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Sharon Stone, Jane Fonda and Alfre Woodard embrace ageing in Hollywood

The actresses refuse to let their advancing years slow them down.

Sharon Stone considers herself "lucky" to experience ageing because so many stars from her generation have died young.

The 58-year-old sat down with fellow veterans Jane Fonda and Alfre Woodard for a joint AARP The Magazine interview about growing old gracefully in Hollywood, and during the chat, the Basic Instinct star admitted she began to feel more relaxed about both her career and her advancing years once she embraced her changing body.

"I've stopped questioning everything, and that gives me a lot more room to breathe," she said. "I think it's just getting comfortable in yourself - in everything - but certainly the work."

She added, "I frankly think ageing is a great thing, and we're lucky when we get to do it because, particularly in our generation, we've lost so many people to so many different things."

Jane concurred, and insisted she would never have imagined she would be happier now than in her acting heyday in the 1970s.

"It's really scary when you're looking at it (ageing) from the outside," the 78-year-old mused. "When you're inside it, it's not scary at all. You feel better.

"If you'd told me when I was 20 or 30 that I'd be happier at 70, I would've said to you, 'You're out of your mind'."

And 12 Years a Slave star Alfre, 63, refuses to let her age dictate her wardrobe, especially when it comes to swimwear.

"I don't want to put an expiration date on showing my jiggly legs at the beach, or say, 'I'm over 50. I shouldn't wear this'," she commented. "No, this is my 63-year-old butt, and I am free and happy. It has earned its freedom!"

"Age is what you decide you want it to be. I am still in motion here," she declared.

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