LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda is to be recognised with the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award. She follows in the footsteps of her father, Henry Fonda, who was handed the AFI’s highest honour in 1978.

Fonda has made more than 40 films, winning Academy Awards for both Klute in 1971 and 1978’s Coming Home. She returned to acting in 2005 after a 15-year hiatus and has recently been seen in HBO drama The Newsroom and as Nancy Regan in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

“Jane Fonda is American film royalty,” said chair of the AFI board, Howard Stringer, in a statement. “A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon.–BBC