Her 9 to 5 co-star Dolly Parton took the stage alone to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Lily, explaining the veteran actress had the flu "or some kind of crud".

"She must be really sick because we've been talking to each other for weeks about getting to do this, so we could all get back together 'cos Lily, Jane and I have become like a little trio."

She also joked about a possible 9 to 5 sequel, stating, "I think we better get after it or we'll have to call it 95!"

Fonda's no-show at the SAG Awards comes just days after it was revealed she and her boyfriend Richard Perry had split after eight years together.