When you think of today’s hottest celebrity women such as Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively and Megan Fox to name but a few, it may be hard to imagine them being anything but the young, drop dead gorgeous sex symbols that they are today. But as older generations will know all too well, the sex symbols of yesteryear don’t stay the same forever. The process of ageing is inevitable and while some celebrity women are able to age gracefully and hold on to their natural sex appeal (and even attain MILF or “Hot Grandma” status), others aren’t so lucky. When the unavoidable characteristics of ageing hit them like a ton of bricks, younger generations, in a typical generalization, do not associate these women with attractiveness; a shame it seems that these women aren’t getting the necessary props as the beauties of today.
The babes of yesteryear tend to possess more of a natural beauty compared to some of the dolled up women of today whom it’s hard to pick who has had some kind of cosmetic enhancement and who hasn’t, thus adding to the older generation’s timeless sex appeal whether or not they’ve aged well or not.
The following is a list of older celebrity women who fall under both categories and who many of the younger generation may associate with being just that- “OLD.” But if you go back a few decades it may come as a surprise that these women were not only once hot but in their prime could have given the babes of today a good run for their money.
15. Susan Sarandon
Another woman who seems to have stood the test of time is Susan Sarandon. It probably doesn’t take too far a stretch of the imagination to figure out this Oscar-winner was an absolute stunner in her heyday. She basically spends the entirety of the 1975 musical hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show in her underwear, so anyone familiar with that classic film would know all too well just how hot she was and at the age of 69 she’s still smoking hot. Since her divorce from actor Tim Robbins (already 12 years her junior) in 2009 she has been connecting with much younger men.
14. Jamie Lee Curtis
Starting off her career as basically the go-to horror film scream queen of the ’70s and ’80s, Jamie Lee Curtis’s career evolved to roles that showcased her unbelievable body in films like Trading Places and Perfect as well as being responsible for perhaps the sexiest strip tease in movie history. That’s basically always going to guarantee you a spot on lists like this, so thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis’ performance in True Lies we will always have proof of her once undeniable hotness.
13. Maggie Smith
Known to most for her roles in the Harry Potter films and Downton Abbey, Dame Maggie Smith has been a star of stage and screen since the 1960’s, has won two Oscars and for some time has more resembled an old dried up prune more than a drop dead gorgeous babe so it may come as a surprise to most that back in her prime Professor McGonagall herself could enchant in more ways than one. That’s right, she sure could put a spell on you back in the day!
12. Angela Lansbury
Now aged 90, Angela Lansbury has a career dating back to the 1940s, and is famous for her role in Murder, She Wrote. Now old and grey many moons ago she possessed gorgeous long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes to go along with her sexy British accent – she could of charmed many a man in her time. Her first marriage was an attempt by actor Richard Cromwell to rid himself of his homosexuality and turn straight, although that didn’t go to plan, it’s not difficult to see how with her ravishing looks she could of turned the best of them.
11. Hillary Clinton
Whether you agree with her take on foreign policy or not, there’s no denying that the potential future President of the United States Hillary Clinton was not all that bad looking back in her day. Although not exactly possessing the looks of a supermodel, she was cute nonetheless and was known for her activism even back in those days long before her political career, once organising a two-day student strike after the assassination of Martin Luther King. Perhaps her good looks assisted in her rallying of the students and hey….maybe if she maintained those good looks into her husband’s presidency, the Lewinsky scandal would of never happened.
10. Charlotte Rampling
First spotted by a casting agent while walking down a London street, Charlotte Rampling would go on to become a fashion icon and posed nude for Playboy in 1974. Despite ageing quite drastically between now and then, that hasn’t hindered Rampling’s ability to take on sexually provocative roles, having appeared as an affluent woman who is apart of an exclusive sex club alongside Ewan McGregor in Deception. Recently she has appeared in the television series Dexter and was nominated for an Oscar just this year for 45 Years. Audiences of both films would probably have never guessed that she was once one of the hottest models in the world.
9. Jane Seymour
The first of the mega MILFs on this list, Jane Seymour is one of those women who has managed to remain hot for decades. Although she was hotter in her younger days, she has managed to maintain her sex appeal into her older age and is still smoking hot at the age of 65. At 54 she played the role of the seductive, adulterous cougar in Wedding Crashers to absolute perfection and possibly even outshone hot young stars like Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher in the smash hit comedy.
8. Sally Field
Although her role as the mom in Brothers and Sisters as well as Aunt Mae in the Amazing Spider-Man films show her to be not a bad looking woman by any means, those roles probably don’t get too many people hot and bothered. Once upon a time, though, there is no doubt veteran actress Sally Field could have that affect- the former high school cheerleader looks like the All-American girl next door every high school boy wanted to bring home.
7. Judi Dench
One of the more surprising entries on this list is the woman most known for portraying M in the James Bond films, Judi Dench isn’t exactly the most sexually appealing these days but there was a time where she resembled a bonafide hottie of today – Carey Mulligan. Most of her roles nowadays consist of her playing sexless, old woman roles, but for a time she resembled what a sexy pixie may look like. What a “Dame,” indeed!
6. Diana Rigg
Another surprising entry is none other than the Queen of Thorns herself. Before playing Lady Olenna Tyrell, the witty, sarcastic, political mastermind in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Diana Rigg had crafted out a hugely successful career on stage and screen going back nearly 50 years. In a scene in Game of Thrones, Lady Olenna recollects a time as a young woman she seduced the King and in turn he chose her over her sister as Queen. With looks like that, how could he have turned her down?
5. Betty White
If there was ever an entry on this list that was going to catch people off guard, it’s probably this one. It seems Betty White has pretty much always been old. In fact, it’s fair enough to believe considering she’s now 94 years of age. But there was a time a few millennia ago when she was once young, vibrant and HOT. Although the years have done nothing to diminish her vibrant spirit, the inevitable ageing has well and truly caught up with her.
4. Sophia Loren
One of the pre-eminent sex symbols of the 20th century, Sophia Loren was undeniably gorgeous and so sexy. The Oscar winner and screen icon has obviously not lost any pride in her appearance and has managed to slow down father time by striving to maintain a youthful appearance and is still looking nowhere near her seasoned age of 81. Loren only enrolled in acting classes after being encouraged to do so after winning a beauty pageant, lucky she did or perhaps people all over the world would never revel in the splendor of her beauty.
3. Jane Fonda
Born into acting royalty, Jane Fonda started off her career as a fashion model before embarking on a remarkable acting career which garnered her two Oscar wins. As well as being a passionate political activist, she is just as well known for her role as a fitness guru and her releasing a series of exercise videos throughout the ’80s and early ’90s which showed off her, sexy, toned physique. After a fifteen year hiatus, she released two new exercise videos in 2010 and was still looking hot well into her 70’s.
2. Martha Stewart
America’s favourite homemaker is more known for her flurry of business ventures, television appearances, and her time spent locked up behind bars. Although still a good looking woman, she was once a total babe. During her college years, Martha Stewart worked as a model for a multitude of clients including Chanel and it’s not difficult to see why. In her youth she possessed a sultry, seductive look that could have taken her far had she decided to continue her modelling career.
1. Helen Mirren
Probably not the biggest surprise in the world that one of the hottest older women in Hollywood was also crazy hot in her younger years. Helen Mirren seems to get more recognition for her appearance these days then she did when she was younger. She was absolutely smoking hot in her 20’s and 30’s and has matured like a fine wine. She’s also not against going topless, having done so in no less than 10 films during her career, most recently at the age of 65 in 2010’s Love Ranch, in which she appeared in a steamy sex scene with a much younger man.