Ted and Jane Divorce Finalized

Judge grants divorce of CNN founder and actress-fitness guru, ending their 10-year marriage

By Josh Grossberg May 23, 2001 6:00 PMTags
Ted Turner and Jane Fonda are officially over.

The billionaire mogul and actress-turned-fitness guru, who were better known during the '90s for doing the Tomahawk Chop at Braves baseball games than for their respective charitable deeds and show-biz work, were formally granted a divorce on Tuesday in Atlanta.

Atlanta Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan approved a divorce petition brought last month by Fonda that asserted their 10-year marriage was "irretrievably broken." The pair split more than a year ago.

"I feel sadness," Fonda, 63, said in a statement. "We shared 10 years together, and I will always care for him. Now it's time to move on, and I wish him well."

Said Turner, 62, in a statement of his own: "We will always remain close friends and I wish Jane all the very best."

Fonda, who had previously been married to French film director Roger Vadim and political activist/politician Tom Hayden, tied the knot with Turner on December 21, 1991. It was the third marriage for both.

While details of the divorce settlement were not made public, Fonda's attorney, John Mayoue, says. "All issues have been resolved."

The demise of the Turner-Fonda partership wasn't much of a surprise. In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, Turner proclaimed his marriage to the two-time Oscar winner suffered when Fonda converted to Christianity.

"She just came home and said, 'I've become a Christian,' " the CNN founder said. "Before that, she was not a religious person. That's a pretty big change for your wife of many years to tell you. That's a shock."

For her part, Fonda told the magazine Turner had a hard time dealing with the birth of her granddaughter and required constant attention during their relationship.

"He needs someone to be there 100 percent of the time. He thinks that's love. It is not love. It's babysitting," said Fonda, who has two kids from her previous marriages (Turner has five). "We went in different directions. I grew up."

Fonda's born-again revelation and their subsequent breakup made Turner so blue he admitted he contemplated suicide. Turner's father, Ed, killed himself when Ted was 24.

Turner has since refocused himself on business and philanthropic efforts while Fonda, whose film credits include Klute, Coming Home and The Morning After, has said she plans to start writing her memoirs.

In a recent interview with the British magazine Hello!, she said, "One of the things I want to talk about in my memoirs is the fact that separation or divorce doesn't necessarily represent failure."