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Saturday 31 January 2015

Fonda: Women need better roles

Jane Fonda received a special award for leadership
Jane Fonda received a special award for leadership

Jane Fonda wants women to be better represented on the big-screen.

The actress called for more female film bosses as she was honoured at a special event celebrating women's achievements in the entertainment business.

As she accepted her crystal trophy, the double Oscar winner said: "Until more women wield the power to decide what movies and TV shows get made, Hollywood culture won't really yield all the fascinating complexities that are the realities of women's lives.

"Until then, we're accepting supporting roles in an industry many of us have devoted our lives to."

The Barbarella star and fitness guru was given a leadership award at the ceremony, held by the Hollywood Reporter in conjunction with its annual Power 100 ranking of the industry's most powerful females.

The star, who comes from a Hollywood dynasty, recently hit out at the "cult of perfection" after appearing on the front of a glossy magazine and insisting the pictures were not airbrushed.

"I feel so sorry for these young actresses coming up," she said at the time. "There are always photographers everywhere, if they have a dimple in their buttock, there's a close-up of it in some gossip magazine. So there's this cult of perfection.

"Consequently all the young people who emulate celebrities think they have to look perfect and that's so destructive."

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