Jane Fonda honored at Trophee des Arts Gala

Jane Fonda looked stunning at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Monday as she was honored at the Trophée des Arts Gala 2018, a luxe gala thrown by the French Institute Alliance Francaise.

Fonda, 80, looked lovely in a long-sleeved floor-length gown with black stitching and pointy black heels.

The double Oscar winner accessorized with a black necklace, dangling earrings and a gold watch as she was the center of attention at the Gotham event.

The Barbarella actress took the podium at the black tie event, which the organization says is to fund its ‘mission to teach French, promote Francophone culture, and strengthen the relationship between French and American peoples.’

The organization cited Fonda’s track record of philanthropy, feminism and political activism in cementing the honors for the Trophée des Arts award.

The award, according to the FIAF, ‘recognizes a distinguished artist or cultural icon who exemplifies FIAF’s mission of French-American friendship and cross-cultural exchange.’

Also honored at the event was AccorHotels Chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin, who was given the 2018 Pilier d’Or award.

The daughter of Hollywood icon Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Ford Seymour told Travel + Leisure last month about how she absorbs the timeless French culture during her sojourns there.

‘When I’m in France, I like to sit outside at the cafés and go to the museums,’ she said prior to a trip there, where she received a lifetime achievement award at the Lumière film festival in Lyon, France.

‘It was in Lyon that Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph,’ Fonda said, ‘so it’s a special place for people who love and work in film.’

Fonda chat with Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux the day she received the honors last month, Variety reported, opened up about how she was in Paris amid the civil unrest in France in May 1968, and the imprint it left on her personally.

‘It was an upheaval for me,’ she said. ‘We thought students could unite against the government. And I felt everything more intensely because I was pregnant.’

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