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'Plastic surgery bought me a decade of work' - Jane Fonda (77) on the struggle to stay young for Hollywood

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US actress Jane Fonda poses on May 19, 2013 as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.

US actress Jane Fonda poses on May 19, 2013 as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Sam Waterston, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Martin Sheen in the Netflix Original Series "Grace and Frankie". Photo by Melissa Moseley for Netflix.

Sam Waterston, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Martin Sheen in the Netflix Original Series "Grace and Frankie". Photo by Melissa Moseley for Netflix.

LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1990:  Actress Jane Fonda poses for a portrait circa 1990 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1990: Actress Jane Fonda poses for a portrait circa 1990 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

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US actress Jane Fonda poses on May 19, 2013 as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.

Jane Fonda has revealed she believes plastic surgery has bought her a "decade of work" in Hollywood.

The 77-year-old actress, who is currently starring in new Netflix series Grace and Frankie, said she struggled to work once she hit her 50s.

Speaking to the Telegraph, she said, "I was a movie star, and I produced a lot of my own movies. But I am 77 years old now, and those opportunities just aren’t there.”

“Ageism is alive and well.  It is OK for men to get older, because men become more desirable by being powerful. With women, it’s all about how we look. Men are very visual, they want young women. So, for us, it’s all about trying to stay young.”

Fonda has previously revealed that she had work done on her jowls, eyelids and under-eye bags.

While she doesn't believe it is essential for women in Hollywood to have surgery - her good friend Vanessa Redgrave has not - she said she is not "brave" enough to age gracefully and believes the plastic surgery extended her career.

“I am brave in a lot of ways, but not that way. And I need to work, so I had some plastic surgery. It’s not like it’s too much, it’s not like you can’t see my wrinkles, right?

“But I think it probably bought me a decade of work.”

The Oscar-winning actress, whose fitness videos sold millions in the 80s, stars alongside her old friend Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie, as well as Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, who are also both in their seventies.

“We are the fastest-growing demographic in the world, and yet we have no face in the mass media,” she said.

“I wanted to do a television show that showed the realities of being an older woman.”

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