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Jane Fonda, 76, Faces Mortality With Tears

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By Drew MacKenzie   |   Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 01:42 PM

Actress and activist Jane Fonda has revealed that at 76 she’s become increasingly aware of her own mortality – and admits that she constantly finds herself crying over "the smallest things."

In an emotional and sometimes eccentric blog entry titled "Crying" on her website,  JaneFonda.com, the actress says, "How come pretty things, kind deeds, sad stories, acts of courage, good news, someone’s flax of insight, all get me crying or, at least, tearing up?"

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In the blog entry, Fonda didn't reference her political activism, including protesting the Vietnam War. She was photographed during a trip to North Vietnam in 1972 seated on an anti-aircraft battery and was called "Hanoi Jane."

"The Fondas have always been cryers," Fonda wrote. Referring to actor Henry Fonda, she said, "My father once said, Fondas cry at a good steak. My son and daughter are the same. But I find my emotions are way more accessible than they were when I was younger, and I’ve come to feel it has to do with age.

"I have become so wonderfully, terribly aware of time, of how little of it I have left; how much of it is behind me, and everything becomes so precious."

Fonda, who starred in such hit films as "Barefoot in the Park," "On Golden Pond," and Barbarella," said that as she gets closer to the end, she’s able to appreciate "the beauty in small things more than when I was younger perhaps because I pay attention more."

She continued, "I ache for unwanted children in the world, for polar bears, and elephants, whales, and Monarch butterflies, and dolphins, gorillas, and chimpanzees."

Fonda said she hopes that "in a few decades I will be in the earth, fertilizing some of the very things I look at now and tear up over."

She revealed that she has no plans to be cremated or buried.

"I’m not going to be cremated, uses up too much energy and gives off too many toxins, nor do I want to be in a coffin. Just dump me in a hole, and let me morph into whatever as quickly as possible."

Fonda, who has been divorced three times, also posted a picture of herself at "Scandal" star Kerry Washington’s baby shower, where she once again became emotional.

"Yesterday I went to a friend’s baby shower. I hadn’t seen her since she was pregnant, and when I saw her belly and her radiant face, I began to cry. When I heard the words of wisdom her mother offered to her – to all of us – about how to raise a baby to be a happy, fully realized, person, I started crying again.

"I’ve listed sad things but what startles me even more is how I get emotional about nice things, like Kerry Washington’s belly, and her mother’s words of wisdom, and Elizabeth Lesser telling me about the new book she’s writing. Maybe because I’m older my heart is wider open, like a net that wants to catch all the things that matter."

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