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THEY are Os­car win­ners with glit­ter­ing ca­reers.

But Jane Fonda, 80, and Diane Keaton, 72, were told they were too old for their lat­est film. The ac­tors ap­pear with Mary Steen­bur­gen, 65, and Candice Ber­gen, 72, in

Book Club, a film about four friends who rein­vig­o­rate their sex lives af­ter read­ing Fifty Shades Of Grey.

But its cre­ators were forced to make the film in­de­pen­dently af­ter stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives de­manded they cast younger stars.

Di­rec­tor Bill Hol­d­er­man said stu­dios had ap­plied a “tremen­dous amount of pres­sure” to re­duce the ages of the char­ac­ters to their late 40s.

Fonda, who won Os­cars with Com­ing Home and

Klute, said: “It’s an in­dus­try that’s very much driven by youth and beauty. Ageism is alive and well. I think that’s begin­ning to change though.”

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