The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

FILM leg­ends Jane Fonda, 80, and Diane Keaton, 72, were told they were too old to star in their lat­est film, prompt­ing Fonda to brand ageism in Hol­ly­wood ‘‘alive and well’’.

The vet­eran stars ap­pear along­side Mary Steen­bur­gen, 65, and Candice Ber­gen, 72, in Book Club, a film about four older 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 and re­duce the char­ac­ters’ ages to women in their 40s.

‘‘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,’’ Fonda said.

Jane Fonda.

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