12/20/2012 03:36 pm ET Updated Dec 23, 2012

Jane Fonda Style Evolution: 'Barbarella' Babe Turned 'The Newsroom' Showstopper (PHOTOS)

There aren't many Hollywood stars that can send shockwaves down the red carpet and through the political arena. Yet, Jane Fonda has managed to do just that and more.

Born in New York City to actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, it's no surprise that Fonda would eventually take her place in the spotlight. The blue-eyed actress' film debut in the 1960 rom-com "Tall Story" set her on a trajectory of success. However, Fonda's risqué roles in movies, including "Barbarella" and "Klute" earned her the title of "sex symbol." While building her acting credits, Fonda's activism flourished during the Civil Rights and Women's Movements, often placing her in the midst of a political firestorm. Then in the '80s, Fonda sparked a fitness craze among middle-aged women with her striped leotards and workout videos.

And all those years of exercise certainly paid off, as Fonda shows off her age-defying body these days in curve-hugging gowns, leather miniskirts and thigh-high boots.

Fonda celebrates her 75th birthday on Friday (Dec. 21), so we're taking a look back at the Tinseltown legend's looks over the years. Vote for your favorite in the slideshow below.

Meanwhile, read what Jane Fonda had to say about her sex life with music producer Richard Perry.

Flip through our many other style evolutions.

Jane Fonda Style Evolution

Clarification: Although Jazzercise was part of the fitness scene at the time of Jane's workout videos, hers were unrelated and an earlier reference to jazzercise has been removed.

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