Last night in Santa Barbara, iconic actress Jane Fonda was honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Fest at the Bacara Resort. Receiving the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in film, the actress was fêted by longtime friends and fellow actors, Elizabeth Banks and Diane Lane.
The 76 year old Ms. Fonda, always one to be in tip top shape, literally danced onto the red carpet in a green Elie Saab jumpsuit.
After dinner, Hennessy’s Paradis Imperial cognac on hand for the official toast to the iconic actress. Following the toast, Elizabeth Banks took the stage to thank Jane for her art, activism, and inspiration, calling her a “walking celebration of feminity and power.” Banks also cited that while she had watched a reel including all of Fonda’s films, she was not embarrassed to say that 9 to 5, which she watched as a seven year old, was her favorite film.
Diane Lane shortly followed to present the award to Ms. Fonda, stating that the actress was a “the woman who has informed everyone’s love with courage, and honesty.”
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is an eleven-day film festival held in Santa Barbara, California since 1986.
This article is written by Susan Michals.