Caption (l-r): Correspondent Lee Cowan and Jane Fonda
Hollywood legend Jane Fonda says her continuing popularity today is a shock – to her.
“Listen, I didn’t think I’d live past 30,” the 74-year-old Fonda tells CBS SUNDAY MORNING correspondent Lee Cowan. “I mean, it’s all a surprise to me.”
Fonda tells Cowan that she’s busier than ever with a new movie out June 8, “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding,” and a role in the new HBO series, “Newsroom.”
Most people, she says, are brought up with a view of life as an arc. “You know, you’re born, you peak at midlife, then you decline into decrepitude,” she tells Cowan. But, she adds, no one told her about new hills ahead. “And I can climb them.”
And she’s showing no signs of letting up. She says it is the last act of her life that’s her favorite. “I think with a lot of intention, and courage, and stick-to-it-iveness I have managed to overcome my weaknesses and to play on my strengths and to become a happy, peaceful, present person,” Fonda tells Cowan.
One thing Fonda tells Cowan she can’t get over, however, is her controversial 1972 trip to Hanoi where she was photographed sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun – smiling and laughing. Of sitting on the gun, Fonda says, “It was a terrible thing. Because it belied who I am and what I stood for and the fact that I had been working with soldiers for years before then… That is a regret I will never get over.”
Cowan’s full CBS SUNDAY MORNING interview with Fonda will be broadcast Sunday, June 3 (9:00-10:30 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.
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