When your grandfather is Henry Fonda and your father is Peter Fonda, chances are you’re going to end up working in Hollywood. It’s in your DNA. And that’s exactly what happened with Bridget Fonda.
The Los Angeles born and raised actress turned 51 in 2015. You read that right.
Fonda caught the acting bug after being cast in a school production of Harvey. She continued to hone her craft in school, attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Although she had some minor roles in film as a child, she hit the ground running after graduating from NYU, landing roles in “Shag” and “Scandal.” Her big break was when she was cast as a reporter in “The Godfather Part III.” After that, she starred in films such as “Doc Hollywood” opposite Michael J. Fox, “Single White Female”, “It Could Happen To You”, and “Jackie Brown”. She has gone on to make over 30 movies.
In 2003, she married Oingo Boingo frontman and composer Danny Elfman and retired from acting. She has no credited roles on IMDB since 2002’s TV movie “Snow Queen”. Outside of her 2012 endorsement of President Obama, even Wikipedia reveals nothing about her recent personal or professional life. Unlike so many other actors and performers, Bridget Fonda’s retirement has been just that.
A couple of little known facts about Bridget: “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Dallas” acting legend Larry Hagman is her godfather and she was offered the role of “Ally McBeal” and turned it down without ever reading the script, because she wanted to focus on making movies.