Throughout her 30s, Cybill thought her career would survive until she hit 40. "I believed that Marilyn Monroe had died when she was 40, and she looked so beautiful," she says. "It turns out she died when she was 36, so I'd already lived these four years where I was not supposed to still be looking okay."

When 40 finally arrived, Cybill says she fled the country but couldn't escape her age. Turning 50 was even worse, she says. "Fifty was really very traumatic, especially the early 50s," she says. "I stopped looking at myself in the mirror because I could see that I was aging."


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