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Stars turn out for Fonda

OSCAR-WINNING actress Jane Fonda has opened on Broadway for the first time in 46 years, starring as a terminally ill academic researching the late work of Beethoven in the play "33 Variations."

An opening night audience at the Eugene O'Neill theater on Monday night, including Renee Zellweger, Dolly Parton, Geoffrey Rush and Rosie O'Donnell, turned out to see the play, which was written and directed by Moises Kaufman.

The 71-year old actress, also known for her political activism, made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play "There Was a Little Girl" for which she earned a Tony Award nomination.

Her last appearance on Broadway was in the 1963 drama "Strange Interlude."

Fonda, who won Academy Awards for her performances in "Klute" and "Coming Home," got an enthusiastic standing ovation.

The New York Times lauded her "elegantly restrained" performance for its "layered crispness," while it called the play "soggy" and "clunky."


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