Who is Vanessa Vadim?
Vanessa Plemiannikov was born on September 28, 1969 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France. She is an actress, producer and director, perhaps as well known as the daughter of American actress Jane Fonda, who was known for numerous high-profile films in the 1960s and 1970s. Vanessa’s work has mainly focused on producing, writing, directing and filming documentaries.
The wealth of Vanessa Vadim
As of early 2020, Vanessa Vadim’s net worth is estimated to be over $6 million earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry, earning a significant income despite not being on camera like her mother.
She is also likely benefiting from her mother’s success, as Fonda has a net worth estimated at over $200 million, with decades of high-value contracts building her wealth.
Early life and education
Vanessa grew up in Paris, France, where her mother studied art and where her father, Roger Vadim, is originally from. Her father directed several notable French films and her mother’s work as an actress brought her a lot of attention to the entertainment industry. At a young age, she developed an interest in pursuing a similar career, although she became more inclined with her father’s work.
She enjoyed being behind the scenes on the film production, doing the camera work and helping to develop things in the background.
Some time later, she moved to the US and began her studies there, and after graduating from high school, she enrolled at Brown University. The university is a member of the prestigious Ivy League and is one of the oldest educational institutions in the US. She developed her skills in film production there and also became close friends with Rory Kennedy, who would also pursue a similar career.
Growing up, Vadim got to know many celebrities through the popularity of her mother, whom she often accompanied to big events like the Academy Awards. In 1992 she helped produce the documentary “The last party‘, in which Robert Downey, Jr. commented on the 1992 presidential campaigns.
It also then became a snapshot of Downey’s life as he slowly succumbed to drug addiction which led him to leave the entertainment industry for a while.
The first documentary for which Vanessa received credit was “Blue is Beautiful” in 1997, which follows the story of gospel punk band The Make-Up, as they go on a road trip, looking for a way to express themselves creatively despite their difference. from mainstream music. In 2002, she was responsible for the direction, production and cinematography of the documentary “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend”, which tells the story of women living in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and their unusual quilts that can be traced back to the art. history and the contributions of African Americans in the US
One of her latest projects is “Jane Fonda in five actsin 2018, featured in the documentary that follows her mother’s life, which aired on HBO.
Vanessa married film producer Paul Wagoner in 2010 after many years together. They had a lavish wedding in St. Tropez, France, attended by many notable names in the entertainment industry, including her parents. The wedding was held for three days. The couple has no children together, but her husband maintains a good relationship with her family.
She was arrested once in New York in 1989 and charged with obstructing government administration.
During that time, she allegedly waited to buy drugs, and the man she was with was caught with two envelopes of cocaine. She is also an environmentalist and has once claimed that she uses and promotes environmentally friendly sex toys.
Mother – Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda grew up in New York City, the daughter of highly respected actor Henry Fonda from his marriage to socialite Frances Ford Brokaw, and is of Italian, Dutch, English, Scottish, and French descent. Her mother had problems during her childhood and she was later diagnosed as mentally ill. She died when she committed suicide while in a psychiatric hospital when Jane was 12; her father later remarried. Pursuing an interest in the performing arts, Jane first learned dance at the Fire Island Pines.
She also attended Greenwich Academy and then moved to Emma Willard School. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the private Vassar College in New York. She first worked as a model and found a bit of success, even appearing on the cover of “Vogue”. While participating in charity events with her father, she became increasingly interested in acting and decided to leave school to spend some time in Paris. Upon returning to the US, she entered the Actors Studio, which made her realize that she wanted to fully pursue acting.
Jane Fonda’s Success
In 1960, Jane made her acting debut in the Broadway play “There Was a Little Girl”, for which she received very positive reviews, even a Tony Award nomination.
Her acting line preceded her, and she then set out to film in ‘Tall Story’. During the decade, her popularity grew with it high profile movies like “Barbarella”, “Barefoot in the Park” and “Sunday in New York”. In 1969, she starred in “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They,” which led to her first Academy Award nomination.
Her most notable films include “Coming Home” (1978) and “Klute” (1971), both of which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. The 1970s was a pivotal decade for her, as she rose to international fame, and continued to appear in hits over the next decade with “The Morning After”, “Fun with Dick and Jane”, “The Electric Horseman”, and “Julia”. She also attracted a lot of attention in the television movie “The Dollmaker”. which won her a Primetime Emmy Award.
Always a fitness buff, she capitalized on the popularity of home workout videos in the 1980s and released the “Jane Fonda’s Workout” series, said to be the best-selling VHS of all time. She retired from acting in 1991 returned in 2010 when she re-established herself with a Tony nomination for “33 Variations”. Since then, she has appeared in several films and television projects and continues to feature prominently with her fitness regimen as well.
Jane was married to Roger Vadim from 1965-73, then to activist Tom Hayden (1973-90), which produced son Troy Garity (his grandparents’ name, as his parents wanted him to maintain some anonymity), and an adopted daughter Mary Williams. Finally, Jane was married to Ted Turner – founder of CNN – from 1991 to 2001, but dated Richard Perry – a record producer – from 2009-’17.