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Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 5:09 p.m.

Actress Jane Fonda, record producer Richard Perry to speak at University of Michigan

By Staff


Jane Fonda and Richard Perry

Two entertainment icons—record producer Richard Perry, a 1964 University of Michigan graduate, and his partner, Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda—will appear at the U-M next week in a special, free public session.

The two will answer questions from the audience at the event, set for 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the Rackham Amphitheater (on the fourth floor of the U-M Rackham Building, 915 E. Washington St.) The session is open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed at the door.

Both Perry and Fonda will discuss their lives and careers with the audience.

Perry received a bachelor of music degree in music education from the U-M School of Music in 1964. His resume includes producing recordings for pop-music legends like Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, the Pointer Sisters, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Harry Nilsson, Neil Diamond and Ella Fitzgerald. According to an announcement from U-M, "Perry has had albums in the top ten every decade since he began his career in the 1960s and, has had number one records on four different music charts. He has been named Producer of the Year multiple times by top music magazines including Rolling Stone, Billboard and Music Week."

Perry "was honored by U-M in 1975 with an Outstanding Achievement Award and that same year established the Richard Perry Scholarship, given each year to a deserving musical theater major. In 1984, he helped create a recording and video workshop at the university," the announcement reads.

Fonda has won two Academy Awards (as Best Actress for "Klute" and for "Coming Home") and received five additional Oscar nominations. Her life—as the daughter of Henry Fonda, a famous actress, a social and political activist, and as a successful health and exercise guru—was chronicled in her bestselling 2006 autobiography "My Life So Far." Fonda is again on the bestseller lists with "Prime Time," an inspirational book on “successful living and maturing.”



Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 11:36 p.m.

Jane Fonda's career peaked at Barbarella. Then, living off her father's name she made some passable movies but was not outstanding in any of them. She became a fad-chaser - the antiwar movement, the exercise movement and also became a fame chaser. She is worthless. And Richard Perry? Not important. Sam Phillips, Leonard Chess, George Martin and Phil Spector (yeah, I know, I know) were much more artistic and important producers.

Billy Buchanan

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 4:40 p.m.

Hanoi Jane should be in prison for treason instead of speaking at the University of Michigan. However, the University of Michigan would invite someone who hates and would love to destroy this country speak there.

James J. Gould

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 2:25 p.m.

I'm surprised she can even show her face in public after what she did to the POW's in Vietnam. I think it is a blunder for the U of M to allow her on campus. All the local vetrans should protest in the streets and give her the welcome she deserves.


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 2:12 p.m.

Jane ,like many children of the wealthy , believes in the concept that we should spread the wealth , to eliminate poverty ,disease etc . Your wealth my wealth not there wealth though . 3 trillion dollars spent in Detroit show how that all works out . Born with a silver spoon in her mouth and the last name of Fonda is how she got her start in show biz and how she became well known there. Khruschev said that 'they' would take over the USA without firing a single shot ...they have been attemting this thru useful idiots like Jane .... A one time past recipient of the Nobel For Peace Opened a bank in India to Loan Money ...this brought about peace in the region . When asked why he did not just give a way the money , the man replied that , doing so teaches nothing , not stewardship, not honesty, not hard work , not being responsible , no it did just the opposite . "giving people money does not change them for the better , just the worse . " Well I have siad enough , but not all I could Jane Please go to Hollywood and stay there with the others of your socialist ilk


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 4:07 a.m.

one of the reasons (a big reason) her and TT broke it off was that she was going to Bible study, she kept it from him b/c she knew he would be against it. Finally she came out to him about it. She is now a Born Again Christian. As for her Hanoi Jane days she has stated in many interviews that she is now (as she was then) mortified by the nickname and felt used for Propoganda sake. She was against the war like so many others. It's not like she was in a terroristic gang with her spouse, setting off bombs, then became a professor teaching impressionable youth and advised a former community organizer, former senator....


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 2:20 a.m.

Neither of them is worth anyone's time. Another great pair produced by the University of Michigan. Can we get some REAL Americans to speak at U of M? U of M tries to hit me up for money every year and this is precisely why they won't get any from this graduate!


Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 8:59 p.m.

Who falls into "real American" for you? I'd love to see that list.


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 2:03 a.m.

First Ted Turner and now this guy. Jane sure loves her millionaire, capitalist men.

David Briegel

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 1:03 a.m.

Good thing she didn't do anything so serious as lying the USA into a war for revenge against the guy that tried to kill her daddy. And how DID that Vietnam thing work out? Did America stop the spread of Communism? I never hear the right complain about the 55,000 wasted lives. Patriots all. Most favored nation trading partner status to provide the slave wages for Wall St and the Fortune 500! And we're the good guys?

Mr. Ed

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 12:12 a.m.

She is a trader to her country and not worthy of my time.

David Briegel

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 12:59 a.m.

What do you think she "traded"?

hut hut

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 11:07 p.m.

First comment... "Hanoi Jane". Typical.

Marilyn Wilkie

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 11:51 p.m.

That was a BIG mistake she made back then. Many have not forgotten. She seems to like Michigan men.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 11:38 p.m.

But absolutely true

Dog Guy

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 10:02 p.m.

Let's be at civil to Hanoi Jane. This is one of the few places in flyover country she can visit.