From the outside Jane Fonda may look like she’s in perfect health, but the 81-year-old has now revealed she’s had a very challenging journey with several battles against cancer over the years.
Speaking to British Vogue magazine, the talented actress claimed she’s “had a lot of cancer” over the years with most of it due to sun exposure in her younger years.
In between her busy work schedule, filming movies and attending high profile events, Fonda admitted she spends a lot of time at the doctors getting her skin checked.
“I was a sun-worshipper,” she told the publication. “When I have a day off, I frequently go to the skin doctor and have things cut off me by a surgeon.”
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“It takes a long time to become young.” @JaneFonda stars on The Non-Issue cover – a special edition dedicated to the vision shared by #BritishVogue and @LOrealSkin that age should no longer be an issue. Read the full story by @GilesHattersley in the ageless special that comes with the May 2019 issue of British Vogue, on newsstands Friday 5 April. #BritishVoguexLOrealParis #AgeIsNoIssue #JaneFonda photographed by @BrigitteLacombe and styled by @SimonRobins1000, with hair by @JJHanousek, make-up by @DeLeonMakeUp and beauty direction by @JessicaDiner.
The Grace and Frankie star also reflected on her time at the 2016 Golden Globes where she wore a “strange white dress with all the ruffles”. Fonda told Vogue that it was all because she was recovering from a mastectomy at the time and had to cover the bandages around her chest.
When asked where she’s at now with the diagnosis, the actress replied: “It’s an ongoing process.”
Meanwhile, Fonda has been open about the effects of ageing in recent years and she revealed to the magazine that her body now “hurts a lot” due to osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and brittle. She explained it is genetic and something both her father and brother suffered from.
However, although painful, the actress said thankfully due to modern technology it’s easy to fix. In fact, the talented star has already had two hip replacements and one knee replacement, while she is due to have her other knee operated on in the near future.
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“It’s important to understand that older women are the fastest-growing demographic in the whole world. It’s time to recognise our value.” – @JaneFonda for The Non-Issue. A special edition dedicated to the vision shared by #BritishVogue and @LOrealSkin that age should no longer be an issue. Read the full story by @GilesHattersley in the ageless special that comes with the May 2019 issue, on newsstands Friday 5 April. #BritishVoguexLOrealParis #AgeisNoIssue #JaneFonda photographed by @BrigitteLacombe and styled by @SimonRobins1000, with hair by @JJHanousek, make-up by @DeLeonMakeUp and beauty direction by @JessicaDiner.
With such a dedication to looking after herself and her career, Fonda also spoke to the magazine about being single in later life. While the Monster-in-Law star has been married three times, she explained she feels more herself when she’s alone.
Fonda said when she is with a man she “gives up herself” but now as a single woman she no longer has a “double image”.
“When I left Ted [ex-husband], I could feel myself moving back into myself,” she told Vogue.
Speaking about her happiness and future the star added: “I didn’t think I’d ever live this long – or feel that I’m whole or getting whole. I feel very intentional about realising that it’s up to me how this last part of my life goes.”