Oprah Winfrey visits Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda and her adopted African-American daughter Mary Williams for their first-ever interview together on an all-new episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” airing Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
In the episode, Winfrey speaks with Fonda and her adopted African-American daughter, Mary Williams, for the first time together.
Williams grew up as a member of the Black Panther Party, an organization founded in Oakland, CA during the 1960s to stop police brutality toward African-Americans chronicled in her recently released memoir The Lost Daughter. When Williams was 16, she left Oakland and came to live with Fonda in her Santa Monica, CA, home.
They discuss how they met, and Williams shares what it was like becoming a part of Fonda’s larger-than-life world. Fonda’s biological son Troy also joins the conversation, discussing what it was like to have Williams come into their family. Later, Winfrey and Fonda speak one-on-one about the importance of giving back to the world, love and motherhood.
MEET MARY WILLIAMS
WINFREY: This is your first interview, actually, with your daughter.
WINFREY: Most of the world didn’t even know that you had Mary as a daughter.
FONDA: Well it’s not that I’ve kept it a secret but --
WILLIAMS: No. No.
FONDA: During the time that Mary came into my life and then during the chunk of -
FONDA: I was not in - I was under the radar, right?
FONDA. I was with Ted
WILLIAMS: And there was a time whenever we would go to a black tie event I would never want to do the red carpet. I kind of shied away from those moments.
WINFREY: So you never thought she was hiding you?
WINFREY: And you were never hiding her?
WINFREY: It was just something you didn’t talk about.
Oprah visits Oscar®-winning actress Jane Fonda and her adopted African-American daughter, Mary Williams, for their first-ever interview together. Later, Oprah and Jane speak one-on-one at Jane's Beverly Hills home.
Watch Oprah's interview with Jane Fonda on Sunday, April 7, at 9/8c.