fonda. I think some would accuse Fonda of underselling sometimes. So if you think Foster is going overboard, Fonda’s going to see just about right by comparison.

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  71. Like many, I thought that Bridget Fonda would become a star. Kind of in the mold of her aunt Jane.
    But Jane Fonda, (always in spite of the polarizing impact she developed and still retains to some), was pretty good at picking projects. Bridget Fonda simply was not.
    That is, if box office success is the standard. . .. which it generally is.

    I enjoyed her in some of the (not quite) bombs, but not hit movies such as Road to Wellville and Singles. She seemed best – and perhaps more comfortable – in ensemble casts and in movies which were not rom-coms, but had an overall comedy flair to them.

    She never seemed to be the ‘leading lady’ type even in the roles she was. The best example of this would be “Single White Female” where despite top billing she seemed the second fiddle.
    Action films were not her forte. She was not particularly believable in Point of No Return. She just came across as too nice.

    Drew Barrymore seems to be the actress she should have become. Barrymore knows her strengths and is better at picking projects.

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    • Was Fonda bad at picking projects? If you are judging based on the final outcome, I would say so. But based on the info she had at the time, she picked some movies that looked like sure-fire winners. How could Godfather 3 be anything but a huge boost to her career? Point of No Return looked like a franchise in the making. It Could Happen to You seemed like a charming rom com – just what her career needed. Singles was going to be the BIG Gen X movie. A Simple Plan could have been Fargo. The list goes on and on. Heck, even Monkeybone probably seemed like a good idea at the time.

      I need to revisit Point of No Return. I had no problem with tiny little Fonda as an action hero. But I tend to be willing to suspend my disbelief where that is concerned. Her one rom com didn’t work out well, but I didn’t think she was in any way responsible for that movie’s shortcomings. I think dramatic roles were her strong suit. She just picked the wrong dramas despite the fact many of them – like City Hall – seemed like blue chips at the time.

      Definitely agree about Single White Female. She took the bigger, boring role while JJL got the showy supporting role.

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  72. Being a chronic pain sufferer myself, I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that her career ended in 2002 and she had ‘semi’-serious injuries in the car accident in early 2003. It doesn’t take much, especially dealing with the spine, to all of a sudden be living a life with chronic nerve pain. Invisible, but debilitating pain. To look at a person dealing with this you would never know there’s anything wrong and many would never let on that there’s anything wrong, all while going through hell internally.
    I hope to hell that’s not the case and I have no way of knowing for sure, but the timing just seems a little too coincidental to me. I have a feeling that it plays a much larger role than we realize.

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  73. What in the hell happened to Bridget Fonda???

    http://www.lipstickalley.com/showpost.php?p=19854424&postcount=1

    I was watching SWF last night (one of my faves) and realized I haven’t seen her in movies in awhile. The last movies I remember her in were Lake Placid and Jackie Brown (another fave). She was really poppin in the 90’s, what happened? I saw on wiki that her last movie was in 2001?! Anyone have any info?

    #2

    She was no longer the hot “It” girl.

    Hollywood has a shelf life for their actresses.

    Once they hit 30, Hollywood wants them to play the “mother” role. No longer taking their clothes off and being sexy.

    When they hit 40, they play the grandmother role.

    Men, on the other hand, get to be 50 and annoy us showing off their naked bodies, while some young hot 20 something year old has to pretend she’s getting off on him sexually.

    #5

    Cliff-notes: she married Danny Elman in 2003. he’s a well-known and well-paid musician who does film scores for big movies, so he’s not hurting for money. good for her for stepping away and having the means and support to do so.

    #12

    Nothing really and that was kind of the problem. Her career was stop and go, stop and go, it just never really took off and when she got married she basically just walked away and focused on raising a family. I don’t know if it’s because she wasn’t making the right choices or she wasn’t being offered the roles she wanted but she said F it and left.

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  74. LeBeau,

    Bridget Fonda’s best movie is the one with the big alligator living in the lake. It’s stupid, stupid, and stupid. After seeing the movie at least 50 times I can certainly say it is stupid. But I keep watching it anyway. Does that make me stupid too, or maybe just mesmerized by her grace and beauty? I think there were other actors in the movie too but I can’t remember…

    Brad Deal

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    • As much as I was a Bridget Fonda fan at the time (and remain so today) even I have to admit Oliver Platt steals Lake Placid.

      I was initially very let down by the movie. By my expectations were set overly high. I rewatched it about a year ago and I found it pleasant enough. I was just hoping for a little more. Either more thrills or more satire. It never really nails either tone.

      As for her best movie, for my money, it’s A Simple Plan. Very under-rated flick.

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      • I agree with you totally about A Simple Plan, such a great, highly underrated movie. Billy Bob Thornton received an Oscar nom for the film, but Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda, Gary Cole and the rest of the cast were also all in top form too. I would recommend giving the original novel A Simple Plan by Scott Smith a read, it’s still one of my favorite novels of all time.

        I’m on the fence about what Bridget Fonda’s best film is, though, because as great as A Simple Plan is I’m also a huge fan of Jackie Brown, which Fonda was also excellent in.

        By the way Brad I liked Lake Placid too, a fun little creature feature. Liking it doesn’t make you stupid, everybody (me included) has their own guilty pleasures….

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  75. BF films were not stellar projects regardless of her talent or looks – most were B- scripts. I think she did the most that she could with the work. As for her choosing to leave Hollywood? She married well and successfully – that, plus her former earnings offered her the choice to focus on family and other interests. She is lucky to have the choice and is hopefully enjoying a satisfying life doing things outside the glare of the film kliegs. Smart actresses these days would be well advised to learn other aspects of the film industry and launch their own production companies and find female empowered scripts. These sadly are still in short supply as are female directors, producers and studio heads – it remains a sexist industry.

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    • I agree with all of your commentary on the industry. On a personal level, Fonda has done very well for herself. I think you’re being a little dismissive of her filmography given that it includes Jackie Brown and A Simple Plan. A lot of her movies looked like they could have been star-making turns. But none of them really panned out. Were most B-scripts? Probably. But there were some winners mixed in. And she worked with some great directors and co-stars.

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  76. Rough Magic is one of my favorite films, quiet, quirky, retro. She and Russell Crowe have great chemistry. The art direction is incredible. I think the only wrong note was the actor who (over) played her fiance, he’s either a terrible actor or was poorly directed.

    I wouldn’t be interested in seeing a film described as a combination of magical realism, screwball comedy and noir but thank god I saw the movie without knowing anything about it first.

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  77. I first saw Bridget in “Point of No Return” (or whatever name you folks seem to be pointlessly arguing about) and thought she was AWESOME! I’m so glad to have found this publication to let me know what happened to her. Thanks! It’s good that she kept her head up and kept trying, and there is alot of respect to have quit for her family! So many from that era dropped into addictions and other self-destructive lifestyles. Love ya girl! Dignity is such an admirable quality!

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    • Thanks for the kind words, Jan. I’m glad you found us too. I’m a big Fonda-fan as well. Even though her career ended prematurely, it was on her own terms. She seems to be living a charmed life even if it is mostly outside of the public eye.

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  78. bridget very sexy..

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  79. Mother Brain’s Top 10 Underrated Actresses Not Yet Covered:
    http://cosblog.cosmelentertainment.com/2015/04/06/mother-brains-top-10-underrated-actresses-not-yet-covered/

    4) Bridget Fonda

    Arguably one of the most in demand actresses of her day to eventually disappear from the limelight. Though her first on-screen role was a bit part in her father, Peter Fonda’s iconic hit Easy Rider, she didn’t hit big time until the early 90s with a string of hits: Godfather III, Doc Hollywood, Single White Female, and Singles. The latter two made her a symbol of the Generation X era in Hollywood. Those films as well as her turns in action movies (Point of No Return) and indie crime dramas (Jackie Brown, A Simple Plan) helped Fonda to escape the shadow of her famous family name. But after a string of flops and transitioning into motherhood, Fonda disappeared from show-business in 2002 and has rarely been seen in public since.

    Trivia: Spouse of legendary composer, Danny Elfman.

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  80. I read somewhere she was in a serious car accident. She probably rethought her life and career.

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  81. I luv ur site, blog, whatever! 😀 I know Bridget from the late 80s here in NYC, even went to her graduation party. She was best friends with some of my friends, and was always so very cool and super nice 🙂 And a Great talent! Later, when I was living in London, my friend interviewed her on the set of Scandal and said Hi for me. She said Hello back and asked how I was. This was before email and social media of course so I lost touch w her after that. But I did see Aria, Scandal and Shag in London when they came out over there, loved them all! 😉 That’s great she’s married to Danny Elfman, I’m a big fan of his work as well. Thanks for filling us all in on her “missing” years. All the best, Tina xox

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  82. Love kiss of the dragon. Fonda and jet li had great chemistry. Lake placid a very funny movie. Meredith salinger is hot.

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  83. Hollywood Nepotism: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly:
    http://forums.previously.tv/topic/12384-hollywood-nepotism-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/page-2#entry1260812

    I liked Bridget Fonda, too. I just think she’s a typical Hollywood case- did well for a decade or two, then grew out of the ingenue/leading lady stage, and just didn’t want to fight to remain relevant because she had other things she wanted to do. It’s not like she needed to work.

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  84. Retrospective / Review: Army of Darkness (1992)

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  85. Point of no return
    Terrible remake of luc bessons la femme nikita

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  86. After being seriously injured in a vehicle accident in which her vertebrae was fractured, she retired from acting. Serious injuries take a lot of time to recover from; so naturally she focussed upon that and her family rather than the vacuous world of hollywood. Period.

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  87. 10 Famous Actresses Who Don’t Act Anymore

    http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/10-famous-actresses-who-dont-act-anymore/

    Bridget Fonda

    Bridget Fonda is the daughter of Pete Fonda, granddaughter of Henry Fonda, and niece of Jane Fonda! Guess a career in acting was inevitable! She is best known for her roles in Singles, The Godfather Part III, Point of No Return, and Jackie Brown. She was reportedly offered the lead role in Ally McBeal, but turned it down to focus on her film career. She made cameo appearances in films until 2002 but has not been in a movie since. She got married to composer Danny Elfman in 2003 and seems to be enjoying her time as a wife and mother to their son Oliver.

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    • 40 Stars Who Vanished Without a Trace From Hollywood

      http://newravel.com/20-stars-who-vanished-without-a-trace-from-hollywood/5/

      Bridget Fonda

      Bridget Fonda made her mark with movies like Single White Female and Jackie Brown, but for some reason she decided to leave acting behind, with 2002 TV movie Snow Queen her last film outing to date. Fonda married composer Danny Elfman in 2003, so perhaps she wanted to spend more time with him instead.

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        • 15 Actors Who Disappeared After Hit Movies

          http://screenrant.com/actors-who-disappeared-after-hit-movies-breakout-roles-retired/

          BRIDGET FONDA – LAST SEEN IN 2002 ON THE TV MOVIE SNOW QUEEN

          For over a decade now, a lot of people have asked the question, “What the hell happened to Bridget Fonda?” She comes from Hollywood royalty: Henry Fonda, Peter Fonda, Jane Fonda; all legends in the entertainment industry. Bridget Fonda fit right in there when she first stepped onto the scene in Easy Rider. The absolutely stunning sweetheart adoringly stole the spotlight in mostly everything she did.

          Early on in You Can’t Hurry Love, Bridget seemed destined for stardom. Her long list of credits include: Doc Hollywood, Single White Female, Singles, It Could Happen to You, Jackie Brown; the list goes on. But in 2002, she appeared in the TV movie, Snow Queen, and after that, her career just froze. The end of it seemed to coincide with her marriage to Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman (who strangely enough pulled his own disappearing act with his band in 1995). The two found love and started a family together. While Elfman of course went on to become an award-winning composer for just about every single movie ever made, the only appearance Fonda has made in recent years is standing beside her husband on a red carpet.

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      • Actors/Actresses Who Were Once Big/Almost Big But Now Have Seemingly Vanished

        https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19187409-actors-actresses-who-were-once-big-almost-big-but-now-have-seemingly-vanished

        A number of these people mentioned seemingly vanished because they wanted to — Bridget Fonda is a remarkably sane woman, given her background — she just didn’t like doing the Hollywood thing anymore; she wanted a stable family life. Her pal Phoebe Cates made pretty much the same move, given that she, too, came from a Hollywood family and had enough of it.

        Some of these people saw their careers vanish — like Shelley Long, Sean Young, Ken Wahl — because they had fragile psyches. Being an actor is very tough, given all the rejection, fame, power, harassment, the roller coaster lives that are only as good as the present….etc etc…. I’ve worked in and out of Hollywood most of my life and have only met a few actors who I thought seemed stable.

        All the more amazing that Matthew Perry, given that he’s had more problems staying sober and sane than just about anyone, has been able to maintain his career. He has a terrific manager, which often helps a great deal. That’s what most people don’t realize — it’s often the support staff that keeps a career going, a supportive agent, a smart manager, a good lawyer, a solid shrink, and everyone else who takes 10 percent, 15 percent, or more…. These people might sound like they make a lot of money, and many of them do, but they often are supporting many other people off that salary.

        —Anonymous

        reply 280 8 hours ago

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  88. My understanding is that she suffers from memory loss from a car accident. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-169062/Bridget-Fonda-hurt-car-crash.html
    Sometimes life makes a choice for us.

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  89. I so loved No Way Out..my favorite by far

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  90. The CURSE of The Godfather

    http://ezinearticles.com/?The-CURSE-of-The-Godfather&id=4997011

    Bridget Fonda (Grace Hamilton)

    Another up-and-comer, who’s part in the movie unfortunately ended up mostly on the cutting-room floor. Looks like most of her screen time went to Sofia Coppola’s “performance” instead gasp She was good in a small part in Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, and was offered the lead role in Ally McBeal (later given to Calista Flockhart) but turned it down to focus on her film career – which has ended up being a very bad decision since she hasn’t done anything of note since 2002.

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  91. I think Bridget had more taker than her papa

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  92. What Happened to Bridget Fonda – News & Updates

    http://gazettereview.com/2016/12/happened-bridget-fonda/

    Coming from greats like Peter, Henry and Jane Fonda, one could imagine Bridget Fonda would have been born to hold the keys to Hollywood. After a career spanning three decades and almost fifty appearances to her credit, she’s mostly left the public eye. Despite a career filled with ups and downs, nothing much ever came of Bridget and her tale is quite similar to many hopeful actors and actresses. Let’s take a look at the life of Bridget Fonda.

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    • Actors/Actresses Who Were Once Big/Almost Big But Now Have Seemingly Vanished

      https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19187409-actors-actresses-who-were-once-big-almost-big-but-now-have-seemingly-vanished

      Bridget Fonda was everywhere in the ’90s: The Godfather Part III, Scandal, Single White Female, Singles, Point of No Return, Jackie Brown. Now, wikipedia lists her as “retired.”

      —Anonymous

      reply 43 6 hours ago

      [R43] – Bridget Fonda seriously injured her back after she flipped her car in Malibu shortly before she was supposed to guest star on The Practice. She never acted again and ended up marrying and having a kid or two with Danny Elfman. She’s definitely one I’d love to see make a comeback in a good TV series.

      —Anonymous

      reply 51 6 hours ago

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      • Today’s Blind Items – She Quit Forever

        http://crazydaysandnights.net/2012/06/todays-blind-items-she-quit-forever.html

        A few years ago it seemed like you could not watch any movie without seeing this actress. She was everywhere. She was the it girl. She was the next big thing. She was in big movies and blockbusters and even got nominated for some of the bigger awards and then one day, she was gone. Vanished. She was B+ list at the time and now, if she decided to come back, she would probably still be close to a B because of her name and what she did in her short time. She has talked about coming back but she went through some of the roughest times that I have ever heard. She was in her late teens when she really got noticed and that is when it became hard. There was the movie with the method actor who has been nominated for an Academy Award and is A list all the way. He decided that he was going to do drugs for the movie and insisted she do the same. He said he would get her fired if she didn’t, so there she was in an alley in a city she had never been before smoking crack with an actor who said it was all part of the process. When he forced her to have sex with her “to keep things real,” she wondered if that was part of the process too. Apparently his process involved him having sex with every female on the production.

        There was the producer who kept wanting her to read for a part and would keep insisting that she come at the end of the day to his office. After everyone left for work. She knew what was going to happen. She knew it and knew it and told her agent she didn’t want to go and why couldn’t she meet the producer somewhere else. The agent told her the producer always did it that way. A soon as she got to his office and he reached for her breast she ran screaming from the office and never went back. Her agent acted like it was a big misunderstanding and he would get her another meeting with the producer. Maybe they could go to dinner or something.
        She talked about the time she had agreed to do a love scene, but with no nudity and the director kept her in her trailer for three hours yelling at her that she needed to get naked for the scene to make it real. There was that word again and she was tired of it. He gave her something to take and then had sex with her and she finally agreed to get naked for the movie. There she was in front of 30 other people having sex on camera and the director yelling at her to make it more real. more sexy. He never even used the scene. It ended up on the cutting room floor. She later heard he had hours of footage of actresses from scenes just like hers that ended up in his home but never on screen. He loved the power.

        After one too many gropings on set or coke being offered to her. Our actress just left. She walked away. One second she was there and one she was not. She says she has quit forever.

        Enty
        Re the Bridget Fonda guess: the film could be Singles and the method actor, Matt Dillon. Don’t know if he’s A-list, but he’s Academy Award nominated. The unfamiliar city would be Seattle.

        Enty
        I’d like to take a baseball bat to the keyboard of anyone who types “FTW”…

        Bridget Fonda was ~38 when she left Hollywood. In 2003 she had a major car accident AND married Oingo Boingo frontman/frequent Tim Burton collaborator Danny Elfman. This blind says the actress was in her late teens when she really got noticed. Bridget Fonda spent her years between 18 & 22 at NYU’s Tisch School, and her breakthrough roles all occurred in her mid-to-late 20s. She was TWENTY-EIGHT when she starred in Singles. Keep trying…

        Enty
        I thought of Bridget Fonda right away. I’m not sure that Hollywood family cred gives you a pass on treatment like this, not until you are A list, and even then, you’re still a woman, so… there is SO much competition for parts. If you believe the Toothy Tile blind you know Jakey had to blow a producer to get Prince of Persia, and then that Gwyneth did the Casting Couch for Shakespeare in Love – both Hollywood families. I’m sure the examples go on and on.

        I was very curious about Bridget’s total disappearance a few years back and found out that she was in a horrible car accident that shattered her spine or something, and rehab has been slow. So – I don’t know.

        If this is Fonda I think the last example is Quentin Tarantino / Jackie Brown.

        Enty
        I’m still on the Bridget Fonda bandwagon.

        This blind doesn’t specify that the way this actress was treated is THE REASON the actress quit. Just that she quit and she “went through some of the roughest times that I have ever heard.” according to Enty.

        The thing is, the types of things she “went through” are par for the course in H’wood. We know this. This shit happens all the time. But this actress didn’t expect it, didn’t want to play that game, and eventually it may have been a contributing factor to her quitting.

        I suspect the sex scene movie was Jackie Brown with Tarantino. At that point in Fonda’s career, she probably didn’t want to do nudity or simulated sex, and she’d been in a LTR with Eric Stoltz, though they broke up soon after this. The one sex scene in Jackie Brown evidently had the nudity cut out of it.

        Enty
        Yes, I think something’s misleading [purposefully] in the BI.

        Bridget Fonda quit too early, was everywhere, and might have been noticed as a late teen. I’m really liking this guess—she might have believed she was protected from the nasty side of HW and gotten bullied anyway. I can really see this… Except, she’s got a lot of credits under her belt. And I don’t like “what she did in her short time” — BF was around for a long time (1993+). Her career can’t be described as a “short time”.

        (Neither can Phoebe Cates and others who had lots of movies then just petered out with poor films.)

        I got nothing from the “Where Ever Happened To” database LOL (they’re all either still working, or were only one hit wonders). So I’m also thinking someone more recent (late 90s-mid2000s). But I can’t think of any “recent” B+ list actors who aren’t still acting.

        Enty
        Just throwing this out for the Bridget Fonda guess – she was in Singles, so the method actor could be Matt Dillon although I don’t know if he’s A-list, but he is Academy award nominated. The ‘city she had never been before’ could be Seattle.

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        • I always felt she went into acting due to family legacy and not really because she loved it or was seeking fame. So I am not surprised she just left comepletely, it is a shame though because she was a natural and one of those rare actresses that were not only gorgeous but also likeable and genuine.

          —Anonymous

          reply 52 Last Monday at 11:31 PM

          This is an interesting thread. I recall reading a review of one of her films many years ago where the critic focused mainly on Bridget. He said she had a bright future and she was very smart to take supporting roles as she built her resume. I thought about that critic’s assessment some years later when I realized she had completely disappeared from acting. It’s good to know she chose to walk away.

          —Anonymous

          reply 76 Last Tuesday at 6:38 AM

          https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19447876-the-real-story-behind-bridget-s-fonda-disappearance-from-hollywood

          I agree that her sudden departure, not just from acting, but most public appearances is odd – especially after all her success and the fact that her husband is still actively working in the biz. But to each his own – I don’t know her story.

          I did read a blog post a few years back by a guy who worked at a high end furniture store in LA. He mentioned that she was one of a number of regular celebrity customers. She was polite and easy to deal with. The thing that made Bridget remarkable for this poster was how often she came in the store and how much she bought. He implied she was a compulsive shopper. She never asked prices – she bought huge expensive, one-of-a kind items frequently.

          She was SO down-to-earth that she’d try to load items in her vehicle rather than ask this high-end store to deliver. But the blogger never felt that they (the store staff) got to know her in spite of her being in the store on a regular basis – she sort of kept people at arm’s length, albeit politely.

          Maybe she did have a bad experience with a stalker or some other similar experience.

          —She’s Entitled to Her Life

          reply 93 21 hours ago

          Even before she retired, the good roles seemed to stop coming or she was phasing herself out. There was that movie with Jet Li and then her guest stint on the Chris Isaak Show.

          But reading this thread, I’m reminded that she had an impressive run. She was terrific in Scandal, so good that she deserved a Best Supporting Actress nomination (she was far better than Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias). Speaking of Roberts, I think Fonda should have had a bigger career than her because Fonda is a far better actress. Even Fonda’s own romantic comedy, It Could Happen to You, is a pure delight. Singles and Single White Female helped define the early ’90s in cinema and pop culture.

          One of her best performances is A Simple Plan. Throughout the film, Fonda pulls back the mask to show her character’s true intentions. The last look of her character is just brilliant acting. Billy Bob Thornton was nominated, but I thought Fonda’s work was just as deserving. Perhaps even better.

          —Anonymous

          reply 101 20 minutes ago

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  93. Bridget Fonda is the most beautiful girl ever.

    I’ll love her forever.

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  94. Nostalgia Critic: Balto (1995)

    This film has grown a large following, but despite it being beloved, are there a FEW things that might be off about it? The Nostalgia Critic reviews the animated movie Balto.

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    • Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts On: Balto (1995)

      The Nostalgia Critic made fun of it, but do Doug and Rob actually not like the animated nostalgic classic, Balto?

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  95. What was your WORST celebrity encounter??

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/18869506-what-was-your-worst-celebrity-encounter-

    Another former entertainment journalist here:

    Shelley Long: Just a pretentious and unpleasant as her well-deserved reputation.

    Ted Danson: Quite pleasant, but strangely slow thinking and possibly stupid.

    Bridget Fonda: The nicest actor I ever interviewed — but she got out of the business.

    Jennifer Jason Leigh: Shy, weird, and somewhat disorienting to talk to, as though she were living in another reality.

    Melanie Griffith: Lived up to her reputation by picking her nose while we were talking, although she didn’t flick it at me, as she did to a friend.

    Ray Liotta: Another one who doesn’t understand that he’s not the biggest star in Hollywood.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger: One of the most interesting interviews I ever had, and possibly the only star who asked me questions about my life, and, actually listened to the answers.

    Glenn Close: Avoid at all costs. Seriously seems to think she is the Queen of the World.

    Doris Day: Met her when she was quite old, and found her totally charming, particularly if you talked about animals.

    Phyllis Diller: My favorite interview of all time — saw her just before she died, and even then, she managed to be funny, sharp, and very grateful for her career.

    Roseanne Cash: One of the nicest celebrities ever.

    Joni Mitchell: Bitter, angry, and filled with hostility to a world that does not realize that she, and she alone, invented music.

    Susan Sarandon: So self-important you’d think she invented the entire world. Like Kathleen Turner, confuses having played intelligent people in movies with thinking that she’s intelligent.

    Tim Robbins: Just plain weird. Really, really weird.

    Charlie Sheen: So f***ed up that I couldn’t do the interview. Had to call the magazine and plead to be taken off the case.

    etc. etc.

    —Anonymous

    reply 417 Yesterday at 8:16 AM

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  96. Nostalgia Critic: Monkeybone (2001)

    Just because it’s dark and weird doesn’t mean it’s good. Nostalgia Critic looks at the strange madness that nightmares are made of, Monkeybone.

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  97. The Real Story Behind Bridget’s Fonda Disappearance from Hollywood

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19447876
    She was big box office and had a good career ahead of her as part of the famous Fonda clan, then 15 years ago, she called it quits and hasn’t been seen on the screen since.
    The official line is that she decided to retire and raise a family after marrying Danny Elfman, but I’ve also heard rumors that her exit from Hollywood was because of something sinister – like a sexual assault by a showbiz big wig or something to that effect. Father Peter and Aunt Jane have been very mum on Bridget.

    Anybody in the know have the real scoop?

    —Anonymous (677 views)

    27 replies 26 3 hours ago

    I hope she makes a comeback. I really enjoyed her…SHAG, A SIMPLE PLAN, JACKIE BROWN, LAKE PLACID, POINT OF NO RETURN, SINGLES, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE…she had a good run.

    —Anonymous

    reply 11 2 hours ago

    On another thread someone said she got into a bad car accident. Never heard anything about it.

    —Anonymous

    reply 15 2 hours ago

    Loved this b**** one of the few Hollywood actresses I could stand!! She made her money and lived a normal life -smart lady

    —Anonymous

    reply 17 2 hours ago

    Plus she was adorable in it could happen to you. Good actress very likable and was hot as hell in her prime.

    —Anonymous

    reply 18 2 hours ago

    After Bridget’s involvement in the Profumo scandal she wisely dropped out of the radar and became a recluse…..

    —Anonymous

    reply 19 2 hours ago

    She lived with Eric Stoltz for eons, eight years. Wonder why they didn’t marry. Didn’t he have a very short marriage with Robin Wright in the 1980s?

    —Anonymous

    reply 20 2 hours ago

    Bridget was perfection in the ‘La Femme Nikita’ remake ‘Point of No Return’, which had a really great cast and soundtrack (Nina Simone). She was surprisingly believable as the reluctant anti-hero/action star and she looked phenomenal to boot.

    —Anonymous

    reply 21 2 hours ago

    The rumor has long been that her and Elfman’s child is a special needs kid. He’s about 12.

    —Anonymous

    reply 22 2 hours ago

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