Daily Mail: She may not look anywhere near her 76 years (plastic surgery is great for that) but Jane Fonda says she is well aware of her age.
The Hollywood legend – who has made her career in an industry which isn’t exactly kind to aging actresses – admits she has been brought to tears on more than one occasion recently as she comes to terms with her own mortality.
In a thoughtful blog post entitled ‘Crying’, which has since been removed, Jane wrote: ‘[I’ve been thinking], how come my tears are so close to the surface? And I’ve come to feel it has to do with age. I have become so wonderfully, terribly aware of time, of how little of it I have left; how much of it is behind me, and everything becomes so precious (sic).’
Despite Jane worrying about her mortality, she believes getting older has its advantages, namely allowing her to appreciate the beauty in the world.
She said: ‘With age, I am able to appreciate the beauty in small things more than when I was younger perhaps because I pay attention more.’
‘I feel myself becoming part of everything. I seem to be super sensitive to people’s joy and pain. I ache for unwanted children in the world, for polars bears, and elephants, and Monarch butterflies, and dolphins, gorillas and chimpanzees (sic).’
Most recently Jane found herself becoming emotional at her friend Kerry Washington’s baby shower on Sunday. She wrote: ‘Today I was at Kerry Washington’s baby shower. She’s 7 months pregnant and looking radiant.
‘It was a wonderful party with guests being asked to go into a photo booth and take 6 different poses that were then mounted on a black paper where we could write a message; signing a diaper (I wrote “I hope everything comes out alright!”), putting signed thumb prints onto a drawing of a tree – I had no idea there could be so many nice ways to commemorate the up-coming event and leave loving memories for mom and baby.
‘I hadn’t seen Kerry since she was pregnant and as soon as I saw her with her gorgeous belly I starting crying.
‘Then Kerry’s mother spoke, giving words of wisdom to Kerry and the rest of us about how to raise a baby to be a happy, fully realized, person. I started crying again (and it wasn’t because I wanted to go back and do my own raising of my own kids all over again with more wisdom, though that did press in on me) . . . it was because her words moved me (sic).
‘I’ve listed sad things but what startles me even more is how I get emotional about nice things, like Kerry Washington’s belly and her mother’s words of wisdom and Elizabeth Lesser telling me about the new book she’s writing. Maybe because I’m older my heart is wider open, like a net that wants to catch all the things that matter (sic).’
The thrice-married prolific blogger, who has three children, also joked she is becoming so weepy these days that she can ‘only wear waterproof mascara from now on’.
Excuse me if I have no empathy for this traitor. Too bad she cares more about polar bears, elephants and butterflies than she did about our soldiers.