Jane Fonda once drank moonshine with Dolly Parton and was hammered for 10 days


Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends on and off-screen for nearly four decades. The longtime pals and current Grace and Fankie co-stars swung by The Late Late Show on Wednesday night (May 3) to plug the upcoming fourth season of their Netflix series and to share some tall tales from their storied past.

One of the best was Fonda's recollection of the time she went on tour as an opening act for the pair's 9 to 5 costar Dolly Parton. Asked what that experience was like, the always loquacious Fonda was struck dumb for a few seconds as she attempted to collect her thoughts. "Well, it's hard to say because early on... well, you know how the trip started?" she said. "She had me fly to Nashville and have me sing backup for her at the Grand Ole Opry."

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A scene of 'Sunday in New York', with Cliff Robertson comforting Jane Fonda, his sister in the film. New York, 1963. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
The US actors Rod Taylor and Jane Fonda are sat close, at the races, in a scene of the film 'Sunday in New York'. New York, 1963. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Actor Henry Fonda (centre) with his children, actors Jane and Peter, attending a tribute to Henry by the American Film Institute, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, California, circa 1975. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
A scene of the film 'Sunday in New York', with Cliff Robertson introducing Jane Fonda (on the right) to Jo Morrow (on the left), who are his sister and his girlfriend respectively in the film. New York, 1963. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Jane Fonda attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Jane Fonda attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton on February 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 18: Jane Fonda attends 'Che Tempo Che Fa' TV Show on January 18, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Jane Fonda arrives to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 7: Singer Al Green; actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks; ballerina Patricia McBride; singer-songwriter Sting; and comedienne Lily Tomlin will receive honors for 2014 on THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Jane Lynch, Reba McEntire, Jane Fonda, and Kate McKinnon (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 7: Singer Al Green; actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks; ballerina Patricia McBride; singer-songwriter Sting; and comedienne Lily Tomlin will receive honors for 2014 on THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Jane Fonda (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: Jane Fonda, Jane Lynch and Reba McEntire attend the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 05: Actress Jane Fonda attends the Captain Planet Foundation Gala at Intercontinental Buckhead on December 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Jane Fonda attends the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Gala Dinner at the U.S. Department of State on December 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'This Is Where I Leave You' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'This Is Where I Leave You' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'This Is Where I Leave You' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Jane Fonda attends the Guess Portrait Studio during 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Aaron Harris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda (dress & hair detail) attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'This Is Where I Leave You' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Tina Fey and Jane Fonda attend the Guess Portrait Studio during 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Aaron Harris/WireImage)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Jane Fonda attends the Guess Portrait Studio during 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Aaron Harris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Jane Fonda and Viva Vadim attend actress Jane Fonda's Handprint/Footprint Ceremony during the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 27, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: (USA SALES ONLY) (L-R) Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Jude Law and Jane Fonda attend the Diamonds Are Girls Best Friend event during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival held at Hotel Martinez on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Eric Ryan/Getty Images)
BOMBAY, INDIA: US actress Jane Fonda (C) gestures along side playwright, Eve Ensler (L) and Dr. Armida Fernandez (R) as they talk to the press at the Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action (SNEHA) for Women and Children in Bombay, 09 March 2004. Fonda and Ensler along with other celebrities who are in town to perform in a Poor-Box production of the provocative play 'Vagina Monologues', did a tour of a part of the SNEHA Mecial Centre to lend support to the great work being done there. AFP PHOTO/Rob ELLIOTT (Photo credit should read ROB ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda during Children's Aid Celebrates 20 Years of Teen Pregnancy Prevention at Harvard Club of New York in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
US actress Jane Fonda presents her 'Golden Hart' for lifetime achievement during the charity TV show 'Ein Herz fuer Kinder' (A heart for children) made to raise funds and donations for needy children, 15 December 2007 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 20: (L-R) Actor Keenan Ivory Wayans, director Gregory Nava, actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, manager Benny Medina, actress Jane Fonda, singer Pitbull, Lopez's children Emme (front, left and Max pose as Lopez is honored with the 2500th star on June 20, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
002 06/24/98 Washington Dc Jane Fonda Addresses A National Press Club Luncheon In Washington, D.C. Where She Talked About Teen Pregnancy And Offered Tips To Parents For Guiding Their Children. (Photo By Karin Cooper/Getty Images)
Media mogul Ted Turner and his wife actress Jane Fonda arrive 04 October 2003 in Washington at the premiere of 'Guettysburg' a new four-hour motion picture chronicling the three-day battle of the U.S. Civil War. Turner's production company Turner Pictures presents the movie based on the Pulitzer prize winning novel 'The Killer Angels' by Michael Shaara. AFP PHOTO JENNIFER YOUNG (Photo credit should read JENNIFER YOUNG/AFP/GettyImages)
Jane Fonda snuggles with a child in a scene from the film 'Hurry Sundown', 1966. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
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Tomlin, always quick with a quip, asked if the audience even knew who Hollywood royalty Fonda was. "No, they didn't know who I was," replied Fonda. "I wouldn't be here alive today if they did." That, believe it or not, was not even the most bizarre part of Jane's Music City getaway. "But then we went on her tour bus and one of the first stops was at her cousin's still in the Ozarks because she wanted me to know what really good white lightning was," Fonda continued, explaining to Corden that Parton's cousin filtered his moonshine an extra time for more goodness.

When in the Ozarks... Fonda plugged her thumb in the jug and took a swig. "I didn't know I was drunk!" she said. "I was drunk for 10 days and didn't know it."

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Actress Jane Fonda (L) and Music Producer Richard Perry (R) attend the Pasadena Playhouse Gala at The Pasadena Playhouse on April 30, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

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Actress Jane Fonda and Richard Perry arrive at the 2016 Carousel Of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actress Jane Fonda (R) and Music Producer Richard Perry (L) attend the Pasadena Playhouse Gala at The Pasadena Playhouse on April 30, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

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Actress Jane Fonda (R) and Richard Perry attend UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability celebration of the Champions Of Our Planet's Future on March 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actress Jane Fonda, record producer Richard Perry, actor Sylvester Stallone, and model Jennifer Flavin attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Record producer Richard Perry, actress Jane Fonda, actress Rosanna Arquette and Todd Morgan attend the 2016 Los Angeles Dinner: What You Do Matters presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Record producer Richard Perry (L) and actress Jane Fonda attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actress Jane Fonda (L) and producer Richard Perry attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)

Record Producer Richard Perry (L) and Jane Fonda attend the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards cocktail party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Simone Garity, actor Troy Garity, honoree Jane Fonda and record producer Richard Perry attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT.

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Actress Jane Fonda (L) and record producer Richard Perry (C) attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Viewing Dinner hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actress Jane Fonda (L) and producer Richard Perry attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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Honoree Richard Perry (L) and actress Jane Fonda attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Special Merit Awards Ceremony on February 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Producer Richard Perry, Sir Elton John and actress Jane Fonda attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

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Producer Richard Perry, actress Jane Fonda, Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, honoree Lucian Grainge, and Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow attend the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Producer Richard Perry and actress Jane Fonda arrive at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actress Jane Fonda (L) and producer Richard Perry attend the Pattie Boyd: Newly Discovered Photo Exhibition at Morrison Hotel Gallery on June 28, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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Jane Fonda and Richard Perry are seen at Los Angeles International Airport on June 08, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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Producer Richard Perry and Actress Jane Fonda attend the SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Event Hosted By Lexus And Purity Vodka at Chateau Marmont on December 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress Jane Fonda and music producer Richard Perry arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.

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Richard Perry and Jane Fonda arrive at the 'Sleeping Beauty' premiere during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2011 in Cannes, France.

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Jane Fonda and Richard Perry attend amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 19, 2011 in Antibes, France.

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Producer Richard Perry and actress Jane Fonda arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) Parky DeVogelaere, Peter Fonda, Jane Fonda and Richard Perry attend Audi & Weinstein Company Party Sponsored By Godiva Chocolate Vodka at Chateau Marmont on February 7, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

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JANE FONDA and RICHARD PERRY AT MADEO. 

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Music producer Richard Perry and actress Jane Fonda attend the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on March 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California.

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Producer Richard Perry and actress Jane Fonda arrive at the 32nd Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 23, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Jane Fonda and Richard Perry arrive at the premiere of 'Precious' October 3, 2009 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Artist Richard Perry and actor Jane Fonda arrive to the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California U.S. October 8, 2016.

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Actress Jane Fonda and her boyfriend, record producer Richard Perry (L), pose with Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner at the Society of Singers annual dinner in Beverly Hills, California September 19, 2011.

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Music producer Richard Perry and actress Jane Fonda arrive at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California October 23, 2010. The ball benefits The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

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