06/06/2012 11:06 am ET

Jane Fonda Says "It's Just Beginning To Get Better" For Female Actresses

Jane Fonda's back on the big screen in director Bruce Beresford's Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding. The picture, which is out in limited release this Friday, sees Jane playing Grace, the hippie matriarch of a family with three generations of strong women. Catherine Keener plays her straight-laced daughter, and Elizabeth Olsen is Grace's wide-eyed granddaughter. We caught up with Jane this week in NYC, and she wasn't shy about discussing any aspect of her storied past. Jane talked about her career and even her decade-long marriage to Ted Turner. As it turns out, Jane - who makes a conscious decision to project a glamorous image at age 74 - is also in the process of writing books about sexuality for middle- and high-schoolers. We learned a lot more about Jane during the conversation. Check out highlights below:

  • On how she expected 74 to feel: "Several years ago, I didn't even imagine I'd be alive at 74, much less starring in a movie. Everything is a surprise to me, including . . . that I am happier than I have ever been, and that certainly is not what I would have expected."

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