Jane Fonda, 74, Didn't "Feel Whole" Until Her Sixties

Celebrity News Jan. 9, 2012 AT 4:10PM
Jane Fonda, 74, Didn't "Feel Whole" Until Her Sixties Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

At 74 years old, two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda is in her prime.

It wasn't until her sixties, however, that the political activist and former fitness guru felt comfortable in her own skin.

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"I remember when I was 62 and I had done something that was very, very, very painful and difficult," Fonda recalled during Sunday's episode of Oprah Presents Master Class. "I had left Ted Turner, my third husband, who I loved very, very much."

Though her 73-year-old ex had "23 huge properties and a private plane that slept eight," no amount of riches could sway Fonda to stay. "I knew that I would die married and rich, but not whole."

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Once the spouses of 10 years decided to split, "I moved into the guest room in my daughter's home," Fonda said. "It was a small room with no closet, me and my golden retriever, and it was perfect."

"I was so raw and so sad, and at the same time I could feel myself moving back into myself. I knew -- I knew! -- that hard and painful as this was, that I wasn't scared of being alone," Fonda said. "I wasn't scared for the first time in my life to not be with a man, and that whatever lay in front of me, I would be able to do it as a whole person. It was a seminal moment for me."

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"Everything came late to me -- my voice, my becoming whole, my learning intimacy. All those things happened after I turned 60," Fonda explained. "And I think it's a very hopeful lesson. It is never too late."

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