Jane Fonda on aging: ‘No matter what, your body is going to go south’

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Jane Fonda was on Ellen earlier this week and I finally had a chance to go through my DVR to watch it. She was promoting season 2 of Frankie and Grace, with Lily Tomlin, which it out on Netflix today. Jane, 78, looked incredible in leopard print pants and a gold blouse and she gave a lot of funny but true comments on aging. First off, she was totally nonchalant about the fact that one of her front teeth fell out when she was at George Clooney’s Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She even shared a pic. That’s a recurring nightmare that I’ve had, that my teeth are falling out, but it happened to her at a party. It sounds like she hung out for a while afterwards too. Then she talked about aging and she was pretty chill about that too:

Ellen: we saw each other recently at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at George Clooney’s house and you had a little tooth incident
My tooth came out… a lot of people came over in sympathy. Barry Diller said ‘Mine came out three times last week.’

You look so good [at 78]. Do you care about that number?
I do… I got a fake hip, a fake knee. You should see what happens to me at airports. It’s just a fact. No matter what your body is going to go south. Your spirit and your mind [makes soaring gesture]. The old fashion way of looking at aging is that you’re born, you peak at midlife and then you decline into decrepitude. The way to really look at it is, even if your body is declining, even if you’re sick, your spirit your heart is on an upward trajectory, always growing and evolving.

I started feeling young, I kid you not, at 60. Actually 62 I became a single woman. Also I’ve been working on myself. You don’t because wise and healthy because you’ve had a lot of interesting experiences. You have to think about the experiences and what they mean… I did a lot of working on myself. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as happy as I am now.

She swam nude with Michael Jackson
He was visiting me when we were shooting On Golden Pond. I had a little cabin on the lake. He stayed with me for about eight days. One night it was a full moon and he said ‘let’s go swimming.’ It was his idea.

[From The Ellen Show]

Jane’s opinion about getting happier with age sounds similar to what Cameron Diaz was trying to say while she was promoting her book. There are definitely women like Jane Fonda who get happier as they age, but it’s not a universal experience of course.

Jane went on to say that she wanted to make a show featuring older women to show that “we can survive” and to give people hope. Then Ellen made a point that I haven’t considered. She said that we’re such a youth-oriented society that Hillary is fighting against this bias against older women as she runs for President. As dumb as it sounds, this didn’t even occur to me. Jane and Ellen talked up Hillary, specifically how resilient and strong she is and how she’s constantly attacked. They gave me a lot of hope for Hillary as President actually. Plus Jane gave me hope for my older years. Anyone who can lose a tooth and keep partying is worth looking up to. Or pitying. I guess it really depends on the circumstances.

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  1. jenn12 says:

    We all need to age like Helen Mirren. Why do we have to feel shame about aging, as though it’s something criminal we’ve done? Look at all that crap Carrie Fisher got about appearing looking older in Stars Wars, as though it’s some filthy secret that she’s no longer 26? We have to apologize if we gain weight, or get wrinkles or don’t look the same? This is why the fake suburban feminism pisses me off.

    • Annetommy says:

      No mention of her quite extensive cosmetic surgery then? She does look good but all this embracing ageing sounds a bit hypocritical. Getting old is better than the alternative.

      • Paula says:

        The fact that she did cosmetic surgery doesn’t mean she’s not embracing her age. She’s quite open about having done it and she’s not pretending to be younger than she is.

      • jenn12 says:

        She had cosmetic surgery? I didn’t know that. Disappointing. But she still seems okay with being older.

      • mee says:

        i dunno. she seems honest about aging and its ravages on the body. she’s not saying you have to let it go though so maybe she’s doing her part to keep up her body the best way she can- and she can because of her wealth. anyhow i loved what she said about old age being a constant growth process; expansion of the heart and soul.

        ps.i had a scary teeth falling out dream last week and it was every single tooth falling out. total disintegration. apparently it means fear of transitions/change, losing sexual appeal. well I’m on the cusp of menopause so sounds right.

      • jenn12 says:

        I googled it and couldn’t find a mention of the surgery she’s had. Perhaps it’s just a rumor?

      • Tessy says:

        I’ve always liked Jane but she’s had so much work done she looks more like Melanie Griffith now.

    • knower says:

      Helen Mirren never had children and it shows!

      • Sabrine says:

        Why are women actresses criticized because they have plastic surgery? It’s their deal and nobody else’s, including the outcome of the work they have done. They don’t need to be thrown under the bus because they want to look good for their jobs.

      • msd says:

        It’s fine if they want to but they should just be honest. Some people hold up Helen Mirren as an example of ‘ageing naturally’, which is ridiculous. We know she’s had a couple of facelifts. Plus, she’s become more cagey about it when she used to be open about being fine with plastic surgery. Fonda’s cool, though; she mentions her facelift all the time.

    • Jib says:

      Have you seen her on Grace and Frankie?? She still has a kick-a$$ body!!! Amazing!! She looks terrific and even with plastic surgery, she works hard to keep that body.

      Personally, though, I prefer the way Lily Tomlin has aged. Some wrinkles, gray in her hair, but a wonderful spirit!

      • sauvage says:

        Lily “overzealous face lift” Tomlin? I find her scary!

      • MooHoo says:

        and I love the way they wind her up in the script about her surgery. it’s no secret and she deals with it.
        can’t wait for series two.

  2. crazydaisy says:

    So now we should vote for Hillary to fight sexism AND ageism? How about voting for Bernie Sanders? Not because of his age. But because he’s got the best platform BY FAR—in part because, unlike the former first lady, Bernie is not owned by/beholden to Wall Street and giant multinational corporations that don’t give a f* about the middle class, working families and the environment. I’m sorry the learn that Jane Fonda, who was once politically active against the establishment, has gone over to the dark side. *sigh*

    • Brea says:

      I can’t wait until this primary is over and people like you stop. Hopefully Tuesday!!! Then you and all the reddit trolls and 4chan members can go back to whatever it is ya’ll do.

      I’m not letting my comment get moderated until people read about the militia men that Bernie voted for on the border and the “all women love rape” crap. I am so sick of the facts about what an awful person he is being silenced.

      • crazydaisy says:

        (not a troll, never heard of 4chan, just saying.)

      • wolfpup says:

        What a strange comment Brea – Bernie won in my state (Utah) 79% to Hillary’s 20%, and we’re not crawling out of the woodwork, we live here. I wonder how hard Trump will try to discredit Bernie – but I doubt it will be easy. I find it hard to believe that Bernie thinks women love rape – and I doubt his wife Jane feels that way either. I don’t know what you are referring to when mentioning a militia on the border as there’s been a border patrol there for many, many years – .

      • Cindy says:

        What in the hell are you going on about? Women love rape and militia men at the borders? I’m voting for Hilary but I would bet a mortgage payment bernie never said this. Crazy Internet.

      • wolfpup says:

        I’m turning 61 this year, and have spent a lot of time the past two years thinking about aging and what it means to me. For now, it is about seeing my life from the vantage point of a life cycle. It felt at first as though I had nothing to look forward to – no new breasts, or baby or job. What is on the horizon is death – and so it has become a time of reflection – this isn’t just about having a pretty face! (How do I feel about becoming ugly? – because I think it may happen to me!). I am witness to my body’s experience, and there is great joy in all it has provided me. Life has been both difficult and marvelous – and I will let go at some point, because I am rich beyond measure with the challenges I have faced (and there is more of that I’m sure, having come this far). Also, I know great peace in our natural world, which will become my tomb; elements to sprout once again. It is bittersweet, isn’t it?

        This was on PBS the other night – Flossie Lewis, age 91, on aging. I saved it, because it helps to have trails, footpaths, and leads – http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/shes-91-but-she-feels-15-heres-her-secret/

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        First of all, CB is not a “you people” kind of place.

        Second, I keep seeing references to militias and rape, so I looked it up.

        For those equally curious:

        http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/05/29/410606045/the-bernie-sanders-rape-fantasy-essay-explained

        https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/03/10/hillary-clinton-was-right-about-bernie-sanders-minuteman-militia-vote-but-sanders-now-denies-intent/O69kcEQSuHpueuVCsxXO4L/story.html

        No political candidate is perfect or has a perfect record. Both Democratic candidates have said and done some troubling things. In fact, all human beings say and do troubling things. Does his (maybe nuanced; I don’t know) stance on a private militia bill counter her vote for the war on Iraq? Does his 1972 ham-handed essay on sexual politics (really – he should stick with his day job) counter her stance that abortions should be “safe, legal … and rare?” Or her refusal to take a stand on the $15 minimum wage, which would lift a lot of working women out of poverty?

        Some perspective is important – let’s look at what all candidates have done with their respective political powers and influence, what they identify as the main issues confronting the country today, and how they would try to address those problems if they gained office.

        There are mistakes, and then there are MISTAKES. We should, as adults and voters, really try to sort it out.

      • wolfpup says:

        I posted about aging on Bernie’s thread – whoops!

      • Magnoliarose says:

        @watp I agree totally. It is not reasonable to expect perfection from anyone. This doesn’t change my views about Bernie or Hilary. This was written before I was even born and during a whole other lifetime.

      • sauvage says:

        @Brea: Have you even READ the actual Bernie Sanders essay? Are you just trying to stir the pot?

        Because I have read it. Here’s a link:
        http://www.snopes.com/bernie-sanders-essay/

        Yes, the made-up example was awkward. And nowhere, NOWHERE! does it say, or even imply!, that “women love to be raped”. The essay is about gender stereotypes, and how they hurt both sexes, with women resenting the submissive part, yet still feel it engrained in them, and men resenting their role as dominators. And how men and women end up resenting each other as a result. It’s not very well thought-through, you can tell the piece is from the seventies, and again, nowhere does it condone actual rape. He wrote about rape FANTASIES on both parts.

        Everybody is entitled to prefer whomever they prefer as a political candidate. But spreading half-baked lies about any candidate who’s not the one you’re hoping for, is just low.

        (I’m not even American, but this hurts my sense of justice.)

  3. NL says:

    I was just looking at pictures of her last night… she’s may well be one of the most beautiful people of all time. Just ridiculously stunning at every age.

    • Isabelle says:

      Of course she has had some work done but it looks good and not overdone. Her body is still fantastic.

  4. ItDoesntReallyMatter says:

    I love all these “older” women coming out and saying life can still be amazing after 30!

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Um, older … after 30?

      Most of us just want to know life can be good after, say, 75!

    • Isabelle says:

      lol, those 30 years olds better start saving money for their soon to be dentures. Old as f’cl.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      I better whip out my walker and shawl so I can reminisce about the olden days. Just 6 long years ago I was a wee babe in my twenties. Lol

    • Snowflake says:

      I don’t think she’s saying you’re older if you’re 30. I think poster is saying older women show there is life after 30. I mean, c’mon, in my early 30s, I had men my age who would not date me, I was too old for them. Some people act like 30 is the end. I don’t think she’s saying 30 is older. Just people act like that

  5. Who ARE these people? says:

    All 3 major candidates are on Medicare (hard to imagine they didn’t sign up) and this has got to be a first. All are past the traditional retirement age set by the first SS actuaries.

    This is one of the most interesting things about the race but it’s benign so it’s overshadowed by everything else.

    • Syko says:

      You don’t sign up for Medicare. You’re automatically enrolled in Parts A (hospitals) and B (doctors) at age 65. I was still working at 65 and had to opt out of Part B, since it costs me over $100 a month in premiums and I didn’t need it, because my employer provided health insurance. Then I had to opt in when I retired four years later. The part you sign up for is either Part C (Medicare replacement policy, which are usually free) or Part D (prescriptions), which costs roughly $35-$50 a month, depending on which plan you choose. You buy C and D through insurance companies. Pretty expensive for people whose average Social Security benefit is $1200 a month, and it doesn’t pay all that well, either. But I’m still grateful to have it.

  6. Brea says:

    She’s beautiful!!

  7. Who ARE these people? says:

    Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

  8. Nev says:

    Let people age the way they choose, it’s personal.

    Michael Jackson!!!!! Hahahahaha

  9. serious says:

    Although I think she does look great, In that close up I am a bit fascinated by what the cheek fillers do to your wrinkles, they are kind of horizontal I think? Never seen them next to the nose like that before IRL.

  10. SilkyMalice says:

    Let’s be honest. She looks the way she does, because she is able to afford the best plastic surgeons. The rest of us have to soar in our minds and souls while looking considerably less tucked and tightened. I’m OK with that, but I’m not going to pretend that Jane represents the majority of the aging female population, because she doesn’t.

  11. MarcelMarcel says:

    I LOVE Jane Fonda! I’m saving Grace and Frankie for when the time to marathon it, I really enjoyed the first season.
    I think the big difference between what Fonda and Diaz said about aging is that Fonda acknowledges that you experience pain and physical limitations. Plus, Fonda is open about the fact she’s had plastic surgery which helps her look the way she does at 78. I loved her Ted Talk, it made me feel less afraid of getting older.

    • Carol says:

      I agree. Somehow, Jane Fonda always makes me feel hopeful for the future in regards to aging. She seems knowledgeable and not judgemental. Whereas Cameron is the opposite. I do like Cameron but lately she’s become insufferable IMO

    • mee says:

      plus fonda is in her 70s so i give her words more credence. cameron hasn’t even gone thru menopause and she’s lecturing about it.

  12. Allison says:

    Why did her tooth just fall out?

    • Azurea says:

      It was probably a cap, which is glued onto a piece of the original tooth. That happened to my mother one Christmas!

    • Isabelle says:

      The older we become your gums often loosen/pull back and your teeth can shift around or even fall oil. A lot of us if not most of us will end up with false teeth or partials. Just part of getting old.

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Yup. Also loss of bone mass affects the jaw, a lot of medications cause dry mouth which affects the gums, and loss of ability to brush/floss well or at all comes with arthritis, tremor, etc. A lot of older people (like a lot of younger people) can’t afford the extensive dental work that would help them. And this feeds into problems with nutrition. Access to good dental care and regular cleanings throughout the life span would help a lot!

      • Isabelle says:

        A lot of people don’t have dental insurance on top of it. Also, still think Dentistry is still in an arcane stage. Think our grankids or great grans, will look at it like we do 1800s medicine. Rather than actually finding ways to preserve teeth we still treat the disorder versus good preventive care. Example, filling a cavity and basically patching it up. Then adding a root canal. You will loose the tooth sooner or later. Spending thousands of dollars to preserve teeth we will lose. I’ve traveled a lot and have been to places where no one sees a dentist, they don’t even exist and they often have teeth much better than ours. Our diet effects our teeth and yes, dentistry still hasn’t caught up to modern medicine.

    • iheartjacksparrow says:

      Speaking of having nightmares about teeth falling out, I had a recurring nightmare when I was very young. In the nightmare, my teeth would start falling out and fill up my mouth. And not just 32; there would be hundreds filling up my mouth, and down my throat so I couldn’t breathe. I’d wake up gasping for breath because of all those “teeth” clogging my airway. This went on for about a year.

      • siri says:

        You’re in good company, there are whole websites about this sort of dream.
        http://www.teethfallingoutdream.org/dream-about-teeth-falling-out/

        I had this one, too, when I was in my 20s/30s, and always interpreted it as some feeling of helplessness, or not being able to “bite into/chew” some challenge. Fear of something. But that’s just me trying to be my own therapist;-)

        Fonda, however, probably meant a cap/veneer, not a whole tooth. That would be difficult to replace if you stay partying;-)

    • MrsK says:

      Many Hollywood folks have capped teeth. Sometimes you can tell when their teeth are just a tad too perfect and a tad too big for their mouths.

      As time goes by, the bone around your teeth shifts slightly just like the rest of you changes shape. Those changes will make the capped teeth looser and more prone to popping off. I’m sure she wasn’t thrilled but it probably happens on occasion in those circles. Luckily she’s glamorous enough that she can just appear to shrug off any embarrassment.

      In her generation, they probably all got capped teeth which means grinding down the original teeth to little nubbins. I’m sure many younger stars with bright smiles either get veneers, which go over natural teeth, or are simply lucky enough to have had better access to orthodontics as children.

  13. Susan says:

    She’s awesome. If you haven’t seen This Is Where I Leave You, you need to see it, she’s a hoot in it. Man she looks great too. I love her comments on aging. TEAM JANE!

    • lilacflowers says:

      She’s the best part of that film. She’s the best part of almost everything she does. Her part on Newsroom was small but she always seemed like she was giving a masterclass to the other cast members.

      • Kitten says:

        She was f*cking phenomenal on that show. My bf and I were remarking that we felt kind of stupid for not knowing what a fantastic actress she is. I just haven’t seen her in many things somehow….

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      I feel like getting all the great Jane Fonda movies and showing them to my daughter because of the intelligence of all types Fonda brings to her roles. China Syndrome, Coming Home, Klute, TV’s The Dollmaker, even more uneven films like Iris and Stanley (which I liked a lot). I know I’m missing a bunch. When she stopped making movies, I missed her. Same with Jessica Lange.

      • Kitten says:

        Thanks for this! I was going to ask for Fonda movie recommendations 😺

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        You’re welcome, Kitten! IMDB should have the complete list and I’m going to check it myself. FYI Klute is a thriller…you might want company.

      • d-a-c says:

        Check out Old Gringo too. Definitely her most underrated movie, not generally considered one of her greats but it should be.

        Her early films are hit and miss. Sunday in New York is a sweet movie and the best of her romcoms. The Game is Over is a disaster storywise but visually stunning, probably her sexiest film. Everything from 1977-1990 is worth seeing except California Suite and Rollover.

      • Jayna says:

        I loved Iris and Stanley. I caught that one day and loved it. I need to watch that again.

      • rylan says:

        I loved her in Barefoot in the Park with Robert Redford. It’s one of my favorite movies.

  14. Esmom says:

    I like what she said…”even if your body is declining, even if you’re sick, your spirit your heart is on an upward trajectory, always growing and evolving.” I do think, however, that it’s much easier to do this when you’re coming from a place of wealth and privilege and I’m not sure she gets that.

    And I agree that Hillary is fighting a bias against older women to a certain degree. Even Obama alluded to it in his speech last weekend, saying something like her attempts to relate to young people were similar to moms trying to use Facebook. It was funny, although I remember thinking he was pushing it. He was definitely harder on Hillary than Bernie with his jokes.

    In any case, I see her age as more of an asset than a liability. I know people hate her but there’s no denying that she has the experience and intelligence to do the job.

    Oh, and I have recurring dreams about my teeth falling out and/or breaking too! What’s that all about?

    • Azurea says:

      I do to! Or at least I used to. I think it’s a self esteem issue presenting itself in dream language, but that’s just a jumping off point.

      • Esmom says:

        Interesting. I figured some insecurity or anxiety of some sort was at play. It’s been a while since I had that dream so maybe I’m evolving :)

    • anniefannie says:

      I’ve been told repeatedly that dreams related to losing teeth translates to financial worries and/or losing $$…

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Well, Hillary’s social media presence is sometimes on point and sometimes awkwardly pandering, so some of that joke wrote itself. And she had her surrogates scold women, including younger women, for not supporting her “just because.” Is the weather warming up, or is that the flames of that special place in hell? LOL…

    • Sixer says:

      If you took the spectrum of women from the totally obsessed with appearance and preserving youth, to the tatty old hippy in patched clothes who doesn’t give a stuff – I would be the tatty old hippy x a gazillion.

      But teeth? They are something else. Mine were destroyed by chemotherapy (they tell you that your hair falls out but they don’t tell you that your teeth might go the same way, the evil swines). I’m currently on my second implant and will probably need another and I can’t even begin to describe the shock at having a crisis of confidence about appearance. Until my teeth went wrong, I’d never given a second thought to what I looked like. I just went about as my genes made me without a care in the world. But my teeth going wrong made me feel truly bad about myself for ages. It took a long time to get over it.

      The silver lining, I guess, is that now I actually do have an empathetic perspective about feeling vulnerable on other aspects of one’s appearance. Until my teeth went wrong, I just couldn’t understand why people cared so much.

      Never underestimate the power of teeth!

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Sorry to hear this, Sixer. All of it.

        I got a dental implant about 10 years ago, not related to chemo but from some freaky condition. It was really strange having that big ugly gap in my mouth. I was given a prosthetic tooth but it made me listhp, so I dispensed with it at home.

        My big “I care how I look!” moment came with the bright red welts of rosacea. Can’t walk around with a paper bag over my face, though I felt like it.

        (And now there’s research about a correlation between rosacea and dementia, perhaps due to inflammation. So, teeth and skin. They count. I expect being on Celebitchy to keep me mentally active and healthy.)

      • Jib says:

        I’m the hippie type, too!! Over on my twitter when I said something bad about Trump, some guy wrote on my comment, “Shut up, you old hippie f$%k”!! I laughed and laughed, because it took me 50 years to embrace my hippie side and I ain’t giving it up!!

        Yay for Frankie in “Grace and Frankie”!

      • Isabelle says:

        Sorry about that sixer :( Had a Siberian friend that said until recently the people in his small village would often yank all of their teeth when they were young and then went to get false teeth. No full time access to a Dentist and they believed it was healthier. I’ve though about it and sometimes think it’s not a bad idea since we will loose most of them anyway.

      • Isabelle says:

        Sorry about that sixer :( Had a Siberian friend that said until recently the people in his small village would often yank all of their teeth when they were young and then went to get false teeth. No full time access to a Dentist and they believed it was healthier. I’ve though about it and sometimes think it’s not a bad idea since we will loose most of them anyway.

      • Sixer says:

        I am cool about it now, thank heavens. And I guess it was a lesson in humility.

        WATP – I promise you, you sound as on the button as anyone to me!

      • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

        My teeth were destroyed by medication for epilepsis… Well, the gums were, and by correlation, the teeth… 2nd implant here too… Thank goodness, the gums mostly went back to normal without having to do plastic surgery on them (had gingival enlargement … not pretty… ) I remember being 14 and a dentist asking my parents if they wanted me to be toothless by the age of 20…

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Sixer on the button, eh? I like that! Coming from you that means a lot! Keep well.

      • Liberty says:

        Sixer, sending you seven thousand hugs.

        You are so much more to everyone here than your teeth. I 100% understand where you are coming from having gone thru cancer surgery albeit no chemo. And the dental implant whirl (feeling horrid and ugly) after a dumb sports accident. I get it as much as I able, without being the girl in your heels of course. I know the feeling let’s say. But by god, girl, I am telling you that you are a treasure inside of a tiara on top of a chocolate cake in rainbow of wine that makes the sun envious. You are The Sixer, and that is a beautiful thing. :-)

      • Sixer says:

        :) Liberty

      • Devereaux says:

        seriously, everyone thanks for sharing your tooth stories. I let a root canal get out of control, ate a nut like a fool and bam! Cracked a molar. Went by the name of Toothless O’Herlihy until I could afford a bridge. (its in the back of my mouth, but still). I was ashamed. Until YESTERDAY that is! I say we all meet up and have corn mush for dinner, apple sauce for dessert. Oh and wine. Lots and lots of wine ;-)

    • Carmen says:

      Hold up. Obama said something about moms using Facebook? I love the guy but I’m gonna have to set him straight. I’m a grandmother and I used Facebook all the time. It’s a great way to keep up with my family in Cslifornia without running up an enormous phone bill.

  15. what's inside says:

    If you have amazing amounts of money, have had a pampered life, and the freedom to pursue just about any interest, then you can look like any number of the women we like to discuss on this site. Otherwise, it’s just the same old slog for the rest of us. Tooth fell out? Superglue it back in.

  16. kibbles says:

    Most of us wouldn’t worry much about aging of we could all (afford to) look like Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren in our 60s and 70s. They are simply beautiful because they have good genes and didn’t go overboard with plastic surgery and Botox like Melanie Griffith, Meg Ryan, and Renee Zellweger. Many people have problems with staying slim and looking youthful even by the time they reach their late 20s and early 30s. I’m one of those lucky people whose family members look youthful Well into their senior years but unfortunately I have to work out to avoid having a gut and I’m still young. I know that maintaining a healthy weight will likely be an issue for me when I get older unless I get nipped and tucked. Not everyone can be tall and slim or afford a great plastic surgeon.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Just a little bit of weight as you get older is okay, and better for your bones. No worries.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        I think so too. In my opinion a few extra pounds look great as a woman ages. It’s a natural part of aging.

    • Isabelle says:

      I’ve seen just as many 20 year olds out of shape lately than middle age people. Younger generations are now much larger than when I was growing up. Most were thin, size 12 was big, now its more common for young people to be out of shape.

    • LAK says:

      Jane Fonda had full on face surgery. And boobs and much else. She’s lucky to have had good surgeons and good sense to know where to draw the line unlike the actresses you’ve mentioned.

      Jane Fonda is lucky she didn’t end up like those actresses or worse, Jessica Lange who completely ruined her looks. Jessica Lange makes Melanie Grifgiths look good. That’s how awful her facelift was, and how ruined her looks.

  17. Jaded says:

    Regardless of the amount of plastic surgery and fillers and fake boobs and whatever you have, age catches up to you and things sag and wrinkle. However what she says about happiness as you get older coming from your head, your heart and your spirit is very true. I’m 63 and I think this has been the best decade of my life. It’s been an awakening for me of a lot of latent things that I’ve finally decided to pursue, I really don’t care what people think of me as those who love me will be there and those who don’t can…well they can F.O. I’m in a great relationship with a wonderful man I had a relationship with in my twenties that didn’t work out, mostly due to the fact that we were “unformed”. We certainly did a lot of forming in the intervening years and are now in a great place. So thanks Jane, I concur 100%!!

    • Kitten says:

      That’s so cute that you reunited with a lost love..so romantic ❤️

      • april says:

        I agree with Kitten, cute story about the old-new relationship. I had a relationship that didn’t work out for the same reasons…wonder if it will ever begin again.

    • siri says:

      I’m very happy for you! And yes, being positively ‘carefree’ does help a lot. For how long have many of us been trying to please someone else? And for how long have we been thinking “Can’t do this, can’t do that”…only to figure out we didn’t even try yet. Pursuing things that are close to our heart can never really be a failure.

  18. kri says:

    Well, it’s not like you don’t know it’s coming. Age comes for all of us. And yeah, even if you really take care of yourself, you are going to age. I find that a very peaceful thought. I work out 5-6 days a week, try to eat well, etc. But the inevitability of aging comforts me, and I accept that I don’t look like I did 15 years ago. And that’s as it should be. I’m more comfortable with myself now than I have ever been. Gravity rules, and my boobs know it. C’est la vie.

    • anniefannie says:

      Your post is going to be taped to my fridge! Aging gracefully is rarity these days but my Mom achieved it and I plan on following in her footsteps. Happy Mother’s Day to all my celebitches!
      💋❤️💋❤️

    • knower says:

      “gravity rules, and my boobs know it”

      you kri, are a jewel. thank you for this!

  19. happyXamp says:

    Hint, hint, wink, wink, Kimmy Kakes.

  20. Nameless says:

    Props to Jane. Not all older people are like her, some stagnant and become “elderly”. Continuing to learn and grow is key.

    I remember being a teenager and being so embarrassed of my parents and how they didn’t care about social stuff and how dorky they were. Now I’m in my 40s and I’ve become my like parents, realize how liberating it is not give a f@$# about the superficial stuff and focus on what is important. Getting older has only been a positive thing for me. I was miserable in my 20s because I kept trying to keep up with other people’s experiences and I was always either jealous or ashamed, but now I feel like my own journey is interesting and worthwhile and rarely do I let other people make me feel bad about myself.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I love Jane, and props to her for finding more happiness as she’s aged … but I’m glad I’m not her. She’s smart and does a lot of good charity work, but she also spends an inordinate amount of time on her physical appearance. I cannot imagine how exhausting that must be. I bet she is ALWAYS hungry; she probably works out so much she aches; she’s always looking for the next plastic surgery fix; she puts on the fake hair and the fake eyelashes and tons of make-up every time she goes out because GOD FORBID anyone think she looks 78. Again, I think she’s awesome, but I’m quite happy to spend my older years not bloody caring anymore about my sagging arms and butt, my wrinkled forehead, and my ever thinning hair. Life is too short to waste so much energy on such trivial things.

    • Jib says:

      I agree with your post. Remember Candace Bergen saying that she never ate, and now that she’s retired, she can eat!!! Be open-minded, keep learning, do good works for the world around you, exercise and eat in moderation and I think the rest will take care of itself and I will have inner peace, which is a heck of a lot more important to me than a lack of wrinkles.

  22. Magnoliarose says:

    I like her attitude. I love to hear wisdom from older women because they have been there and usually have something interesting to say. She’s had a full and interesting life and at her age I hope I can say the same. My mother has aged gracefully as her mother did and her sisters do. My grandmother was active still running her business, playing bridge, walking and working in her garden. She took college courses and even dated well into her 70s. She was glamorous, strong and beautiful In every way. She had survived things that break most people forever but not her. This is the legacy she passed to her daughters and my mother passed to us. My mother is very youthful and looks much younger but has never touched her face with any surgeries or injections. She’s not ashamed of her age and likes that she’s past the bs women go through when we are younger. She enjoys her full life more than ever.
    I think it is important that older women provide examples of grace and wisdom to let us younger women know there is so much to look forward to and life isn’t over past 65.

  23. dentist_today says:

    Her ‘tooth’ she talks about is her dental crown.

    The adhesive wore off, which happens. She took it out, most likely placed it in a paper napkin, took it to her dentist the next day, and they cleaned it and glued it back on in 10 minutes.

    That is what ‘tooth came out’ means in her case. It has nothing to do with age.

  24. iheartgossip says:

    Jane has had so much plastic surgery and face lifts and and and EVEN SHE doesn’t know what she really looks like from head to toe. Sorry, Jane.

  25. JIll says:

    Ill be honest Im having a very difficult time at 34 in my changing self. I cant imagine in 20, 30 years. How crazy is it when we read articles about the “aging actress” its about a late 30s or 40s woman. An actress at 50, 60, 70, 80…whats that?

    • Jib says:

      What I’ve found is the key to not worrying about aging is to keep growing. I quit drinking 5 years ago and started doing pottery and metalsmithing jewelry. I also love to run, although I’ve been remiss all winter, and I love music and started piano lessons a few months ago. It’s hard to learn at my age!! (54) I have wrinkles, I’m aging, but I’m also so much happier being me than I have ever been in my life, I wouldn’t trade my years with anyone! My only sadness is that even if I have 40 more good years, there are so many things I want to do and learn about still, I’ll never have enough time!!!!

      Explore within, and the outside will take care of itself!!

  26. Dorien says:

    Tilda Swinton is my spirit animal…and my mom. One is in her 50′s, mom in her 70′s. Both have amazing skin! Mom didn’t even get a partial face lift until her seventies because it was needed for medical reasons as well. She never had a filler. Just her teeth done.

  27. Jayna says:

    Jane looks amazing. I just watched the second season of her Netflix show and wow.

    She is 78 and is rocking it, but looks mature and gorgeous at the same time

    How silly people that say it’s a copout to get plastic surgery. As long as it’s done subtly, I say go for it at a certain age if you want it. My mother started talking about it. She embraced her age, but hated seeing her face begin to sag in her 70s. If she hadn’t died, she would have done something.

    Jane has kept a small face, no big fat cheeks. She had a facelift and eyes done. She was a little too done the first season because of botox or filler, but the second season looks amazing I do see in one of the photos up above she did filler again in the cheeks, which I think is a mistake. It changes her I like her face smaller and flatter like in season 2.. Her blue eyes really stand out. But her figure is to die for and she has great style. She is so stylish without trying to look young.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      She does look good. People should age the way they want to. Cosmetic procedures that are reasonable and not overdone is great if someone decides to go that route. It’s easy in my 30s to say I won’t but who knows at 60 if I’ll feel differently. Idk
      My MIL had a lift at 60 and Botox and it looked good. It’s a personal choice.

  28. Amanda says:

    Janes been really open about her plastic surgery. I just read an article about it. That said, she looks amazing!!! Money can buy youth! Wish I could afford it too. 😂😃

  29. serena says:

    Oh god, I love that show! It is really a much needed tv show, so fresh and just amazing!