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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 4, 2001


Fonda donates millions for gender studies center

Jane Fonda, who has been an activist for women's issues in real life and on the screen, is giving $12.5-million to Harvard University for the creation of a gender studies center. The actor and university officials on Friday announced the donation to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the center. Researchers at the planned Center on Gender and Education will study how children's development and learning are affected by gender in such areas as math, science and athletics, and develop ways to strengthen their resilience and academic growth. Fonda, 63, said she was inspired to donate the money after reading the book In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development by Harvard psychology professor Carol Gilligan. Fonda discussed her image in the 1968 movie Barbarella. "The issue that we're getting at is what made me as a 30-year-old woman when I made that movie feel that I had to look a certain way, behave a certain way," Fonda said. "I could make that same movie today . . . and with a little tweak here and there, it would not have been toxic to my heart. It would have been fun and liberating and maybe just as sexy," Fonda said. The center is to open in about a year.

Stooges to come back to life on big screen

Peter and Bobby Farrelly think there's just something about the Three Stooges. The sibling writer-directors behind There's Something About Mary and Dumb & Dumber said Friday they plan to make a movie based on the slapstick characters of Larry, Moe and Curly. The film won't be a remake of any particular Stooges story but will be an original idea cooked up by the brothers, Warner Bros. Studios said.

Gibson gets Army Ranger training for latest movie

Mel Gibson has a lot of respect for U.S. Army Rangers, especially after taking part in some of their training. "I'm dragging. I couldn't even make it through today's round," Gibson said as he went through an abbreviated Ranger training program this week at Fort Benning, Ga. Gibson will star in We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young, based on the 1992 best-selling book by retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and U.S. News & World Report senior writer Joe Galloway. Filming begins Monday on the post. The book is based on the Ia Drang Valley campaign of 1965 in Vietnam's Central Highlands. The 1st Cavalry (Airmobile) trained at Fort Benning for 14 months before being shipped to Vietnam in August 1965. Gibson, who will portray Moore, said he wants to make a movie that will make "everybody who served in Vietnam" proud.

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