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It’s hard enough to age gracefully, let alone beautifully, but these women have managed to do it.
Here are 50 of the finest ladies over 50.
Madonna dropped out of college in 1978 and went to New York with no more than $35 in her pocket. Fortunately she was discovered soon after, so we’ve been able to enjoy her voice and her beauty for more than 35 years.
Fun fact: She’s considered the best-selling female recording artist of all time by the Guinness World Records.
Born into a family of entertainers, it’s no wonder Katey got into the business. Whether it’s her singing or acting, she’s been winning over our hearts since the 1970s.
Fun fact: She is currently filming for “Pitch Perfect 2.”
It doesn’t matter what the era is, Sigourney holds a science fiction movie together. Whether it’s her sharp features or sharp tongue, we can’t help but like her – even if she sometimes is the bad guy.
Fun fact: She voiced the Axiom’s computer in “WALL-E.”
Eileen Ford may have told Janice she would “never work,” but we are very glad Eileen was wrong. Janice is the definition of supermodel – in fact, she may have coined that term!
Fun fact: She has appeared on the cover of Vogue 37 times.
Deborah (Debbie) is one of our favorite singer-songwriters of all time. Whether she was rocking out in Blondie or performing with The Jazz Passengers, there’s something about her that has always drawn us in.
Fun fact: She sings on the chorus of Fall Out Boy’s “West Coast Smoker.”
We don’t care if she’s singing lead in an Italian rock band or owning the role of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – we can’t get over how awesome Cassandra is (or how good she looks)!
Fun fact: She is an investor in Comikaze Entertainment Inc., which hosts the Comikaze Expo.
Geena has always been our role model, assuring us that we can do whatever we set our hearts to. Actress, writer, model and semifinalist for an Olympic team? It’s not fair that she’s gorgeous, too.
Fun fact: She studied in Sweden and became fluent in Swedish.
Joan was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school, and she has certainly lived up to that. She began her acting career in 1977 and has been astounding us ever since.
Fun fact: She won a Tony for her work in “Burn This.”
Kim won us over as Samantha Jones, but we’ve found she really can do no wrong. From Broadway to the big screen to the book scene – we have loved everything from this beautiful woman.
Fun fact: She holds dual British and Canadian citizenship.
“Daytime’s Leading Lady” played Erica Kane on “All My Children” for more than 40 years, and in those 40 years, we fell more and more in love with her. We’re glad she finally won the Emmy.
Fun fact: She’s been married to Helmut Huber since 1969.
Academy Award winner, BAFTA winner, Humanitarian Award winner – is there anything Susan can’t do? She’s been making her mark since 1970, and we’re constantly impressed.
Fun fact: She is the co-owner of SPiN, a table tennis club in New York.
From talk show host to award show host, there is nothing like a woman who can make us laugh. Ellen has always been there to make us smile, and we love her for that.
Fun fact: She is the only person to have won a Saturn Award for a voice performance.
Katie gives us the news, good or bad, and we just know we can trust her. Smart, sexy and she knows what’s going on in the world – talk about the total package!
Fun fact: She’s been a host on all big three TV networks.
She took Miss World USA in 1972 and then wowed us as Wonder Woman. Even now, we can’t believe what a woman Lynda is. It doesn’t surprise us at all that she was once named “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.”
Fun fact: She made a guest appearance on “The Muppet Show.”
Beverly changed the standards for beauty and modeling in the 1970s, and we think it’s pretty clear why. She’s not just beautiful, though, Her successful line of hair care products and wigs show she’s business savvy, too!
Fun fact: She released an album with Buddha Records in 1979.
There is no one who seems quite as flawless as Mary. She’s a skilled actress and an active humanitarian, showing that she’s a beautiful person inside and out.
Fun fact: Jack Nicholson discovered her in Paramount’s New York office.
With her Emmy and her Tony, we know Ellen is skilled at her craft. She’s been acting in movies since the 1980s, and she still looks the same as when we fell for her in “Diner.”
Fun fact: She studied acting for 10 years before getting her first audition.
This woman in a fur bikini is an image we’ll have ingrained in our minds for forever. Nobody says sex symbol like Raquel Welch – after about 50 years in the business, she’s still smokin’!
Fun fact: Playboy named her the “Most Desired Woman” of the 1970s.
Olivia captured our hearts with her good looks and melodic voice. Whether she was going for youthful and delicate or edgy and tough, we couldn’t help but like her – different looks meant more posters for our wall!
Fun fact: She was 29 during the filming of “Grease.”
Model to actress, we’ve seen Sharon all over the place since the 1970s. We’ll never forget her part in “Basic Instinct” (or “Basic Instinct 2”) or her different humanitarian efforts.
Fun fact: She won a Golden Globe for her work in “Casino.”
Television personality meets award-winning journalist meets seemingly eternal youth in Ann Curry. Not only is she eye candy, but she offers food for thought whenever we see her on the news.
Fun fact: She was born in Guam.
Angela is the total package. Her brains took her to Yale, while her beauty and abilities took her to the big screen. She started in the 1980s, and she’s been going strong ever since.
Fun fact: She turned down the lead role in “Monster’s Ball.”
This angel has been starring in films and television series since the 1960s, and we still haven’t gotten enough of her. Her collection – Jaclyn Smith Today – and herself are still a hit for us!
Fun fact: She made a cameo appearance in “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” in 2003.
Her work as a model for Calvin Klein may have landed her a film debut, but it also led to our infatuation with her. We wouldn’t mind being stuck in Groundhog Day if it meant spending every day with her.
Fun fact: Her lines were dubbed in “Tarzan” due to her southern accent.
We have loved Jane from the time she was a Bond girl. We are thrilled whenever we see her guest star on a new show because we get to enjoy her that much more.
Fun fact: Her stage name is chosen after Henry VIII’s third wife.
Is there anything Helen can’t do? She’s been wowing us since the 1960s, and she just keeps going. Whether she’s playing a queen or a hooker, she always has us riveted.
Fun fact: She is the only person to have played both Queens Elizabeth on the screen.
Christie was discovered in a post office in Paris, and since then, she has been on top of the world. It seems like the woman can do no wrong – we can’t wait for what she does next!
Fun fact: She’s been on more than 500 magazine covers.
With copper skin and a heart of gold, Iman has had us head over heels since the 1970s. What’s not to love about a woman who shares what she can, whether that’s her money, her image or her talents?
Fun fact: She speaks five languages.
Gina is quite the character. She plays all sorts of roles, showing she’s got the acting chops to match her movie star appearance. She even “stripped down” Sarah Palin!
Fun fact: Her break came from a small part in “Pretty in Pink.”
There’s a reason Diane made it on to Forbes’ list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” Not only is she stunning in appearance but also her ability to tell a story and share the news.
Fun fact: She was America’s Junior Miss 1963.
Aaron Spelling likes Heather almost as much as we do – she’s appeared in eight of his television productions. While we miss seeing her in “Melrose Place,” we know we’ll be able to find her somewhere on the screen.
Fun fact: She modeled for the school store while at UCLA.
Wouldn’t we all like to have our own love scenes with Demi and a potter’s wheel? She’s been appearing less regularly on the screen than she did in the 1990s, but we’d love to see some “moore” of her.
Fun fact: She was cross-eyed as a child.
Kelly may have won a Razzie for “Battlefield Earth,” but we still like her. She’s been wowing us for the last 30 years, and we love seeing her in shows, movies – even Neutrogena commercials.
Fun fact: She was born in Hawaii.
Whether she’s an actress or an anchorwoman, there is a certain charm to Maria that no one else has. When we get the chance to see her, she definitely makes us feel “al rojo vivo” – red hot.
Fun fact: She was a competitive swimmer in her youth.
Sheryl is one of those women who always seems to fit you just right. In the 1980s, you were just getting into her music, and now you can see how she’s grown – just like you have. Talk about a perfect match!
Fun fact: She has won nine Grammy Awards.
There are far worse nicknames than “Smile Smillie” – after all, it’s her smile that melted us in the first place. What about “Changing Rooms”? Only if it means we’ll see her in the other one!
Fun fact: She co-presented Scottish Television’s “Wheel of Fortune” for five years.
She appealed to us back when we were young and restless, and she continues to keep hold on us as a bold and beautiful actress. We will always have a place in our hearts for Brooke Logan.
Fun fact: She has had seven Soap Opera Digest Award nominations.
What’s better than an attractive woman? An attractive woman who makes you laugh. She’s sassy, sarcastic and sometimes shocking, but we can’t help but love her.
Fun fact: She has released six comedy albums.
Sometimes she’s Hollywood blockbuster and other times she’s indie, low-budget film, but Julianne is always someone we keep an eye on. Her appearance and her talents are so versatile that her opportunities are endless.
Fun fact: She is a children’s author, known for the “Freckleface Strawberry” series.
Meryl made herself known in the 1970s, and she has climbed her way to the top. Successful, hard working and still as sexy as ever – what more could we ask for?
Fun fact: She is a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters for France.
Whether it was with “Sweet Surrender” or “Desperate Housewives,” we’ve always found ourselves drawn into Dana. Her look, her voice, her talent – the combination is intoxicating.
Fun fact: She was originally offered the role of Bree Van De Kamp on “Desperate Housewives” but turned it down.
Diane does it all. She acts, directs, photographs, writes – you name it. She started in the 1960s and has only gotten better with age. Her parts have been diverse, but signature smile, glasses and charm never change.
Fun fact: Her films have earned more than $1 billion combined.
Since she became a model at 15, we’ve had almost 50 years to appreciate Peggy. From “The Mod Squad” to “Twin Peaks,” she has always been the “It” girl we sought after.
Fun fact: She had a stutter as a child.
Actress, writer, political activist, fitness guru – Jane can do anything she puts her mind to. It’s hard to believe she’s in her 70s because the woman is just as fierce and fine as she ever was.
Fun fact: In 1981, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.
We admit it – we fell for Alexandra because of “Baywatch.” However, it’s been her consistent acting and activism that have kept us knocked off our feet. Beautiful women shouldn’t also be so talented – it’s not fair!
Fun fact: She has an identical twin.
From sitcom to drama, we’ve seen Marcia in just about every kind of role. Even though she’s been acting since the 1980s, we’re desperate to see this housewife in her next performance!
Fun fact: She received her B.F.A. in acting from Juilliard.
This Miss America had our hearts as soon as she stepped on to the stage at Syracuse. Her many talents – including her ability to handle a tricky situation – are matched by none.
Fun fact: Her first television appearance was on “The Love Boat.”
From her first album to her 34th, we still haven’t been able to stop our ears from perking up when we hear Reba’s croon or our eyes from lighting up when she crosses the stage.
Fun fact: She played Annie Oakley in the Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.”
She’s definitely a looker, but it’s Oprah’s way with words that really won our hearts. There’s no one else who can share a story like her, which is why we’re still hooked on her forty years later.
Fun fact: She is currently North America’s only black billionaire.
This Junior Miss Georgia certainly found her home in the entertainment industry. With more than 40 years as a model, actress, singer and activist, she’s more than just a pretty face – she’s the real deal.
Fun fact: She is the only actress to both pose nude for Playboy and win an Academy Award.
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