Jane Fonda and Plastic Surgery: 6 Times the Star Has Talked About Having ‘Work’ Done

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Hollywood icon Jane Fonda, 86, is renowned for her candidness. With decades in the spotlight, she has freely discussed aging in the public eye and her thoughts on plastic surgery. Whether admitting to a necklift or expressing regrets about a facelift, Jane Fonds remains open about her past. Provided you ask respectfully. Just ask Megyn Kelly.

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In a blog post on her website, Fonda shared a tale about a recent necklift and eyelift at 73. “I just had some ‘work’ done on my chin and neck and had the bags taken away from under my eyes, so I decided it would be good to get a new haircut so people will think it’s my new hair.” The star went on to say, “I swore in 2000 I’d never have anything done again, but this year I got tired of not looking like how I feel and I wanted a more refined chin line like I used to have, so I changed my mind. I’m still a little swollen, but not much and what pleases me is that I won’t look pulled or weird… or tired all the time. And my crow’s feet are still alive and well. I wish I’d been brave enough to not do anything, but instead, I chose to be a somewhat more glamorous grandma.”

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When reflecting on her age with Harper’s Bazaar, she said, “I’m two years older than my dad was when he passed away.” When recalling his Oscar win for On Golden Pond, she said, “Katharine Hepburn was three years younger than I am now when she made that movie. People looked older back then. I wish I were brave enough to not do plastic surgery, but I think I bought myself a decade.”

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During an interview for her now-cancelled NBC talk show, Megan Kelly broached the topic of cosmetic procedures with Fonda, leading to an awkward exchange. Kelly complimented the legendary actress, saying, “You’ve set an example for everyone on how to age beautifully, with strength and unapologetically. You’ve admitted to having work done, which I think is commendable, but you look incredible. I’ve read that you mentioned feeling not proud to admit it. Why is that?”

Fonda responded sharply, “Do we really want to discuss that right now?”

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In the documentary Jane Fonda in Five Acts she said, “I’m glad I look good for my age, but I’ve had plastic surgery. I’m not going to lie about that. On one level, I hate the fact that I’ve had the need to alter myself physically to feel that I’m OK. I wish I wasn’t like that. I love older faces. I love lived-in faces. I loved Vanessa Redgrave’s face,” she continued. “I wish I was braver. But I am what I am.” 

Speaking with Elle Canada that year, the star stated, “I can’t pretend that I’m not vain, but there isn’t going to be any more plastic surgery—I’m not going to cut myself up anymore. I have to work every day to be self-accepting; it doesn’t come easy to me.”

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In an interview with Vogue, the Grace and Frankie star expressed regret about getting a facelift, stating, “I had a facelift and I stopped because I don’t want to look distorted. I’m not proud of the fact that I had [one].”

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When discussing the topic of plastic surgery with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ on her podcast Wiser Than Me, Fonda said she’s “sorry to say” she has had it. “I wish that I had been able to grow old at peace with my face, but I wasn’t able to. I don’t feel good about it; it’s not real, but I can’t do anything about it now.”

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