“I’m Not Proud”: Given a Second Chance, Jane Fonda Probably Wouldn’t Do the Facelift Again
In a new interview, Jane Fonda, environmentalist and patron saint of leg warmers, told Vogue that women don’t have to fear aging. Just look: She’s all the proof you need. “Well, for one thing, I want young people to stop being afraid about getting older,” she said. “What matters isn’t age, isn’t that chronological number. What matters is your health.”
“So I’m almost 85,” the actor continued, “but I don’t seem that old. So getting young people to stop being afraid of being old, helping people realize that just because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean you have to give up on life, give up on having fun, give up on having boyfriends or girlfriends, making new friends, or whatever you want to do. It’s still in the realm of life possibilities for you. I think that Grace and Frankie gives people, especially women, a lot of hope. That’s why I always tell people what my age is because I want them to realize it.”
So there’s hope! It doesn’t have to be all up hill through the snow to a land of ever-narrowing possibility from here. You don’t have to fear the reaper and also those magnifying mirrors in hotel bathrooms. It’s going to be fine!
Well, wait a minute. Hold on a second. Pause, please! “Now as those words are coming out of my mouth,” she said, “what I’m thinking with the second part of my brain is, Yeah, Fonda. You have money. You can afford a trainer. You can afford plastic surgery. You can afford facials. You can afford the things that help make you continue to look young. That is true. Money does help. Good genes and a lot of money, as somebody once said. But then as I’m saying that, I’m thinking we all know a lot of women who are wealthy who’ve had all kinds of facelifts and things like that and they look terrible. So, I had a facelift and I stopped because I don’t want to look distorted. I’m not proud of the fact that I had [one].”
“Now, I don’t know if I had it to do over, if I would do it,” Fonda said. “But I did it. I admit it, and then I just say, okay, you can get addicted. Don’t keep doing it. A lot of women, I don’t know, they’re addicted to it. I don’t do a lot of facials. I don’t spend a lot of money on face creams or anything like that, but I stay moisturized, I sleep, I move, I stay out of the sun, and I have good friends who make me laugh. Laughter is a good thing too.”
I think what Fonda is communicating here is that she looks good and feels good, and that’s thanks, in part, to money and at least one procedure, and maybe some of it was a little overdone. So actually you don’t need as much money to achieve what she has, because she had a bit too much of whatever it was (facelifting). It’s all in the attitude, baby! And maybe one of those light tweaks, a kind of quasi-lift, that doesn’t pull up the whole thing. I’m lost! I guess just talk to your doctor.