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AFI Tribute to Jane Fonda initiates TCM's Summer Under The Stars

Last night's screening of the AFI Tribute to Jane Fonda on Turner Classic Movies was filmed on June 5 in Los Angeles at the Dolby Center, and originally aired on TNT on June 14. Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Eva Longoria, Jeff Daniels, and Wanda Sykes commented as emcees and co-hosts of the event honoring Fonda, and reviewed her contributions as an activist, an author, an actress, and a promoter of women's rights. Friday's lineup of Jane Fonda's films included a selective retrospective of her career, and appropriately hailed the anniversary of more than a decade of Summer Under The Stars programming by the award-winning network.

Montage of Hollywood Legends honored during TCM's Star of the Month Celebration in August
Theresa Brown

The month of August celebrates eleven years of special programming on TCM as the network highlights 31 stars of classic cinema with entire days devoted to one particular celebrity. This year's schedule includes 14 new Hollywood legends that have been added to the Summer Under The Stars list and will include a special Charlie Chaplin documentary entitled "The Birth of the Tramp," a new documentary released in 2014 directed by Eric Lange.

Robert Osborne reveals in his monthly column on the TCM website that the network will "have 24 hours of his movies coming up on August 9, as he's one of 14 movie stalwarts we're honoring this August for the very first time, a list that also includes Betty Grable, with several Grable films we've never previously shown on TCM, most notably "The Dolly Sisters" (1945) and the film noir crime favorite "I Wake Up Screaming" (1941). We'll also have the wonderful Thelma Ritter, with five of the six films for which she received Academy Award® nominations (1951's "The Mating Season," 1952's "With a Song in My Heart," 1953's "Pickup on South Street," 1959's "Pillow Talk" and 1962's "Birdman of Alcatraz"); Herbert Marshall, whose 24 hours include two versions of Somerset Maugham's "The Letter," one with Jeanne Eagels (1929), the other with Bette Davis (1940); Alan Ladd in his greatest film legacy "Shane" (1953), as well as three of the film noir favorites which so dynamically teamed him with Veronica Lake (1942's "This Gun for Hire," 1942's "The Glass Key," 1946's "The Blue Dahlia"). Other first-timers on our August TCM list will include Europe's eternal femme fatale Jeanne Moreau; Hitchcock's rugged discovery in "Lifeboat" (1944), John Hodiak; the woman who kept Bogart busy trying to knock off various movie wives, sultry Alexis Smith; the fast-talking, scandal-plagued Lee Tracy; Oscar® winners from the 1930s (Paul Muni), the '50s (Edmond O'Brien) and the '70s (Faye Dunaway); the brilliant, under appreciated Gladys George, and another talented Powell long overdue in getting a TCM August salute--actor, crooner, film noir tough guy, director, producer, movie exec Dick Powell."

This year's Summer Under The Stars honors a different celebrity every day in August:

1 - Jane Fonda
2 - David Niven
3 - Walter Pidgeon
4 - Judy Garland
5 - Barbara Stanwyck
6 - Paul Muni
7 - James Stewart
8 - Jeanne Moreau
9 - William Powell
10 - Carole Lombard
11 - Marlon Brando
12 - Alexis Smith
13 - Cary Grant
14 - Charles Chaplin
15 - Faye Dunaway
16 - Herbert Marshall
17 - John Hodiak
18 - Claudette Colbert
19 - Paul Newman
20 - Thelma Ritter
21 - Lee Tracy
22 - Audrey Hepburn
23 - Ernest Borgnine
24 - Gladys George
25 - Dick Powell
26 - Sophia Loren
27 - Edmund O'Brien
28 - Arlene Dahl
29 - Joseph Cotten
30 - Betty Grable
31 - Alan Ladd