Jane Fonda's Beauty Evolution From '50s Starlet to Hollywood Icon

The octogenarian proves that age ain't nothing but a number.

Jane Fonda with a gray feathered bob, blush, pink lipstick, and eyeliner

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Award-winning actress, activist, and model, Jane Fonda, needs no introduction (okay, maybe for Gen Z). With a career spanning more than half a century, she has delighted us with infamous workout videos (which have made a comeback, by the way), inspired us with her speeches, and even managed to give us shoe envy with the most controversial of footwear choices. Now in her 80s, Fonda shows no signs of slowing down and continues to handle whatever comes her way with style and Grace (wink, wink). To celebrate the all-around icon, we take a look at her best beauty moments across her impressive career.

Keep scrolling for Jane Fonda's beauty evolution from the '50s to today.

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Jane Fonda with a short, sleek, side-parted haircut in 1955
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The fresh-faced Vassar student used her modeling wages to fund classes at the legendary Actors Studio.

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Jane Fonda with a bouncy auburn bob and dark red lipstick in 1959
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Bouncy waves and major makeup for the up-and-coming actress! Fonda described her first Warner Brothers studio makeover in her autobiography, My Life So Far: "I was horrified, dumbstruck. My lips had a new shape and my eyebrows were dark and enormous, like eagle's wings."

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Jane Fonda with a '60s bouffant and muted red lipstick
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Fonda was stunning in her screen debut, Tall Story, but the behind-the-scenes feedback wasn't as encouraging: "[The studio rep] suggested that after filming I might consider having my jaw broken and reset and my back teeth pulled to create a more chiseled look."

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Jane Fonda with a voluminous swept-back updo, lengthy lashes, and red lipstick

She went brunette to play the seductive Kitty Twist in Walk on the Wild Side and earned a Golden Globe for the role.

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Jane Fonda with brushed-out brown shoulder-length hair and glossy mauve lips
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After filming Sunday in New York, Fonda was introduced to director (and future husband) Roger Vadim in Paris, leading to a Bardot-inspired new look.

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Jane Fonda wearing a black lob wig with bangs and flipped-out ends
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Wigging out! Fonda sported a black flip for In the Cool of the Day.

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Jane Fonda with a medium-length strawberry blonde blowout and matte lipstick
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Living in France as a strawberry blonde, Fonda exuded '60s mod vibes.

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Jane Fonda low blonde ponytail with a nude lip and lined eyes
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The Barefoot in the Park star wore her glossy mane pulled into a low ponytail and prepped to play the ultra-sexy titular character in Barbarella.

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Jane Fonda with a brunette shag in '71
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An iconic new look (and soon an Oscar)! "I had my first real hair epiphany," Fonda wrote. "The men in my life liked it long and blond, and I had been a blonde for so long that I didn't even know what my own color actually was. I simply said to [ hairstylist] Paul McGregor, 'Do something,' and he did. It was the haircut that became famous in Klute, the shag, and he dyed my hair darker, like what it really was. I knew right away that I could do life differently with this hair."

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Jane Fonda long glossy brown waves with Birkin bangs
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The activist and mother of two (now married to politician Tom Hayden) made The Blue Bird and wore her brunette strands in long, glossy waves complete with Birkin bangs.

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Jane Fonda voluminous, long hair in '79
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Fonda sent off the '70s with voluminous loose waves and sultry eyes for the China Syndrome and a second Oscar for her role in Coming Home.

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Jane Fonda with voluminous, shoulder-length curls
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A busy beauty: In the early '80s Fonda produced 9 to 5, On Golden Pond and her trailblazing Workout video.

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Jane Fonda with big '80s hair and red lipstick
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After winning an Emmy playing a weather-beaten Appalachian folk artist in The Dollmaker, she rocked big hair and pure '80s glam for a publicity shot.

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Jane Fonda with full and feathered blonde shoulder-length hair
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Divorced from her second husband and dating media mogul Ted Turner, Fonda worked a voluminous blowout at the Academy Awards.

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Jane Fonda with wispy bangs and a volumized updo
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The veteran actress wore a luxuriant waist-length faux braid and wispy bangs to celebrate the Fonda family's induction into the Hollywood Entertainment Museum.

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Jane Fonda wearing a cowboy hat in '93
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Cowboy hat? Absolutely. Both Fonda and husband Ted Turner won Golden Boots Awards for their work in westerns.

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Jane Fonda with a voluminous blonde blowout
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The narrator of A Century of Women attended the New York City premiere with her layered locks worn loose.

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Jane Fonda with a dirty blonde long pixie and shimmery eye makeup
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The actress/activist sported a new pixie cut courtesy of super stylist Sally Hershberger when she was honored with a Lincoln Center Gala Tribute.

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Jane Fonda with a layered, piecey crop with flipped-out ends
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After a 16-year break from the big screen, a radiant Fonda returned to the red carpet for the premiere of Monster-In-Law. This feathered, piecey pixie with dimensional blonde color is simply flattering.

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Jane Fonda brunette pixie with pink lipstick
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Auburn locks and a few extra tweaks. "I thought it would be good to have something minimal done," Fonda told People of her very public plastic surgeries. "I wanted to look less tired."

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Jane Fonda with a voluminous, layered blonde drop, blush, and pink gloss
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Back to blonde, the A-lister was looking better than ever at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

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Jane Fonda layered blonde crop with shimmery eye makeup and pink lip gloss
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At a Golden Globes after-party, Fonda opted for shimmery eye makeup, pink gloss, and a swipe of blush to achieve a balanced beauty look.

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Jane Fonda with a volumized blonde pixie, eyeliner, and glossy mauve lips
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Her layered cut provided body and movement at the 2013 Oscars. Apply a volumizing spray, such as Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder, to keep this style lifted.

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Jane Fonda layered blonde lob with lip tint and shimmery eye makeup
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Shimmery shadow and glossy lips finished Fonda's look at the This Is Where I Leave You premiere in L.A. Meanwhile, feathered layers highlighted her face and added a note of '70s flavor.

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Jane Fonda blonde feathered bob with shimmery eye makeup, lengthy lashes and lip tint
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Fonda was dressed to the nines while attending the 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards in Los Angeles where she was an honoree. Pearlescent eyeshadow and lengthy lashes brought the focus of her look to her blue eyes.

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Jane Fonda with volumized lashes and a dirty blonde lob with side-swept bangs
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The Grace and Frankie star went all-out glam, favoring sparkles and shine in this beauty look replete with silvery shadow and a glossy peach lip. Her blonde bob, styled in volumized curls, frames her face to a T.

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Jane Fonda with a volumized blonde updo with bangs and light pink makeup
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The celebrated actress arrived at the premiere of Our Souls at Night with her blonde locks swept back, a pale pink lip, and bold liner, demonstrating the power that lies in simplicity.

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Jane Fonda chic, voluminous blonde bob with light pink lipstick and shimmery eyeshadow

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Attending the 1st Annual Environmental Media Association Honors Benefit Gala, Fonda stepped out in frosted makeup and a voluminous bob.

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Jane Fonda with a blonde curly bob, voluminous lashes, and crimson red lipstick

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The silver siren channeled Old Hollywood with retro curls and a crimson red lip at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, leaving us breathless.

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Jane Fonda with a spiky gray pixie

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2020 marked a momentous year for Fonda who decided to surprise us all (and we mean that in the best way possible) by embracing her grays. The result was not only refreshing but also absolutely stunning.

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Jane Fonda gray feathered bob and matte peach lip

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At the Women in Film's Annual Award Ceremony, feathered layers added movement and dimension to Fonda's cut and color. Her matte peach lipstick lent a natural flush.

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Jane Fonda long gray pixie with hoop earrings and a one-shoulder black gown

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The timeless beauty embodies simple yet sophisticated style. A gorgeous gray pixie, minimal makeup, and LBD make her red-carpet royalty.

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