“Bridget Fonda Confirms Retirement from Acting: ‘It’s Too Nice Being a Civilian.'”
Bridget Fonda, the Hollywood veteran, has confirmed that she has no plans to return to the big screen in a rare on-camera appearance. When asked about a potential comeback by paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, the 59-year-old actress unequivocally said, “No.” She then elaborated, “I don’t think so. It’s too nice being a civilian.”
Fonda comes from an illustrious acting family that includes her grandfather, Henry Fonda, father, Peter Fonda, and aunt, Jane Fonda. She made her first screen appearance in 1969’s Easy Rider and delivered many memorable performances in films such as The Godfather Part III, Single White Female, and Jackie Brown. Her last on-screen role was in the 2002 television movie Snow Queen.
Fonda, who quit show business more than two decades ago to focus on raising a family with her husband, Danny Elfman, was spotted at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday with her 18-year-old son, Oliver Elfman. The former actress wore dark-rimmed reading glasses, a gray-and-white-striped cable-knit sweater, black sweatpants, and sneakers.
The paparazzi snapped photos of Fonda and her son rolling their suitcases, carrying their bags, and taking an escalator to the ground floor. As they waited for their ride, a paparazzo approached Fonda and asked if she wanted to make a movie back in Hollywood. Fonda firmly replied, “No.” Then, when asked if there was a chance, she repeated, “No” and shook her head.
Given her past statements about the industry, Fonda’s decision to stay retired from acting is no surprise. In a 1993 interview with Movieline, Fonda said, “I wonder what it would feel like to know that you’ve made it completely under your own steam.” However, for Fonda, the price of fame and the pressure of living up to her family’s legacy are not worth sacrificing her peace of mind as a civilian.
Despite her absence from the big screen, Fonda’s contributions to the film industry have not gone unnoticed. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role in the 1997 crime film Jackie Brown. In addition, her performances in other iconic movies, such as The Godfather Part III and Single White Female, have made her a household name. Fonda’s decision to remain retired may disappoint her fans, but it is a testament to her commitment to her well-being and happiness.