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Jane Fonda called ‘ahead of her time’ as video of her using sign language at 1979 Oscars resurfaces

by A.P.

A video of Jane Fonda using sign language during her Oscars acceptance speech for her performance in 1979’s Coming Home is resurfacing once again after the actress called for greater representation in Hollywood at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards.

The 83-year-old Grace and Frankie star accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award in acknowledgment of her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” In her speech, she called on Hollywood to get “in step with the emerging diversity” within the industry.

Someone on Twitter then shared the clip from Fonda’s 1979 Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech to show that she has been championing inclusivity since before it was a larger conversation, writing, “Never forget when Jane Fonda signed her best actress acceptance speech for the 1979 Oscars because the academy wouldn’t offer closed captions.”

The video of Fonda explaining that the over 14 million people in the world are the “invisible handicapped” who “can’t share this evening” because of the lack of accessibility garnered over five million views.

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