Bridget Fonda was one of the biggest stars of the '90s. Then she disappeared from Hollywood.

Throughout the '90s, Bridget Fonda was at the top of her game. 

She had played a variety of roles that catapulted her to fame, from acting as a journalist in The Godfather III, to playing a sex symbol in Quentin Tarantino's hit film Jackie Brown.

Single White Female was another blockbuster, that saw Fonda play a newly-separated Allison Jones who begins to rent an apartment room to Hedra Carlson. After Fonda's character reconciles with her ex-boyfriend, she finds strange patterns of behaviour in her tenant... and it's a seriously iconic watch.

Fonda was also from Hollywood royalty, her aunt being Jane Fonda and her grandfather the acclaimed actor Henry Fonda. So a career in acting for her was a no-brainer.

But then in the early 2000s, she disappeared from Hollywood.

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Video via Columbia Pictures. 

Fonda's start in the business came in her early years. She had a few mini appearances in films as a child, but later went to study method acting in her early adult years.


And it eventually led - along with her family name in the industry - to her getting bigger roles. 

Interestingly, it was happening to be on the same flight as director Quentin Tarantino that he and Fonda got to talking and he offered her the role of Melanie in Jackie Brown

Reflecting on working with Tarantino, she said "at any given moment" he would change a scene or a direction.

"He doesn't have any rules. His way is no-holds-barred - whatever it takes," she said during a press junket. 

"Just when you think you know what makes him tick, something new appears. He's very complicated. It's like a dream though - you're working with him, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro. You're constantly inspired. For any actor, that's what you hope for."

Throughout her career though, there was a lot of focus on her famous family. 

"In terms of being the child of someone famous, it's always been strange. It's always been different. And you didn't really know how, because you only have your own experience," she explained during an interview in 1999 about her actor-father Peter Fonda. 

Bridget Fonda in some of her most recognisable roles. Image: Columbia Pictures, Miramax, Paramount Pictures.


"You've got your own life and that's all you know. But then other people think different things of you and make assumptions about you. And so I think naturally always felt I had to overcome an idea of what someone thought about me, even though they'd never met me before."

Her final roles were Kiss of the Dragon and The Whole Shebang, both in 2001. After those two films, she never acted again.

In February 2003, Fonda was in a serious car crash in Los Angeles that caused a fracture to her vertebra. 


She had lost control of the car and it had lipped over an embankment and tumbled downhill. Police say she miraculously survived only because she wore her seatbelt. 

Later, it was reported that the injury she suffered to her back was more serious than originally thought. 

Around this time, Fonda also became a mum, welcoming son Oliver in 2005 with her husband Danny Elfman, who she married in 2003.

In 2009, Fonda briefly reappeared in the public arena, when she attended the LA premiere of Quentin Tarantino's World War II film Inglourious Basterds with her husband Elfman.

She has only been seen in public once or twice since then. At the time, she told the press that her decision to quit had come down to focusing on her son, saying: "I'm currently chasing a toddler around, so until something comes up that can overt my eye from that, and so far nothing has been as good as that."

Bridget Fonda and Danny Elfman in 2009. Image: Getty.


Elfman came to prominence as the singer-songwriter for the new wave band Oingo Boingo in the '80s and '90s. In recent years he has composed the music and done film scores for over 100 movies, including Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, the recent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the TV series Wednesday. Basically, anything Tim Burton has directed - Elfman has done the music for.

Recently though, Elfman is in the news after being accused of sexual harassment.

Elfman is being sued after reportedly failing to pay $830,000 to an alleged victim of sexual harassment.

According to Rolling Stone, the 70-year-old was accused in 2017 by 35-year-old composer Nomi Abadi of exposing himself and masturbating in front of her without consent on two occasions. 


The pair agreed to a settlement which consisted of payments spread out over five years but Elfman allegedly failed to make two of them, totalling $85,000. Abadi is now suing him for breach of contract, with the complaint also stating that the payments were being directed to an unspecified charitable foundation.

Elfman has denied the allegations, saying they are "vicious and wholly false". He and Fonda remain married.

Recently, Fonda - now 59 - was asked by a paparazzo whether she was planning a career comeback.

"I don't think so," she replied. "It's too nice being a civilian."

Before leaving acting behind, she told Movieline for a cover story: "I wonder what kind of satisfaction I would have with where I am now if I wasn't part of a family that has done such phenomenal work."

"I wonder what it would feel like to know that you've made it completely under your own steam," she said. "I sometimes wonder if I would be more at peace if I could know I made it by myself, instead of always wondering how many times my name got me in the door."

Feature Image: Columbia Pictures/Mamamia.

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