Hollywood icon Jane says her mother’s shocking death – when she was just 12 – was the defining moment of her life.
Jane Fonda was playing with younger brother Peter when their mum came home from the mental institution. Refusing to go down to see her is her biggest regret.
For that day, her 42nd birthday, Frances Ford Seymour took her own life.
Movie royalty Jane, now 80, says: “She had convinced the people at the institution she was getting well and they let her come home with a nurse. My brother and I had been upstairs playing jacks.
“Grandma called for us to come down and I wouldn’t go. I said to Peter, ‘You go, I’ll let you win if you go down. I’m not going.’ I never saw her again.
“She snuck a razor out of the house and killed herself.”