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Kathleen Turner: ‘I don’t look like I did 30 years ago. Get over it!’

The Juice
December 19, 2013

Kathleen Turner has no problem burying her femme fatale past — it's everyone else who seems to have trouble with it.

In a new interview with Closer Weekly, the 59-year-old "Californication" star with the husky voice has a word of advice for those fans who are still pining for her 1980s sex symbol self.

“I don’t look like I did 30 years ago. Get over it!” Turner told the mag. “I’m going to be 60 next year. Sixty! And even I say to myself, 'OK, we can’t pretend anymore here.'”

In 1981, Turner shot to fame after playing femme fatale Matty Walker in "Body Heat." And to avoid being typecast, she followed this up with "Romancing the Stone," playing a romance novelist who goes on a treasure hunt with a smuggler (Michael Douglas). Throughout the '80s, Turner went from strength to strength, earning an Oscar nod for "Peggy Sue Got Married" and voicing the most famous animated femme fatale ever, Jessica Rabbit.

But in 1992, Turner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and was in so much pain she could barely walk. According to the New York Times, she was given steroids and chemotherapy, which left her "looking puffy." As her career took a hit, rumours swirled that Turner was battling alcoholism, but the actress didn't respond and kept her diagnosis mum.

Turner did, however, check into rehab in 2002. "I have no problem with alcohol when I'm working," she told the Times. "It's when I'm home alone that I can't control my drinking."

Eleven years later, Turner admits she gets sick of people being patronizing about her looks.

“One thing I get really tired of is people coming up to me and saying, 'Oh, you look gooooood!'" she told Closer Weekly. "One day I got so fed up. I said, 'I thank you. And I really wish I met you before so I could say the same for you.'”

Turner, who is set to star opposite Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in "Dumb and Dumber To," added, “You have to get to that place as a woman where you know your worth isn’t dependent on [looks].”

Watch Turner perform the opening monologue while hosting "Saturday Night Live" in 1985:

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