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At the same time, I learned that Jane Fonda was coming, and that
Tom and Jane were going to be present at a fund raiser for Health
PAC. Jane was coming to promote “China Syndrome.” I called Tom on
the coast and said, “Tom, Jane has got to come into the gallery.”
“Why?” I started to explain Bread and Roses, what we were doing. He
said, “Okay, we're going to try.”
He was still pro-labor then.
Not many people knew what Bread and Roses was about -- it
was beginning. But I shipped them articles that had already appeared.
They said, “Okay,” and they set a date. We were to go to lunch, also,
with a guy who was then on the editorial board of the Times, a Black
man. He's now the dean of -- [Robert] Bob Curvin, who's an old friend
The interesting thing was that when Jane was coming, I remember I
spent a day with Maureen Hedgepeth moving her around for
interviews. I took her down to meet with Jimmy Wechsler, who did a
column on J.P. Stevens based upon an interview with her. In fact I
mentioned in the subway that someone was coming tomorrow, and it
was very important to us. She said, “Who?” I said, “Jane Fonda.” She
said, “Oh no! Oh no -- not Jane Fonda. She'll kill me.” And she told me
this story of when they were planning Norma Rae, and they had
offered the role to Jane. “Jane came down to Roanoke Rapids to ask
them if she should do the film and they said ‘No, because it's going to
throw us in a bad light.’ Plus that, the woman is a loose woman. So
now it's a big film and she's going to be very angry with me.” I told
Jane when she came in what was going to happen, because they
agreed to do a press thing -- we invited the media. Jane walked in to
the gallery and she saw Maureen, and she enveloped her in her arms.
There's a wonderful photograph by Earl Dotter of them together.
[Telephone rings, tape stops and starts]
So she enveloped her.
And it was a very moving kind of thing.
Anyway, Jane went through the gallery followed by t.v. cameras and
still photographers. But she said to Maureen, “Look, what are you
worried about. I've got ‘China Syndrome,’ Sally [Field] has ‘Norma
Rae,’ we've both got big hits. So it's okay.” At any rate, the
cameramen followed her. Jane was very very impressed with Bread
and Roses. She kept asking me, “Tell me more about what you're
doing.” I kept talking to her about it while she was looking at the
pictures. She was really floored by it. She did all the interviews, and
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