Last night I watched Barbara Walters' special on the ten most fascinating people of 2011. I didn't agree with anyone on her list:
Steve Jobs, Simon Cowell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet, Derek Jeter, Donald Trump, Katy Perry, Pippa Middleton, Amanda Knox, Herman Cain, The Kardashians. Pippa Middleton? The Kardashians? Really? None of them fascinated me. I am, however, fascinated with the token male in the Kardashian family ~~ the once handsome Bruce Jenner. What in all that's wonderful has happened to his face? All evening I was trying to think of who he looked like, and then it came to me. He has managed to transform himself into Renee Richards, the tennis player and ophthalmologist, who was born Richard Raskind, and through sexual reassignment surgery, was transformed into a female. To my eye, Bruce Jenner's face looks more female than male as well.
Why do folks do this to themselves? Does anyone remember what Kenny Rogers looked like before he had *work* done? His smokey eyes were his main sex appeal. His face suited his voice, sort of husky, deep, a bit mysterious, and very sexy. Now? Well, sex appeal is not the first thing that comes to mind when we see his face today. He looks a bit like that creepy guy that all his friends try to set up with their wives' or girlfriends' friends. "Hey, I know this really nice guy..." Um ... no thanks.
Jane Fonda just keeps getting younger. This picture was taken four days ago, during her appearance on Piers Morgan's show. Fortunately, she has a great plastic surgeon and has managed to stay looking like ~~ Jane Fonda. On December 21st, this woman will be 74 years old, which means in six years, she will be 80. She is officially what is known as elderly, a senior. But through the miracle of modern science, she looks pretty much the same as she did when she filmed "Klute". Is this a good or a bad thing? I don't know. For me, the jury is still out on that one. Are these folks disillusioning themselves? Perhaps it's true that if people look younger on the outside, they feel younger on the inside too. In the alternative, I know folks in their 30s and 40s who claim to feel old, and their attitude about life is old as well. Perhaps age is just a number, and it's all about one's attitude towards life. The most important thing is to stayed hooked-in; don't let life pass you by.
I guess the moral of the story is, if you're going to have some work done, make sure you find a plastic surgeon who has a *before* photograph of you on the wall beside the operating table. Otherwise, you might end up looking like Kenny Rogers, or, like the unfortunate Bruce Jenner, you might end up looking like Renee Richards.