9 Famous Women On Growing Older

"Women, in our society, are compartmentalized so that we start to feel like we're cut flowers and after a while we will wilt. I realize now that's not the case -- we can celebrate every age. That's my encouragement to 20-year-olds who are terrified of getting older: Don't have a nervous breakdown and don't hit the Chardonnay too hard. Getting older is not that bad."

Charlize Theron, 39, speaking to?W Magazine

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"I used to worry a lot more about my looks than I do now. I think the great advantage of getting older is that you let go of certain things."

Helen Mirren, being her fabulous 70-year-old self in?Good Housekeeping

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03:  Dame Helen Mirren attends the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 3, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

"I tell myself I'm free to do whatever the hell I want with my body. Why not? I may be a caricature of my former self; I'm still wearing wide-belted plaid coats, horn-rimmed glasses, and turtlenecks in the summertime. So what? Nobody cares but me."

Diane Keaton, 69, in her book, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02:  Actress Diane Keaton attends L'Oreal Paris' Ninth Annual Women Of Worth Celebration at The Pierre Hotel on December 2, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

?I've had more fun post-40 than I can remember. From a work point of view, a physical point of view, a psychotherapeutic point of view.?

Jennifer Aniston, 46, in an interview with Harper's Bazaar

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"Of course one worries about getting older - we're all fearful of death, let's not kid ourselves. I'm simply not panicking as my laugh lines grow deeper. Who wants a face with no history, no sense of humor?"?

Cate Blanchett, 46

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"I'm very f*cking grateful to be alive. I have so many friends who are sick or gone, and I'm here. Are you kidding? No complaints!" ?Meryl Streep, 66 in?Vanity Fair

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"In fact, looking back, it seems to me that I was clueless until I was about fifty years old."

Nora Ephron, who passed away in?2012, writing in her book I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections

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NEW YORK - JULY 30: Author Nora Ephron attends the "Julie & Julia" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 30, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Fighting the ageing process just doesn't work. I think that actresses, ultimately, are responsible for the faces we give to women.

Juliette Binoche, 51, French

Juliette Binoche attends the 'Nobody Wants the Night' (Nadie quiere la noche) photo call during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

We need to revise how we think of aging,? says Fonda. ?The old paradigm was: You're born, you peak at midlife, and then you decline into decrepitude. Looking at aging as ascending a staircase, you gain well-being, spirit, soul, wisdom, the ability to be truly intimate and a life with intention.?

Jane Fonda, 77, in conversation with Forbes

Jane Fonda attends a photocall for "Youth" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2015 in Cannes, France.

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