March 24, 2017  

Jane Fonda Stepped Out of Hollywood Due to Menopause

October 28, 2010 (6:55 am) GMT
The 'Barbarella' star decided to turn her back on the spotlight because the menopause left her 'felt so awful as a woman.'
Jane Fonda

turned her back on Hollywood for 15 years because the menopause left her feeling "so unhappy" she couldn't act. The movie icon admits she couldn't act feeling as low as she did, so she decided to step out of the spotlight and concentrate on becoming an activist and a good wife to her then-husband, TV mogul Ted Turner.

In a candid TV chat with pal , which aired on TV in America on Wednesday, October 27, Fonda explained, "I felt so awful as a woman and I can't be creative if I feel bad, so I just said, 'I'm gonna leave Hollywood and be an environmental activist full time,' and then Ted came along."

Looking back, the "" star realizes she was experiencing the menopause, "I thought, 'Well, if it's hormonal I'd have hot flashes... It's a really, really hard time; you have the hormonal shifts and you're not quite sure who you are anymore or what you're supposed to become and I basically was having a nervous breakdown."

"I couldn't speak above a whisper, I couldn't eat, I had to walk very slowly, I had to listen to very soft, soothing music... I was very very vulnerable."

More Jane Fonda News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Pamela Anderson Storms Off TV Set After Being Offended by an Old School Photo
  2. Mariah Carey Flashes Nipples as She Goes Braless in Skintight Dress
  3. Selena Gomez Shares Message of Empowerment to High School Students During Surprise Visit
  4. Animated 'KUWTK' Series Is on the Way
  5. John Mayer Admits New Single 'Still Feel Like Your Man' Is About Katy Perry
  6. Selena Gomez Gets Teased About Her Love for Canadian Guys. See Her Reaction
  7. Is Amber Rose Into a Woman Now? Model Sparks Rumors She's Hooking Up With Teyana Taylor
  8. Iggy Azalea's Brand New Single 'Mo Bounce' Released in Full