Jane Fonda Has ‘Had a Lot of Cancer’ and ‘Things Cut Off’ by a Surgeon

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Jane Fonda attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles. John Shearer/Getty Images

Throughout her life, Jane Fonda has battled her fair share of health issues, but she always comes out on top.

“I’ve had a lot of cancer,” the Oscar winner, 81, revealed to British Vogue in an interview published on Wednesday, April 3. “When I have a day off, I frequently go to my skin doctor and have things cut off me by a surgeon.”

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Fonda went on to explain that she wore a “strange” white Yves Saint Laurent Couture dress “with all the ruffles” across her chest at the 2016 Golden Globes “because I’d just had a mastectomy.”

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Jane Fonda attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016. George Pimentel/WireImage.com

“I had to cover my bandages,” she recalled. “It’s an ongoing process. So, there’s that.”

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In addition to multiple cancer scares, the Grace and Frankie star has undergone hip and knee replacement surgeries.

“I was just starting a new relationship and I had to be able to kneel,” she joked to the U.K. magazine.

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Jane Fonda on the cover of British Vogue.

In early 2018, Fonda was forced to address a cancerous growth that she had removed from her lip when she showed up for a series of promotional interviews with a bandage on her lip.

“I just had a cancer taken from my lip,” she said during the Build Series appearance at the time. “I thought it was going to heal in time before I came before you, but it’s fine. … I don’t normally go around like this.”

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Later that day, the veteran actress quipped on The Howard Stern Show that the “world is falling apart,” so “what’s a lip?” But all joking aside, she insisted, “I’m going to be fine.”

In the midst of her health woes, Fonda has maintained a busy schedule. In January, Netflix renewed Grace and Frankie, in which she stars alongside Lily Tomlin, for a sixth season, slated for a 2020 debut.

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