Jane Fonda offers life lessons in new book called 'Prime Time'

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PHOENIX – If there’s one person who has lived a very full life, it’s Jane Fonda.

She an Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, a producer, a fitness pioneer, an activist and a best-selling author.

Her first book, a memoir called "My Life So Far" was released in April 2005. The New York Times called in "achingly poignant."

Now she has captured many of her philosophies on life, love and aging in her new book, “Prime Time.” She calls it her “third act.”

Fonda gave Tara Hitchcock the lowdown live via satellite from New York.

“I talk about the whole lifespan,” Fonda said. “In order to know how to do the future, the last part of your life, you have to understand the first two acts.”

Fonda said she spent years doing researching and distilled everything she learned down to 11 essential ingredients to aging successfully. It's a "blueprint for living well and for making the most of life, especially the second half of it."

"Prime Time" isn’t just theoretical. It’s also personal.

“I go into a lot of personal detail,” she said. “I spent a year doing what I later found out is called a life review.

Psychologists recommend doing this. I went back and I researched myself. … I discovered that there were things in my life that I could be proud of.

“By the time I reached 60, I had gained a kind of confidence that I had never had before, in spite of all my success.”

Fonda said one of the great things about getting older, one of the things she writes about, is that you don’t care so much what others think. You’re better able to let things go.

“I know what I’ve done. I don’t need other people to constantly validate me,” she said.

“Prime Time” is available in bookstores now. Hitchcock loved it.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, there are some great, great life lessons in this book,” she said.