Hailed as a feminist icon of her generation, Jane Fonda has made a startling confession: She didn't feel like a whole person and woman until she hit her 60s.
Fonda made her confession during an interview on Oprah's Master Class, saying her "seminal moment" came when she divorced Ted Turner.
"I remember when I was 62 and I had done something that was very, very, very painful and difficult," Fonda recalled. "I had left Ted Turner, my third husband, who I loved very, very much."
Turner is an incredibly wealthy media mogul, but Fonda said despite his "23 huge properties and a private plane that slept eight… I knew that I would die married and rich, but not whole."
When she left her husband of ten years, "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."
Fonda and Turner remain close friends, and the actress credits the experience with learning her true self.
"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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