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Sally Field embraces her wrinkles

“I care more about having the opportunity to play roles that I haven’t played than I care if my neck looks like someone’s bedroom curtains,” said Sally Field.

Sally Field sees no point in fighting the aging process, says Jenny Allen in Good Housekeeping. The Academy Award–winning actress, famous for her perkiness, is now a 62-year-old grandmother who suffers from osteoporosis. “I see myself on TV and I say, ‘Oh, I wish that weren’t happening to my neck. And your face is falling down, and your eyes are so puffy.’” But Field tries to keep such changes in perspective. “I don’t want to look old and worn, but what can you do? My real focus is being an actor. I care more about having the opportunity to play roles that I haven’t played than I care if my neck looks like someone’s bedroom curtains.” Cosmetic surgery, she says, is not for her. “I see some of those women who I thought when they were younger were so beautiful. Now I think, Oh dear, don’t do that! It seems so terribly disrespectful to who they are now.” Fields hopes to emulate Helen Hayes and Jessica Tandy, who aged gracefully onscreen. “They were so beautiful in their 60s and 70s and 80s. There are roles I want to do when I’m an old woman, and I don’t want to look like a weird old woman. You know, ‘What is the matter with her mouth?’”

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