Jane Fonda’s Adopted Daughter Writes Tell-All Book
Hollywood superstar Jane Fonda was left a shadow of her former self as her marriage to billionaire Ted Turner ‘ate her alive’, her adopted daughter Mary Williams reveals in a new book.
The Oscar winner’s weight plummeted during the dying days of her third marriage to the CNN founder – far from the heady, first days of their romance when they acted like ‘a pair of lovesick teenagers’, according to Williams.
By the end of their marriage in 2001 after ten years together, Mary – who came to consider Turner as her father – says: ‘While Ted was his usual upbeat self, my mom was greatly diminished physically and emotionally.
‘She’d lost a lot of weight from her already tiny frame. Though she continued to put up a front that screamed ‘Everything’s fine!’, I could see things were not. Emotionally, she was shutting down. Her marriage was eating her alive.’
Lonely and with her self-belief and dignity in tatters, Mary was just 11 when she first met Jane. In 1982, the multi-millionaire actress, whom Mary came to call ‘mom’, offered her a place within her home following a rape when she was barely into her teens – and a life as far removed from her childhood on the poverty-scarred streets of East Oakland, California, than she could ever dare to dream.
Vaulted into a stellar universe at the age of 14, Mary spent the remainder of her teenage years in the star’s home in Santa Monica, California, hobnobbing with Hollywood greats and world-renowned celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.