• Vanessa Vadim is a French-American film director, cinematographer and ecological activist
• She is the daughter of late French screenwriter and producer Roger Vadim and actress Jane Fonda
• Vanessa has two half-siblings, Troy O’Donovan Garity and Mary Luana Williams, as well as five paternal half-siblings
• She is the mother of two children, Malcolm Vadim and Viva Arnett
• Vanessa is an animal lover and passionate about photography, travelling and writing columns about ecology
Who is Vanessa Vadim?
Vanessa was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France, on 28 September 1968 – her zodiac sign is Virgo and she holds both French and American nationality. Vanessa is a film director, cinematographer and ecological activist, while she’s perhaps known best for being the oldest child of Jane Fonda, a famous American actress, political activist and former model.
Early life and education
Vanessa was raised in New York City, USA by her mother, and her father Roger Vadim, the late French screenwriter, producer and director, who passed away on 11 February 2000, aged 72. She has a maternal half-brother, Troy O’Donovan Garity, who’s today a famous actor; his father is the late American author, politician and activist Thomas Emmet Hayden. Vanessa and Troy also have an adoptive African-American sister Mary Luana Williams, plus Vanessa has five paternal half-siblings.
She grew up being interested in acting, mostly because of her mother’s career, and because Jane often took Vanessa to her red carpet events and on to her movie sets. She was only seven years old when she appeared alongside her mother in the 1978 episode “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda” (tribute to her grandfather) of the series “AFI Life Achievement Award”, and the same year saw her appear in the TV special “The 50th Annual Academy Awards”.
Vanessa continued to keep her mother company at various events, but still spent her early life focused on her education. She was into numerous activities while attending a private high school, including acting, dancing and singing, and upon matriculating in 1986, she enrolled at Brown University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in literature and society in 1990. Vanessa continued her education at New York University, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in English and creative writing in 1992.
She also practiced acting at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.
In addition to earlier appearances, in 1980, Vanessa was alongside her mother for the TV special “52nd Annual Academy Awards”, and in 1987, in “The 59th Annual Academy Awards”.
The year 1989 saw her featured in the TV special “The 9th Annual Vira Awards”, and in 1993, Vanessa appeared in the historical documentary film “The Last Party”. It was directed by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin, starred Robert Downey Jr, Bill Clinton and Ann Palmer, and follows the 1992 Democratic National Convention.
Vanessa co-produced the 1997 short documentary movie “Blue Is Beautiful”, and in 2002, she produced, directed and edited the short documentary movie “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend”.
The year 2005 saw he appear in an episode of the French talk-show “Vivement Dimanche Prochain”, and she then left the film industry for more than 13 years, being focused on spreading awareness about environmental issues during that time. Even today, Vanessa’s writing columns about ecology for a couple of websites, including Mother Nature Network and The Daily Beast.
In 2018, she contributed to the making of the biographical documentary movie “Jane Fonda in Five Acts”, which is about her mother’s life, and in 2020, Vanessa appeared in the biographical documentary movie “Citizen Jane, l’Amerique selon Fonda”.
Husband and children
Vanessa prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, and thus not a lot is known about it.
She has a son Malcolm Vadim, who was born as Malcolm McDuffy in Crabapple, Georgia USA on 28 May 1999; his father is Paul Waggoner.
In the first half of the 2000s, Vanessa was in a relationship with Matt Arnett, a famous American film writer and producer, and on 23 November 2002, she gave birth to their daughter Viva Arnett.
Following her and Matt’s split, she started dating the businessman Paul Van Winkle, and they married in 2010 in a large ceremony in Saint Tropez, France, attended by many of their friends and family members. Vanessa and Paul divorced some time later – the exact date is unknown.
As of January 2022, Vanessa seems to be single, was once married, and has two children.
Hobbies and other interests
Vanessa is quite active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which she’s receiving from her close to 20,000 followers; she has uploaded nearly 2,500 pictures onto the network, most of which have been taken by her. She’s passionate about photography, and enjoys sharing her work on Instagram.
Vanessa is a huge animal lover, and has a pet dog and cat, which can be seen playing together in some of her Instagram pictures.
Travelling is one of her main hobbies, and Vanessa has been to various US states, and also to many European countries; she mostly enjoys staying in France, having visited numerous French cities.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Jean Reno, Jim Carrey and Natalie Portman, and a couple of her favorite films include “Leon: The Professional”, “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “V for Vendetta”.
Age, height and net worth
Vanessa’s age is 53. She has short black hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of January 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $300,000, while her mother’s net worth is reputedly more than $200 million, and her half-brother Troy’s at over $10 million.
Who is her half-brother Troy Garity?
Troy O’Donovan Garity was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 7 July 1973 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality.
He’s appeared in close to 50 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of the supporting character Jason Antolotti, in the critically acclaimed sports comedy series “Ballers”. It was created by Stephen Levinson, starred Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, John David Washington and Donovan W. Carter, and follows the lives of a couple of Football Players, their friends and family. The series aired from 2015 to 2019, and won one of the 38 awards for which it was nominated, including five Primetime Emmy nominations.
Troy was raised in Santa Monica, California, and started acting at Santa Barbara’s Laurel Springs Camp for the Arts. He was eight years old when he launched his acting career, with an appearance in the 1981 drama movie “On Golden Pond”, which starred his mother and grandfather Henry Fonda.
Upon matriculating from a local high school in 1991, Troy enrolled at New York City’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1995.
He appeared in only two movies in the ‘90s: the 1996 western comedy “The Cherokee Kid”, and the 1997 action mystery thriller “Conspiracy Theory”.
He gained recognition in 2003, when he portrayed the lead character Barry Winchell in the biographical crime drama “Soldier’s Girl”, directed by Frank Pierson, it also starred Lee Pace and Andre Braugher, and follows a soldier who has fallen in love with a transsexual man; the film won three of the 20 awards for which it was nominated, including two Primetime Emmy nominations.
A couple of his other notable performances in the 2000s were in the 2004 action crime comedy film “After the Sunset”, the 2007 science fiction thriller movie “Sunshine”, and the 2008 crime film “Winged Creatures”.
In 2011, he appeared in the thriller movie “The Good Doctor”, and the same year saw Troy play a supporting character in the crime series “The Playboy Club”. He has since appeared in a couple of hit movies and TV series, such as the 2014 action thriller film “Red Sky”, the 2016 comedy movie “Barbershop: The Next Cut”, and the 2021 comedy series “On the Verge”.
Troy has won two of the six awards for which he’s been nominated: he and his colleagues won a 2002 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble, for their performance in “Barbershop”, and Troy won a 2003 Young Hollywood Award for Standout Performance. He was also nominated for a 2004 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, for “Soldier’s Girl”.
On 27 August 2007, Troy exchanged vows with the American actress Simone Bent, in a private ceremony at Columbia University’s St. Paul’s Chapel. They have no children together as of January 2022.