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Growing Old Gracefully or Kicking and Screaming: Old Vs. New Hollywood

by | 19th, March 2014

WATCHING the Oscars and other such events lately, it’s becoming disturbingly common to spot actresses, now in their sixties, desperately hanging onto their youth.  It seems overnight, all my favourite actresses from the 1970s and 80s have gone under the knife in a vain attempt at retaining their former sex appeal.  It’s something we haven’t witnessed before actresses from earlier days didn’t have plastic surgery at their disposal, and the intense need to “stay sexy” wasn’t perhaps as strong.  Thus, the previous generation of starlets appeared to age much more gracefully than the ageing actresses of today.  Here’s a few comparisons….


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Here is Myrna Loy and Goldie Hawn, both age 26.  They’re much alike in that they epitomized the sex symbol look of their time.  However, as the years wore on, they showed their age very differently….


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Here they are again, both approximately the same age: Myrna age 69 and Goldie age 68.  Myrna looks like an elderly woman (which you officially are at age 69); whereas, Goldie looks like someone desperately clinging to a youth long gone.  Seeing the aged Myrna and Goldie side-by-side is truly shocking.  One woman accepts the fact that no one can escape the passage of time, and the other is in complete denial.





Katharine Hepburn age 32 and Cher age 20.  Both actresses were stunning in their younger days, and Cher was able to reap the rewards of a seemingly ageless figure in the decades to come.  However, you can only hold onto your sexy appeal for so long.




Here are Hepburn and Cher both aged 67.  Hepburn has gracefully accepted the passage of time, wearing pants and putting her hair in a bun.  But this doesn’t mean she had to act old; indeed, Hepburn was a vibrant as ever in 1973.  The difference is that Hepburn is no longer trying to look sexy; whereas, Cher is still sporting the micro-miniskirt.  Plus, Cher has had her wrinkles surgically wiped away.




Here is Hepburn age 68 and Cher age 67. Hepburn wasn’t afraid to play roles befitting her age this picture is from Rooster Cogburn , where she wisely makes no attempt to cling to her former youthful

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