what did jenny die from in forrest gump

what did jenny die from in forrest gump

what did jenny die from in forrest gump
what did jenny die from in forrest gump

“Forrest Gump” is a story about a disabled man (played by the abled Tom Hanks, we should note) achieving an absurd number of dreams and making history multiple times over. It’s about how the American dream is a lie we can still make real through our collective attrition. And, well, it’s really about anything you feel it should be about. That’s the mark of some great works of art.

But one question that can keep some Gump fans awake at night is the exact reason why Jenny Curran (Robin Wright) died toward the end of the movie. One could get poetic and say, “the crushing expectations of being a woman in a man’s world,” or her past mistakes and traumas catching up with her, but none of those things are likely to be reported as the cause of death on someone’s death certificate. Fans don’t want to think about it, and many of them want a definitive, concrete answer.

We hear you, and so did “Forrest Gump” screenwriter Eric Roth. Here’s Jenny’s real cause of death.

what did jenny die from in forrest gump

In a 2019 interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Roth spoke about the screenplay for a “Forrest Gump” sequel he had finished and turned in right before the September 11 attacks, which rendered his story and message “meaningless” in his eyes. However, the story he had meant to write would have featured similar dark humor to the original, while also commenting on more modern topics of American life as Forrest Gump grows older and takes care of Jenny’s son, who may have contracted HIV from his mother during childbirth.

“It was gonna start with his little boy having AIDS,” Roth told Yahoo! Entertainment. “And people wouldn’t go to class with him in Florida. We had a funny sequence where they were [desegregation] busing in Florida at the same time, so people were angry about either the busing, or [their] kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict.”

“Forrest Gump” is not the type of story to definitively confirm nor deny any mysteries that work better because of their uncertainty, but this storyline all but confirms that Jenny had contracted the virus and that it evolved into a disease that ended up killing her.

What’s the true cause of death for Jenny Curran in Forrest Gump? Here’s what you need to know about the fate of Robin Wright’s character.

What’s the true cause of death for Jenny Curran in Forrest Gump? Portrayed by Robin Wright, the character endures traumatic experiences as a child, and later becomes associated with the counter-culture movement in ’70s San Francisco. Robert Zemeckis’ 1994 film centers on Forrest’s life accomplishments, but the story is grounded by his unconditional love for Jenny, despite her often not treating him very kindly in return. Then again, Jenny was an abuse victim, and often struggling with her own past traumas.

Tom Hanks’ protagonist stays fiercely loyal to Jenny in Forrest Gump. They bond as young children and then separate as young adults because of the Vietnam War, a fate that befell many people back when one could be drafted into the military, although in Forrest’s case he enlisted. Forrest fulfills his vow to write letters for Jenny, only to discover that they’d been returned due to an invalid mailing address. After becoming a war hero and receiving the Medal of Honor, Forrest reunites with Jenny at a 1967 anti-war rally in Washington D.C. but then doesn’t see her for nearly a decade. In 1976, Jenny returns home to Alabama and has sex with Forrest before taking off again, continuing the cycle of her floating in and out of his life. While Forrest Gump’s early conflict stems from events that took him away from Jenny, the final act drama explores what brings them together, leading to a resolution that’s in some ways cathartic, but in others quite upsetting.

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Forrest Gump’s climax explains the opening premise and builds to two major reveals. In 1981, Forrest travels to Georgia upon receiving a letter from Jenny, who knows the truth about why her long-time friend spent years running across America – he was heartbroken and nostalgic for the past. Forrest discovers that Jenny gave birth to Forrest Jr. (Haley Joel Osment), thus making their bond stronger, and then learns that Jenny has “some kind of virus” that doctors can’t explain. Wright’s character dies after marrying Forrest, and her illness is never clarified within the film. Jenny’s true cause of death was long rumored to be associated with either HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C due to the early ’80s setting and the character’s lifestyle from years prior.

what did jenny die from in forrest gump

In 2019, Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth confirmed that Jenny did indeed die from HIV/AIDS complications. During an interview (via Yahoo Entertainment) about the film’s 25th anniversary, Roth discussed the details of a sequel that was cancelled after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He reveals that the Forrest Gump sequel was actually going to open with the revelation that Forrest Jr. had AIDS, the result of acquiring the disease from his mother, Jenny. Roth also notes that he wrote a comedically dark scene involving Florida kids that refused to attend the same school as Forrest Jr.:

“We had a funny sequence where they were [desegregation] busing in Florida at the same time, so people were angry about either the busing, or [their] kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict.”

Per Roth, the Forrest Gump sequel had more dark subtext beyond the HIV/AIDS plot line. One scene involved Hanks’ character riding in the back of O.J. Simpson’s Ford Bronco during the infamous 1994 freeway chase in Los Angeles, and another scene had Forrest ballroom dancing with Princess Diana (who tragically passed away in 1997). Roth also wrote a sequence where a Native American character who Forrest befriends gets killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The sequel was ultimately cancelled when the 9/11 tragedy made the screenplay “meaningless.” And so movie fans are left with Forrest Gump, a ’90s classic that does indeed cover many historical events but ultimately settles on Jenny’s legacy. Considering how underwhelming most belated sequels to beloved classic movies turn out though, Forrest not returning for a sequel is probably for the best, especially due to the original being a bit problematic by modern standards.

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Q.V. Hough is a senior writer at Screen Rant. He’s also the founding editor at Vague Visages, and has contributed to RogerEbert.com and Fandor.

Jenny Gump

Basic info

Full name

Jennifer Curran




July 16, 1945


March 22, 1982 (age 36)


Deceased (died from Hepatitis C stated in Gump & Co by author Winston Groom; Jenny, the movie character, died of HIV/AIDS. This is stated in an article about a since abandoned FG Movie Sequel Script which Forrest Gump, Jr., has AIDS. [See https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/forrest-gump-sequel-never-o-j-oklahoma-city-192839355.html], however, following 9/11/2001, the project no longer felt the same level of importance.)

Social info




Greenbow Alabama, Berkeley (formerly), California (formerly)


Model (formerly)Singer (formerly) Waitress


Forrest Gump (husband)Forrest Jr. (son)Mrs. Gump (mother-in-law)Mr. Gump (father-in-law)Mrs. Curran (mother)Mr. Curran (father)Two sistersUnnamed Grandmother


Forrest Gump, Black Panthers, Hippies, Wesley (formally), Billy (formally),


Wesley, Billy, her ex-father Mr. Curran

Production info

Portrayed by

Robin Wright (adult)Hanna R. Hall (child)

Singer (formerly)


Hanna R. Hall (child)

what did jenny die from in forrest gump

–Jenny Curran

Jenny Gump (née Curran), was born on July 16th, 1945 (the day the first atomic weapon in history was detonated in Alamogordo, NM) in Taylor, Arkansas. Her mother died when she was 5 years old. She was raised by her father, a farmer, who physically and sexually abused Jenny and her sisters. Forrest, being simple minded, believed that he was simply a loving father as he was always kissing and touching Jenny and her sisters.

Jenny and Forrest first meet on the bus to school when she invites him to sit with her, which Forrest gratefully accepts (as none of the other students would let him sit with them).

During their early years, Jenny acts as Forrest’s only friend and ally. The two often sit in a large oak tree after school. Jenny teaches Forrest to read, while he teaches her how to swing in the branches. When local bullies show up on bikes to tease and throw rocks at Forrest, Jenny urges him to run, screaming “Run, Forrest, run!” Her advice leads to Forrest’s leg braces breaking off and him running across town, literally kicking up dust as he passes.

One day when Jenny isn’t at school, Forrest goes to her farm house. Jenny’s drunken father pursues Jenny and Forrest, but they hide in a cornfield, and he doesn’t find them, presumably because he’s too drunk to do so. A frightened Jenny instructs Forrest to kneel down and help her pray to God. She repeats, “Dear God, make me a bird, so that I can fly far, far, far away from here.”

Soon after, Jenny’s father is arrested, and she is sent to live with her grandmother in a trailer nearby Forrest’s Home. Occasionally she would sneak out in the middle of the night and stay with Forrest, hopping into bed with him, claiming she was scared but never revealed to Forrest what she was scared of. Forrest believed this was because of her grandma’s mean dog, but the film implies that it was likely she was scared her father was either going to break out of jail or get released from jail and try to find her and abuse her some more.

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  • Forrest and Jenny would remain close through their high school years, with Jenny continuing to urge Forrest to run, screaming “Run Forrest, run!” when bullies pursued him — this time in a truck.

    Following high school, the two attend separate colleges – Jenny, an all girls college that Forrest often visits. One such visit results in him beating up her boyfriend, Billy, when Forrest misinterprets a playful make out session for Billy hurting Jenny. Billy leaves, upset, prompting the two to split. Jenny (though angry) forgives Forrest and invites him into her dorm room. Jenny brings Forrest to his first orgasm by showing him her bare breast. The two share a laugh and Jenny’s roommate listens. The two are once again separated as Forrest enters boot camp.

    Forrest discovers while in boot camp that Jenny has posed for Playboy while wearing her college sweater, which leads to her being expelled. As a result of her photos however, she is hired to perform and sing in a strip club under the name Bobbie Dylan. While on leave, Forest comes to watch her sing and again saves Jenny — this time from men grabbing at Jenny’s legs during her performance. Forrest beats up the men and tries to carry Jenny out the door to which she angrily breaks free and shoves her guitar at him — walking off stage nude and causing laughter in the crowd and Jenny gets fired.

    Outside of the club, Jenny scolds Forrest for trying to protect her. Forrest admits (for the first time) that he loves her, but Jenny rebukes his claim, as she doesn’t believe Forrest is capable of knowing what love is. She reflects on the day she and he prayed for God to turn her into a bird when they were kids, and has a momentary thought of committing suicide by jumping off the bridge, but quickly changes her mind and hitches a ride from a stranger in a pickup truck.

    Before leaving, Forrest tells Jenny he’s going to Vietnam; Jenny, now worried, advises Forrest that if he’s ever scared in Vietnam to just run away. Forrest promises and Jenny leaves in the truck.

    While Forrest is in Vietnam, he writes letters to Jenny daily – none of which ever reach her. Jenny, presumably homeless, is singing on the street corner for spare change when invited by a stranger to go to San Francisco. She delves into the hippie lifestyle, participating in the anti-Vietnam war protests, and experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs.

    She and Forrest are reunited after many years in Washington DC during an anti-Vietnam protest. Following a mostly muted speech, the two run to each other through the water of the National monument resulting in applause from the crowd. The two spend the day together and converge at a Black Panther safe house. While the Black Panthers are not happy with Forrest’s presence, they all leave him alone, paying more attention to one of their members making a tirade. The one who has a serious problem with Forrest is Wesley, the president of the SDS at Berkeley. Forrest witnesses an argument between Wesley and Jenny in which Wesley slaps her, causing Forrest to retaliate and attack him. Forrest then gets up and makes a naive, humorous remark “Sorry to interrupt your Black Panther Party” to the Black Panthers, whose tirade was interrupted by the fight. Forrest and Jenny are forced to leave, and they spend the rest of the night together walking around Washington DC and reflecting on their individual journeys. The next morning, Jenny leaves for Berkeley with Wesley, much to Forrest’s dismay. Before Jenny leaves, Forrest gives her his Congressional Medal of Honor, crediting her for his earning it and calling her his girl. She remarks, “I’ll always be your girl” before getting on the bus. As the bus pulls away, Jenny flashes Forrest a peace sign from the back window. Forrest and Jenny do not see each other for many years following the encounter in Washington D.C. Once returning to Berkeley Jenny broke up with Wesley and got another boyfriend who was a musician. She later reveals that this boyfriend slapped her at a New Years’ Eve party in 1972. Unlike Wesley, she did not give this man another chance, instead leaving him right then and there.

    A disco era Jenny in the late 70’s has succumbed further into a life of drugs and instability. Battered and high she hits an all time low in Hollywood, coming closest to suicide by nearly leaping off the top floor of a hotel. After a slip, she decides differently and steps down from the ledge, tearfully contemplating her life decisions.

    One day, partly in an attempt to rebuild her life, Jenny arrives at Forrest’s home unannounced and stays with him for a while. She sleeps excessively prompting Forrest to remark that it is as if she hasn’t slept in years. Forrest explains that every morning, they’d walk often and while he did all the talking (sharing war, ping pong, shrimping tales, and his own mom going to heaven where her mother was), Jenny would listen.

    One day, while on a walk, the pair happen to stumble upon Jenny’s abandoned childhood home. After walking up to the house, Jenny stops and thinks for a bit, reflecting on what had happened to her as a child. Finally, she sees an opportunity to let her anger out and goes for it, feverishly throwing her shoes and rocks at the house — hitting boards and breaking windows. While throwing objects, she says things like, “How could you” and “How dare you” in the process.

    It’s suggested that in that moment, Forrest realizes the truth about what Jenny’s father did to her, and that Jenny understands that her upbringing was the catalyst for her painful and rocky years. In her fit, she falls to the ground, sobbing. Forrest quietly walks over and sits nearby, and (in his narration) says, “Sometimes I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.”

    The two enjoy each other’s company for a few more weeks. Forrest picks flowers for Jenny daily, and the two bond over dancing and gifts.

    One evening, Forrest proposes to Jenny. She declines saying, “You don’t want to marry me.” Her hesitation prompts Forrest to exclaim, “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is” before stepping outside. That night, Jenny climbs into bed with Forrest. She tells him that she does indeed love him (her first time admitting it aloud) and makes love to Forrest for the first time. The following morning, she leaves in a taxi, leaving behind Forrest’s Congressional Medal of Honor and prompting his 3-year run.

    Working as a waitress, Jenny follows Forrest’s run and sends a letter prompting him to meet her in Georgia when he finishes. We learn that’s the reason for his reflection at the bus stop, bringing the story into the present day. After learning that she is only a few blocks away, Forrest runs directly to her apartment, surprising a matured Jenny.

    As they talk, Jenny begins to apologize for all the times in the past that she acted badly towards him, as a result of her personal problems. She is interrupted by a knock at the door, followed by a woman dropping off a little boy. Jenny introduces the little boy to Forrest, calling Forrest a very good friend from her childhood. He runs along to watch TV and Forrest remarks gladly that Jenny has become a Mama.

    Jenny tells Forrest that her son is named Forrest Jr. after his daddy. Forrest asks her if she knows another man named Forrest. Jenny replies, “You’re his daddy, Forrest.” This sends Forrest into a shock. But Jenny tells him he didn’t do anything wrong. Forrest asks if his son is smart or if he is simple like he is. She remarks that Forrest Jr. is one of the smartest children in his class. She encourages him to spend time with his son and the two watch Sesame Street together as Jenny watches relieved and proud.

    Jenny later reveals that she is ill and is suffering from an unknown virus with no cure (Hepatitis C) Forrest asks Jenny and little Forrest to come and live with him, where he promises to take care of both of them. Jenny asks Forrest if he will marry her and he gladly agrees. The two marry soon after, in a ceremony at the house once owned by Forrest’s mother. One of the guests is Lieutenant Dan, who has shorn off his long hair and beard, and Forrest is glad to see walking again with the aid of a cane and his “magic legs”. Dan introduces himself to Jenny, along with his own fiancee, an Asian woman named Susan.

    One day, some time later, an ailing Jenny asks Forrest if he was scared in Vietnam, with Forrest replying that sometimes he was. Then, he goes on to recall how in Vietnam, the rain let up at night and the stars came out, comparing the starry sky to the beauty of the sunsets on the Bayou, the reflection of the mountain on the clear lake during his run, and finally, the sky during sunrises in the desert. Jenny wishes she had been with Forrest through it all, and Forrest assures her that she was.

    Jenny dies on March 22nd, 1982 (a Monday, but Forest mistakenly remembers it as a Saturday Morning), the day that the space shuttle “Columbia” was launched.

    Following her death, we see Forrest standing beside Jenny’s grave, which he had placed under the oak tree from their childhood. Talking to her posthumously, he mentions that he bought the land that had belonged to Jenny’s father and had the house demolished out of respect for her memory. He shares that he is taking care of little Forrest (as the two read books, play ping pong and go fishing).

    Finally, Forrest ponders on whether Lt. Dan’s life philosophy about having a destiny, or his mother’s life philosophy about floating around accidentally on a breeze is accurate — eventually deciding that both of them are right. Forrest then tearfully tells Jenny that he misses her and promises to be near if she needs anything. He leaves a letter from little Forrest, who is mentioned to not have wanted his father to open it, and tearfully walks away.

    As Forrest leaves the grave, a flock of birds fly off. It is implied that at this moment, Forrest understands God has finally answered Jenny’s childhood prayer to be made a bird and fly away.

    Forrest Gump

    Basic info

    Full name

    Forrest Gump




    June 6, 1944 (Age 77)





    Social info


    Soldier (formerly)Businessman (formerly)Groundskeeper


    Mrs. Gump (mother; deceased)Unknown fatherJenny Curran (wife)Forrest Gump Jr. (son)Mr. Curran (father-in-law)Mrs. Curran (mother-in-law)


    BubbaLieutenant DanJenny Curran

    Production info

    Portrayed by

    Tom Hanks (adult)Michael Conner Humphreys (child)

    Businessman (formerly)


    Michael Conner Humphreys (child)

    what did jenny die from in forrest gump

    –Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump Sr. (born June 6, 1944) is the protagonist of Forrest Gump novel and film. He is the only son of Mrs. Gump and an unknown father. Forrest was also a very simple-minded man, he never digs deep into what something was or what someone said.

    Forrest Gump was born on June 6, 1944 (the day of the Normandy landings during World War II). Because his father was absent during his life, purportedly “on vacation”, Forrest was raised by his mother, who named him after Civil War Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was also first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and a supposed ancestor of Gump’s. This was to remind Forrest that “sometimes we all do things that, well, just don’t make no sense.”

    Forrest Gump with Jenny

    As a child, Forrest had strong legs, but a weak spine, which the family doctor claimed was “as crooked as a politician.” Because of this, he was forced to wear leg braces which made walking and running difficult, and also discovered he had a sub-standard IQ, which the principal of the local school said excluded him from attending the school. (Forrest’s mother made the man reconsider after they slept together.) Forrest’s mother told him never to let anyone tell him he was different, saying: “Stupid is as stupid does.”

    Because Forrest and his mother lived in a large house, they rented the rooms out to travelers to make money. One such guest was a young Elvis Presley, who used Forrest’s peculiar dancing style to invent the “hip dancing” moves for the song “Hound Dog.”

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  • On the bus to school, Forrest met Jenny Curran, and was instantly attracted to her. He later said: “I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life.” Forrest and Jenny spent much time together, usually near a large tree. Jenny accepted Forrest for who he was and taught him to read, as well as to stand up to bullies. However, Jenny had an unhappy home life; her mother had died when she was young, and her father molested her and her sisters, which led to Jenny being taken to live with her grandmother, and she would often stay at Forrest’s house to escape.

    One day, a trio of bullies were throwing rocks at Forrest and chasing him on their bikes. Jenny urged Forrest to just run away. As Forrest struggled to run, his leg braces broke apart. Once he was free of them, Forrest was able to run incredibly fast. Forrest never wore leg braces again, and was able to run everywhere after that.

    Forrest remained close friends with Jenny throughout high school, and one day, when he was targeted by the same bullies, he ran across the high school’s football field, disrupting the practice, but also running faster than the players on the team. This caught the attention of the head coach of Alabama Crimson Tide, Paul “Bear” Bryant, and Forrest received a football scholarship to the University of Alabama where his impressive speed helped the team to win several games. He was then admitted to the All-American football team, and got to meet President John F. Kennedy at the White House. In a ceremony in the Oval Office, Forrest was asked by the President how he felt (to be an All-American), and Forrest, who had drunk fifteen Dr Peppers, honestly replied, “I gotta pee.”

    Forrest meets President John F. Kennedy

    Forrest also witnessed the desegregation of the University of Alabama, and was clearly visible in the background of the news footage of Governor George Wallace in front of the Foster Auditorium, denouncing the desegregation by “standing in the schoolhouse door.” While other students jeered and booed the black students, Forrest, not entirely understanding what was happening, simply walked up to a black woman and handed her a book she dropped, saying simply “Ma’am? You dropped your book…ma’am?” before following her and the others into school.

    Later, Forrest goes to Jenny’s college campus in the pouring rain with chocolates to surprise her, and sees her making out with her boyfriend, Billy, in his car. Forrest, thinking he is hurting her, pulls open the driver side door and punches Billy, who drives off. Despite being initially annoyed with him, Jenny invites Forrest into her room, where they have a brief sexual encounter. Forrest was confused by it.

    Forrest graduates from college in 1966, and, at the ceremony, he is approached by an army recruiter, who asks him if he has given any thought to his future. Forrest joins the United States Army, and meets a young black man, Benjamin Buford Blue (Bubba) on the bus. Bubba is a fellow recruit from Bayou La Batre, whose ambition is to buy a shrimping boat to continue his family history of cooking shrimp.

    Forrest excels in army training, and breaks a company record by assembling his M14 rifle quickly, and his drill sergeant often singles him out as an exemplary soldier to other recruits, and tells him he could be a general one day. Meanwhile, Jenny had been expelled from school for wearing her school sweater to pose in Playboy and had found work singing in the nude at a strip club in Memphis, Tennessee. Forrest goes to visit her one night and beats up some patrons who were harassing her. Forrest tells Jenny that he loves her, but Jenny replies that he “doesn’t know what love is.” Jenny is angry, but later becomes concerned when Forrest tells her he was being deployed to Vietnam. Jenny tells him not to try being brave if he was ever in trouble and to run away instead.

    Upon arrival in Vietnam, Forrest and Bubba are assigned to Company A, 2/47th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division. They meet their platoon commander, Dan Taylor, whom Forrest calls “Lieutenant Dan”. While on patrol, Bubba proposed that he and Forrest go into the shrimping business together after their time in the army was finished, and Forrest agreed.

    One time when it was raining and Forrest and his platoon were on patrol, the rain suddenly stopped at a flick of a switch and the sun came out. Before Forrest could take another step, a mixture of AK-47 and RPG (rocket-propeled grenade launcher zap past them. As Forrest buckled his knees to fall to the ground, you can hear a disoriented soldier scream “Ambush!” at the top of his lungs. Forrest yanked his rifle from his shoulder and flipped the safety off, as he squeezed the trigger at the treeline which they are taking fire from, Detroit and Tex both land a few feet between him. Seconds later Lt. Dan Taylor and his radio operator, Coleman, land next to Forrest. As Detroit and Tex begin to fire their machine gun, a barrage of mortar fire lands in front and back of them, racking up casualties. A few seconds later, a mortar comes down on top of Detroit and Tex, igniting them and hurling them into the jungle.

    Realizing that his platoon can be killed to a last man, Taylor calls out for a retreat. As Forrest runs torwards the opposite treeline they are taking fire from, Bubba screams at Forrest- “Run Forrest run!” As Forrest entered the jungle, the mortar fire opens up on them, blowing two soldiers to ribbons. Since Forrest had so many years of running, he could run faster than Bubba, passing him before Bubba was shot through the chest. You can hear someone scream “Medic”! As Forrest runs pass him. This was probably shot down.

    As Forrest reaches the end of the jungle and encounters a lake, he realizes that he left Bubba behind, when he whips around and starts sprinting towards the torn, bullet-hole riddled jungle. As he entered the jungle, he began searching for Bubba, when there was a dip in the ground and he tripped. When he landed, he saw Lt. Taylor propped up against the stone, which Forrest had just tripped seconds before, calling out for a napalm strike. Forrest catches sight of Coleman lying next to him, the side of his face sheared open by shrapnel. Taylor had his thighs torn open by shrapnel and as a parting gift, shot him through the same wounds. Forrest interrupts the napalm strike and by by interruption, Taylor begins to scream at Forrest to save himself and that the entire platoon was wiped out. Refusing, he grabbed Taylor into a fire-man’s carry and started to run.
    As they ran, gunfire cracked, and Forrest slumped, shot through the butt.

    As Forrest gently set Taylor down, the lieutenant grabs Forrest by the collar and demands why Forrest didn’t leave him to die with his platoon. Then he ran back into the woods, saying “Gonna find Bubba!”

    He came across a charred black lump on the ground and he recognizes as Tex, still with the burns plastered across his body. He grabbed Tex and got him out as well. Then he tore through the forest again, and he found Bubba shot through the lungs, on the ground.
    Forrest sprung towards Bubba, and picked him up. He ran through the jungle, the gunfire cracked, the RPGs were shooting, and the F-4 Phantom jets were screaming in. As they dropped their ordinance, not knowing that Forrest was lugging a mortally wounded American on his shoulders. As he sat on the ground, and placed Bubba on the ground, which he saw Bubba’s injuries.
    A bullet hole punched into his chest, and ripped straight through his left lung. Blood streamed in a river in all directions. Torn pieces of internal organs bulged out of smaller bullet wounds. He said to Forrest-
    “I want to go home, Forrest.”

    Bubba died in Forrest’s arms.

    After recovering in the army hospital, Forrest is introduced to Ping-pong, and rather than returning to Vietnam, Forrest is assigned to the Special Services, entertaining wounded veterans with his ping-pong skills. He would later travel to the People’s Republic of China during the Ping-Pong Diplomacy period. When he returns in 1971, he was a national hero, “famouser than even Captain Kangaroo ” and was invited by Dick Cavett to appear on The Dick Cavett Show. John Lennon was also a guest on the show at the time and hearing Forrest talk about the Chinese having “no possessions” and “no religion too”, inspired him to write the song “Imagine”.

    Soon after, Forrest was briefly reunited with Lieutenant Dan, now a bitter alcoholic who used a wheelchair and had lost his faith in God. Lieutenant Dan was also annoyed that Forrest, whom he declared as “an imbecile who embarrassed himself on television,” was given the Medal of Honor. When Forrest told him of his and Bubba’s plan to go into the shrimping business, Lieutenant Dan laughed and jokingly remarked that if Forrest was ever a shrimping boat captain, he would be his first mate.

    Upon visiting President Richard Nixon, he was invited by the President to stay at the Watergate Hotel complex. Forrest was awakened by flashlights in the offices opposite his room. Believing the tenants to be having difficulty with a fuse box, he calls Frank Wills at the security office to notify the maintenance crew, inadvertently initiating the Watergate scandal, which leads to President Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Shortly after this, Forrest was honorably discharged from the Army with the rank of Sergeant and returned home to Alabama.

    Upon his return, Forrest finds his Greenbow house filled with memorabilia capitalizing on his fame as a ping-pong player in China. At his mother’s insistence, Forrest made $25,000 endorsing a brand of “Gump-Mao” ping-pong paddles, and used most of the money to travel to Bubba’s hometown of Bayou La Batre and purchase a boat. When someone pointed out it was bad luck to have a boat without a name, Forrest named the boat after Jenny, which he calls, “The most beautiful name in the wide world.” Unbeknownst to Forrest, Jenny had descended into a life of drugs and sexual promiscuity at this point and has even contemplated suicide over her choices.

    Sometime later, Forrest is visited by Lieutenant Dan, who as a man of his word, has come to be Forrest’s first mate, just as he said he would be on the New Year’s Eve of 1971. For several weeks, the two have no luck catching shrimp. However, things change when the area is hit by Hurricane Carmen. Forrest’s boat was the only one left standing and they find themselves with a monopoly of shrimp. Under the name of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, they soon became very wealthy. Having faced his demons during the storm, Lieutenant Dan thanks Forrest for saving his life in Vietnam, and Forrest assumes that Dan (without actually saying so) made peace with God.

    Forrest returned home to Greenbow in September 1975 when he learned his mother was dying of cancer. After her death, Forrest stayed at the house and leaves his shrimping industry in the hands of Lieutenant Dan and retired to mowing and cutting grass and lawns, as he apparently enjoys doing it. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Dan participated in a substantial investment into what Forrest says to be “some kind of fruit company.” In reality, the company was the fledgling Apple Computers, and it is implied that their investment largely kick-started Apple’s rise and success. Even though Lt. Dan said he was crazy, he gave Mrs. Blue a share of the money, to which she promptly faints since that was enough for them to never work again. With the money he got from the Apple Computers investment, Forrest spent them on renovating the church he frequents and establishing a medical center at Bubba’s hometown.

    Jenny returns to Greenbow and moves in with Forrest. The two spend time together and Forrest later describes it as “the happiest time of my life.” One night, July 4, 1976, the night of the US National Bicentennial, Forrest asks Jenny to marry him, but she turns him down, saying “You don’t want to marry me.” Forrest replies with, “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” After this exchange, Jenny comes to Forrest’s bedroom, tells him she loves him, and the two make love. Jenny hails a cab very early the next morning and leaves, unbeknownst to him before he wakes up.

    Forrest’s newfound loneliness leads him to take a run “for no particular reason.” At first, he decides to run to the end of the road, second across town, third across the county, fourth all the way to the Mississippi border. Eventually, he traverses the country several times over a span of three years. Forrest attracts media coverage, and eventually, dozens of followers initiating and inspiring what would become the jogging craze of 1978–79. During the run, he inspires the phrase “Shit Happens” to a bumper-sticker salesman after stepping in a pile of dog poop. He also uses a yellow t-shirt provided to him by a designer to wipe off his face after being splattered by mud. In the process, he forms the iconic “Smiley face” logo and tells the man to “Have a nice day.” One day, while running in the Western United States, Forrest decides he’s tired and stops. He immediately turns around and walks back to Alabama. His followers are dumbfounded at his sudden decision. Meanwhile, Jenny has taken a job as a waitress in Savannah, Georgia, and sees news coverage of Forrest’s run on television.

    Much of Forrest Gump is told as memory to people waiting for a bus; the remainder is Forrest’s present. The present (the “present” in the film being between November 17, 1980 and December 31, 1980 as seen from the magazine in the black ladies hands and car ad on a bus, since companies will often put ads for new cars a year ahead of time), Forrest tells his latest companion on the bench, an elderly woman, he’d recently received a letter from Jenny asking him to come see her. When told Forrest’s destination, the old lady informs him that it is only a few blocks away. Thanking her, Forrest sets off on foot towards Jenny’s home.

    Forrest and Jenny are happy to see each other. However, before they can do much catching up, Forrest is introduced to Jenny’s young son, a bright young boy whom she named Forrest after his father. Forrest at first thinks she met another man named Forrest until she explains “You’re his daddy, Forrest.” Forrest’s fearful inquiry as to Little Forrest’s intelligence leads Jenny to quickly assert that he is completely normal. Forrest learns that Jenny is sick from an unknown virus (implied to be HIV or AIDS), which has no known cure. He invites her and Little Forrest to come home and stay with him. She asks him to marry her and he accepts.

    Forrest and Jenny’s wedding is a quiet, intimate ceremony attended only by a handful of family and friends. Among the attendees is Lieutenant Dan, who has titanium prosthetic legs, with his Vietnamese fiance Susan. It is the only time Jenny and Dan meet. Forrest, Jenny, and Little Forrest have a year together as a family before Jenny dies on Saturday, March 22, 1982 (which was actually a Monday). Forrest has her buried under the tree where they played as children, then buys her childhood home (where her father had mistreated her) and has it bulldozed to the ground. Though he misses Jenny terribly, Forrest becomes a good father to Little Forrest. Forrest falls ill he is taken to hospital by Jenny in a deleted scene

    Visiting Jenny visited his ward one day, he reflects on the idea of fate and destiny, wondering if his mother was right about people having their own destiny, or Lieutenant Dan was right about description of life as floating around accidentally like on a breeze. Forrest eventually decides “maybe it’s both, maybe both are happening at the same time.” He leaves Jenny a letter from Little Forrest and tells her “If there’s anything you need, I won’t be far away.”

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    Forrest is last seen outside his home, seeing Little Forrest off on his bus ride to school. Forrest Gump is very much recovered

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    Little Forrest (referred to in the film as Forrest Jr.) is a character in the Forrest Gump novel and film. He is the son of Forrest Gump and Jenny Curran and is played by Haley Joel Osment in the movie. The director of the movie, Robert Zemeckis, casted Osment to play Forrest Jr due to his role in a Pizza Hut commercial.

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    In the movie, Forrest Gump Jr. first appears towards the end of the movie when Forrest comes to visit Jenny in Georgia, who is now a single mother. As Forrest and Jenny are talking, there’s a knock at the door, to which a woman drops off a little boy to Jenny. To which Jenny introduces the little boy to Forrest. Then he asks Jenny if he can go watch T.V. She says yes but to keep it low. Jenny tells Forrest that her son is named Forrest. Also because she named him after his daddy to which Forrest asks her if she knows another man named Forrest. Which Jenny replies, “You’re his daddy Forrest.” Forrest Sr. is put into a state of shock, but quickly recovers and begins to accept paternity. He asks if the boy has inherited the mild retardation that plagued him, to which Jenny says there is no sign of that, and that Forrest Jr is one of the smartest kids in his class. Forrest then goes into the room to watch Sesame Street with his son and begins bonding with him.

    The next day Forrest and Jenny take Forrest Jr to the park. While Forrest Jr swings on the swing, his parents sit on the bench nearby and Jenny tells Forrest Sr about being sick. She decides to move with Forrest Jr to Forrest’s house in Alabama and marry him. Shortly afterwards, Forrest Jr is seen walking with his parents back home and gathering leaves along the way. After Jenny dies and Forrest Sr visits her grave. He tells her that Forrest Jr is doing fine and that he’s good a lot of things such as combing his hair, brushing his teeth, playing ping-pong, fishing, and reading and that he’s really so smart and that he’s so proud of him. Forrest also says that Forrest Jr wrote Jenny a letter so he leaves it on Jenny’s grave. In the end Forrest Sr and Forrest Jr are waiting at the bus stop for Forrest Jr’s school bus.  Forrest Jr tells his dad that he’s sharing his book Curious George because his Grandma (Mrs. Gump) used to read it to his dad when he was little. The bus then arrives but before Forrest Jr leaves, he and his dad tell each other that they love each other. Forrest Jr introduces himself to the bus driver Dorothy Harris, who drove his dad to school when he was a kid. Then, Forrest Jr. gets on the bus and leaves for school.    


    Forrest- father  

    Jenny Curran- mother (deceased)  

    Mrs. Gump- paternal grandmother (deceased)  

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    Mr. Curran- maternal grandfather (deceased)  

    Mrs. Curran- maternal grandmother (deceased)  

    Jenny’s four other sisters- maternal aunts (unknown)  

    Mr. Curran was a minor character in the Forrest Gump film. He is the father of Jenny Curran and her sisters, the father-in-law of Forrest Gump, and the maternal grandfather of Forrest Gump Jr. He is played by Kevin Mangan, a crew member who worked in the movie’s art department.

    Mr. Curran does not appear in the novel which preceded the film. Jenny’s mother, Mrs. Curran, plays a role, however.

    In the movie, he is the father of Jenny and her sisters. He is a mentally unsound man whose wife died five years after she gave birth to Jenny. It was never specified what Mrs. Curran’s cause of death was, but it was assumed to be natural. While not stated in the film, it may also be surmised that the death of Jenny’s mother contributed to the mental health difficulties of Jenny’s father.

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    At one point, he had a job as a farmer. According to Forrest, Mr. Curran was “a very loving man, always kissing and touching Jenny and her sisters”. However, unknown to Forrest, Mr. Curran was actually abusing them.

    One day, when Jenny doesn’t come to school, Forrest rushes to her house and asks her why she didn’t come to school. She tells him to be quiet because her daddy is taking a nap. Then Mr. Curran comes out in a rage and calls for Jenny; Jenny grabs Forrest by the hand, and they run into the cornfield. Mr. Curran runs after them, trying to catch his daughter, and continues to call for her, but is too drunk to keep trying to find her. Jenny and Forrest then pray for God to turn her into a bird so she can fly far away. Subsequently, Mr. Curran loses Jenny, who goes to live with her grandmother, and is presumably arrested. Sometimes Jenny would sneak out of her grandmother’s house and come and stay at Forrest’s house because she was scared of something to which Forrest thought was her grandmother’s mean dog but it is implied that she was afraid that her father was either gonna get out of jail or break out and try to find her and abuse her some more.

    When Jenny returns to Forrest’s house many years later, she and Forrest go for a walk and she listens while he tells her about Vietnam, ping pong, shrimping and his mother going up to Heaven where her mother is. They soon come to her father’s now abandoned house, and Jenny remembers how her father abused her as a child. Finally, unable to stand it any longer, she begins throwing rocks at the house, revealing her hatred for her father, and the collapses in tears when she runs out. Forrest finally realizing what Mr. Curran did many years ago, just quietly sits with her, comforting her. However, by this time he has become a somewhat more mature and astute man, deciding not to be public with that aspect of the life of his future bride. When he is recounting the return to Jenny’s childhood home to an old lady sitting next to him on the bench, he says, “Sometimes I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.” It is uncertain whether Jenny’s father is still in jail or deceased by that time.

    In the end, after Forrest is widowed from Jenny, he buys his father-in-law’s land. Out of posthumous respect for his bride and that it has now become a decrepit hovel which would have likely been condemned anyway, Forrest orders the house demolished.

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    Lieutenant Dan Taylor is a character in the Forrest Gump novel and ensuing film. He was most likely born in the 1930s or 1940s. He was Forrest’s platoon leader during the Vietnam War in 1967 and later becomes Forrest’s shrimp boat partner in the Bubba-Gump Shrimp Company and best friend. He is played by Gary Sinise.

    Lt Dan came from a family that served in the United States Military for generations. He had ancestors killed in every American war. Forrest called it “a long, great, military tradition”.

    In the movie, Forrest and Bubba meet Lt. Dan in Vietnam in late 1966. Forrest and Bubba promptly issue salutes, but receive angry admonishments against it, for fear of hidden snipers targeting officers. He then makes note of Bubba’s hanging lip, which Bubba attributes to his big gums. Lt. Dan warns him about getting it caught on a trip wire. He then asks where they’re from, and they tell him Alabama in unison, prompting him to jokingly ask if they’re twins; Forrest replies sincerely, missing the sarcasm. Lt. Dan firmly believes that socks are the one item of G.I. gear that can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt, and instructs them to change their socks whenever they stop, “cause the Mekong will blow a grunt’s feet right off his legs.”

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    Forrest feels fortunate to have Lt. Dan for a CO because he knew his stuff. Lt. Dan was from a long military tradition; someone in his family had fought and died in every American War, including the Revolutionary War (1778), Civil War (1863), World War I (1918), and World War II (1944). Mistaking them as being from Arkansas, Lt. Dan remarks backhandedly that Little Rock is a fine town (this is a reference to the National Guard being deployed to help integrate the schools, which is featured earlier in the film). He then orders them to gather their field equipment from the platoon sergeant, and invites them to get steaks if they’re hungry. He then gives them the two standing orders of the platoon: 1. to take care of their feet, and 2. to try not to do anything stupid, like dying.

    During the war, while Forrest and the soldiers are out looking for Vietcong, Lt. Dan gets a strange feeling about the trail and the road ahead and orders the soldiers to get down and shut up. Lt. Dan crouches down to make sure that the way is clear, then orders his troops to move out. Later, they clear a tunnel with explosives, which the Lt. orders Forrest to check.

    Days later, the monsoon season begins, and it rains for 4 months. When the rain stops, the platoon is ambushed by the Vietnamese on June 7th, 1967. Lt. Dan orders his men to take cover and radios a sitch-rep to Strong Arm when two soldiers are killed by a bomb. He orders the others to fall back, and tells Forrest to run. Later, when Forrest returns to the woods to look for Bubba, he finds Lt. Dan and a dead soldier named Coleman.

    Lt. Dan’s legs are wounded, but he’s still alive and talking into a radio to request an air strike. Forrest then tries to pick up Lt. Dan, who orders him to leave him behind; Forrest picks him up anyway and takes him to the river. During the run, Forrest is shot in the butt by an unseen enemy and Lt. Dan fires back, and orders Forrest once again to leave him but Forrest takes him to the river to safety, enraging him. When Forrest begins to leave to search for Bubba, Lt. Dan attempts to stop him from running into the inbound napalm airstrike, but Forrest doesn’t listen. He returns to the woods and rescues a wounded Bubba, who succumbs moments later.

    In the U.S. Navy Hospital, Lt. Dan has both wounded legs amputated. Forrest brings him some ice cream, which he throws discards into a bed pan before being taken for a bath by an orderly.. When Forrest plays ping-pong in the hospital, Lt. Dan is brought out to watch him, but only stares out the window angrily.

    One night, Lt. Dan angrily pulls Forrest out of his bed and yells at him for saving his life. He angrily asks Forrest if he knows what it’s like, not to be able to use one’s legs, and Forrest (having had leg braces as a child) replies that he does. After calming down a bit, Lt. Dan then confesses to Forrest that he was destined to die honorably in the field, like his ancestors, which Forrest had cheated him out of. Forrest replies that (even without his honorable death) he still is Lt. Dan Taylor. Lt. Dan then pulls himself back over to his bed and wonders what he will do now without legs. The next day Forrest is awarded the Medal of Honor. He goes to tell Lt. Dan, but finds he has been discharged from the hospital.

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  • In Christmas of 1971, Forrest is reunited with Lieutenant Dan in New York City. Lieutenant Dan is now a long-haired, bitter alcoholic in a wheelchair, and is dismayed that Forrest won the Medal of Honor, though does not react with genuine hatred. Forrest returns with Lt. Dan to his hotel room, where they have a discussion about God, which ends with Lt. Dan sending Forrest for another bottle of Ripple.

    On New Year’s Eve of 1971, Forrest and Dan go to a bar where Forrest tells Dan about buying a shrimping boat because of a promise he made to Bubba. Lieutenant Dan scoffs and jokingly replies that if Forrest ever became a shrimping boat captain, then he’d be his first mate. Then two hookers named Carla and Lenore come and start flirting with Lt. Dan. When the ball drops Forrest wishes Lt. Dan a happy new year but Lt. Dan sits in his chair upset that he doesn’t have any legs and can’t join the celebration. Afterwards Lt. Dan invites Forrest, Carla, and Lenore back to his hotel room where he makes out with Carla and Lenore tries to make out with Forrest.

    But when Forrest accidentally pushes Lenore down (mainly because he’s thinking about Jenny), she gets angry and Carla calls Forrest stupid. Enraged, Lt. Dan angrily kicks both out for insulting Gump, falling out of his wheelchair in the process. Forrest helps him up and apologizes for ruining the party. Lt. Dan wishes him a Happy New Year.

    Forrest later buys his own shrimping boat, which he names “Jenny”. After hearing about this, Lt. Dan arrives to serve as his first mate, as he is a man of his word. For several months, they have no luck, until Hurricane Carmen destroys all the shrimping boats except theirs, and they find themselves with an abundance of shrimp. Under the name “Bubba Gump Shrimp Company”, they make a lot of money. Lt. Dan indirectly thanks Forrest for saving his life; Forrest thinks that, despite Lt. Dan never actually saying so, he made his peace with God.

    In September, 1975, Forrest leaves the business after he learns his mother is dying of cancer, and after her death, he stayed in Greenbow. Lt. Dan then takes over and continues managing it, and substantially invests in what Forrest believes to be “some kind of fruit company”, which was in fact Apple Computers; it was this investment that began Apple’s rise to success.

    In approximately 1981, Forrest reunites with Jenny in Savannah, Georgia, and the pair, as well as Jenny and Forrest’s son, Forrest Jr, return to Greenbow, Alabama, where Forrest and Jenny are married in a private ceremony. Several friends and family members had attended. Among the guests is Lieutenant Dan, who now has prosthetic legs, made from titanium alloy (the same metal used in the space shuttles). He is accompanied by his Vietnamese fiancee Susan.

    Jenny dies a year later in 1982 from a Hepatitis C, and Forrest has her buried under the tree they played on as children, as well as demolishing the home of Jenny’s abusive father. Forrest wonders if Lieutenant Dan was right about people having their own destiny, or if his mother was right about people “Floating around in the breeze accidentally”. He concludes that maybe both are happening at the same time. Dan no longer appears afterwards, but is presumed to be alive and well, running the shrimping business, and is still in contact with Gump.

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    ‘Forrest Gump‘ is a classic Hollywood movie starring Tom Hanks. We follow the life of the titular character, and one striking aspect is the shared friendship and love between him and Jenny. We see the two in school, where Jenny utters the memorable lines asking Gump to run, fearing what the bully might do to her friend. The next time the pair reunites, Gump learns that Jenny was kicked out of school for some raunchy photographs.

    While Forrest heads off to Vietnam, Jenny falls in with a hippie group experimenting with drugs and sex. It leads her down a path where she attempts an abortive suicide but then starts to reevaluate her life choices. A few years down the line Jenny and Forrest have a baby, who our titular character is unaware of. When Jenny introduces Forrest to his son, she tells him she is sick. They move to Greenbow, Alabama, and get married, but Jenny dies soon after in a tearful moment.

    In the movie, Jenny tells Forrest that she is sick with an ‘unknown virus.’ The doctors don’t know what it is, and they can’t do anything about it. So, what caused Jenny’s death in the movie?

    Since Jenny’s virus is never specified in the movie, there have been theories that she contracted AIDS. After all, she seems to have had multiple sexual partners while she was in the era of ‘free love.’ Moreover, during the time Jenny took drugs, she often shared needles, which has been one of the most common causes of AIDS. However, the AIDS theory has one flaw, or rather two. If Jenny had AIDS, wouldn’t Forrest have contracted AIDS too? And wouldn’t their child have it as well?

    One theory tries to explain this away saying that Jenny relapsed after her child was born and hit the needle again, which is when she got AIDS. However, this is quite farfetched as a theory. Luckily, Winston Groom shed light on the matter in the 1995 sequel, ‘Gump and Co.’ The author made it clear that Jenny dies of Hepatitis C. She contracted the disease through her drug abuse, and the virus was indeed unknown until 1989. Since the movie is set in the 1980s, it explains why the doctors could not help her in any way. A little digging shows that the disease can be contracted due to drug use and via blood contact.

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    In Jenny’s worst days, she abused drugs rampantly, and, unsurprisingly, she might have contracted the virus. However, it still begs the question of why their child did not catch the disease since Hepatitis C can be spread from mother to child by nursing. However, with the author’s confirmation, the real cause of Jenny’s death can be laid to rest.

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    Forrest Gump is a heartwarming tale that sends Tom Hanks on a journey through history. Forrest (Hanks)’s 75 IQ doesn’t stop him. In fact, he sort of lucks into a college football career, military service in the Vietnam War, a ping pong career, and a shrimping empire. Forrest Gump is bittersweet, too, and doesn’t end well for every character.

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    The love of Forrest’s life is Jenny (Robin Wright). Jenny is on a different path for much of the movie, but ultimately they have a child together. Jenny spends the end of her life as Forrest’s wife. Her death also incorporates a significant part of American history.

    Forrest has been telling his whole life story as he waits for a bus on a park bench. He tells the story of meeting her on the school bus, through their interactions at college and anti-war rallies and their one intimate night together. When he sees her again, she reveals they have a son together. 

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    Jenny also reveals she is sick. She says the doctors don’t know what it is, but the audience is meant to infer she has AIDS. This reunion takes place in 1981 according to a sign on a passing bus. In the early days of the epidemic, there was no official name for it. The CDC would officially call it AIDS in 1982, according to History, which is the same year Jenny died according to her gravestone. 

    The movie Forrest Gump never makes an overt connection between Jenny’s disease and its cause. HIV and AIDS can be spread by unprotected sex and sharing needles. Jenny does both in the movie. 

    While Forrest goes to Vietnam and starts his shrimp business, Jenny joins the hippie movement. She appears with different boyfriends throughout the film, although Forrest Gump is PG-13 so her relationships are not explicit. In one scene, Jenny and her partner are in a daze with drug paraphernalia in the room, including a syringe. It is possible they shared that needle. 

    One of the technological breakthroughs of Forrest Gump was its ability to put Hanks in historical events. Beginning with the assassination attempt on George Wallace, Forrest encountered Presidents from Kennedy to Nixon and celebrities like John Lennon, and acknowledging historical figures who died. 

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    Forrest learns about the plight of Vietnam veterans through Lt. Dan (Gary Sinise), whom he saves in battle. Lt. Dan loses his legs and becomes an amputee. The emergence of AIDS in the ’80s was too major a historical development for Forrest Gump to ignore. Sadly, Jenny had to be the character who perished due to AIDS.

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    What is the real cause of death for Forrest Gump’s Jenny Karan? Here’s what you need to know about the fate of Robin Wright’s character:

    What is the real cause of death for Jenny Karan? Forrest Gump??Drawn by Robin Wright, The character endured a childhood traumatic experience and later became associated with the San Francisco anti-cultural movement of the 1970s. Robert Zemeckis’ 1994 film focuses on the achievements of Forrest’s life, but the story tells his unconditional love for Jenny, even though she often treats him less kindly. Is based. Then again, Jenny was a victim of abuse, often suffering from her own past trauma.

    Tom Hanks protagonist remains enthusiastic and loyal to Jenny Forrest Gump.. They unite as young children and then separate as young adults for the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was destined to have attacked many people when he could be drafted into the army, although he was enlisted in the case of Forrest. Forrest fulfilled his vow to write to Jenny, but was found to have been returned because his mailing address was invalid. After becoming a war hero and awarded the Medal of Honor, Forrest reunites with Jenny at a 1967 anti-war rally in Washington, DC, but hasn’t seen her for nearly a decade. In 1976, Jenny returned to Alabama, had sex with Forrest, then took off again, continuing her cycle of going in and out of life.in the meantime Forrest Gump Early conflicts arose from events that moved him away from Jenny, and the final theatrical drama sought to connect them, leading to a cathartic, but otherwise very upset solution.

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    Forrest Gump‘NS The climax explains the premise of the opening and builds on two major exposures. In 1981, Forrest receives a letter from Jenny and travels to Georgia. Jenny knows the truth about why her longtime friend has been running all over America for years. He had a broken heart in the past and missed him.Forrest discovers that Jenny gave birth to Forest Jr. (Haley Joel Osment), strengthening their ties, and Jenny “Some kind of virus” What the doctor can’t explain. Wright’s personality dies after marrying Forrest, and her illness is never revealed in the film. It has long been rumored that Jenny’s true cause of death was associated with either HIV / AIDS or hepatitis C because of the early 80’s setting and the character’s lifestyle for several years.

    2019, Forrest Gump Writer Eric Roth confirmed that Jenny actually died of HIV / AIDS complications.During the interview (via Yahoo entertainment) Regarding the 25th anniversary of the film, Ross discussed details of the sequel that was canceled after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Forrest Gump The sequel actually began with a revelation that Forest Jr. was suffering from AIDS. This is the result of getting sick from her mother, Jenny. Ross also states that he wrote a comedy-dark scene involving Florida children who refused to attend the same school as Forest Jr.

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  • “We had an interesting sequence where they were [desegregation] At the same time I was on the bus in Florida so people are on the bus [their] Children who have to go to school with their AIDS children. So there was a big conflict. “

    Parros, Forrest Gump The sequel had darker subtext beyond the HIV / AIDS plot line.In one scene, the Hanks character is behind OJ Simpson Ford Bronco In another scene, Princess Diana (who died tragically in 1997) and Forrest’s ballroom dance danced during the infamous 1994 highway chase in Los Angeles. Ross also wrote a sequence in which a Native American character with whom Forrest was a friend was killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.The sequel was finally canceled when the 9/11 tragedy wrote the script “Meaningless” Such Movie fans are left Forrest GumpA 90’s classic that certainly covers many historical events, but eventually settles into Jenny’s legacy. But considering how overwhelming the latest sequel to the beloved classic movie, it’s probably best not for Forest to return to the sequel, especially since the original is a bit problematic by modern standards.

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    ‘ Forrest Gump Ist ein klassischer Hollywood-Film mit Tom Hanks . Wir folgen dem Leben des Titelcharakters und ein auffälliger Aspekt ist die gemeinsame Freundschaft und Liebe zwischen ihm und Jenny. Wir sehen die beiden in der Schule, wo Jenny die denkwürdigen Zeilen ausspricht und Gump auffordert zu rennen, aus Angst, was der Tyrann ihrer Freundin antun könnte. Bei der nächsten Wiedervereinigung erfährt Gump, dass Jenny wegen einiger schlüpfriger Fotos aus der Schule geworfen wurde.

    Während Forrest nach Vietnam aufbricht, trifft Jenny auf eine Hippie-Gruppe, die mit Drogen und Sex experimentiert. Es führt sie auf einen Weg, auf dem sie einen abortiven Selbstmord versucht, dann aber beginnt, ihre Lebensentscheidungen neu zu bewerten. Ein paar Jahre später haben Jenny und Forrest ein Baby, von dem unser Titelcharakter nichts weiß. Als Jenny Forrest seinem Sohn vorstellt, sagt sie ihm, dass sie krank ist. Sie ziehen nach Greenbow, Alabama, und heiraten, aber Jenny stirbt bald darauf in einem tränenreichen Moment.

    Im Film erzählt Jenny Forrest, dass sie an einem ‘unbekannten Virus’ erkrankt ist. Die Ärzte wissen nicht, was es ist, und sie können nichts dagegen tun. Also, was hat Jennys Tod im Film verursacht?

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    Da Jennys Virus im Film nie spezifiziert ist, gibt es Theorien, dass sie sich mit AIDS infiziert hat. Immerhin scheint sie in der Zeit der „freien Liebe“ mehrere Sexualpartner gehabt zu haben. Während Jenny Drogen nahm, teilte sie häufig Nadeln, was eine der häufigsten Ursachen für AIDS war. Die AIDS-Theorie weist jedoch einen oder vielmehr zwei Fehler auf. Wenn Jenny AIDS hätte, hätte Forrest dann nicht auch AIDS bekommen? Und würde ihr Kind es nicht auch haben?

    Eine Theorie versucht dies zu erklären, indem sie besagt, dass Jenny nach der Geburt ihres Kindes einen Rückfall erlitt und erneut auf die Nadel schlug, als sie AIDS bekam. Dies ist jedoch als Theorie ziemlich weit hergeholt. Glücklicherweise beleuchtete Winston Groom die Angelegenheit in der Fortsetzung von 1995, ‘Gump and Co.’. Die Autorin machte deutlich, dass Jenny an Hepatitis C stirbt. Sie erkrankte an der Krankheit durch ihren Drogenmissbrauch, und das Virus war in der Tat bis 1989 unbekannt. Da der Film in den 1980er Jahren spielt, erklärt er, warum die Ärzte ihr in keiner Weise helfen konnten. Ein wenig Graben zeigt, dass die Krankheit aufgrund des Drogenkonsums und über Blutkontakt übertragen werden kann.

    In Jennys schlimmsten Tagen missbrauchte sie zügellos Drogen und, nicht überraschend, könnte sie sich mit dem Virus infiziert haben. Es stellt sich jedoch immer noch die Frage, warum ihr Kind die Krankheit nicht bekommen hat, da Hepatitis C durch Stillen von Mutter zu Kind übertragen werden kann. Mit der Bestätigung des Autors kann jedoch die wahre Todesursache von Jenny zur Ruhe gelegt werden.

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    I have read the book Forrest Gump and also watched the Forrest Gump movie version. In the movie version at the end of movie, Jenny told Forrest that she was suffering from HIV/AIDS virus then she proposes to him and he accepts but Jenny died at the end of the movie.

    But in the novel, Forrest Gump, Jenny reunited with Gump and with their child and she didn’t die in that novel.

    Can someone explain to me why does the movie’s ending differ from the novel?

    I found a very interesting article based on the differences between movie and the novel. I’ll quote some of them, that should answer your question:

    Robert Zemeckis, director of Forrest Gump, chooses not to include several adventures that are present in the book and to change the character’s personality.

    This significant changes play an important role in the viewer’s perspective of Forrest. Also he is described as a big, tall, and a really strong person while in the movie the viewer would describe him as an average man.

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  • Jenny, and Forrest’s mother are the only two people that love Forrest the way he is. In the book, however, it seems as if Forrest’s mother doesn’t take him more than just an idiot. “How you gonna have a plan, Forrest?..You is a idiot. How is po idiot gonna have a plan?”(220)

    In the movie Robert Zemeckis decides to change that and makes her more confident in her son’s mental skills. However, his mental impairment doesn’t seem to bother Jenny, the love of Forrest’s life, who’s feelings toward Forrest evolve differently in the movie compare to the book. The viewer of Forrest Gump doesn’t know her real feelings and might even think that the main character is the person to whom she runs for a comfort and a place to stay until she is strong enough to run away again. This change certainly changes the viewer’s perspective on Jenny’s personality.

    So basically, the director chooses a different ending because he changed the character’s personality; and in order to maintain consistency in this, it’s not just the ending that has been changed, as you read the book you should know better than me: some scenes were added, some of them were cut off. All these changes have been made to make the movie more touching. So I quote the answer to your question:

    However, the adjustments to the main heroes’s characters and the addition of several touching moments change the book into a heart breaking movie.

    You can read the whole article here. Enjoy.

    Very few books are the same as the movie. Most receive a rewrite from an unrelated writer with creative license brought in to do the screen play. Some like Holes or Perks of Being a Wallflower has had their screenplay written by the authors themselves so their story line does not change as much.

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    In Forrest Gump (1994), Jenny seems to be walking away from Forrest’s life plenty of times. However, even though the other ones are coherent, the last one isn’t meaningful at all.

    The first time she walks away from Forrest is at the bridge right after the singing scene of Jenny. By asking Forrest if he thinks she can fly from that bridge, she makes it obvious that her mental state is not stable and she also seems to know about it and therefore she tells Forrest to stay away from her. She hitchhikes and leaves.

    The second time is in Washington, but she was already a part of another group by that time and had people in her life. So it is not that shocking that she decides to not come back to Alabama with Forrest.

    The third and final time is when she came back as Forrest was cutting grass. Now she obviously came back—as stated in the movie—because she had nowhere else to go. And as far as we can see, she is happy. Why did she leave? Especially right after sleeping with Forrest.

    I’m shamelessly going to steal some wording from an article that does a great character analysis of Jenny.

    “Instead of realizing that narrative even exists in the story,”
    Namtara says, “people just bitch about how Jenny is such a slut, but
    she won’t even love the only person who cares about her. Jenny always
    loved Forrest, during the whole fucking movie. She loved him so much,
    she thought she was taking advantage of him and ran away for his sake.
    She didn’t realize she was wrong until it was almost too late.”

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  • Nailed it. Jenny’s push-pull relationship with Forrest is not about
    indecision or an easy ride, but the spiralling decisions of a woman
    suffering abuse from all (but one) of the men in her life. It’s this
    crucial, crucial fact that “Worst Character Ever” arguments seem to
    miss entirely – and it’s the most important one of all.

    I highly recommend reading the entire character study here in order to understand Jenny’s character.

    I always thought it was to spare him of her life. Jenny is pretty free-spirited throughout the movie, while Forrest is always more on an even keel. I believe that she felt like her lifestyle would cause him grief or anguish as it had in the past (think “Black Panther party”), and she didn’t want him to have to be introduced to that.

    I’d definitely agree with sanpaco’s statement that Jenny loved Forrest her whole life, and that’s why she cared enough to rid his life of her. She only re-introduced herself into his life when she knew she was dying and realized Forrest was the best person to raise their son.

    In my opinion, Jenny’s departure from Forrest’s house, AND her “No” answer to his proposal for marriage are inextricably linked.

    It’s obvious that Jenny and Forrest loved each other as best friends from the time they first met. There was absolutely nothing that one of them could do that would break that bond with the other.

    But did Jenny love Forrest like a woman would love a husband? Yes is my vote, and here is why. From Day 1, Jenny saw into Forrest’s heart and soul – beyond leg braces and beyond low IQ – and saw a good, good man. So why say “No” to his proposal? It’s because she did not see herself as worthy of being Forrest’s wife. She is the only one in the world who knows just how much her life’s conduct has driven her away (and below) from being a worthy wife. Please look at the dialog between them at his proposal, or view this YouTube clip.

    Forrest: Will you marry me?

    (Jenny slowly turns around to face Forrest without expression.)

    Forrest: I’d make a good husband, Jenny.

    Jenny: (Matter-of-factly) You would, Forrest. [Emphasis mine. She means it – this is no kidding.]

    Forrest: But you won’t marry me.

    (Jenny shakes her head no with a disappointed sigh and expression)

    Jenny: (Shaking her head no) You don’t want to marry me. [Emphasis mine – this is crucial.]

    Forrest: Why don’t you love me, Jenny? [Forrest has it wrong.]

    (Jenny goes to respond, but doesn’t find the words.) [Because she is conflicted.]

    Forrest: I’m not a smart man. But I know what love is. (Walks away.)

    Later on in the clip, Jenny comes to Forrest’s room:

    Forrest: (Surprised) Jenny?!

    Jenny: Forrest I do love you. [Emphasis mine]

    (No more dialog as this is where Little Forrest is conceived.)

    Aside from Forrest’s understandable surprise, these are exactly the actions that a husband and wife would do. Jenny knows all too well how to practice birth control. And she knows all too well that she is not doing so. She owned up to the only part of being a wife that she would allow herself to attain.

    So why did she leave?

    As loving friends, she probably would have stayed quite a while. As a prospective wife, she could not bear to be in his presence. She did not see herself as being in his league. In her mind, she had to leave. That was her loving gesture to him so that he could find someone who was worthy of him. She knew he would not understand, so she left in a manner that would cause the least pain to him.

    Unfortunately, it’s only until she is dying that she realizes that Forrest sees her heart and soul as much as she sees his. It’s only after he offers to take care of her that she realizes that that’s all he sees: a great person that has always been worthy to be his wife. And that is why she proposes to him. Of course, he accepts.

    3 reasons why Jenny leaves Forest the night after making love to him and telling him she loves him:

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    what did jenny die from in forrest gump

    There is no doubt form the start of the movie that Forrest loved Jenny from the beginning of their friendship. But it is Jenny who never gave a thought or had a feeling about Forrest’s feelings. She always avoided him right from the start and considering girl’s sixth sense is too strong, she most probably understood that Forrest started loving her. But watching the movie, somehow it was depicted that Jenny despite understanding everything (even Forrest expressed himself that he loved her) always tried to ignore him (rude to say but the reason being he was stupid and this is the truth) and chose an aimless yet apparently enjoyable life for her.

    But in the end she returned to him conceiving how much life she had spoiled of herself. She was sure he would accept her in any condition, had a baby with him for her own interest (for natural reason) and married Forrest when she became sick. Needless to say Forrest had become too rich by then. Is the above theory not enough to prove that she married Forrest for her own interest?

    Far from it.

    Jenny was a seriously mixed-up, mentally unstable woman who did not know what she wanted to do with herself. The primary reason for her instability was the sexual abuse meted out to her as a child by her father. Such events scar people for life and Jenny was no different.

    There is a particular scene early on in the film where Jenny and Forrest are hiding from her father in a corn field. She tells him that she wants to “fly away like a bird far from here”. As soon as she got a chance, that is exactly what she did. She wanted to be a completely different person. But she got kicked out of college and fell in with hippies and extremists of the time and got sucked into a downward spiral.

    She did love Forrest. She even said so before sleeping with him even though she turned down his proposal. Even though she ran away again, the birth of Forrest Jr. resulted in her becoming mature and responsible. She became a waitress in Savannah and appeared to be supporting her son and herself quite well. She only wrote to Forrest once she knew of her terminal illness. Their marriage gave both of them happiness and Forrest Jr. a father who would take care of him once Jenny died.

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  • I think Jenny loved Forrest but it was a pure love, unlike what she thought she was worth. So she chose to remember Forrest as an unspoiled part of her past, and instead ran after a hedonistic life. When she did consummate her relationship with Forrest she left because she was afraid that she would taint him. Only when she was really sick and needed him to care for her son did she allow him into her life, knowing that her running days were over.

    Everytime, I watch this movie I am struck by how Jenny is portrayed. She was a deeply wounded and flawed person, but I think she really loved Forrest. She was abused constantly by her father and the only time she felt happiness was when she was with him. Her past and the demons she carried followed her throughout the entire film. I think she didn’t believe she was worthy of Forrest.

    In the movie, she asks him why is he so good to her as if she can’t understand how he could still love her. The love she felt for him was untainted and pure. Her past and choices she made with men, drugs, and life were because she felt worthless perhaps believing she deserves that life. When she slept with Forrest, I think she believed she was giving him something back a piece her that she could show him how she felt about him. When she was gone the next day, I think it was because she realized that she wasn’t whole and could give him the life he wanted.

    She over the years saw him living this life where he did these extraordinary things and she was not worthy of him. When she got sick I think she realized that her son deserved to know his father and he deserved a piece of her that was pure, the only good thing in her life that wasn’t tarnished. She was finally at peace and maybe thought she finally deserved some happiness with him. Often times abuse is so debilitating that you can’t come out from under it.

    Leaving Forrest behind all the time was showing her love to him because he would’ve followed her anywhere and eventually brought him down too. She loved him in the most innocent way pure, untainted, and free of her abuse. That’s all I got to say about that.

    I think Jenny was mentality mix up in the head from her poor up brining not stable in her mind about love but she know abuse.Which leads to bad behavior and no mental stability in some areas of her lif

    Selfish? I’m not sure about that, I kind of see it as cruel she says she loved him the night she slept with him but then the very next morning she runs away again if she truly did love him she would have stayed or even at the most came back after she found out she was pregnant. The poor man tried almost his whole life to be with her, protect her, and treat her good but she never gave him the chance. To me I see her doing what’s right for her boy so that he was taken care of after she was gone but I can’t believe she truly loved forest she told him she loved him but the very next morning she ran away again even if she came back after finding out she was pregnant then it would have shown she did care but she waited years until she found out she was dieing to contact him again and then marries him that to me says hey I’m dieing I need someone to take care of my son when I die so I guess that I can stomach being with this dude until I die which is very sad because forrest loved her so much it makes me cry every time watching the part at the end when he is at her grave talking to her and says how much he misses her, the poor man fought his whole life trying to be with her and in the end he gets to be with her for a year before she dies. So in conclusion I’m not sure I would call it selfish, I see it more as almost evil.

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    what did jenny die from in forrest gump

    What disease killed Jenny in the movie Forrest Gump?

    The movie is vague. Jenny tells Forrest she has some virus and the doctors do not know what it is. At no point in the movie itself does it disclose more information regarding why she died.

    It appears that the popular opinions are one of the following:

    AIDS. It would have weakened her immune system, allowing something else to finish her off. HIV/AIDS is spread primarily through blood and sexual contact. Jenny appears to have multiple partners throughout the movie and is living in the era of “free love.” This seems to be the most popular opinion.

    Hepatitis C. Per Wikipedia, this is primarily spread via blood contact and drug use. Jenny is seen in the movie (ab)using drugs multiple times at a point in history when drug use was even more rampant than it is today. Hepatitis C was also unknown in the late 1980s which is the rough timeframe of when the end of the movie would have taken place, which could explain it being an “unknown virus.”

    While we can debate which disease it might have been, is there any definitive, credible proof? Interviews with producers, directors, scriptwriters? Specific references to a script or other source material?

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  • The accepted answer must include some credible, out-of-universe proof explaining the specific cause of Jenny’s death.

    Jenny says she has a virus, but doctors don’t know what it is or how to treat it.

    Jenny: Forrest, I’m sick.

    Forrest: What, do you have a cough due to cold?

    Jenny: I have some virus, and the doctors, they don’t know what it is, and there isn’t anything they can do about it.

    It is now thought that people were infected with AIDS as early as the 1920s, and the current epidemic began in the ’70s, but it wasn’t recognized until 1980-1981:

    It is widely believed that HIV originated in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo around 1920 when HIV crossed species from chimpanzees to humans. Up until the 1980s, we do not know how many people developed HIV or AIDS. HIV was unknown and transmission was not accompanied by noticeable signs or symptoms.

    While sporadic cases of AIDS were documented prior to 1970, available data suggests that the current epidemic started in the mid- to late 1970s. By 1980, HIV may have already spread to five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Australia). In this period, between 100,000 and 300,000 people could have already been infected.
    – History of HIV & AIDS overview, Avert.org


    In early 1980 through 1981 there were 26 cases of a rare form of cancer called Kaposi Sarcoma – 20 from New York and 6 from California. By May of 1981 there were 5 cases of Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia…

    By the beginning of July 1982 a total of 452 cases, from 23 states, had been reported to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). In hindsight, we now know these early AIDS patients had HIV for years prior to 1981 (as we know a person without treatment can have HIV for five to ten years before AIDS is imminent).
    – History of HIV/AIDS in the U.S., The Institute of Human Virology

    The HIV/AIDS panic began in mid-1981.

    On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publish a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), describing cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), in five young, previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles. All the men have other unusual infections as well, indicating that their immune systems are not working; two have already died by the time the report is published. This edition of the MMWR marks the first official reporting of what will become known as the AIDS epidemic.

    On June 5 1981, the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times report on the MMWR. On June 6, the San Francisco Chronicle covers the story. Within days, doctors from across the U.S. flood CDC with reports of similar cases.

    In addition to reports of cases of PCP and other opportunistic infections among gay men, CDC also receives reports of a cluster of cases of a rare, and unusually aggressive, cancer, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, among a group of gay men in New York and California. In response, on June 8, CDC establishes a Task Force on Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (KSOI) to identify risk factors and to develop a case definition for national surveillance.

    On July 3, the New York Times reports on cases of Kaposi’s Sarcoma affecting 41 gay men in New York and California.

    By year-end, there is a cumulative total of 270 reported cases of severe immune deficiency among gay men, and 121 of those individuals have died.
    – A Timeline of HIV/AIDS, AIDS.gov

    Doctors finally use the name “AIDS” for the first time in September 1982, months after Jenny died.

    On September 24, CDC uses the term “AIDS” (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) for the first time, and releases the first case definition of AIDS: “a disease at least moderately predictive of a defect in cell-mediated immunity, occurring in a person with no known case for diminished resistance to that disease.”
    – A Timeline of HIV/AIDS, AIDS.gov

    The virus that causes AIDS is first isolated and identified in May of 1983; it is initially called Lymphadenopathy Associated Virus (LAV).

    On May 20, 1983, Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and her colleagues at the Pasteur Institute Exit Disclaimer in France, report the discovery of a retrovirus named Lymphadenopathy Associated Virus (LAV) that could be the cause of AIDS.
    – A Timeline of HIV/AIDS, AIDS.gov

    Jenny informed Forrest of her diagnosis sometime in 1981, and died in March of the following year. From the script:

    One of the women to whom Forrest tells his story is reading the November 17, 1980 issue of People magazine, so the scene probably takes place early in 1981 (people usually don’t read magazines a year after they come out):

    Jenny died in March, 1982.

    In the early ’80s, most AIDS patients died within a year and a half of diagnosis:

    From 1981 through 1987, the average life expectancy for people diagnosed with AIDS was 18 months.
    – History of HIV/AIDS


    what did jenny die from in forrest gump

    According to Dr. Woodrow Myers, a public health official from Indiana, the life expectancy of someone who had HIV in 1987 was 18 months.
    – The History of HIV Research, The Borgen Project

    Cancer: Cancer is not a virus, and it was neither unidentified nor untreatable in 1981.

    Hepatitis A & B: Hepatitis A & B are viruses, but were well known by the ’80s. Hep B was isolated in 1963, hep A was isolated in the early 1970s. By the ’80s, there were vaccines and treatment regimens for both.

    Hepatitis C: The actual hepatitis C virus wasn’t isolated until 1989, but it had long been known to be a form of hepatitis. Before it was isolated, it was called “Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis”, and doctors knew what it was and how to handle it. Furthermore, life expectancy for people diagnosed with hep C – even without treatment – is only a few years less than normal. It would be extremely unusual for an otherwise apparently healthy woman in her 30s to die of hep C within a year or two of diagnosis, and doctors would have been able to tell her she had Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis.1

    We don’t know for sure how Jenny would have contracted HIV/AIDS, but there were three main routes of infection in the days before the virus was identified: unprotected sex (especially with a large number of partners); intravenous drug use sharing dirty needles; and, far less commonly, blood transfusions/organ transplants. It is strongly implied that Jenny engaged in two of these three behaviors.

    Intravenous drug use:

    We know Jenny was around IV drug-users, and had been in at least one relationship with a heroin addict. The scene below takes place some time after 1973 (Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 hit Free Bird is playing on the radio), but probably before the disco craze of the late ’70s. Judging by her appearance, she might have been a junkie herself at this point.

    Unprotected sex:

    It is certain that she was sexually active – after all, she has a son – but the only person we know she slept with is Forrest himself, the one guy that we can safely assume didn’t give her the disease. However, there are several scenes (including the one above) that strongly imply a sexual relationship, and perhaps even that Jenny is a prostitute. Here’s one such scene, set on New Year’s Eve 1971:

    The Forrest Gump wikia claims that Jenny was indeed a prostitute:

    Forrest doesn’t see Jenny again for a long time, but he frequently thinks of her and is hoping that she is happy in whatever she is doing. However, during this time, Jenny succumbs further to a life of drugs and prostitution. She eventually hits an all time low, and comes close to attempting suicide by almost leaping off the top floor of a hotel.2
    – Forrest Gump Wikia, Jenny Curran

    It is all but certain that Jenny was engaging in risky sexual behavior, including sexual relations with intravenous drug users; she may well have been using intravenous drugs herself (and even worse, sharing needles); it is possible that she was even a prostitute. Even today, IV drug users and people who have unprotected sex with multiple partners – especially prostitutes – are still the demographic groups most likely to contract HIV/AIDS. The one risk factor that existed in the ’80s but is no longer a significant danger – blood transfusions and organ transplants – is the only one that doesn’t appear to apply to Jenny.

    Director Robert Zemeckis said this:

    Q: Was Jenny’s death AIDS related?

    Robert: It could have been, but it didn’t matter. I mean… everyone thought that because it was so topical in the era… but we never said it. We never said it in the movie. We didn’t want that to be, you know, the issue.

    We have the following pieces of information:

    Jenny tells Forrest of her diagnosis in early 1981, smack in the middle of the early stages of the HIV/AIDS panic.

    She says she has an untreatable, unidentified virus; HIV/AIDS is a virus, and at that time, it was still unidentified and untreatable.

    She dies about a year and a half later; at the time, life expectancy for people with HIV/AIDS was 18 months.


    1 For the sake of clarity, some explanation would be useful. When we hear that a virus has been “isolated in [insert year here]”, it means that that was the year in which a virologist finally figured out which species/genotype of virus causes the illness with which it is associated.

    In the case of hepatitis C, doctors knew that there was a form of hepatitis that wasn’t caused by the virus species/genotypes that caused hepatitis A or B. They knew it was some sort of hepatitis, they knew how it was transmitted, they knew what the symptoms were, and they knew how to treat those symptoms. They called it “Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis” for years before, in 1974, someone finally identified the specific species/genotype of virus that caused it; after that point, it was designated as “Hepatitis C”. The doctors knew most of the useful information before 1974, they just didn’t know if it was one species/genotype or several different species/genotypes.

    By way of analogy, we might compare this to a park ranger finding a hiker who has been mauled by an animal. At first, he doesn’t know what kind of animal did it – was it a mountain lion, a wolf, a coyote, or a bear? This is like a doctor treating an illness two centuries ago, with only the vaguest sense of what the problem might be. The ranger looks at the wounds and animal tracks and determines that the culprit was a bear – but what kind? Was it a black bear or a grizzly? This is a bit like practicing medicine a hundred years ago. Then the ranger sees a few hairs under the victim’s fingers, and notices that they are too dark to have come from a grizzly. Now he knows he’s looking for a black bear, he knows what kind of rifle to bring,but he doesn’t know exactly which one he needs to shoot. He’s like a doctor treating “Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis” in 1971: he knows what he needs to do, he knows what to look for, but he doesn’t know exactly who the culprit is. Finally, the ranger checks the GPS tracking data from all the bears in the park and sees that the bear with the tag numbered #81187B was the only one in the area where the hiker was attacked at the time of the mauling. He knows he should go out and shoot bear #81187B. He’s like a doctor after Hepatitis C was isolated in 1974.

    2 The near-suicide scene they are referring to takes place immediately after the shot of the heroin addict, shown above.

    Out-of-universe for the film, there’s this: The 1995 sequel novel (Gump & Co.) says Jenny died of Hepatitis C. So, the “word of God” (from the author) is:
    Hepatitis C.

    Well, I think it isn’t absolutely AIDS. When she say an “unknown virus” it’s the movie present (1982).(Jenny’s gravestone says she died in 1982.)

    AIDS was discovered in the early 1980s and it quickly becomes a very well-known disease. The condom becomes very popular in the 80’s because of AIDS and in early 90’s celebrities like Magic Johnson and Freddie Mercury got a lot of attention for it, so it’s impossible to say that it’s “unknown”. Hep. C it’s a good candidate for Jenny’s disease, although a treatment for it was approved in 1991. The virus was discovered in 70s but in the late 80s was “published” and get attention. Only in the middle 90s and becomes a “well known disease”. So, it’s possible to say that Jenny got Hep C. Jenny was a junkie and the contact with infected needles (Injection drug) is the principal mode of transmission of the HCV.

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    If the consensus on Jenny Curran’s death in Forrest Gump is HIV or Hep C, wouldn’t both Forrest and little Forrest have it also? It doesn’t seem feasible to me that she could have had either one of these viruses without passing it to her son, and possibly Forrest.

    Without treatment, the chance of passing HIV on to a baby is 25% (source). Seems absurdly low to me but I am not a doctor. As far as I remember, Jenny and Forrest senior only had one sexual encounter, so it is possible he didn’t contract the virus either.

    We are not explicitely told, so it’s up to the spectators. In my mind I let the Forrests live a happy, disease free life.

    You’re assuming that she contracted it before sleeping with Forrest. This is never stated in the movie.

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