Jane Fonda Accepts Her AFI Life Achievement Award in a Custom Vera Wang Gown
Members of the film community came together for last night's 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award gala honoring Jane Fonda. The Audi-sponsored event took place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Calif., and celebrated the actress's prolific career of diverse roles in more than 40 films that range from charming comedies to powerful dramas.
Attendees of the black-tie affair included Eva Longoria (in Sass & Bide), Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diane Lane, Rosario Dawson, Morgan Freeman, and more who recognized Fonda for much more than the onscreen characters she plays. "Jane is a woman that stands for something, and that's just something to look up to," Longoria tells InStyle. Lane also spoke of her friend at the event. "This woman, she's the best human being of my generation. Actually, of my lifetime I should say," she says. "She's generous, she's funny, she's sassy. She's motivated from a genuine place, and that's her power of example."
Guests dined on a delicious meal by Wolfgang Puck during the ceremony, as they were treated to moving speeches from Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz (in Stella McCartney), Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep, and Sally Field, among others, who all paid tribute to the Hollywood icon's many achievements. "If we're really honest with ourselves, I think we all here just find Jane annoying because everything she does, she does just a little better than any of us do it," Bullock jokes during her turn at the microphone. "Her posture's better, her divorces are better, her butt is better. It's like annoying annoying, annoying. She doesn't judge those she meets. She always keeping an open mind. Everyone is equal. She wins Academy Awards. She fights for causes and charities that have no life without her, and she takes on life's problems. She takes them on and doesn't see them as a weight. She sees them as a lesson. Annoying."
Fonda herself also spoke during the evening, where she expressed gratitude for those she has worked with over the years as well as those in attendance. "I think of the list of extraordinary people who've received this honor, and I'm so moved and really honored to be among them. I've been blessed to work with and know very many geniuses—real geniuses—actors and directors in our business, and I've had the great privilege to know them," Fonda (in a custom Vera Wang gown and Chopard jewels) says in her speech. "It means the world to me that you all came out tonight and spoke so generously and lovingly to me."
To see all the touching speeches, watch the AFI Life Achievement Award: Tribute to Jane Fonda on Saturday, June 14 at 9 p.m. EST/PT on TNT.
—With reporting by Brianna Deutsch
was honored a the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala in Hollywood, California, which paid tribute to her iconic career. "I think of the list of extraordinary people who've received this honor, and I'm so moved and really honored to be among them," Fonda (in a custom Vera Wang gown and Chopard jewels) says in her speech. "It means the world to me that you all came out tonight and spoke so generously and lovingly to me."
Eva Longoria and Cameron Diaz
came out to support Jane Fonda in style at the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. "Jane is a woman that stands for something, and that's just something to look up to," Longoria tells InStyle. Both Longoria (in Sass & Bide) and Diaz (in Stella McCartney) gave touching speeches at the event in honor of Fonda.
spoke in honor of Jane Fonda at the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala, which was held in tribute to the iconic actress. "If we're really honest with ourselves, I think we all here just find Jane annoying because everything she does, she does just a little better than any of us do it," Bullock (in Vionnet) jokes during her turn at the microphone.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
also attended the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala, where Douglas spoke about Jane Fonda, the guest of honor. "I feel pretty confident that I speak for everyone here tonight in saying that when I think of Jane Fonda, the first thing that comes to mind is her fantastic, tremendous body – of work. And like all of you, I've stared at, thought about, and constantly admired that body we've all gotten to celebrate here this evening," he jokes in his speech.
Diane Lane and Meryl Streep
both shared kind words about Jane Fonda at the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala. "This woman, she's the best human being of my generation. Actually, of my lifetime I should say," Lane tells InStyle. "She's generous, she's funny, she's sassy. She's motivated from a genuine place, and that's her power of example." Watch the ceremony when it airs on Saturday, June 14 at 9 p.m. EST/PT on TNT.
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