Jane Fonda wants you to have the dress right off her back.
The actress and activist announced Thursday night that she will auction off the glamorous frock she wore to this year's Academy Awards at the Oct. 3 EmPower Party benefiting the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, which Fonda founded in 1995.
"I'm so excited," said Fonda, who will no doubt need a new gown for next year's Oscars. She appears now as Nancy Reagan in "The Butler," the box-office powerhouse starring Forrest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan.
"I was on the set for a day and a half, let's be honest," Fonda said, demurring about her role in the film. "It was great to work with Oprah. Once I saw the movie, I knew it was going to be big."
We talked to Fonda very briefly during the EmPower patron party at the home of Laura Turner Seydel, Fonda's former stepdaughter, and former stepson-in-law Rutherford Seydel. Actually, scratch the "former." Fonda still considers her ex Ted Turner's family to be her own.
"Divorce doesn't mean ending love," Fonda said. "It doesn't mean ending family. Even though Ted and I aren't married his kids and I are still family. When I turned 75 they came out to California and they stole the show!"
So, about that dress. Fonda announced it will be among the offerings up for grabs at the upcoming fundraiser, to be held at the Georgia Aquarium. The event will feature a conversation between Fonda and CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
"The stats on the health of Georgia's adolescents are appalling," said Fonda, who considers Gupta a hero. "He allows people to have agency over their own healthcare."
General admission tickets to EmPower, co-chaired by Alexandra Walter and Ashley Miller, are $300 each. Patron tickets to both the gala and the patron party are $1,500 per couple. See www.gcapp.org or call 404-524-2277 for information and reservations.