Fonda’s se­cret to hold­ing back the years? Laugh and fight back

The Daily Telegraph - - World News - By Lisa Arm­strong FASH­ION DI­REC­TOR

EI­THER I’ve be­come im­mune to the weird­ness of mid­dle-rank­ing plas­tic surgery, or Jane Fonda’s facelift has bed­ded in.

What­ever, now 80, she looks pretty amaz­ing to me. Bet­ter still, I think she may ac­tu­ally be amaz­ing.

Not content with a hit ca­ble show, she’s been pro­mot­ing The Book Club, in which she co-stars with Diane Keaton, Candice Ber­gen and Mary Steen­bur­gen. Com­bined ages: a glo­ri­ous 289.

Those who have watched Grace & Frankie – five se­ries on Net­flix so far – will know how she seems will­ing to send her­self up, some­thing markedly ab­sent in her early, politi­cised days when she was dubbed Hanoi Jane.

The premise of Grace & Frankie is that two women in their 70s (she’s play­ing young) dis­cover their hus­bands are gay and in a long-term re­la­tion­ship. Cue sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian Tin­der dates and scenes of Fonda re­mov­ing her hair ex­ten­sions and re­leas­ing her face from the elas­ti­cated bands that hoik it up.

Lily Tom­lin’s Frankie ribs Fonda’s Grace about the work she’s had done – and this is where Fonda has played smart. So many in Hol­ly­wood deny hav­ing surgery or Bo­tox de­spite bla­tant ev­i­dence to the con­trary. By own­ing up, Fonda dis­pels the stigma. She’s some­one try­ing to look the best she can and, through per­son­al­ity, in­tel­li­gence and vi­tal­ity, she suc­ceeds.

And the clothes: skin tight, of pri­mary hues and twinkly fab­ric, they are the to­kens of some­one who is darned if she’s not go­ing to dis­play the re­sults. Whether one prefers the “nat­u­ral” ap­proach to age­ing or the hold-back­time tac­tics of Fonda, the key is not to sur­ren­der to blah.

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