She couldn’t even wear her Cartier wristwatch any more, because Hayden disliked any show of possessions. Many of Jane Fonda’s friends looked on in disbelief as she once again subjugated herself to a man.
To that end, stories about ‘Tom and Jane’ would appear in the Press — it was never ‘Jane and Tom’ because Hayden insisted on his name coming first.He also told her to check out the Black Panthers, who believed in combating police persecution with violence and revolutionary fervour. Fired with zeal, she flew to San Francisco to support the takeover of Alcatraz, a former federal prison that the American Native Indians wanted to turn into a cultural centre.Far from helping, Fonda was creating problems; furthermore, they didn’t want to be identified with a star who seemed out to get publicity for herself.The Panthers promptly charged a car to her Visa card — then lost both the car and the card.
Finally, an Indian leader quietly informed her that she couldn’t be their spokesman — she simply didn’t know enough about the long history of white oppression.For them, she opened her chequebook, paying a ,000 phone bill, lending them her credit card and posting bail for Panthers who’d been arrested.