USC’s School of Dramatic Arts will honor Jane Fonda with the Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists at a gala fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Nov. 5. The award celebrates an individual who has used his or her fame to significantly bolster public awareness of important social issues.
Fonda is being recognized not only for her public commitment to social responsibility, but also the skill and innovation of her vast body of work on screen and stage.
“Jane Fonda is the consummate ‘Engaged Artist,’ distinguished by her wide-ranging philanthropic work and global impact,” said Madeline Puzo, dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, in a statement. “An eminent actress, she is a two-time Academy Award-winner; a fervent advocate for environment issues, peace and the empowerment of women and girls; and a businesswoman and author who revolutionized the fitness industry and has positively impacted the health and well being of countless people of all ages.”
The award was created in 2009 and named after its first recipient. Proceeds from the event provide scholarship support for the next generation of artists at the School of Dramatic Arts.