“I remember when I was 75,” Tomlin later deadpanned. “It was a great time, wasn’t it?”
Jokes aside -- and there were plenty between the two -- Fonda lambasted a cultural fear of growing older. “When you look at it from the outside, it’s terrifying,” she said, “but when you're smack dab in the middle, it’s not scary. In fact, it's better.”
“It's hard to be young. I’m so sorry for all of you who are young,” Fonda said to the audience, with Tomlin adding: "I pity you."
“I’m certainly not so terrified by it,” Tomlin added, citing Charlotte Rampling, 70, as an example of repose. “I find that I’m taking [her] tact.”
Rampling just so happened to be the oldest female nominated for Best Actress at the 2016 Oscars by nearly 25 years. Cate Blanchett, 46, was the second oldest among a pool of mostly 20-somethings. She was also the only female lead on the hit BCC miniseries, London Spy, which debuted in January.
She, like the Grace & Frankie stars and Judith Light of Transparent and Ellen Barkin of the upcoming Animal Kingdom, represent the few, older female leads on TV.