Friday, Juno 16, 1972 THE DAILY HERALD (Chicago)

The Hollywood Scene by Vernon Scott

HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Jane Fonda won the Academy Award this year for the classy call girl she played in "Klute," but she won't get an Oscar nomination for her next picture, "F.T.A.," no matter how good her performance.

Nor does Jane care. "F.T.A." was a labor of commitment to end the war in Jewish Congregation Festivities Slated Maine Township Jewish Congregation. 8800 Ballard Rd., DCS Plaines. will install officers for the coining year during Sabbath Eve Services Friday. June 23, B:30 p.m. Melvin Dick heads the new slate and will be officially installed in a special religious ceremony prepared by Rabbi Jay Karzen. The annual MTJC dinner-dance is Sunday, June 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Highwood. Illinois. Bingo will be played every Sunday evening throughout the summer at 8 p.m. in the air-conditioned auditorium. Vietnam. It is a film version of the show she took to the Orient and American bases in the United States to entertain servicemen.

"F.T.A." are the initials of Free Theater Associates. It also stands for Free The Army.

"Really," said Jane, "It began with the Army's recruiting posters that assured enlistees Fun, Travel and Adventure. But the solidurs made some other meanings out of the initials."

She described the 94-minute movie -to be released in July -- as funny and entertaining. But it also packs a powerful message: End the war.

"We sing and dance and do sketches," Jane said at her home in the San Fernando Valley. "But we also rap with the Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen. It's a very different movie, part documentary, part travelogue and entertainment.

"The point of doing the movie is that people in show business should be conscious that this is a crucial time in American history, and we must find ways to communicate things that arc socially relevant. We must build a bridge between peoples. That's what film is all about."

Jane was reminded she is caricatured as a driven female tearing about the country supporting numerous causes. "I don't; see myself that way at all," she said, smiling. "I consider myself a patriotic person. I was brought up believing this country stood for hope, peace and democracy. But today we are sending our people to kill other people. I don't believe in that.

"I'm willing to put myself in the position to help make this country what it started out to be. I wish everyone else would do the same."

Jane believes she is less criticized than she was a year ago: "More and more people want this senseless war to end. People arc changing, and they don't think I'm a threat because of change. "I hope this film helps the movie industry realize that pictures should be made closer to the mainstream of American life. Not fantasy."

Jane at 34 is more attractive than she was 10 years ago. She also is more dedicated to improving the quality of her country. She is as much the crusader as polished actress -- a competent woman at both.


LA Times: Vernon Scott, 79; Columnist on Hollywood