“Everyone in Tinseltown is getting pinched, lifted and pulled. For many it’s become a sick obsession. They lose some of their soul when they go under the knife and end up looking body snatched. People should preserve their time in history. I’m happy to make the best of what I’ve got,” asserted Robert Redford in a recent interview. Meanwhile, local shops in a trendy part of Eugene near the University of Oregon -- where many 20 something youth gather – urge older women to stay “young and act young” by buying the latest potions that, in reality, are a lie “because you can’t really hide age if you’re serious with yourself,” says Donna, a local “Baby Boomer,” who added: “I’ve tried that, done that, been there and it’s all an illusion.”
Also, both stars note that many women are simply "fooling themselves" that they now look young again after getting work done or smearing creams on their face or other body parts. One Eugene college student added: "My mom doesn't seem to get the fact that she's no longer 30 or 40. It's kind of sad with her trying all these products when I know her true hair color, and her new tight jeans just don't fit right."
Fonda and Redford remind women to “just be themselves” if they want to be beautiful
The “illusion” that women don’t have to age is as old as time itself,” writes movie star Jane Fonda, 73, and friend Robert Redford, who turns “75” Aug. 18. Both Fonda and Redford have railed against “women having work done” or “wasting money on face creams” because “they still look old.”
In fact, in new book about their lives as “good looking” Hollywood stars, has both Fonda and Redford attack the movie industry for promoting the illusion that “women or men can look young again” when the sad truth is age is a fact of life.
“Celebrity is a big part of the American social system. I’m certainly grateful for what’s it’s done for me, but I do think that celebrity is overdone in our society. I think it’s got a dangerous side to it. I think that people should be paying a lot more attention to other issues, rather than who’s the top 10 this year or who’s the sexiest or the most beautiful,” said Redford during a recent National Public Radio interview.
Women working hard to remain young, while reality is no stopping the aging clock
“You go back to ancient Egypt, there’s examples of the Cleopatra’s of the day who presented themselves as young when, in fact, they were aging,” quips Phyllis a University of Oregon worker who adds “it’s very hard to compete with the coeds. I’ve learned to just act my age, and keep myself healthy as the only real means of stopping aging.”
In turn, “Brooke Shields, Paulina Porizkova-Ocasek, Patti Hansen and Yasmin Le Bon may be supermodels with supergenes - it's hard to believe they're all age 45 and older. We asked them how they've maintained their looks (and their outlooks) with diet, exercise, beauty rituals, lifestyle changes and attitude adjustments,” stated a July 26 MSN lifestype story that also quotes Shields as saying: “I'm very proud of being fit and strong at this age. I like to Spin three times a week at least and couple it with yoga. I've been dancing on Broadway for years, so when I'm in a show, my muscle memory comes right back. It's like being an athlete."
What’s also revealed is these former supermodels are now selling anti-aging potions because – like Fonda and Redford – they have those “good genes” that keeps them looking young while choosing to get “work done” on their face or body.
Redford turns 75, credits friendships with good health
Robert Redford turns “75” Aug. 18 and is most reflective in a new biography; saying his close friendship with the late Paul Newman helped make “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Sting” two of the great and lasting “buddy” films.
“Among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, Robert Redford has appeared onstage and on-screen, in front of and behind the camera, earning Academy, Golden Globe, and a multitude of other awards and nominations for acting, directing, and producing, and for his contributions to the arts. His Sundance Film Festival transformed the world of filmmaking; his films defined a generation. America has come to know him as the Sundance Kid, Bob Woodward, Johnny Hooker, Jay Gatsby, and Roy Hobbs. But only now, with this revelatory biography, do we see the surprising and complex man beneath the Hollywood façade,” states Random House in its marketing brief for the newly released biography “Robert Redford” by Michael Feeney Callan.
Redford also recalls in this biography that he decided “not to have work done” but to age gracefully.
While the new biography also talks about Redford’s “artistic successes and failures, his friendships and romances,” it’s also revealing when it comes to Redford’s simple health secrets as he nears 75. For instance, having peace of mind that Redford says only comes from strong personal relationships and friendships, along with being ‘one’ with nature, is how this star has navigated in Hollywood for more than 50 years as a successful actor and someone who’s stayed “young” while not getting surgery to keep his looks.
In fact, Redford regularly eschews today’s Hollywood and stars trying to look young when they’re not.
Fonda says women’s obsession with staying young is costing them big time; both with money and relationships
In turn, Fonda noted that she's "feeling herself at 73, gets nine hours of sleep and lots of sex at night."
Baby Boomers and seniors today may be heading in a backward direction due to their focus on money over love, adds Fonda during a recent interview at the Cannes Film Festival.
Meanwhile, Fonda, age 73, and other Baby Boomers are confessing to befuddlement at the speed of modern life that focuses more on the future than to be here now as one means to stay healthy mentally and physically.
In turn, Fonda is going public about her old age, active sex life and other truths she has about life. At the recent Cannes Film Festival, the double-Oscar-winning actress looked slim and fresh at age 73, reported London’s Daily Mail newspaper back in May.
When asked how she manages “to look fabulous in her 70’s, Fonda told the Daily Mail that it’s “good genes and money,” as two factors and the other “is sex.” In fact, Fonda wants more Baby Boomers and seniors to admit to still enjoying sex into their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and older.
Moreover, Fonda was asked about how much money she spends on staying young. “See these teeth? They cost $55,000. It was teeth or a new car, and I opted for the teeth,” Fonda said.
Other than new teeth for this grandmother, Fonda says the best way to stay looking young is to workout with regular walks and exercise, with no booze, eating junk or sugar.
For instance, in the March 2011 edition of Whole Living, Fonda noted that “I finally felt at home with myself when I turned 60. I spent the previous year trying to figure out what the first two acts of my life meant and what I wanted to become during my third and final one. I started to own who I was: brave, strong, not fat (that was my father’s issue, not mine). Being a late bloomer has its advantages.”
Also, Fonda’s new book, “Prime Time: Creating A Great Third Act,” is published in the U.S. and UK in August, states that looking young “starts on the inside.”
In turn, she warns women not to be decided by other pretty movie stars and celebrities who claim youth comes from a bottle of some potion or going to a plastic surgeon.
Both Fonda and her friend Redford assert “it doesn’t work,” while, instead, talking about mental and physical health for those aging Baby Boomers like themselves who are facing the final years of their lives.
Image source of Robert Redford and friend Jane Fonda at a Hollywood Party in the early 1990’s: Wikipedia