‘I’m not afraid of going’: Jane Fonda, 84, says she is ‘ready’ to die as she has had a ‘great life’ and is just being ‘realistic’… almost 60 years after Barbarella made her a superstar after living in dad Henry Fonda’s shadow
- Jane Fonda said at age 84, she knows she does not have much time left
- And the Grace And Frankie actress added that she feels she is ready to go
- The star added she is ‘realistic’ about her future as she has more time behind her than ahead of her and she is ‘not going to be around much longer’
- But the mother of three said she thinks she has had a ‘great life’
Jane Fonda said at age 84, she knows she does not have much time left in her life and feels she is ‘ready’ to go.
The Grace And Frankie actress told Entertainment Tonight that she is just being ‘realistic’ about her future as she has more time behind her than ahead of her and she is ‘not going to be around much longer.’
But the mother of three – who is a two-time Oscar winner and an environmental activist – said she thinks she has had a ‘great life.’
Don’t leave us Jane! Jane Fonda said at age 84, she knows she does not have much time left in her life and feels she is ‘ready’ to go. Seen in late October in Beverly Hills
The movie that made her a sex symbol: It has been almost 60 years since she became a household name with the scifi film Barbarella from 1968
‘When you get to be my age you better be aware of the amount of time that is behind of you as opposed to in front of you, I mean that is just realistic,’ the actress – whose father is Grapes Of Wrath actor Henry Fonda – said in a video with ET.
‘I’m not afraid of going, I’m ready, I’ve had a great life.’
Fonda added that she is not looking forward to passing but she knows it looms: ‘Not that I want to go, but I’m aware that it’s going to be sooner rather than later.’
In September, Fonda revealed she had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system, a part of the body’s immune system dedicated to fighting germs.
The Hollywood legend believes ‘it takes a long time to become young’, quoting the painter Picasso, and says it doesn’t have anything to do with the way one looks. (Pictured in the 1960s)
A hit in middle age: Jane then touched on how aging doesn’t have to be scary, adding that she wants to bring awareness that there are ways to age in both positive and healthy ways. (Pictured left in 1983 and right in 1985)
She wrote on Instagram: ‘This is a very treatable cancer. Eighty per cent of people survive, so I feel very lucky. I’m also lucky because I have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments. I realize, and it’s painful, that I am privileged in this.’
She also told ET that she doesn’t feel great after the chemo, but after some rest she is fine.
And she shared she will be having a party for her 85th birthday in December.
‘My family will be there,’ she said. ‘My daughter and grandkids will come in from Vermont and my son and his wife and child, who live in Los Angeles, and a few friends will come over, and we’ll just we’ll have a quiet time.’
In August the Barefoot In The Park star said she believes ‘it takes a long time to become young,’ quoting the painter Picasso, and says it doesn’t have anything to do with the way one looks.
She told the Herald Sun she felt ‘lost’ in her twenties, saying that she was ‘very unhappy and I felt old and didn’t feel like I would live for very long.’
Better now: She told The Herald Sun she felt ‘lost’ in her 20s, saying she ‘was very unhappy and I felt old and didn’t feel like I would live for very long’. (Pictured in 1987)
She clarified that by ‘young’, she meant: ‘Light, not feeling a great burden on my shoulders. Learning how to be present, learning how to accept what comes, learning that we don’t have any control.’
The On Golden Pond star went on to say: ‘It’s much easier being older than it is being younger. It’s so hard to be young! There’s nothing but questions.
‘Don’t give up, keep going and try to learn from all this, so when you get a little older, you can get more agency over your life,’ she continued.
‘It took 70-something years for me to become young,’ she added.
Jane also told Vogue this year she ‘is not proud’ of getting a facelift.
Actress Fonda looks and feels ageless at the age of 84 and says that she feels better now than ever before; seen in 2021
She said: ‘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. 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.’
Jane then touched on how ageing doesn’t have to be scary, adding that she wants to bring awareness that there are ways to age in both positive and healthy ways.
‘I want young people to stop being afraid about getting older. What matters isn’t age, isn’t that chronological number. What matters is your health,’ she explained, noting that her father died of heart disease when he was ‘six years younger than she is now.’
Jane began acting on the Broadway stage in 1960, before kickstarting her Hollywood career shortly afterwards when she starred in a series of successful films, including Sunday In New York in 1963 and Barbarella in 1968.
A massive hit: She had a career high making Grace And Frankie with Lily Tomlin
She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress in the 1970s, garnering various other nominations and awards in the years to follow.
Aside from being passionate about being on the big screen, the star has had a love for dance and fitness for years.
Jane released her first exercise video in 1982, which went on to become the highest-selling VHS of the 20th century.
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