There are some things in life that we just can’t avoid; death and taxes being one, getting old being another. People all across the world chase the fountain of youth, trying the craziest solutions they can find. Botox and more invasive plastic surgeries are fairly popular, so are more natural solutions like eating healthy, not getting too much sun and exercising.
A study published in 2014 found that the global anti-aging industry would grow by 7.8% between 2013 to 2019, reaching an estimated value of USD 191.7 billion by 2019 (so side note, if you are searching for a career path this may be your chance). Some try Botox and other methods of plastic surgeries, even though they can be pricey and for some they turn out great (think Jane Fonda), for others….well just see the first celeb on the list. Yet all natural solutions can be just as effective (Gwyneth Paltrow makes organic eating and Pilates look good).
Unfortunately, not everyone follows the “rules” to better aging or some try and fail miserably. Even though these celebrities have the money to fix all their saggy skin problems, they haven’t taken those measures, or it is possible that they just don’t care.
10. Janice Dickinson
Born May 24, 1967, Janice Dickinson was the “world’s first supermodel” or so she says. Her supermodel status shot her to fame and she spent her years partying with the likes of Warren Beatty and Mick Jagger. Her wild nature eventually lead to her own reality show, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, for four seasons on the Oxygen network. Despite her efforts of hiking, yoga practicing, organic eating and self-proclaimed love of plastic surgery, Janice isn’t taking the path to an older age so well. Her plastic surgeries are taking a toll on her and she appears to have undergone the knife one too many times.
9. Carrie Fisher
The 58-year-old actress is best known as her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars. During the 80’s, she starred in more movies such as Hollywood Vice Squad and Under the Rainbow, however during this time she struggled with drugs and alcohol. Not appearing on the screen as much and taking the lead as a screenwriter helped her through these times. Her writing talent helped out on the scripts of Sister Act, The Wedding Singer among others. Carrie is the mother of a daughter, Billie Catherine and has been married once. Once the woman men dreamed about in the famous gold bikini, she has taken a turn in her aging years. I am guessing J.J. Abrams won’t be placing her in another sexy number in the next Star Wars, but you never know!
8. Mickey Rourke
After the film Body Heat, people began to take notice of the young Mickey Rourke. Soon after his film, Nine 1/2 Weeks, the actor gained sex symbol status. One of his biggest films was the cult hit Diner, from director Barry Levinson, but he quickly earned the reputation as being difficult to work with. Director Alan Parker, was quoted saying “working with Mickey is a nightmare. He is very dangerous on set because you never know what he is going to do.” Mickey turned to boxing as a way to deal with his destructive nature, just some of the many injuries included broken toe, ribs, and nose- which surely didn’t help with his appearance. In 1995, he made the return to acting and found new success. He may be back on top in acting, it’s just too bad he couldn’t keep that sex symbol status.
7. Courtney Love
If there ever was the ultimate symbol of drug, sex and rock ‘n roll, it would be Courtney Love. Born on July 9, 1964, Courtney grew up attending a reform school, living on a commune and became a stripper at 16 years old. In 1989, she formed the band Hole and went on to marry the love of her life, Kurt Cobain. Their destructive nature got the better of Kurt and he committed suicide. Losing her husband and forced to raise their daughter on her own, only made things harder for Courtney. Her continued substance abuse landed her in hot water so many times that her daughter was taken from her in 2003 and her paternal grandmother took custody. Even though Courtney regained custody in 2005, she still has had slip-ups. It’s a shame that her hard lifestyle has taken such a hit on her appearance.
6. Haley Joel Osment
While you may remember the cute kid from M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense or Forest Gump, Haley Joel Osment is all grown up and a long way from the adorable kid we all knew. By the age of ten, Haley had a film career many would only dream of, starring in such TV films as Last Stand at Saber River and the hit show Murphy Brown. Yet, the crowning jewel of Haley’s career would be The Sixth Sense, alongside Bruce Willis and Toni Collette. Still to this day one of the most well-known movies, The Sixth Sense earned $600 million worldwide and Haley an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. After a few more big hits, it has been some time now since Haley has seen the same success. Only time will tell if he sees another blockbuster because he doesn’t have his looks to get him by anymore.
5. Kirstie Alley
While being on the brink of quitting show business, she booked her first feature film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. From there, Kirstie Alley’s success only grew, becoming a household name when she replaced Shelley Long on the sitcom Cheers. The 64-year-old Golden Globe and Emmy Awarded actress has had a career that has wavered in and out of the spotlight. Having a public struggle with her weight hasn’t helped with her once bombshell appearance, it has however, gained her many projects bringing to light her weight issues. The unscripted comedy Fat Actress, a Jenny Craig spokesperson deal and her book How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life, all highlighted her weight loss journey. Like her up and down career, so is her size.
4. Macaulay Culkin
A childhood without Home Alone isn’t much of a childhood at all, and we all have Macaulay Culkin to thank for that. A child star through and through, Macaulay started on Broadway at only four years old. He went through extensive performing arts training and attended Blanchine’s School of the American Ballet, which helped towards his career. In 1989, Macaulay became a child star with his role as John Candy’s nephew in Uncle Buck. After his success in the Home Alone franchise and his heart-breaking performance in My Girl, his career fell off. In more recent years, the once sought-after actor has struggled with substance abuse only further affecting his career.
3. Ozzy Osbourne
Born to the name John Michael Osbourne, “Ozzy”, as he is better known today, is best recognized for his part in the heavy metal band, Black Sabbath. Some of the stunts he apparently pulled off included peeing on the Alamo and biting a bat’s head off during one of his shows, so in case you were wondering- no, bat’s blood isn’t the answer to the fountain of youth. In 1978, Ozzy left Black Sabbath for a solo career releasing the very popular album Blizzard of Ozz. His No More Tears tour in 1992 was his last, or so he announced, he did continue to tour with Ozzfest, his traveling metal festival. All through his career, Ozzy has suffered with drug and alcohol abuse, making the 66-year-old look (and sound) much older then he his.
2. Steven Tyler
Frontman of the rock band Aerosmith, with hits such a “Walk This Way”, “Dream On”, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, has been a playlist staple for over 30 years. The band wasn’t always on top, at the end of the 70’s two of the members had left and Steven started heavy use. Steven cleaned up and went to rehab, but the evidence of his drug use would always be visible. Luckily for the newly clean Steven, Aerosmith rose back to the top by the end of the 80’s. Steven’s luck would be short lived as in 2006, he underwent throat surgery that very well could have ended his career. He has also been treated for the liver disease, Hepatitis C, and many leg surgeries to help with damage to his feet.
1. Keith Richards
When you can play Johnny Depp’s father in Pirates of Caribbean: At World’s End, and not look much different then you do in your everyday life, it may be a sign that your old age is catching up on you. Part of the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band”, Keith Richards joined the Rolling Stones, which at the time, was called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys. Like the other rock stars on this list, Keith Richards followed the lifestyle of work hard, party harder. In February 1967, police raided Keith’s countryside home where they found questionable substances and drug paraphernalia. Both Mick Jagger and Keith were convicted of drug-related offenses, yet upon appeal, the charges were dropped. After falling out of a tree in Fiji in 2006, Keith underwent brain surgery. He announced he gave up drugs in order to receive the surgery, however, the damage of hard partying is far past fixable.
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