Jane Fonda’s AfricanAmerican DAUGHTER Tells Tragedy That Made Them Close

Posted On : September 13, 2016

For many years most of us never knew that Jane Fonda had an adopted African America daughter, Mary Williams, whom she adopted when Mary was about 14 years old. Mary was growing up in a low income pretty rough neighborhood in Oakland, CA and her family largely consist of former Black Panther members. Jane is as widely known for her legendary acting credits as she is for her political and social activism stemming as far back as the 60’s era. Mary became close with Jane at the age of 12, while attending Jane’s summer camp, Fonda’s Camp Laurel Springs, but it wasn’t until two years later that Jane actually offered to adopt Mary and there was a very good reason for that…

SADLY, RAPE IS WHAT BROUGHT JANE & MARY TOGETHER

Jane said that for two years she watched Mary have that same bubbly personality and then she didn't come back and no one knew why. Only for her to return again and she was like a totally different person. Mary was much more withdrawn and her smile was gone and that's when Mary eventually revealed to a camp counselor that she'd been raped, which explained her absence and her demeanor. Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 6.39.55 PM Jane then knew that she had to get her out of the environment she was living in because it was killing her spirit right in front of her eyes. Jane consulted with Mary's mom, and they agreed for her to live with Jane and her then-billionaire husband, Ted Turner and the rest is history. Mary has now written a memoir, which she released in 2013, about growing up as the adopted African American daughter of the legendary Jane Fonda titled, "The Lost Daughter." Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 6.40.07 PM She says Jane is the person "she loves the most" in the world and she also admitted to ABC that she had anger toward her mom (shown in the video below) for a while, which she later moved past. ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos Although Mary referred to Jane as having thrown her a life line at that dark period of her life, Jane explained how it was Mary who added that last piece to the puzzle and made her life whole instead:
“She helped me to become whole...I think I learned as much or more from [Williams] as she did from me. But on a psychological level, she helped complete me,” Fonda explained.
See what Jane Fonda's ACTOR SON had to say about growing up with an African American sister>>>

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