Jane Fonda, hero, admits she gets down with vibrators at age 79


While Ellen DeGeneres may feel the need to hedge around the subject of sex toys for the sake of preserving the sanctity of daytime television, Jane Fonda—also known as one of our most valuable national treasures—isn't coy and is more than willing to answer any and all questions about her vibrator use. Which, as she'll readily admit, is plentiful. "Use it or lose it, right?" she asked.

Fonda appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week to promote the upcoming third season of Netflix show Grace and Frankie, on which sex toys are about to have a big role. Season two ended with Fonda's character, Grace, using her first-ever vibrator and promptly injuring her wrist and then straining her eyes to read the instructions. Grace and Frankie are thus launching a new, and pretty brilliant, business venture in season three: sex toys deliberately constructed for and aimed at older women. And, as the actress explained to DeGeneres, she was more than happy to help with behind-the-scenes research. After all, Fonda's character may have only recently discovered vibrators, but that's not true for Fonda herself. She says she even has a vibrator that "hangs around my neck and it looks like a beautiful piece of silver jewelry." But whether that convenience is actually helpful when Fonda is out and about town "depends on who you're with and what the bathroom looks like."

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A scene of 'Sunday in New York', with Cliff Robertson comforting Jane Fonda, his sister in the film. New York, 1963. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
The US actors Rod Taylor and Jane Fonda are sat close, at the races, in a scene of the film 'Sunday in New York'. New York, 1963. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Actor Henry Fonda (centre) with his children, actors Jane and Peter, attending a tribute to Henry by the American Film Institute, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, California, circa 1975. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
A scene of the film 'Sunday in New York', with Cliff Robertson introducing Jane Fonda (on the right) to Jo Morrow (on the left), who are his sister and his girlfriend respectively in the film. New York, 1963. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Jane Fonda attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Jane Fonda attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton on February 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 18: Jane Fonda attends 'Che Tempo Che Fa' TV Show on January 18, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Jane Fonda arrives to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 7: Singer Al Green; actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks; ballerina Patricia McBride; singer-songwriter Sting; and comedienne Lily Tomlin will receive honors for 2014 on THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Jane Lynch, Reba McEntire, Jane Fonda, and Kate McKinnon (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 7: Singer Al Green; actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks; ballerina Patricia McBride; singer-songwriter Sting; and comedienne Lily Tomlin will receive honors for 2014 on THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Jane Fonda (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: Jane Fonda, Jane Lynch and Reba McEntire attend the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 05: Actress Jane Fonda attends the Captain Planet Foundation Gala at Intercontinental Buckhead on December 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Jane Fonda attends the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Gala Dinner at the U.S. Department of State on December 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'This Is Where I Leave You' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'This Is Where I Leave You' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'This Is Where I Leave You' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Jane Fonda attends the Guess Portrait Studio during 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Aaron Harris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Jane Fonda (dress & hair detail) attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'This Is Where I Leave You' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Tina Fey and Jane Fonda attend the Guess Portrait Studio during 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Aaron Harris/WireImage)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Jane Fonda attends the Guess Portrait Studio during 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Aaron Harris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Jane Fonda and Viva Vadim attend actress Jane Fonda's Handprint/Footprint Ceremony during the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 27, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: (USA SALES ONLY) (L-R) Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Jude Law and Jane Fonda attend the Diamonds Are Girls Best Friend event during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival held at Hotel Martinez on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Eric Ryan/Getty Images)
BOMBAY, INDIA: US actress Jane Fonda (C) gestures along side playwright, Eve Ensler (L) and Dr. Armida Fernandez (R) as they talk to the press at the Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action (SNEHA) for Women and Children in Bombay, 09 March 2004. Fonda and Ensler along with other celebrities who are in town to perform in a Poor-Box production of the provocative play 'Vagina Monologues', did a tour of a part of the SNEHA Mecial Centre to lend support to the great work being done there. AFP PHOTO/Rob ELLIOTT (Photo credit should read ROB ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda during Children's Aid Celebrates 20 Years of Teen Pregnancy Prevention at Harvard Club of New York in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
US actress Jane Fonda presents her 'Golden Hart' for lifetime achievement during the charity TV show 'Ein Herz fuer Kinder' (A heart for children) made to raise funds and donations for needy children, 15 December 2007 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 20: (L-R) Actor Keenan Ivory Wayans, director Gregory Nava, actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, manager Benny Medina, actress Jane Fonda, singer Pitbull, Lopez's children Emme (front, left and Max pose as Lopez is honored with the 2500th star on June 20, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
002 06/24/98 Washington Dc Jane Fonda Addresses A National Press Club Luncheon In Washington, D.C. Where She Talked About Teen Pregnancy And Offered Tips To Parents For Guiding Their Children. (Photo By Karin Cooper/Getty Images)
Media mogul Ted Turner and his wife actress Jane Fonda arrive 04 October 2003 in Washington at the premiere of 'Guettysburg' a new four-hour motion picture chronicling the three-day battle of the U.S. Civil War. Turner's production company Turner Pictures presents the movie based on the Pulitzer prize winning novel 'The Killer Angels' by Michael Shaara. AFP PHOTO JENNIFER YOUNG (Photo credit should read JENNIFER YOUNG/AFP/GettyImages)
Jane Fonda snuggles with a child in a scene from the film 'Hurry Sundown', 1966. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
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Apparently never one to show up empty-handed, the iconic actress even brought a vibrator for show-and-tell on TV. DeGeneres was having none of it though, reminding her, "This is daytime.... I cannot show that" (which, really?!), but Fonda has never cowed to Hollywood conventions before, and she didn't here. Instead, she yanked the vibrator out of the box, earning the attention of network censors, who omitted Fonda's demonstration, on air. No worries there, though. Fonda has absolutely zero problems being verbally descriptive.

Watch the video, here.

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