Jean and Jane Become Public Enemies (Jean and Jane Episode 6) / by Karina Longworth

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On the heels of making her biggest Hollywood movies in years, Jean Seberg becomes involved with two black radicals, one a cousin of Malcolm X who spouted violent, anti-white rhetoric, the other a leader of the Black Panthers. Jean starts offering money and support to these men and their causes, which attracts the attention of the FBI. Meanwhile, Jane leaves Vadim -- and Hollywood -- to find herself as a political activist, working on behalf of American Indians, the Black Panthers, and Vietnam veterans. Despite all her best efforts, Jane hadn’t yet alienated Hollywood -- while she was being watched by the FBI, Jane starred in one of the great surveillance thrillers of the 1970s, Klute.

Jean Fonda, Mugshot, 1970

Jean Fonda, Mugshot, 1970

Jean Seberg and Burt Lancaster in  Airport , 1970

Jean Seberg and Burt Lancaster in Airport, 1970

Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland,  Klute , 1971

Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, Klute, 1971



Played Out: The Jean Seberg Story by David Richards

Breathless by Garry McGee

A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story by Elaine Brown

My Life So Far by Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman by Patricia Bosworth

Jane Fonda's War: A Political Biography Of An Antiwar Icon by Mary Hershberger

“Barbarella Goes Radical” by Susan McLeland, from the book Headline Hollywood: A Century of Film Scandal edited by Adrienne L. McLean and David A Cook  

Black Panthers directed by Agnes Varda

“A Taste of Power: The Woman Who Led the Black Panther Party” by Elaine Brown

“Declining Black Panthers Gather New Support From Repeated Clashes With Police, The New York Times, December 14, 1969

"Fascination and Fear: Covering the Black Panthers" by Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times, October, 15, 2016


All of the music used in this episode, with the exception of the intro and outro, is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections. The intro includes a clip from the film Casablanca. Outro song: “Rich Girl” by Nina Simone. Excerpts from the following songs were used throughout the episode: “Devils Canyon 1” by Hakan Ericksson, “Meet Me in Queens 2” by Orjan Karlsson, “Surfing Ghouls” by Hakan Ericksson, “Salty Breeze 1” by Martin Gauffin, “Easy Lynch Guitars 2” by Johan Hynynen, “Easy Lynch Guitars 1” by Johan Hynynen, “Psychedelic Dirt 3” by Victor Ohlsson, “Alligator Skies 5” by Håkan Eriksson, “Swamp Fever 3” by Hakan Eriksson, “Ambient Acoustic Guitar 18” by Anders Ekengren.


This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus and American Express.


This episode was edited by Sam Dingman, and produced by Karina Longworth with the assistance of Lindsey D. Schoenholtz. Our logo was designed by Teddy Blanks.