Where Are They Now? Bridget Fonda

by Corey Chapman @chapmanrunner on January 27, 2012

in Where are they now?

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.

Jason Gross (@SockOfFleagulls) January 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

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

Corey Chapman January 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

A Simple Plan was a great flick!

Jason Gross (@SockOfFleagulls) January 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

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.

Classick Material January 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

She’s a fox!

Brian Morin January 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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

Howard Decker January 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

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

S January 28, 2012 at 2:25 am

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.

Howard Decker January 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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

Ronald July 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

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.

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) July 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

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!

Jay Walker June 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Man, she was so hot!

Garythedude November 7, 2014 at 3:05 am

Bridget did a great role as the snow queen in a Hallmark movie. Maybe her latest though years ago.

garykmon@hotmail.com November 7, 2014 at 3:26 am
Christine Davis July 26, 2015 at 4:39 am

I miss you Bridget, & I love your movies. I would love to see you again on the silver screen

Rick Camp January 24, 2016 at 2:09 pm

I love Bridget Fonda: Point of No Return, Single White Female, Jackie Brown, Kiss of Dragon: Bridget is very understated but very real in her performances! I wondered myself why she took a break: I hope she returns to the screen; I love her persona and her understated performances: who knows maybe all the Fonda’s Peter, Jane and Bridget could do something together: why Naught !
If you think about it Jane’s acting style and Bridgets are similar ! I hope to see you Bridget back in the Movies !

Skorpio September 6, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Hate her politics but LOVE that ass! Come back to us Bridget!!

Josephine Short December 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

I really miss Bridget Fonda!! She is such a great and loyal actress . I would love to meet her in person although I know that will never happen since I’m just a 70 year young woman from Albuquerque New Mexico!! I will watch as many movies that she has stared in as possible. She is soo beautiful. My husband thinks she is pretty sexy and loves her dad Henry.. my husband is 80 years old and has great taste!! That’s why he married me since he couldn’t marry Bridgette. Ha ha.We had a beautiful white Maltease and we named her???? Bridgette!!!

Donna January 30, 2017 at 8:43 am

Loved her in Singles and Doc Hollywood . Great actress!

Lee Russell February 18, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Watching Single White Female..
Loved her in The Point of No Return.
I miss her in the movies- Come back Bridgette, come back!

Dan March 31, 2017 at 4:35 pm

“Jackie Brown” was my favorite. She was great in it.

Mark Vincent July 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm

Point of no return with my favorite and I’m watching her in Jackie Brown right now, Love Bridget Fonda.

Corey July 29, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Mark- she is great. I wish she would “return” to cinema soon!

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