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