Loni Anderson: "It's Time to Change the Face of What Grandmas Look Like" (EXCLUSIVE)

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In the new issue of Closer Weekly, Loni Anderson shares why at 71 she decided to take on the new role as Frances in her web series My Sister Is So Gay — and why she thinks this country needs to change the way they think about grandmas.

"I was never really interested in playing traditional, sensible-shoe-wearing, rocking-chair grandmas," the actress tells Closer.

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"I’m not saying traditional is boring, but I’m a grandma and the women around me are, too," she says. "We’re different from that stereotype, so it’s time to change the face of what grandmas look like!"

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"Frances is a fun, free spirit who’s perpetually tipsy and promiscuous," Loni tells Closer about the thrill of playing this bawdy new character. "She steps over boundaries and that’s what I like about her!"

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"In real life, I’m sort of a Goody Two-shoes, Sunday-school teacher type," Loni explains to Closer. "I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, so maybe that’s why I wanted to play Frances — to indulge in those things on-screen!"

For more from Loni on her children in real life, pick up the new issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!

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