Va-Va-Va-Boomer! Hollywood Icon Jamie Lee Curtis Goes Topless for the Cover of AARP The Magazine and Dishes on Embracing Her Upcoming 50th Birthday

Mar 21, 2008, 01:00 ET from AARP

    WASHINGTON, March 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Straight-talking
 actress Jamie Lee Curtis sat down with AARP The Magazine, the definitive
 voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with
 more than 33 million readers, for a candid interview about her upcoming
 50th birthday, embracing the years ahead with vitality and vigor, and
 putting her family first. Posing topless on the cover of the May/June issue
 of the magazine -- available March 24th and online at
 -- Curtis makes a bold statement that reflects a newfound comfort in her
 own skin. Curtis collaborated conceptually with the photos in the five-page
 spread asking that they represent her quest to "shed skin," to do away with
 what no longer serves her. Facing 50, this two-time Golden Globe winner, is
 now voicing her desire for the ultimate boomer experience and is an
 exuberant crusader for aging wisely and well.
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     On Aging Gracefully...
     "I want to be older. I actually think there's an incredible amount of
 self-knowledge that comes with getting older. I feel way better now than I
 did when I was 20. I'm stronger, I'm smarter in every way, I'm so much less
 crazy than I was then."
     "Getting older means paring yourself down to an essential version of
     "My style is a distillation. I've etched out who I am through myriad
 haircut attempts, outfit attempts, beauty attempts, diet attempts. It's
 been an evolution. I've let my hair go gray. I wear only black and white.
 Every year I buy three or four black dresses that I just keep in rotation.
 I own one pair of blue jeans. I've given away all my jewelry, because I
 don't wear it."
     "I want to be as a human being. New. Different. Challenging the old.
 Function over frivolity. Clean living. Clean lines. If I can challenge old
 ideas about aging, I will feel more and more invigorated. I want to
 represent this new way. I want to be a new version of the 70-year-old
 woman. Vital, strong, very physical, very agile. I think that the older I
 get, the more yoga I'm going to do."
     On Turning 50...
     "I'm going to give myself a breakfast birthday party. I'll serve my
 favorite meal of the day: cereal and waffles and bacon and pancakes and
 scrambled-egg-white omelets and protein shakes and cappuccinos."
     "To celebrate, I'm making a book of 50 of my photographs and giving it
 to each of my friends. It's not for public consumption...I don't need more
 attention. I don't ever want to make taking pictures into another way of
 saying 'Here I am.' Because I'm as here as I want to be."
     On Parenting and the Entertainment Industry...
     "The one benefit of being around fame my whole life is I've seen the
 facade of it. I know what people look like before they get all duded up. I
 see these people duded up and they're talking differently, as if they're
 titled aristocracy."
     "I saw a picture of me in a tabloid, where they had actually given my
 weight. I was like, 'How dare you--I'm not 161 pounds!' I was indignant. I
 got home and I went on a scale and I was 161 pounds. I was in denial about
 it. This was two years ago. So I started a really healthy way of eating,
 just avoiding things that I had been shoving in my mouth. Over the course
 of a year, I dropped about 20 pounds. Now, I get up at five o'clock in the
 morning every day, filled with energy. I play tennis three times a week,
 and I do yoga. I'm never going to be an athlete, never going to be running
 triathlons--I'm not that person. But I walk with girlfriends, and walking
 is incredibly good for you. That was a moment of truth and a big shift,
 taking care of my physiological life."
     "I've been an inconsistent parent at times, and it's my greatest
 regret. When my daughter was small, I worked too much. I was replicating
 what my own mother did."
     "When my kids leave I would like to go back to school. To me, a great
 boomer fantasy would be creating courses of study, like book clubs, where
 people come together in small groups, for lectures, reading, movies, music,
 art, and then travel to that place."
     What's Next?...
     "If I can challenge old ideas about aging, I will feel more and more
     "As we get older, we say goodbye to a lot of people. We say goodbye to
 our friends, to our family, and discover our capacity to love and
 communicate and have intimacy--real intimacy, not the superficial intimacy
 we had in our youth. Strip away the bulls---; be done with that. Ask
 yourself these two questions: Did I learn to live wisely? Did I love well?"
     "If I get the chance, I would like to evolve as a public voice, to find
 a way to talk about making better choices. It is very difficult to talk
 about people's personal choices, and the addiction to having what we want
 when we want it."
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 people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are
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