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See Jane Age: Fonda Talks Body Love, Aging, Men & More in Harper's Bazaar

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 4, 2011 at 7:38AM

September's issue of Harpar's Bazaar features Jane Fonda, who at 73 continues to figure herself out and reflect on her life. On her struggles with body image, she recalls being brought up in the 1950s:“I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved.”
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September's issue of Harpar's Bazaar features Jane Fonda, who at 73 continues to figure herself out and reflect on her life. On her struggles with body image, she recalls being brought up in the 1950s:

“I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved.”

On maintaining her style icon status: "I’m careful that what I wear will show off my best parts, which are my waist and my butt...I like being saucy, but I’m 73 and a half. I’m still trying to find my way between matronly and coltishness.”

More words of wisdom from Fonda--from the problem with pleasing to her famous mugshot--appear in the issue (on newsstands August 16 , or here).

"We’ve been granted an entire adult lifetime, longer than what our grandparents had, and we are entering this third act healthier physically and mentally," she told Anne Thompson for More back when she was starting this book. "We get less judgmental, more positive. And so we have a tremendous opportunity to change the world." Here's her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

[Image courtesy of Harper's]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.