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[illustration: Mark Twain and Lily Tomlin]

~ Lily Tomlin  

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The Mark Twain Prize (2003)

The All-Star Cast

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda made her film debut in 1960, recreating her role from Broadway's Tall Story. Her stardom ascended in the 1970s when she earned "Best Actress" Academy Awards for her work in Klute in 1971 and Coming Home in 1978. She won New York Film Critics Circle "Best Actress" Awards for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? in 1969 and Klute in 1971. In the 1980s, she worked with her father, legendary actor Henry Fonda, in his last film and their only movie together, On Golden Pond. Fonda was nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in the film. She has earned five "Best Actress" Academy Award nominations. Fonda all but retired from movies after her lead role in 1990's Stanley & Iris. Long dedicated to social activism, today Fonda focuses her philanthropic and activist energies on adolescent reproductive health, pregnancy prevention and building resiliency in girls and boys by addressing destructive gender stereotypes. She has traveled extensively in the developing world on behalf of these causes. Fonda also works toward school reform through integrating arts into curricula. In 1995, she founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP), which she chairs. Recently, she launched the Harvard Center for Gender Education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and helped found the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning (APAL).