Jane Fonda thought she would ''die of loneliness'' at the age of 20 after battling bulimia throughout her teen years, losing her mother to suicide at the age of 12 and having a distant relationship with her father.
Jane Fonda thought she would "die of loneliness" at the age of 20.
The 73-year-old actress - who has been married three times - explained after battling eating disorder bulimia throughout her teen years, losing her mother to suicide at the age of 12 and having a distant relationship with her father, actor Henry Fonda, she was "so unhappy".
She said: "If people can learn anything from me it's that I've not always been happy and I've not always been strong.
"When I was 20, I thought I was going to die of loneliness, I was so unhappy. But as I've got older, I've found myself growing happier."
However, Jane admits she blames her '12 Angry Men' star father - who was married five times - for her bulimia after "objectifying" her from a young age and bringing her up to "feel fat".
She added to You magazine: "I was brought up to feel fat, though my father wouldn't tell me directly - he'd get one of his wives to tell me that I shouldn't wear a bikini.
"I was a product of objectifying parents and also a product of the 50s, when the way a woman looked was so important. It's why I pay attention to my appearance now. I believed that to be loved you had to be perfect, and even though I've got over that now, it took a long time."