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"I've cried more in the last day and a half ... because I'm so filled with emotion."
Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, dabbing her eyes as she entered to a standing ovation Sunday night at the Holland Performing Arts Center, won her audience early by talking about how much Omaha has meant to her and her famous family.
Fonda came here to help raise funds for Film Streams, Omaha's nonprofit arthouse cinema. Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne interviewed her about her life and career before an audience of more than 1,300. Payne is on Film Streams' board and invited Fonda. The event brought in more than $226,000.
Fonda's equally famous father, Henry, graduated from Central High School in 1923 and began his acting career at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
In the saddle-shoe and sock-hop era, Fonda said, she spent summers in Omaha cruising ... "what was the name of that street?