We see their faces in movies, TV shows, and magazines, but there is at least one photo some Hollywood celebrities would rather not show to the world. In this new series, let us revisit some mug shots that turned well-known celebrities into figures of controversy. Let’s start with Jane Fonda.
While Jane Fonda is best known for her roles in several films such as They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), Klute (1971), and Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), the American actress and former model also had a political activist past. Among the causes she supported and rallied for were the American Civil Rights Movement and Opposition to the Vietnam War.
While her star status was definitely instrumental in spreading word about the causes, it was also bound to attract unwanted attention. In 1970, Jane Fonda was brought to Cleveland Jail and photographed for a mug shot shortly after her return to the United States from a speaking tour which began in Canada.
She tells about the whole ordeal in her official site:
“My first speech was given at a college in Canada and when I re-entered the US at the Cleveland airport all my luggage was seized and gone through. They discovered a large bag containing little plastic envelopes marked (in red nail polish) ‘B’, ‘L’, ‘D’–signifying breakfast, lunch and dinner- that contained the vitamins I took with each meal. They confiscated that as well as my address book (which was photocopied) and arrested me for drug smuggling. I told them what they were but they said they were getting orders from the White House–that would be the Nixon White House. I think they hoped this “scandal” would cause the college speeches to be canceled and ruin my respectability. I was handcuffed and put in the Cleveland Jail, which is when the mug shot was taken. (I had just finished filming “Klute” so, yes, it was the Klute haircut).
Headlines across the country had the story of me being jailed on suspicion of drug smuggling. I was released on bond and months later, after every pill had been tested in a lab (with taxpayers money!) The charges were dismissed and there were a few paragraphs hidden in the back of papers that they were vitamins, not drugs."
So, there you have it, the story behind Jane Fonda’s mug shot, straight from the horse’s mouth!
Stay tuned for more celebrity mug shots and their stories in the coming installments of the From Famous to Infamous series!