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…

ACTOR, TROY GARITY, ON HAVING A BLACK SISTER: "I DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS ANYTHING UNUSUAL"

Jane Fonda's son/actor, Troy Garity (known for his roles in HBO's "Ballers" and "The Barbershop"), also expressed in the above video, how grateful he was to have Mary step into their lives when he was 12 years old. When Oprah asked Troy how he explained having an African American sister to his friends at that time, he genuinely expressed how he never did explain it to anyone because in his eyes she was simply his sister and there was nothing strange about the situation:
“I never explained it,” Troy said “I didn’t think there was anything unusual.”
Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 6.11.56 PM Troy said as a kid, prior to Mary moving in with them, he naturally gravitated toward Mary in Fonda's camp and they became cool as a fan, so when she moved in and became his new big sis,' he was excited: Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 6.50.05 PM
“She just sort of came down [to live with us] and it was fine and happy for me because it was somebody that I had a connection with. ... She was older, which is always cool.."
This is just another example that TRUE love has no color, it's just love. We respect Mary Williams, Jane Fonda, and her fam' for sharing their story with the world.

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