Jane Fonda: “At 74, I have never had such a fulfilling sex life”

I go back and forth on Jane Fonda. On one side, I want to applaud her for discussing an issue that most older ladies won’t discuss publicly: sex after a certain age. On the other side, Jane Fonda exhausts me and I wonder who she really IS if she’s not extolling her own sexuality and her body. Anyway, Jane is 74 years old and she’s got an active sex life. Her boyfriend, Richard Perry, is 70. And once Jane got her knee replaced, her life got really awesome. That’s the phrasing she uses too – like having two good knees was her prerequisite for awesome sex. Ew. I just got the image. Ugh. I mean, go Jane…?

Like Rihanna, Jane Fonda found love in a hopeless place. In an interview with the U.K.’s The Sun, the screen legend explains how she discovered “true intimacy” with her boyfriend, Richard Perry, while recovering from knee replacement surgery in June 2009.

“When I had my knee replaced just over two and a half years ago, I found a lover. His name is Richard Perry, he is 70 and he is a music producer,” Fonda says. “When I moved in with him I was still using crutches; we haven’t been apart since.”

Fonda believes Perry — who was married to actress Rebecca Broussard, 49, from 1987-1988 — has given her what previous lovers never could.

“The only thing I have never known is true intimacy with a man,” says Fonda, whose ex-husbands include director Roger Vadim (1965-1973), politician Tom Hayden (1973-1989) and media mogul Ted Turner (1991-2001). “I absolutely wanted to discover that before dying. It has happened with Richard. I feel totally secure with him. Often, when we make love, I see him as he was 30 years ago.”

According to the Peace, Love and Misunderstanding actress, “At 74, I have never had such a fulfilling sex life. When I was young I had so many inhibitions — I didn’t know what I desired.”

[From Us Weekly]

If true, more power to her. I was trying to think of some older dudes I wouldn’t mind going to bed with… let’s see. Pres. Bill Clinton, age 65. Jack Nicholson, age 75. Robert DeNiro, age 68. There are totally more, and go ahead and judge me. I wouldn’t have any problems going to bed with a man forty years older than me (providing he was Jack Nicholson). So why is there this stigma with older ladies and sex? We shouldn’t judge. I shouldn’t judge.

I will judge Jane’s lover, though. He looks like the love child of Robert Goulet and John Waters.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Sue says:

    This is making me cringe….. Why did she think we needed to know this??? There are not words to describe my thoughts…….

    • Carrie says:

      jealousy? LOL

      good for her!

    • Sue says:

      Does she know the meaning of oversharing?

      • Rhea says:

        I don’t care if it’s from Jane, but I sooo don’t want to hear that detail if it’s from my Grannie. LOL. 😀

    • RHONYC says:

      he reminds me of Barry from ‘Storage Wars’. lol 😀

    • maggiegrace says:

      @Sue, it’s too bad that you are cringing, now that you saw the caption about Jane Fonda’s sex life, you clicked on the link, and you read all about what Jane Fonda’s sex life. And you submitted a comment about the article that you clicked on and read about Jane Fonda’s sex life, to say that you had no words to say about how cringe-worthy you find Jane Fonda’s sex life to be, now that you’ve taken the time to expressly read about it. Now I get it.

    • Chicagogurl17 says:

      Ugh I just can’t with his dentures and sneakers

    • saraq says:

      Yep yep, Sue’s comment rings of jealousy! Good sex is good sex- no matter what the age! It’s a beautiful thing!

  2. Aud says:

    Too much information.

    OK…only joking about the old people sex…but still, I don’t want to know the details.

    • Anonny says:

      Meh. The details are unimportant, yes, but it’s encouraging to hear someone’s story about having intimacy and a fulfilling sex life in your 70s.

  3. beyonce's bump says:

    I say GOOD for her! She looks great at 74 as well. It is always amazing to discover has awesome sex can be, and to realize it at any age is really great. I don’t see anything cringe worthy about this. Glad mama is getting her backs blown! 😀

    • Anait says:


    • CooCooCatchoo says:

      I agree – I think it’s great that she’s having good sex. She looks amazing and she’s obviously happy and feeling good about herself. Good sex keeps you happy and well – and I’m thrilled that she’s talking about it. We need to
      be reminded that we don’t need to stop being sexual after menopause. The media makes it sound like women become invisible once they turn 40. Being in love, having a great relationship with your partner and having great sex is possible at any age!
      This may be TMI (lol!), but I’ve never felt better, more confident or more sexually fulfilled than I do right now. I’ve just started menopause, but taking care of myself physically and mentally has made a big difference. I applaud Jane for showing us that age ain’t nothin’ but a number.

  4. Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

    Her previous sex life was really that bad?

    • lorah says:

      IKR? She was Barbarella for God’s sake. She must have had the world’s hottest men on their knees back in the day.

      She’s over-sharing, but she also gives me hope.

      • Carrie says:

        now she knows herself better and she’s more at ease with her body (she was boulimic before)

      • DeltaJuliet says:

        I don’t know…I kind of get what she’s saying. Just because she may have had the world’s hottest men, doesn’t mean she was having good sex! Some of the BEST sex of my life was with a man who was older than me and not especially attractive. But DAMN was he good in the sack. On the flip side, I’ve been with some real hotties who sucked in the sack. You never know.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @DeltaJuliet-totally agree. I actually think the less attractive ones are better in the sack-they work harder for it ya know?
        The super good-looking ones are usually lazy.

        It all comes down to chemistry anyway, which is something I have yet to be able to understand-some guys I have it with and some I don’t and it has nothing to do with looks.

      • Jaded says:

        Totally agree – some of the best looking men I went out with were the sh*ts in bed. Best lover I ever had was a short, skinny guy, not terribly good looking but LOVED me to bits and was the best shag EVER.

      • Emily says:

        +1 to what jaded said. Looks have nothing whatsoever to do with good sex. And when you’re good-looking, you’re always worried that’s the only reason someone’s with you.

    • RHONYC says:

      burn on Ted Turner. lol 😀

      p.s.- Clint Eastwood can still get it! 😉

  5. Eleonor says:

    One side of me think it’s fine to talk about sex after a certain age, but I’m sort of tired of famous women who talk about:
    -Shape, boobs, body, workouts, aging etc…
    -Being/feeling sexy
    Like there aren’t other things to discuss.

    • Seagulls says:

      I agree, but these have been the great pop cultural obsessions for the last thirty years. When celebs do try to go off script and talk about other stuff, I feel like it never goes over well. It would with the Celebitchy crowd, but the average People and Ok! Mag crowd? Not so much.

    • Emily says:

      It’s pretty much all they get asked. It bothers me too.

  6. vic says:

    No one wants this picture in their head.

  7. Carol says:

    The love child of Robert Goulet and John Waters! Oh good lord, I just laughed aloud in an otherwise silent waiting room. At the psychiatrist. Thanks for that.

    • LadidahBaby says:

      Cosign! It had to be the funniest line of the month! Omg I think I hurt myself.

  8. Thea says:

    I worked as a supervisor at a nursing long term care facility and I swear seriously there was more sex going on than at a college campus. They were like bunny rabbits. Im in my 30s and they were getting it more than me.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Nursing homes are notorious sex dens. I don’t blame them. If the choice is between sex and Yahtzee, I’d chose sex too.

      • Aussie girl says:

        Like all people in this (show) bizz, they like to talk about themselves. Her comments don’t offend me in the slightest. More power to her & all seniors!

    • DeltaJuliet says:

      I blame Viagra.

  9. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Gross, but good for her.

  10. ShanKat says:


    She was obnoxious on “Kathy”…what an affected old bat.

  11. Norma says:

    could she possibly be needling ted turner?

    • colt13 says:

      That’s what pisses me off. She didn’t just diss him, she dissed all three of her exes saying she’s never known intimacy.

  12. really says:

    He’s the love child of Jeff Goldblum and David Cronenberg.

  13. Chatcat says:

    No no no no no no no…please CB no Jane Fonda coverage.

  14. sunmoonstars says:

    Ugh I don’t want to hear about Hanoi Jane’s sex life! But she’s always been a narcissistic, selfish, oblivious spoiled brat so why change now? She is the embodiment of all that is wrong with the Boomer generation. What a vile woman…sit down and shut up, Grandma. Or better yet, take a pill.

    If old people wanna get it on, more power to them but I don’t want to hear about it. I don’t EVER want to hear about anyone’s sex life and I am honestly puzzled by those who do. Why would anyone think that people would, or should, care? I sure miss the good old days when every private act wasn’t made public *sigh*.

    *This also applies to gross surgeries, your bathroom habits, and anything else along those lines. KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!

    • Happymom says:

      Exactly what I thought: the Queen of TMI and It’s All About Me.

    • maggiegrace says:

      If you don’t want to hear about other people’s sex lives, then why did you read the article on OTHER PEOPLE’S SEX LIVES? And then take the time to comment on what you think about other people’s sex lives? I call sour grapes.

      • sunmoonstars says:

        Sour grapes? Over what? Yeah, I’m sure gonna be a jelus h8r over someone who should have been hung for treason! That might be the stupidest comment I’ve ever read on the internet, so congrats…I guess.

        Who knew that this horrid woman had fans? If you’re so gung-ho to defend this nasty piece of work, then please defend her actions in Vietnam, I always enjoy a good laugh. And please tell me what’s likeable about her because all I see is a lady Cryptkeeper who doesn’t know when to shut her mouth.

        You are defending someone who got American soldiers tortured when she decided to play little miss revolutionary. I certainly hope you’re proud of yourself!

    • marigold says:

      You might want to get off the internet…

  15. Intercontinental says:

    She must have read Fifty Shades of Grey!! Who says you’re too old…?? 😉

  16. garvels says:


  17. Bec says:

    I’m surprised by all the negative comments. This is so great! She is trying to empower women of ALL ages. It also helps empower women in every other aspect of life because being accepting of one’s sexuality gives one the most strength.

    It’s not about being hot and young and how we appear to men, it’s about how we feel about ourselves and feeling entitled and worthy – that is the key to women being strong in all areas of life and that is why it has been REPRESSED.

    We know very little about women’s fantasies but we know everything about men’s fantasies from the most basic to obscure fetishes. There is tremendous strength in knowing that you can be sexual when you are old – men have it. I think her intentions here are selfless and I think this is her last political act and maybe the most powerful one!

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      Well said, Bec, and I for one couldn’t agree more.

      I’m glad Miss Jane is getting her freak on AND feeling love & intimacy too!

      Many post menopausal women lose their libido, but paradoxically begin stronger and more frequent orgasms. Fonda is doing a public service by getting the facts out there; just because you may hormonally may not be in the mood to initiate, that has no bearing on how awesome sex gets for women ‘after a certain age’!

      Inhibitions, body image hangups are gone, and release is as easy as falling off a log. There are some nice surprises to look forward to in later life, and Jane is preaching to my choir!

    • Raven says:

      Great comment, Bec. She’s a strong advocate of women being themselves.

  18. RHONYC says:

    egads Jack Nicholson!

    ok…well, uh…that’s a whooooole lotta lovin’ alright! *phew*

    don’t forget to bring the hoagies to bed with ya, you know our man Jack loves romancin’ him some sandwiches as well as the ladies! lol 😉


  19. Madpoe says:

    At 38, I never wanted to know what sex would be like at 74, even for another woman.

  20. Victoria says:

    So Jane is really slamming all the movie star dudes she slept with?

    You’ll see, when Perry is caught in a prostitution ring scandal, Jane will say, like Jolie did about Billy Bob, bragging about his virility made him happy.

    At 74, we would all want a man around all the time.

  21. SalmaNella says:

    I kind of get what Jane is saying. She seems to have found a deeper sense of emotional connection with her current partner. That makes total sense and it definitely makes for better sex!

  22. Skinnybetch says:

    Older men make better lovers IMO. My guy is 17 years older than me and it’s the best sex I’ve ever had. . Not that I really wanna hear about 2 70 years olds boning, but when you’re in love and having crazy good sex you cant help but talk about it. . Good for her!

  23. Jess says:

    Good for her! I’m 39 and my sex life sucks right now (cause my marriage sucks), so it’s nice to know that there’s still hope. I’ve been feeling old and like all the good stuff is behind me, so I’m glad she’s talking about this stuff!

  24. maggiegrace says:

    It’s Jane Fonda. It’s what she does. I love her. She lacks barriers, boundaries and filters. You don’t want to hear it, then don’t read it for god’s sake. The article had a telling heading, why open the article if it squicks you out? She looks fan-effing-tastic, although she’s lost weight recently – she does that when she has a man. She is tweeked to perfection, imo.

    • sunmoonstars says:

      She looks exactly like the cryptkeeper and you can actually SEE the crazy in her eyes. Her ugly, black rotten soul shines right through and she’ll be seeing the devil soon enough so better enjoy it now, Hanoi Jane!

      As for lacking barriers, boundaries and filters….well, that’s a big red flag for mental illness. You can look at her and tell she’s nutso and usually I have lots of sympathy for sick people but in this case I reserve my sympathy for the POW’s who got tortured because little miss wannabe communist wanted to pretend to be a revolutionary. Never mind the fact that SHE would never give up her riches and live like you or I unwashed serfs, she’s a hypocrite and a true piece of crap. Better to pose for pictures with the Viet Cong and then get back on her private jet and fly back to the evil capitalist US and her mansion, then marry Ted Turner. What a true inspiration for us all! I don’t hate a lot of people but I DESPISE this sanctimonious hypocrite. She cares for NOTHING other than herself and thinks her sh*t doesn’t stink. I don’t know if she has kids but I would bet money that if she does, they hate her guts. She’s a malignant narcissist and a disgrace to this country.

      • Raven says:

        Seek help. And maybe stick to threads you understand because you’ve clearly missed the point here.

      • palermo says:

        A lot of you are too young to know how evil this woman was. Do a little googling, maybe that will change your mind. My husband is a Vietnam vet, ask anybody who was in the service at that time. She has always been a total hypocrite. All about feminism too and meanwhile getting big fake boobs, facelifts. I cannot stand this woman.

    • Aotearovian says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

      And @sunmoonstars: Jane has a Twitter account. Suggest you address your concerns with her directly.

  25. Lisa says:

    Feel the burn, Jane.

  26. Lisa says:

    This is the unfulfilled lady’s/man’s equivalent of the It Gets Better campaign.

  27. Bobby the K says:

    I think when people go on about their sex lives it has more to do with cultural manipulation more than anything else. If we really had a healthy non-neurotic attitude about sex, we wouldn’t be going on about it publicly. Anymore than we would keep mentioning that one of our seasons is ‘winter’.

    • maggiegrace says:

      Good point B the K. Also, if we were not so culturally neurotic about sex, people wouldn’t have paroxysmal attacks when people actually mention that they HAVE a sex life.

  28. Hmmm says:

    Jane has never grown up, has she?

  29. Sarah says:

    ew ew ew ew EWWWW!! I really DID NOT need to know that! If there’s anything more disgusting than hearing pensioners discussing their sex life I’ve yet to hear it. EEWWWWWWW!!

    • Snowpea says:

      Sarah who are these ‘pensioners’ you refer to? Can’t be Ms Fonda, cos she AIN’T ON THE PENSION!

      You people on this thread who seem so disgusted? You really really need to take a long hard look at yourself.

      Are you really SO BRAINWASHED by the sexist, ageist, misogynistic media of our culture that you’ll only accept a youthful representation of sexuality?

      Sheesh. *Shaking my head in despair*

  30. Jayna says:

    She’s not saying she’s never had great sex. She’s saying this is the best because she is experiencing an emotional intimacy in bed she had never experienced and thus is also more confident in bed. More married couples than not have an average to boring sex all
    the way to nonexistent. Many women
    complain they are emotionally unfulfilled in their relationships or don’t have affectionate mates, so that when their mate wants to roll over and have sex, the wife just isn’t that
    into it..
    so I say, go, Jane. You’re basically telling all women of any age bored, who have lost that part of themselves, or,most importantly, women over fifty hitting menopause up to her age that that part of your life can still be

    I basically yawn when someone wants to always talk about their sex life. But I think Jane’s interview is maybe a wakeup call to women of a certain age, but even younger than Jane, who have lost the sexual part of themselves.

  31. catt says:

    Her boyfriends dentures don’t fit. His mouth never closes!
    Jane looks fabulous though and you can tell she knows it.

  32. Bronson says:

    Haha, I’d be into some older gentlemen…I’d bang Bill Murray any day hands down!

  33. Playlist says:

    When I was in mid-twenties, my boyfriend’s grandparents were in their 90’s. I could never get over that they were older than mid-60’s. They were an amazing youthful couple that lived life to the fullest and were always laughing and affectionate with each other. I asked what the secret to being so youthful was and having a long successful relationship and they both said “never stop having fun with sex, and always make time for it, it’s just as great when you’re older and it keeps both life and the relationship worthwhile”. I’ve never forgotten that advice and plan to adhere to it whether I’m married or not.

    Even though Jane Fonda was a bit radical at times, I have always thought she was wound a little too tight (repressive) for most of her life. It probably helps if she’s finally in an equal relationship rather than dating men who like to control (they usually make lousy lovers because they never let themselves lose that control and they won’t lower their guard for any kind of intimacy because they don’t trust others). Jane may be revealing TMI but it’s certainly a flattering statement to her current boyfriend!

  34. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    Good for her. But, I never really needed to know that about her or anyone else for that matter.

  35. SueAnn says:

    She is the Jessica Simpson of the Senior Citizen Celebrities…

  36. Dirty Martini says:

    Glad she’s happy with her man and all. But really saying it in this way leads others to the conclusion that Ted Turner couldn’t find his way to her clitoris with a flashlight and a map. And oh yes, I know, your brain is the biggest sex organ….but really, here, let’s me honest……didn’t you wonder what was wrong with Ted and the others, and why this very odd looking man makes Jane all hoochy? Inquiring minds ask…

  37. Lily says:

    I’m with others who kind of like hearing this. I already worry sometimes about getting older (not that there’s anything you can do about it), so it’s nice to hear about perks that might come along with it.

  38. mollie says:

    If you want a glimpse of who she “really is”…watch her documentary on Oprah’s Master Class series. I clicked to it randomly and was absolutely riveted. I think she’s great, mostly based on that revealing interview. Cool stuff. Go Jane!

  39. Snowpea says:

    I LOVE Jane! So what if she is 74? Let me tell you, you too will be 74 one day (if ya lucky), and what you will discover, is that inside, you always feel 25.

    I totally relate to Jane. I know this will sound Brick-esque, but I have always been considered beautiful but it’s often those who are the most insecure. The world is so focussed on the exterior that you feel like noone will ever love you for YOU.

    Round and round it goes. PLUS Jane had a family riddled with mental illness AND a mother who committed suicide AND her father Henry was extremely distant and you add it all up and you end up with a woman who doesn’t know whether she is Arthur or Martha.

    My story is almost identical. My mother who has BPD abandoned me when I was four and returned when I was eight and subjected me to the most horrendous physical and emotional abuse…but people look at you and go, But you’re so pretty, how could you possibly have any problems?

    Well, I believe Jane has gone through the same kinda stuff and it takes you a loooooooong tome to get over it and make any sense of it all.

    Sometimes, it pays to be kind to people. You never know what is going on in someone else’s life. That is all.

    Oh and PS: Shouldn’t we all be celebrating the fact that this geezer is going out with a peer rather than a nymphette half his age a la Ronnie Wood, Jim Clark, et al?

  40. palermo says:

    She should have been shot as a traitor during the Vietnam War. Hanoi Jane can go straight to hell.

  41. Emily says:

    This is not unusual. Sex gets better as you get older. It should be an open secret by now.

  42. Some craaazy people on this post.

  43. jackiev says:

    People like maggiegrace make me so tired. Commenter you disparaged didn’t ask for your opinion, just gave their own. You can drop the attitude. Just because you are not repulsed by this old piece of plastic talking about her sex life doesn’t mean that you are superior, no matter how hard you try to make it so.

  44. sup says:

    that’s sad

  45. ezra says:

    This vain narcissist needs to learn to shut-up. She’s too much.

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