Bridget Fonda

The granddaughter of the Fonda acting dynasty, this Single White Female overcame her initial stage fright to become an acting force in her own right.


Bridget is the granddaughter of the legend that was Henry Fonda and niece of the living legend, Jane Fonda. She got her first taste of acting in a high-school production of Harvey while at the Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles. Although she suffered severe stage fright during her early years, she went on to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she majored in theater, as well as the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Fonda made her film debut with a non-speaking role in the 1982 comedy Partners. Six years later, she appeared in You Can't Hurry Love (this time with lines) and opposite Phoebe Cates in the beach flick Shag. She followed these parts with two leading roles: as real-life British call girl Mandy Rice-Davies in Scandal and the star of the favourably reviewed Strapless.

By the early 1990s, Fonda had earned a reputation as a serious actress and began to work steadily in features, starting with a small but memorable role as a reporter in The Godfather Part III in 1990. From there, she starred in Single White Female and Cameron Crowe's Singles (both 1992), Bodies, Rest And Motion (1993), Point Of No Return (1993) and It Could Happen to You (1994). 

Point Of No Return, released as The Assassin in the UK, may have been a hollow blockbuster remake of the tour de force that was Luc Besson's original French-language Nikita (1990), but Fonda more than held her own as an action heroine. Fonda took on a different type of role as a perpetually stoned, ill-fated beach bunny in Quentin Tarantino's Elmore Leonard adaptation Jackie Brown (1997). The following year, she portrayed another atypical character in Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan, earning raves as Bill Paxton's pregnant, increasingly crazed Lady Macbeth-esque wife.

Fonda has dated screenwriter Lee Drysdale, actor Eric Stoltz, whom she met on the set of Singles and singer Dwight Yoakam. She has been married to compser Danny Elfman since 2003.