Jane Fonda: Saucy at age 73

Aug 4, 2011 at 5:51 p.m. ET

Jane Fonda isn't about to let a little thing like aging slow her down. The actress, who's dealt with bulimia and body image issues for decades, still has a desire to be 'saucy' at age 73.

Jane Fonda -- Harper's Bazaar

Jane Fonda is flaunting what she's still got in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar. Here the actress talks about her body, bits of the past and her approach to aging.

On her infamous 1970 mug shot:

"It was like I had Richard Avedon in that jailhouse taking my mug shot; it's a beautiful mug shot. My hair was in Klute mode. About four years ago, I went to the Sally Hershberger salon in New York and one entire wall, like six feet, was my mug shot!"

On life in the "third act" as she ages:

"Instead of viewing an arch -- you rise, you peak, you decline -- view it as a staircase. Your body may fall apart, but on every level that really matters, you can ascend toward enlightenment, wisdom and authenticity. That's what I'm going for."

On her battle with body image:

"I was raised in the '50s. I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you're not going to be loved."

On battling bulimia for decades:

"I wasn't very happy from, I would say, puberty to 50? It took me a long time. It was in my 40s, and if you suffer from bulimia, the older you get, the worse it gets. It takes longer to recover from a bout. I had a career, I was winning awards, I was supporting nonprofits, I had a family. I had to make a choice: I live or I die."

On her body today:

"I'm vain. My arms are thin, but I'm vain about loose flesh. And so I'm careful that what I wear will show off my best parts, which are my waist and my butt. I have people in my life who will say, 'Honey, you're trying too hard.' I like being saucy, but I'm 73 and a half. I'm still trying to find my way between matronly and coltishness."

Check out Harper's Bazaar for more with Jane Fonda!

Image courtesy of Paola Kudacki/Harper's Bazaar

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