Where Are They Now: Bridget Fonda

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by Corey Chapman @chapmanrunner on January 27, 2012

in Memorygasms, Where are they now?, Women

When your grandfather is Henry Fonda and your father is Peter Fonda, chances are you are going to end up an actor in Hollywood. Its in your DNA. And that’s exactly what happened with Bridget Fonda.

The Los Angeles born and raised actress celebrates her 48th birthday today. You read that right. 48. Where does the time go?

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 not been seen on the big screen since.

The entire staff of UnderScoopFire wishes Bridget a wonderful birthday!

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.

  • http://twitter.com/SockOfFleagulls Jason Gross (@SockOfFleagulls)

    For some reason I always think of A Simple Plan when I see her. What crazy movie that was…

    • Corey Chapman

      A Simple Plan was a great flick!

      • http://twitter.com/SockOfFleagulls Jason Gross (@SockOfFleagulls)

        I think I still have it somewhere on VHS. Everyone rethought their “What to do if I ever find a bag full of cash” plan after watching it.

  • http://coldslitherpodcast.com Classick Material

    She’s a fox!

  • Brian Morin

    I hadn’t thought about her in a while. But yea, she’s pretty damn hot. I remember her most from Singles.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howard Decker

      Singles! Forgot about that one. She’s smokin in that!

  • S

    She’s a great talent; hope she does some Indy films just for fun.

    Point Of No Return, Doc Hollywood are where she shines.

    Nice post.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howard Decker

      Corey is a heck of a writer when it comes to ladies we love – he’s a poet. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Ronald

    All I know is I never got tired of looking at Bridget Fonda in any movie. What possessed Dwight Yoakam to let her go is a mystery greater than the sphinx. The guy must be insane or gay, as I’d walk over hot coals to have her attention.
    Just sayin’…
    I miss seeing her in the movies, but have a great life Bridget and thanks for the memories. Hope you do make a comeback into Indie films sometime. What a beauty.

    • http://www.underscoopfire.com Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner)

      I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of Bridget. My guess is that she is offered a starring role in a cable series in the next few years. FX, AMC, Showtime, and HBO have a way of pulling good actors out of “retirement.”

      Thanks for the comments, Ronald!

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  • Jay Walker

    Man, she was so hot!

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