Bridget Fonda looked completely unrecognizable from the Hollywood star fans may remember when she stepped out this week in LA.
The 58-year-old was photographed for the first time in 12 years and appeared unrecognizable in the new images.
The former super sexy actress was seen wearing a loose black-and-white striped shirt, black rimmed glasses and baggy pants as she stepped out of her silver Land Rover SUV.
Her once golden-blonde hair – now grey – was pulled back in a bun as she drove with her son Oliver, 17, whom she shares with her husband and music maestro Danny Elfman, 68.
She was accompanied by a friend who was by her side as the reclusive star navigated in and out of her car and carried various items including a cell phone.
Bridget was last photographed at the premiere of Quentin Tarantino‘s World War II epic Inglorious Basterds with husband Danny 12 years ago. She also appeared in Tarantino’s 1998 film Jackie Brown.
Her last film role was in 2002 – after which she retired – and these new photos came the week of her 58th birthday.
In the early 2000s, infact, Fonda retired from acting and has rarely been seen publicly. She never revealed the reason why she stopped acting, but it seems that the decision was taken after a serious car accident in 2003. Her car was totaled after it went over an embankment while she was driving on the highway in heavy rain. As reported by the BBC, she had “a slight fracture of two thoracic vertebrae”.
That year was also relevant in her life because she got married with composer Danny Elfman. The two have a son together, Oliver Elfman, who is now 17.
Many people are certain that the actress stepped away from Hollywood to raise her child, and that the car accident could have played a role, too.
Bridget is the granddaughter of Henry Fonda and niece of Jane Fonda, both famous actors. Her film debut was at age five as an extra in Easy Rider (1969), but first became interested in acting after appearing in a high school production of “Harvey.” At age 18, she enrolled at New York University and spent four years there and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.