Jane Fonda Says She Doesn’t Mind Being ‘Closer to Death’

Jane Fonda, 84, gives a very honest and blunt description of how she finds life at this age.

“I’m super-conscious that I’m closer to death, and it doesn’t really bother me that much,” she told CBS Sunday Morning this past weekend.

“What bothers me is that my body is, you know, basically not mine!” she continued. “My knees are not mine, my hips are not mine, my shoulder’s not mine. You’re looking at somebody who’s only me from [the neck] up.”

A sex symbol for many years and a screen star for 60, Fonda doesn’t look back with nostalgia too frequently.  And she has a happy-go-lucky attitude when it comes to aging into her twilight years.

“The fact is if you’re alive and relatively healthy at an older — I mean, I’m almost 85,” she said, “the fact that I’m still alive and working, wow, who cares if I don’t have my old joints? And I can’t ski or bike or run anymore? Enh. You know, you can be really old at 60, and you can be really young at 85. Health!”

She also revealed she’s also given up drinking alcohol because of the way it affects her at this age.

“It’s because even with one drink, like, if I had a martini tonight, I would be at half-mast tomorrow,” she said.  “Now, that wasn’t true when I was younger. But as you get older, I think alcohol affects you differently. And I only have so many tomorrows left. I don’t want to be at half-mast for any of them.”

A consummate political activist for 50 years, she’s not slowing down.  Last year she continued her fight by joining the Ojibwe protests in Northern Minnesota against an Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline coming from Canada, citing damaging environmental consequences.

Fonda shocked American society and caused international political controversies in the ’70s for her opposition to the Vietnam War, earning her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.”

The star of Netflix series Grace & Frankie has also continued to model into her 80s.  Back in October, she graced the cover of the Polish edition of Vogue – 62 years after she first appeared on the US Vogue cover in 1959.

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  1. It was not Jane Fonda’s opposition to the Vietnam war that earned her the Hanoi Jane. There were plenty of veterans who opposed the war and demonstrated against that war. It was her decision to go to North Vietnam and pose on an enemy anti aircraft weapon. That was a bridge to far for most Americans and that’s when people started calling her Hanoi Jane.

    • She went to North Vietnam on the naive premise that she could understand things better and somehow make an improvement
      Over and over and over she has apologized and regretted for agreeing to pose on a gun when a photographer urged her to.
      She’s done a tremendous amount of good in this country since then

      • What she did was worse. The very sick and starving American prisoners of war, including McCain, wrote small notes for their families and slipped them into Jane Fonda’s hand when she was allowed to meet them. She gave them to their VC captors which meant that the prisoners suffered severely when she left. That’s what’s unforgivable, the real, painful, suffering she caused to our POWs.

    • The story about Fonda passing the POW notes to the North Vietnamese is a lie. Never happened. Check your sources before posting this inflammatory accusation that has been circulating for years. I’m a Vietnam veteran and did not appreciate her posing on the AA gun. But 55 years later I think she is a strong beautiful woman.

  2. You can’t argue the point that the Vietnam War was a criminal waste of American lives and American wealth. One would hope we learned a lesson but I’m not sure.

  3. I really don’t know the whole true story about what went on back then but from what I heard it wasn’t patriotic, made me not like her. Being “super-concious” of closer to death and “doesn’t bother her much” sorta contradicts itself. I guess at 85 you lived a great life and ready for the next realm. I’d love to make it til 85!!!

    • Not only did she go to Vietnam but during her pose on the gun but she encouraged our soldiers to lay down guns and surrender !! Some did and ended up dieing as prisoners there, never to see our country or their families again. That’s hard to forget !

  4. Genesis 6:3 says that a man’s Years shall be 120. Many don’t know that, but it takes faith to believe the promises of God.
    So believe for at least 35 more years if you desire, and while you’re at it go ahead and believe for your healing; 1st Peter 2:24.
    Calib said that when he was 85, he was as strong as when he was forty. He went to war at that age.
    Believe, Speak, and Receive.

  5. I recently read an article wherein it says she is not going to have anymore plastic surgery…apparently she is finally comfortable in her own skin? No more plastic surgery means she will age and will show it more, because her face isn’t being pulled super tight anymore. But then again at 85, it is not like she has decades upon decades to worry about her appearance?

  6. The only person who is an actor I admire all these years i have exercise with her everyday for years and now again i saw her in person at journal square in jersey city years ago what can i tell you she is the best

  7. Hanoi Jane is what I remember her or. A sellout and traitor to American and all of us Vietnam War veterans.

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