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Jane Fonda has opened up about how her mother's suicide, when she was just 12, impacted her life and sense of self.
The 80-year-old screen legend talks 'love, aging and lessons learned' in a new interview ahead of the release of her new HBO documentary Jane Fonda in Five Acts.
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'If you have a parent who is not capable of showing up, not capable of reflecting you back through eyes of love, it has a big impact on your sense of self,' she tells People of her mother who suffered from bipolar disorder.
'As a child, you always think it was your fault… because the child can’t blame the adult, because they depend on the adult for survival. It takes a long time to get over the guilt.'
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Jane's socialite mother, Frances Ford Seymour, took her own life by slitting her throat at a mental institution in 1950.
Told by their father Henry that Frances had died from a heart attack, Jane and her brother Peter didn't learn the truth about the actual circumstances until they read about it in a movie magazine.
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'I never knew her because she suffered from bipolarity.' Jane says.
It was when she was writing her 2005 memoir My Life So Far that Jane dug into her mother and father's history and was able to dig into her mother's medical records.
'When - Kind - Research…if - Answers - Nothing
'When you go through that kind of research…if you can come to answers, which I was able to do, you end up being able to say, "It had nothing to do with me,"'
'It wasn't that I wasn't lovable. They had issues,' she adds. 'And the minute you know that, you can feel tremendous empathy for them. And...
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