Jane Fonda on Adoption: 'Maybe More Black People Should Reach Out'

The actress and her adopted daughter, Mary Williams, speak to Tavis Smiley Tuesday night on PBS.

Jane Fonda and Mary Williams (PBS screenshot)

(The Root) -- Tonight on his PBS program, host Tavis Smiley speaks to Mary Williams, the African-American writer whose book, The Lost Daughter, chronicles her adoption by actress Jane Fonda.

Check out this clip, in which Smiley asks whether the story of how Fonda "saved" Williams could lend itself to a Hollywood film, and whether such a project would be seen as just another The Blind Side-type movie "about another black child saved by some white people."

"Maybe more black people should reach out," Fonda says in a tense moment. She then adds, "And maybe they do, and we just don't know."

The conversation airs Tuesday night on Tavis Smiley on PBS. For TV listings, visit pbs.org/tavis.

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