Photo: Clint Eastwood, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery & Jane Fonda

Many of us have watched sixties films with amazement for the cinematic gems and its stars’ natural beauty, commanding physicality and hypnotizing acting skills/charisma. Is it that particular period of time, fashion, lifestyle, or the character that they built on screen that made them extraordinary enough to shine until today and possibly further? 

Here are some of the most successful and beautiful stars of the 60’s with their advice, lessons and quotes derived from their own personal life experiences. Wisdom and education are present everywhere, it is just a matter of accepting it. 

Sophia Loren 

“The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wiseand to have been born in poverty.” 

“Many people think they want things, but they don’t really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.” 

“There IS a Fountain of Youth: It is your mind, yourtalents, the creativityyou bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” 

Advice: To Sophie Loren, poverty and life’s difficulties are a lesson rather than an obstacle. If we really want something, we can find the discipline and the strength to make it happen. If we don’t, then maybe we didn’t want it so badly. Our mind, our talents and our creativity can keep us young enough to achieve all the things we dream of. Instead of looking for the miracle pill or cosmetic, we should look within ourselves.

Clint Eastwood 

“I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone. Even as a kid, I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live.” 

“There’s a rebellying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality. I got where I am by coming off the wall. I’ve always considered myself too individualistic to be either right-wing or left-wing.” 

“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead.” 

“I believe you have just one shot at life, and you should do the best you can with that shot. And I suppose you should be thankfulthat you’ve been given the ability to do certain things in life, and not be greedy enough to want to stay around forever.” 

You’re as young as you feel. As young as you want to be. There’s an old saying I heard from a friend of mine. People ask him, “Why do you look so good at your age?” He’ll say, “Because I never let the old man in.” And there’s truth to that. It’s in your mind, how far you let him come in.” 

“I was a daydreamer as a kid. I just like being myself and meditating. I think a certain kind of meditation is good for anybody for some sort of peace of mind. Some people find it looking at the ocean, some people find it in religion. It depends on the individual. I don’t believe in the old adage that men shouldn’t cry. If a person feels like crying it’s probably the greatest catharsis in the world.” 

Advice: Be free, be authentic, be original and if anything gets in your way, forge ahead. This is the Clint Eastwood way. We should be thankful and do our best with that one shot that we have at life. Depression is not an option for him, as happiness can be found in the simplest things. We are all as young as we feel. Everything is in our minds.

Once again, like Sophia Loren, the answer for Eastwood, lies within. 

Sean Connery’s Advice

“I haven’t found anywhere in the world where I want to be all the time. The best of my life is the moving. I look forward to going.” 

Lovemay not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.” 

“What happened was that I had polyps on my vocal cords for about six years. I had them lasered off each time. But then I had a little twinge of a problem while I was doingRising Sun (1993). I couldn’t get the timbre of my voice right. I couldn’t get the variation and enunciation as comfortable as I wanted. So I went back to the doctor and he suggested radiation. I went for six weeks anddidn’t have any side effects or problems. Then I made the  announcement that I had done radiation treatment. The publicists said not to do it, that it would set off an explosion. But I thought, “If you do radiation and it’s a success, why not speak about it?” 

“I’ve honestly not been too aware of my age until I went to the doctor for a full check-up. He said I had the heart of a young man – “but you’re not young, you’re 40”. 

Some age, others mature.” 

Advice: Change and love, for Sean Connery, make life worth living. Drugs, drinking, even polyps couldn’t stand in his way. Age is something relative for him as maturity is the reward. 

Jane Fonda’s Advice 

Agingis not what we used to think it was, where you peak at middle age. It’s ascending a staircase into growth, wisdom, well-being and happiness.” 

“When I was young I never thought I was going to make it past thirty. I thought I was going to die of alcoholism and loneliness and you know that hasn’t been the case… Don’t give up no matter how hard it is. Try to make the best of who you are.” 

“A man is not sexy to me unless I feel he can take me to a place that I’ve never been”. 

Patienceis critical. I also meditateand work out, both of which raises one’s level of endorphins and, thus, can decrease depression.” 

Advice: Alcoholism, loneliness, depression are states of being that we can all find a way to deal with. If we have the will, we can find methods to overcome all problems. Superficial beauty for Jane Fonda doesn’t compare to the beauty of sharing a new experience with a loved one. Meditation, working out and patience are some of the methods according to her that can help us achieve a balanced energy. The only thing we need to do is: … our best and never give up! 

Lessons acquired: 

According to all of these quotes and life experiences shared, we can realize that what we perceive as healthy, natural and beautiful – all of it starts within our own self. It’s a process. It’s a journey. It’s a way of living. It’s the way we train ourselves to live and the way we deal with everything that comes in our way. It’s a combination of a healthy diet, exercise and balance between our mind and body. Additionally, an authentic, free and determined personality is required to achieve all goals and dreams. The answer is within us – and it is with a positive perspective that we can live a long, successful and happy life. 

By Aliki Valores

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