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Wrinkles: Love ‘Em? Hate ‘Em?

We posted a really interesting link on the GBTV Facebook page this week, featuring an actress who says she is successful not in spite of, but because of her white hair and wrinkles.

“A producer told me that they can’t find real actresses in their 60s – I am one of very few in the business.”

“It’s ironic that all these actresses who think having surgery and looking younger will help their career are actually losing out on parts that are coming to me because I have white hair and laughter lines.”

Julie Walters says she’s getting more offers than ever, and still enjoys life: eating, drinking and having fun without surgery.We also recently interviewed Tina Sloan, soap opera star, about her experience getting older in Hollywood.

Despite her industry’s youth-worshipping culture, Tina says never has and never will get a facelift. And casting agents are starting to take notice. “I look like someone who IS my age, not someone pretending to be my age,” she tells Growing Bolder.

(listen to our interview with Tina below or at this link!)

It made me wonder: what other actresses are successful in Hollywood because of their age, or how they have decided to embrace themselves?

Here are a few of my nominees (I’d love to see yours in the comments!):

  • Helen Mirren
  • Sela Ward
  • Jane Seymour (listen to her Growing Bolder Radio interview)
  • Kathy Bates
  • Diane Keaton
  • Cloris Leachman (listen to her Growing Bolder Radio interview)
  • Susan Saradon
  • Meryl Streep
  • Andie MacDowell
  • Angela Bassett
  • Blythe Danner

So who am I missing? What do you think about plastic surgery in general — a great way to feel better about yourself, or an expensive and unnecessary procedure?


  • Lcs114

    Most of the women on your list HAVE had face work. It was just done better, more subtle, with fillers, lasers, mid face lifts et al.

  • Red Hat Society

    The Red Hat Society is very proud to call Tina a Member. Thank you for featuring her on your blog! You Rock Tina!