For most people, how they age is mostly in their genes. While it’s true that sun worshipers, smokers and those who shun daily maintenance and a decent diet may age a little more harshly, most of the blame – or credit – goes to parents and grandparents.
While movie and TV stars are as human as their admirers, they rely on their looks, combined with talent and hard work, to make a living, so they generally take extra care to retain their looks as long as possible to keep paychecks coming in. Some are lucky enough to maintain their appearance through relatively clean living. Others, however, choose alternative methods such as cosmetic surgery, injections, youth enhancing serums, or a combination thereof.
Regardless of how these 60+ female celebs stay younger looking than their years, a lot of them still wow us with their seemingly ageless looks, although make-up and good angles and lighting still play a big part in producing the most flattering shots.
Alfre Woodard, 61
Woodard has starred in productions on stage, silver screen and television, almost always garnering award nominations for her performances. Her best known TV roles were on Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Desperate Housewives, and most recently as the compelling Ruby Jean Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood. Her specialty is heart-wrenching drama, a talent she’ll surely embrace as she plays the President of the United States in the upcoming NBC series State of Affairs.
Jane Seymour, 63
Best known for her Bond Girl depiction in Live and Let Die, Seymour went from sultry seductress to down-home country doctor in TV’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Her youthful looks also graced the screen in classics such as Somewhere in Time, War and Remembrance and Wedding Crashers, where she revealed her knack for comedy. Seymour’s lesser known talents include painting and she was honored by induction as an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.
Lynda Carter, 63
With a buxom figure, porcelain complexion and doll face, Carter was the perfect actor to play Wonder Woman on television from 1975 to 1979 a few years after she was crowned Miss World USA in 1972. Carter provided voiceovers for the Elder Scrolls video games in the 2000s and released two record albums during that time, including her latest Crazy Little Things in 2011.
Sigourney Weaver, 64
Nothing seals an actor’s notoriety quicker than an alien creature bursting from their abdomen in a box office hit. Weaver‘s stellar performance as Ellen Ripley in 1979’s Alien kickstarted her career which went on to include noteworthy films like Ghostbusters, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl and Avatar, where she played the leader on the fictional moon Pandora. Most recently, in 2013, Weaver starred with David Hyde Pierce in the Broadway comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which was deemed Best Play at the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards.
Sonia Braga, 64
After stealing the hearts of Brazilian soap opera (telenovela) fans in the 1970s, Braga burst onto the American screen in the unique 1985 blockbuster Kiss of the Spider Woman. The dark featured beauty went on to star in the movies Dona Flor, Her Two Husbands and Moon Over Parador as well as enriched the casts of TV shows Sex and the City, Alias and American Family. During her off hours, Braga made headlines with her romantic involvements with Robert Redford and David Lee Roth.
Olivia Newton-John, 65
Newton-John’s fresh-faced girl-next-door looks have served her well since the Australian actress/singer/ songwriter starred in the musical hit movie Grease with John Travolta in 1978. The film adaptation of the Broadway musical was the number one box office draw that year and featured one of the most successful soundtracks in the history of Hollywood. Newton-John continues to make albums and she’s one of the best-selling singers of all time, with an estimated 100 million record sales.
Phylicia Rashad, 66
As the gorgeous, patient and long-suffering Clair Huxtable on TV hit The Cosby Show, Rashad owned the role for 8 years. In 2004 she became the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Four years later Rashad was tapped to reprise the role for the TV adaptation of the classic play.
Susan Sarandon, 67
Sarandon‘s good looks transcend imagination as she plays roles ranging from a hapless party girl in Thelma and Louise to a nun advocate in a prison in Dead Man Walking, the latter of which earned her a Best Actress Oscar in1995. In a film career that’s spanned more than 44 years, Sarandon’s alluring looks and outspoken views have remained remarkable through romantic relationships with director Louis Malle, David Bowie, Italian filmmaker, Franco Amurri and actor Tim Robbins.
Goldie Hawn, 68
When Hawn first charmed the world as the ditzy blonde on the groundbreaking comedy Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In in 1968, no one could have predicted her acting talents and impending career as a successful movie actress. Hawn has managed to retain her youthful persona through the years making such memorable films as The Sugarland Express, Private Benjamin, Foul Play, Shampoo, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, and Cactus Flower. She’s been with partner Kurt Russell since 1983.
Helen Mirren, 69
Observing the energy and vitality of the lovely Mirren at award shows or in casual interviews, it’s hard to believe she’s pushing 70. Mirren is best known for playing three British queens on the big screen and television, roles for which she won various awards for. In the early 80s, decades before her royal performances, Mirren lived with actor Liam Neeson.
Stockard Channing, 70
Although her most famous role is arguably that of First Lady Abbey Bartlet to Martin Sheen’s President on the pivotal TV drama The West Wing, Channing‘s first big acting break was the role of Betty Rizzo in the film Grease. Her timeless good looks and distinctive voice also won her an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2002 for the TV docudrama The Matthew Shepard Story and she recently made eight appearances on the hit TV drama The Good Wife.
When Ann-Margret began her career in 1961, she was promoted as the female version of Elvis Presley based on her sexy persona and mesmerizing singing voice. The moniker didn’t stick but Ann-Margret evolved into one of the most famous sex symbols. She’s best known for movie roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, The Cincinnati Kid, Carnal Knowledge, and Tommy, most of which earned her prestigious awards. Most recently she’s guest starred on the Showtime drama Ray Donovan.
Jane Fonda, 76
The first heartthrob of many teenage boys in the ’60s, Fonda‘s lead role in Barbarella spawned one of the most famous movie posters of all time. The attractive daughter of film legend Henry Fonda, she also gave memorable performances in Cat Ballou, Barefoot in the Park, Klute, Julia, Coming Home, The China Syndrome, and On Golden Pond, which also starred her father. Devoted to fitness, Fonda still turns heads, most recently in 2013 as Leona Lansing on the HBO hit The Newsroom.