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Jane Fonda: Ageism in Hollywood is 'alive and well'

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Jane Fonda: Ageism in Hollywood is 'alive and well'

Jane Fonda says ageism is "alive and well" in Hollywood.

The 77-year-old star has claimed older women are finding it increasingly hard to get work in the film industry because of age discrimination.

She said: "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."

The 'Barbarella' star also admitted she turned to cosmetic surgery to look younger and whilst she doesn't believe it is "essential" for older women in Hollywood, she thinks it gave her ten more years of work.

She added to the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "No, I wouldn't say it's essential. It just depends on how brave you are. I have friends - one of whom is the beloved Vanessa Redgrave - who have allowed us to see them age. And I tip my hat to them.

"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."