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Aretha Franklin
Taking Off
Aw
She just released
her 38th CD, but the
number that excites
Aretha Franklin
is 85. That’s how
many pounds she’s
dropped since last
fall, when she underwent a health scare and
surgery (she won’t disclose
details). Franklin, 69, is now proudly
wearing a size 16.
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Jane Seymour
The actress, 60,
claims her wrinkles
help her land roles:
“I’m able to play
women who are
normal. I don’t do
Botox or that kind
of thing. As an
actress it’s important to have all the
pieces moving!”
Q: What can you tell us about your
surgery and weight loss? I did not
have gastric bypass, and would not.
The weight loss was gradual; I go to
the health spa and eat more whole
foods. I’d lost 30 pounds before the
surgery. My doctor said I’d lose more
naturally afterward, and I did.
Q: Are you still dieting? I’m on maintenance. I like my weight exactly
where it is. It looks healthy; let’s keep
it. I’m on the track and up to a mile
now at least three times weekly.
Q: Have you had to buy a new
wardrobe? Absolutely. Nothing fits,
and I’m so happy! In fact, tomorrow
I have fittings for new gowns.
Q: What’s your proudest career
moment? My happiest moments
were singing with my family (sisters
Carolyn and Erma and cousin Brenda),
the Grammy Legend and Lifetime
Achievement awards, National Medal
of the Arts, and Congressional Medal.
And singing the national anthem for
President Obama.
Q: Any plans to retire? Definitely not.
I love performing. It’s the way it is
and the way it’s going to be.
Q:What’s the best part of growing
older? I couldn’t tell you. I’m very
young at heart. —Janet Kinosian
Raising Hope
Agei
st
The new Fox series
uses a grandmother’s dementia for
cheap yuks, as
when Maw Maw
(played by Cloris
Leachman) crawls
under a bed to
sneak her grandson’s Halloween
chocolate, smearing it on her face.
Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter Perfect Pitch
Smacking bad guys around as TV’s hottest heroine made Lynda Carter famous, but
these days she’s having more fun hitting high notes. With a CD and a national concert
tour, she’s launching a second career as a singer. In the early ’90s she stepped away from
acting to raise her children, James, now 23, and Jessica, 20. When James headed to college, she realized she was unprepared for her future. “You gear your life toward your family,” says Carter, 60, “but as your children build their own lives, you have to rebuild yours.”
Carter started in music, singing with bands while growing up in Phoenix, but moved fully
into acting in 1975 upon landing the Wonder Woman role. Recording her new CD, Crazy Little
Things—a blend of jazz, blues, and pop—was “a giant undertaking,” she says, but she hopes it
will inspire others: “Doing something new is so rewarding.” —Craig Tomashoff
AARP.ORG/MAGAZINE
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