Growing up with A-list parents is one of the amazing experiences someone could ever have. More often than not, most kids born into famous families naturally find their way to the spotlight with or without their family connection. In the case of Vanessa Vadim, she literally worked her way to the top of the ladder with much support and love from her family.
While most people know that Vadim comes from an acting dynasty, however, only a few know that she is successful in her own right as well. Jane Fonda’s daughter works as an eco-advice columnist for a lot of websites and as a documentary filmmaker too. Beyond her family history, here is all you need to know about Vanessa Vadim.
Vanessa Vadim – Bio
Vanessa Vadim is the famous daughter of entertainment heavyweights Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda. She was born in Paris, France, on the 28th of September 1968. The filmmaker holds French nationality and belongs to Causacian ancestry.
Vanessa’s parents got married in the year 1965 and divorced eight years later. The two are multi-award winning performers and multihyphenates. The filmmaker has four siblings which include Vania Plemiannikov (born 1974), Christian Vadim, Nathalie Vadim, and Troy Garity. The first, Vania came from her father’s marital relationship with Catherine Schneider, whom he married in the year 1975 and divorced in 1977. Christian (born 18 June 1963, in Boulogne-Billancourt, France) came from Roger’s relationship with the French actress, producer, model, and singer, Catherine Deneuve.
Moving forward, Nathalie is the daughter of Roger and Denmark-born actress Annette Stroyberg (died 2005). The pair met and fell in love while filming the project, Les Liaisons dangereuses. They tied the knot on June 17, 1958, and later divorced in the year 1961. Garity, an accomplished screen actor is the son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden. Fonda had him after she divorced Roger and married Tom, a political activist, author, and politician.
Vanessa Vadim is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she spent years studying for her degree. She joined her family in the show business after her graduation. Given that she was born in a family with a long history in entertainment, it was no surprise that she decided to follow her parent’s footsteps.
In addition to filmmaking, Janet’s daughter works for the Mother Nature Network website as an ecological advice columnist. She is believed to have inherited her love for environmental issues from her mother who is very passionate about nature as well as an environmental activist.
To her credit, Vanessa Vadim has been part of a slew of production teams in the industry. She made her debut directorial stint in the 2002 short documentary, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, serving as the editor and producer as well. She was a member of the crew that produced the 1997 short documentary Blue is Beautiful, which featured Steve Gamboa, James Canty, Ian Svenonius and was directed by James Schneider. Fonda’s daughter worked as the projects cinematographer, editor, producer, and director.
Vadim has also made some appearances on the screen, with the historical documentary The Last Party being one of the works she has featured in.
Family Life of Jane Fonda’s Daughter
Vanessa Vadim is currently married to her Paul Van Waggoner, her long-term sweetheart. They exchanged their marital vows in a small color wedding ceremony held on the 12th of June 2010 at St. Tropez, France.
Before Waggoner, she was married to film producer, Mark Arnett. Although the exact year and location of their wedding are not known, their marital relationship is said to have survived for a few years before it spiraled into divorce.
Vanessa Vadim did not give birth to her own children while her union with Mark lasted. Since she married Paul, there has not been any report about her giving birth to children. However, the filmmaker has two children, whom she had with two different men. They are son, Malcolm Vadim (born 1999), and daughter Viva Vadim (born November 2002).
Facts About Vanessa Vadim
1. Vanessa Vadim is 5 feet 10 inches tall.
2. She has famous cousins who are also prominent in the movie industry. Their names are Justin Fonda and Bridget Fonda.
3. She had her fair share of trouble days. In her younger age, precisely in October 1989, when she was in her early 20s, Vanessa was arrested in the New York City with charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing government administration and moving around with the aim of buying drugs.
4. Her net worth is currently being reviewed.