Joan Ganz Cooney: Over 40 is pretty general … there’s nothing bad about being 41 or for that matter 50. The best thing about those years is that you’ve usually accomplished something by then and begin to know who you are. Over 70 is when the music begins to slow down and from 80 on is unspeakable.
Candice Bergen: Joan! How can it be unspeakable for you?? You have defied age at every turn. You are great-looking, insanely slim and fit, and whip-smart in all things! You are redefining it single-handedly. I don’t want to hear it from you! Xoxo Candy
Candice Bergen: Haven’t we extended the age deadline by ten to fifteen years already? Fifty is the new forty. Forty for me was a non-event. My daughter had been born six months before, and I had not spent a night away from her. My then-husband pried me away to take me to D.C. on the train. I cried the whole way there I missed her so much. Then we had a great weekend. Forty, for me, was when most of it started. My child. Murphy Brown. Recognition. At fifty, I noticed that I no longer registered as a woman on The Chart. Zippo. At 53, I met my husband Marshall, who was the only man alive who preferred age-appropriate women. I am, at 65, happier and fatter than I have ever been.
Mary Wells Lawrence: If you are lucky and healthful, every age can be great. You have to be agile. You can’t be 50 and woe-is-me-I-want-to-be-30. 50 is nifty, so be a nifty fifty. Joan is kidding us. She knows she is a star woman. But her answers are always fun to read. The amazing wonderful and even sometimes thrilling fact about aging is that every day you get a little bit smarter. If you’re willing.