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Jane Fonda Thought She'd 'Die Lonely and an Addict' Before Age 30

Jane Fonda, who turned 80 last week, says she didn't think she would even make it to 30.

"I never pictured 30," Fonda tells People magazine.

"I assumed I wouldn't live very long and that I would die lonely and an addict of some sort. I didn't think if I did live this long, that I would be vibrant and healthy and still working. I'm grateful."

Fonda turned to acting after her mother, Frances Ford Brokaw, committed suicide while undergoing treatment at Craig House psychiatric hospital in Beacon, New York. Jane Fonda was just 12.

Later that year, her father married socialite Susan Blanchard, who was just nine years his daughter's senior. That marriage ended in divorce.

"I'm thankful that I've gotten better over the 80 years," she says. "I'm less judgmental. I'm forgiving. It wasn't always true. I've really worked hard to get better as a human being."

December 28, 2017 |

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