Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin: ‘Retirement is a foreign concept to us’

Jane Fonda has no plans to quit her longtime job as an actress because retirement is a “foreign concept” to her.

The star, 77, comes from an acting dynasty that includes her father Henry, and has been working in show business since starting her career on the stage in the 1950s.

Fonda, who now stars in the Netflix comedy “Grace and Frankie,” insists she is more determined than ever to continue her acting career, telling AARP The Magazine, “Retirement? No. It’s a foreign concept to me. I might not be able to continue acting at some point, but then I can write or produce. There are any number of things I could do. I get so much from my work, and I continually try to improve.”

Fonda’s “Grace and Frankie” co-star, 75-year-old Lily Tomlin, echoes her longtime friend’s sentiments and adds, “My comedy is a part of my life. I’ll never say, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, this is my last performance,’ maybe my last for the day, sure, but not my last ‘last.’”

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‘Grace and Frankie’ Highlights More Than Jane Fonda’s Ageless Beauty

Jane Fonda is known for her serious roles and personal activism, and now, at 77, the timeless actress is jumping back into comedy, too. In fact, she’s funnier (and more strikingly beautiful, often outshining stunners like Angelina Jolie) than ever in her buzzed-about new Netflix TV series, “Grace and Frankie.” Co-starring Lily Tomlin, 75, the duo plays two rival wives whose husbands fall in love with each other and leave them, forcing the frenemies to commiserate and navigate their new life as roommates and senior singles.

The series premiered in May to rave reviews and has already been renewed for a second season. In a recent interview, Fonda says she suggests binge-watching the show, as all the episodes premiered at once to a mere total of six and a half hours.

Fonda is so dazzling in the role, as is Tomlin, that I’m grouping them with more of my fabulous leading lady favorites dominating television right now, including Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Julianna Margulies.

It’s no secret that these strong, seasoned female leads are making major Hollywood waves right now, and “Grace and Frankie” could pave the way for more thoughtful, well-written comedies and dramas for the 50+ set. (I already miss “Hot in Cleveland” and its fearless firehouse Betty White!) After all, there is plenty of relatable material to pick from: late-in-life divorce, an economy that’s too tough for retirement and even gender identity questions now in the news thanks to Caitlyn Jenner.

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Lily Tomlin, Women And Diversity Rule As L.A. Film Festival Opens With Promise Of Independence

“I’m not sure why we don’t try to use this festival to kick off Oscar season in a bigger way,” Sony Pictures Classics’ co-President Tom Bernard observed at last night’s opening party for the Los Angeles Film Festival, which launched with SPC’s upcoming August 21st release, Grandma. Since it is Pete Hammond badgeonly still June, others might disagree and want to stick with the standard Fall Fest trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto as the “official” opening of the already grueling six-month-long season. At any rate, Bernard said SPC is going for it with their opener, particularly for lead actress Lily Tomlin and supporting actor Sam Elliott. And they should. The film, which originally premiered at Sundance, played extremely well with the LAFF crowd gathered at Downtown’s L.A. Live. And in fact, I counted a large number of Oscar voters in attendance, particularly from the actors branch. It was the same group you see often at Academy events during the season, so maybe this was a soft kickoff after all, at least for Grandma.

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