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Linda Evans: ‘Our 50s and 60s are the best years of our life’

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Hello Magazine has a new interview with Linda Evans, 78, featuring photos of her at home on the 70 acre estate in Washington state where she’s lived since 2000. Her sister, nephew and stepdaughter from her relationship with John Derek live there with her. (Linda was married to John from 1968 to 1974, before he married Bo Derek. He passed in 1998.) Linda’s home is decorated in a country style with some high end touches. She told Hello that she designed additions to it and added large windows for natural light. I enjoyed her interview, which had a lot of wisdom and positivity, and wanted to talk about it. She’s promoting Swan Song, her new movie on Apple , which stars Udo Kier and features Jennifer Coolidge. Linda plays a woman whose will stipulates that her old hairdresser (Kier) come back to do her hair and makeup for her funeral. The trailer made me laugh out loud and it includes a quote from my friend Kristy Puchko at Pajiba about what a funny, smart movie it is. I’m definitely watching this one. Here’s some of Linda’s interview. It’s worth picking up Hello! for the rest.

How do you feel about ageing?


Life is a much more beautiful game later on in life.

I’ve learned something I longed to know when I was young, and that is self-love. I’ve learnt what it means to love yourself, to become your own best friend, and it is amazing. That’s why I have such a comfort in me. I don’t need much because I’m really a happy person.

As you get older, you look back on life and you learn the things that seem the worst were actually your greatest teachers. Everything in life has meaning and if you pay attention to it and learn from it, you can see life in a totally different way.

I think our 50s and 60s are the best years of our life. Women glow in their 50s. I’ve travelled the world as a speaker and I tell women anything is possible.

What has life taught you about love? Are you in a relationship?


I’m happy on my own at the moment. It’s not that a man can’t make you happy – I’ve been so blessed to have such extraordinary relationship and I wouldn’t have missed one of them – but you don’t have to. It’s not a case of either/or; it’s and/and.

The relationship itself will be great when you love yourself and you don’t need another to fill that place.

Do you still lead an active lifestyle?


I could be busy every day just running this property. It’s like a little city – I have roads, wells, solar panels, fruit trees and a garden to tend to. I grow everything, from lettuce, potatoes and squash to tomatoes and herbs. I could be busy here 24 hours a day.

I also adore yoga. I wish I’d discovered it earlier. Yoga will keep you marching up a mountain at 85 or 90 years old. You’re building from the inside out. It’s a great investment in your future.

[From Hello Magazine, print edition, August 17, 2021]

I love reading interviews with older women who promise that it gets better. I’ve already seen how much my life has improved since I’ve hit my 40s and have more time to focus on myself. I’m sure as I get older I’ll care even less about what other people think. Plus I know myself better and can make sure my life is set up more like I want it to be. Of course it’s easy to say these things when you have plenty of money to live the way you want. She sounds grounded though, and like she’s really grateful for everything.

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Fabio sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber: ‘reverses the aging process’

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Fabio Lanzoni, who we know mononymously as Fabio, blew into our lives in the late 80s. His burly chest and flowing locks adorned almost every romance book jacket we picked up. Suddenly, he was everywhere. He parlayed that fame into something of an acting-cum-spokesperson career. Tragically, the first thing I think of when I hear his name is that poor goose at Busch Gardens. Fabio is 62 and has a home in Los Angeles and a 500-acre property in Stevenson, WA. Even though he’s retired, People was able to lure him out for an interview to talk about love, life and aging as a model. I’d forgotten that Fabio is a man of few, and often confusing, words. But we did learn that he’s not only looking for love, he still hopes to have kids. And his beauty secret is to sleep in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

We know Fabio today as something of a pop-culture curiosity—one of those people you know, but you’re not sure how. Or why.

No one owned the ’90s quite like the Italian-born model turned romance novel cover star. He posed for 1,300 of them, hair always blowing, muscles always glistening. His name was also on a dizzying array of stuff: hair-care products, fitness videos, posters, a clothing line at Sam’s Club.

He became further immortalized in movies like Dude, Where’s My Car?, Spy Hard and Death Becomes Her and on shows including Step by Step and Guiding Light, often playing himself. And, of course, there were those I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter ads.

Now 62, he looks remarkably like his younger self—he says he’s down to 225 from 252 lbs.—with the same unbuttoned silk shirts and eel-skin boots. He still works out like a maniac; still avoids alcohol, drugs and sweets; still speaks in Fabio-isms like “If you don’t buy into fear, you will see miracles.”

And he still has the hair, which can catch any breeze. (What’s different today: He sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber which, he says, “reverses the aging process.”) Fabio both defined the decade and somehow never left it. Tsk-ing out of the side of his mouth in his Spanish-tiled mansion outside Los Angeles, he says, “Please. Who else can I be, besides Fabio?”

He recently went on a date—”dinner,” he says, and a ride in one of his 31 sports cars—but he’s still looking. Fabio says he has some criteria for a partner. He likes funny. She can’t be social-media-obsessed. (He hates it and is not on Twitter or Instagram.)

And, he adds, “She has to be able to be in the middle of nature. She can’t be afraid about bugs.”

He has options, he insists. “There is quantity, but I want quality.” He says he wants to get married. “I still want to have kids.” He flashes an optimistic smile.

Then, almost imperceptibly, the smile fades. He looks off to the horizon, like in a romance novel: “You see, when you really love a person, it’s forever.

[From People]

You guys know I’m claustrophobic, so no amount of beauty promise is getting me to sleep in a cylinder. I don’t care what it’s reversing. Apparently, these chambers are clear, but still. And it only reverses the outer aging, I assume. A 62-year-old is getting up at least once to go to the bathroom, what then? Is he hooking a catheter up every night? I assume this is a treatment thing he does every once in a while, and by sleep, he means nap. Because a hyperbaric chamber goes against his edict of being in the middle of nature. His lady friend wouldn’t have to worry about bugs if she was looking at the Columbia River inside one of those babies. However, Fabio is a beautiful man. Honestly, he could still grace a romance cover.

He also sounds like he’s found peace in his life. Or maybe that’s the 31 sports cars talking. I know his face (and body, of course) but never knew much about him. I kind of remember him speaking in soundbites but can’t recall if he was a giant horse derriere or not. Although trashing Gianni Versace isn’t a fun trait. I was a little surprised to learn he so against social media and expects his partner to be as well. But I bet not having social media helps ground him. Or maybe he doesn’t get reception in the sleeping pod.

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People are amazed that Paul Rudd is 52 years old

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Paul Rudd turned 52 on April 6. He looks good. He’s looked good most of his life. Many people think Paul turned 26 and stopped aging. Every time a photo of Paul appears, the world is once again stunned by how amazing he looks. Recently, he and Dan Levy had dinner in London. The owner posted a photo of her excitement that Paul returned abd that he brought Dan with him:

When Paul Rudd returns to your restaurant and brings Dan Levy with him!!! pic.twitter.com/pkRtnF9pDt

— Asma Khan (@Asma_KhanLDN) August 1, 2021

That was sweet. I’d be stoked too if Ant-Man came back for seconds at my place of business. But Twitter exploded with Paul’s refusal to age. I mean, they acted as if they’d never seen him before:

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— SARAH SQUIRM (@SarahSquirm) August 1, 2021

send paul rudd to the old beach. i’ve had enough. https://t.co/fMKtjNmEfh

— Sam Adler-Bell (@SamAdlerBell) August 1, 2021

paul rudd at age 237 pic.twitter.com/Jn6KSYWfsF

— al (@yeIenabeIcvas) August 1, 2021

Paul Rudd in 2005, 2010, 2015, and 2021. pic.twitter.com/Hvn1ZvL2C0

— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) July 29, 2021

Paul Rudd without the picture in the attic. Fact. pic.twitter.com/RHDRBtszKb

— Rachel Woollett (@RachelWoollett) August 1, 2021

Paul does look good. Plus he’s a good sport. I remember during the Clueless reunion, he gave away his secret, “I’m 80 years old on the inside. In here, pure darkness — and a little moisturizer.” While Breckin Meyer revealed he sucked the lifeblood out of babies. Paul also said once that he was born with an old face and has just aged into it, which is kind of true. As is Blackamazon’s comment on Twitter about him being a “specific kind of attractive.” There is a certain look that when aged, becomes hotter.

However, what I’m a little more interested in is the speculation that this restaurant tweet brought up – why are Paul and Dan having dinner in London?! Hmmm? Is it possible that Dan might be there for Ant-Man and Wasp: Quantumania, which is currently in production in London? Because OMG the thought of Dan Levy and Michael Peña riffing off each other might just get me through the rest of this year. Add Judy Greer to that equation and I won’t know how to contain myself.

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Jamie Lee Curtis saw her parents’ fame fade: ‘It’s humiliating, a hard business’

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Jamie Lee Curtis comes from Hollywood royalty. Her mother was Janet Leigh, who’s arguably most remembered as the woman in the shower from Psycho. But Janet was incredible. She was Meg in the June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor Little Women. She was top billed in Bye Bye Birdie. And my gawd if you’ve never seen her in Touch of Evil or The Manchurian Candidate, please rectify that as soon as possible. Plus, she was as beautiful as she was talented. Jamie’s father was the man-about-town, Tony Curtis. Tony has a list of credits as long as your arm, notably Spartacus, Some Like It Hot, The Great Race, Flesh and Fury and my personal favorite, Operation Petticoat. Both were so iconic to Hollywood that Jamie had to prove herself a worthy heir to the Leigh-Curtis dynasty, not only in talent but in appearance, something the press was very cruel to her about for years. In the latest People podcast, Jamie gives a very different insight to being the child of famous parents. She said the hardest thing for her was watching her parents face aging out of the industry.

Jamie Lee Curtis is revealing what it was like to watch her screen legend parents Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh grow old in Hollywood.

The two-time Golden Globe winner, 62, appears on this week’s episode of the PEOPLE in the ’90s podcast, where she recounts the pair getting “face lifts and neck lifts,” which prepared her for the harsh reality of aging in the industry.

“I’m the child of movie stars. I watched my parents get face lifts and neck lifts,” Curtis tells PEOPLE in the ’90s hosts Jason Sheeler and Andrea Lavinthal. “I watched their work diminish, I watched their fame not diminish. And the contradiction of a lot of fame, but not a lot of work, is really hard to navigate for people. Very hard to be famous but not be doing the thing that made you famous. And that for the rest of your life, you’re famous for something you did a long time ago, and you chase that attention.”

[From People]

I remember a few photos of both Jamie’s parents post plastic surgery and it did seem they were chasing the clock. If I remember correctly, Janet stopped after a while and let her procedures settle but Tony kept going until the end. I find Jamie’s comments about fame and trying to remain relevant later in one’s career fascinating. It must be devastating when no one thinks you are capable of being the thing that made you impressive. I liked Janet quite a bit. I think she was treated unfairly by Hollywood and definitely by Tony, but she had a great career and then reinvented herself as an author. Although I acknowledge he’s a good actor, I am no fan of Tony as a person, so this is where my mom would tell me to not say anything at all.

Jamie used what she saw her parents go through when making her own career choices. By establishing herself a solid character actor, she was able to age out of the “hard body” roles she was landing in the ‘80s. Plus, she made the brilliant move to return to the Halloween franchise which made her famous. And to Jamie’s credit, I know nepotism helped her career, but even so, she has forged a career independent of her parents and independent of her husband, successful filmmaker Christopher Guest. So Jamie went into this business with her eyes wide open and found her own path.

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Jillian Michaels: “When you care more you train harder and eat better”

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On why she’s so committed to working out and being healthy:

I’m a 42-year-old. I still like skinny jeans. I still prefer a two-piece instead of a one-piece, but now I have two young kids. So for me, I want to be skiing down the mountain alongside my kids instead of waiting at the bottom for them. I want to see their children graduate from college. I want to meet my grandchildren’s children. These are my whys.

On aging and why she’s in better shape now than she was in her 20s:

I care more, and when you care more you train harder and eat better. People believe that aging is this slow descent into decrepitude. That’s not true. When people say, “Oh, I’m 40 now, and this is happening to me and that’s happening to me,” it’s the cumulative effect of years of neglect, which—by the way—can still be turned around.

On why she thinks there’s too much pressure on women to get back to their pre-pregnancy bodies:

I was just talking to someone who was breast-feeding and already on a diet. I was like, “Dude, you’ve got to chill. If you start dropping more than two pounds a week, you’re going to compromise your milk supply.” The reality is that you can bounce back better than ever, but time frames vary for everyone. Everybody and every pregnancy is different. If it takes you a year, who cares?

 

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Cindy Crawford: ‘I don’t need people pointing out I don’t look 20’

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On being criticized on Instagram for not looking like she did at age 20:

I don’t need everyone on Instagram pointing out that I don’t look the same way I did when I was 20. I know that. Sometimes when you’re in the public eye, it can be hard, and that’s where you kind of have to work on yourself. No matter what I do, I’m not going to look 20 or 30. I just want to look great for 50. I exercise, eat healthy and take really good care of my skin. There’s pressure on women to do the undoable, which is not age. But it’s about looking great for however old you are, regardless of what that number is.

Last year, Cindy raised a few eyebrows when she was quoted saying:

I always tease my daughter (14) – who everyone agrees, is a mini-me – and say ‘You have my old hair – I want it back!’ or, ‘You have my old legs – I want them back.’

Step Back in Time: Cindy in her 20s:

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Benji Madden: Cameron Diaz is ‘a modern day feminist’ who shares positivity

Benji Madden has a new extensive interview in Newsweek for the 20th anniversary of his band, Good Charlotte (with his twin brother, Joel). Good Charlotte returned from a multi-year hiatus to release a new album last week. I’m not too familiar with Benji and apart from the fact that he seems to be genuinely in love with and supportive of his wife, Cameron Diaz, I don’t have a strong opinion about him. A quick glance at our archives reminds me that he’s dated several famous women including Paris Hilton and Holly Madison and apart from hearing about his other occasional hookups, I haven’t heard a bad word about him in the 10 years I’ve run this site. No scandals, no paparazzi beat-downs, no DUIs. That’s really saying something. So he seems like a serial monogamist and a standup guy. He’s also very supportive of Cameron, and they’ve each gushed about each other on their social media and to the press. That’s all background to this interview, which just impressed me with how wise and thoughtful he sounds. I mean I don’t agree with him about Cameron Diaz, but he comes across extremely well.

On how the music industry can be hard on artists
My brother and I feel blessed to have survived and still have loving, connected relationships with each other, with our wives, with our family. We feel like: “Hey, there are a lot of artists who might be able to use our experiences.” We’ve been able to withstand a lot of things in the industry because we had each other. We feel protective of other artists.

This is not a business that is set up in favor of artists. It’s important for artists to value themselves—whatever that means. Everyone’s going to take that in a different way. If you don’t value yourself, you will be bought and sold.

On the public’s obsession with celebrity
I think it’s a very unhealthy trend that will eventually be broken when people realize how hollow it is for our minds, it’s very cancerous…it’s like fast food. Fast food companies are trending down, lots of places are going out of business. People figured out: “This is killing us, it’s f-king terrible.” The celebrity obsession is doing the same thing for our minds—it’s very hollow and I think that trend is going to break soon enough.

On how Cameron uses her platform for good
I’m extremely proud of what she uses her platform for. She just released The Longevity Book, and before that she had The Body Book [a lifestyle guide to diet and health], and she spent thousands of dollars doing all the research, to get information to share with women who don’t necessarily have the resources to get that information. She’s a modern day feminist—she wants to change the conversation that’s being had about women and ageing. With The Body Book, she wanted to share all this information she has gathered over the years with women so they can live happy, pain-free lives.

I’m proud of her because of what a light she is in a world where it would be so much easier to use that stage to promote products. But she’s using that platform she has to share positivity. It’s been one of the most inspirational things in my life watching a woman be so courageous…she’s got so much integrity. I’m a lucky guy that I get to experience that.