With the world losing so many of its favorite music artists and actors in recent years, people can’t help but wonder who might be the next casualty to age or mishap. While it’s utterly shocking when a celebrity dies before they’ve even reached the age of retirement, it is even more heartbreaking when a celebrity dies of old age. It can be easy to forget how old a celebrity is with each passing year, especially since they seem to try so hard to make audiences forget. From dying away the white hairs to indulging in plastic surgery, there are always little Hollywood tricks to try and stave off the signs of aging. This is helpful for them to continue to land good parts on the big screen and it’s also helpful to stay relevant in the minds of the general public. Yet, there are some things that can’t be pushed aside when it comes to a celebrity’s age.
While wrinkles can be photoshopped away before each social media post and celebrity stylist can be called in to work their magic on the red carpet, fans can’t help but remember actors from particular roles in their past. Memorable films can be a plus for actors because it helps to build their fame status but it can be a negative because it puts a definitive reference to a particular year from the past. While these celebrities are still considered favorites in the eyes of the public, they have definitely reached beyond their peak years. Check out these 15 celebs who got super old and see how quickly time flies, even for those in Hollywood.
15 Goldie Hawn
It’s hard to believe that Goldie Hawn used to be thought of as the beautiful and hilarious woman from the 1968 TV series, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Hawn has had an incredible career on the big screen throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. She even had some memorable moments in film in the ‘90s with films like Death Becomes Her and The First Wives Club. However, time has not been a friend to Goldie Hawn in regards to her aging looks. While there are some women that have been able to hold onto their looks in one way or another, Hawn went from wrinkled and covered with age spots to pulled back in a tortuous manner due to plastic surgery. At the age of 71-years-old, Hawn is no longer thought of as the beautiful blonde starlet walking the red carpet and instead, she’s only thought of as Kate Hudson’s mother.
14 Demi Moore
There was a time when Demi Moore was thought of as a Hollywood oddity in that she seemed to get even more attractive with each passing year. While her boy-cut hairstyle from her appearance in Ghost was definitely cute and quirky, it was nothing compared to her sexy portrayal in the Charlie’s Angels film series. Moore managed to wrangle in the attention of the much-younger Ashton Kutcher and seemed to coin the phrase “cougar” in a way that gave hope to middle-aged women everywhere. Yet, just as the relationship with Kutcher fell apart, so did her stellar good looks. While she may not be in her 70s like some of her fellow aging starlets in Hollywood, she is still getting up there in age by recently turning 54-years-old. Showing a large amount of grey hair and extreme wrinkling around the mouth, she no longer has that youthful look that was once thought of as her signature feature.
13 Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is an actress with unparalleled success in the entertainment industry. She has won over 150 prestigious awards and has been nominated over 400 times. she recently accepted the lifetime achievement award at the 2017 Golden Globes, taking home the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Obviously, award shows don’t hand out lifetime achievement awards to actors that are still in the peak of their careers. It seems that even the industry is aware that Meryl Streep isn’t a Spring chicken anymore. Yet, it wasn’t the fact that she was awarded the lifetime achievement award that had people talking after her acceptance speech since she devoted the time on the stage to addressing the world’s decision to elect Donald Trump as the 45th United States President. While there were some that agreed with her speech, there were also many that felt that celebrities shouldn’t weigh in on political issues. Since Streep is pushing on 70 at the age of 67-years-old, perhaps she’s decided to voice more of her opinions when she’s got the world’s attention.
12 Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand is a multitalented artist that is one of the few celebrities that can boast being categorized as an EGOT (an artist that has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award). While she is thought of as an icon in the world of music, she is equally talented in her acting and performing skills. Her early career in film brought audiences such iconic films as Yentl and The Way We Were but she also made a great addition during her later years in the Meet the Fockers film series. In an effort to prove that she still could exude sex appeal at the age of 74-years-old, Streisand posed for the December 2016 issue of W Magazine wearing a barely-there ensemble that truly showed off her legs. While many hailed the shoot as a phenomenal way to prove that older women could still be sexy, others thought of it as a massive amount of Photoshopping that didn’t truly work. When Streisand is photographed strolling around town, fans get to see what 74-years-old really does look like without all the expert lighting and digital retouching.
11 Bette Midler
Bette Midler has had a stellar career as a performer, artist and actress with her first feature film released in 1970. She had huge success during the ‘70s and ‘80s and even had some memorable moments during ‘90s films like Hocus Pocus and The First Wives Club. Unlike other actresses that are put out to pasture once they reach a certain age, it seems like Bette Midler has been able to break the mold by continuing to find work despite her increasing age. Yet, it wasn’t just Midler’s performances that kept her in the limelight since she’s become quite feisty in her old age. In an odd turn of events, Midler actually got into a Twitter feud with Kim Kardashian that seemed to have everyone in the world weighing in on her harsh comments towards the reality star and her sisters. In the real-world, everyone knows that there comes a certain age when older women no longer hold their tongue when it comes to their personal feelings. Letting the insults fly and not holding back in the least, Midler is 71-years-old and definitely stopped caring about who she might offend.
10 Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon started off her film career with the release of Joe in 1970 and was featured in hugely successful films like the 1975 release, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the 1991 film, Thelma & Louise. While she’s always been thought of as an odd beauty, there was a certain something about Sarandon that showed that she truly had some sex appeal. It wasn’t just audiences that felt that she was still youthful, regardless of her age, since she was able to nab a much younger man. She was often seen with her former partner, Tim Robbins who is 12 years her junior. The two are no longer together and since then, she has seemed to age much more noticeably. Perhaps it was the stress of the breakup that caused her to lose her ageless appeal or perhaps it was Robbins that was helping her to maintain her youthful glow. Whatever the case, Sarandon is definitely looking like her 70-year-old age.
9 Diane Keaton
There aren’t many women that can boast still looking good at the age of 71-years-old but Diane Keaton has managed to maintain that certain something, despite her increasing age. While the fans that still remember her from such memorable films as The Godfather and Annie Hall will probably say that she has aged terribly, others recognize the fact that she is one of the few actresses in Hollywood that has embraced her aging look rather than fought against it with horrible trips to a plastic surgeon. In the 2003 film, Something’s Gotta Give, Keaton proved to audiences that she could still be appealing to younger men when she somehow managed to rope in the attention of Keanu Reeves. She also had the guts to appear completely nude in the film, with an embarrassing moment between her and the character played by Jack Nicholson. While she continues to make films, she is definitely showing more of her age in recent appearances and it won’t be long before she reaches full-on Betty White status in regards to how she is perceived by the public.
8 Betty White
While there are actors in Hollywood that boast having a successful career, despite their age, no one can compare their careers to the stellar ride Betty White has had in the world of acting. Even prior to her appearance on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s, White had already made a name for herself both in front and behind the camera. She continued her successful career as an actress in the hit TV series, The Golden Girls, and seemed to constantly have a new series with each new phase in her career. While she was already considered old when she appeared on The Golden Girls, the series concluded in 1992. As a female entertainer with the longest career in television, the world is still enthralled with Betty White regardless of her age. On January 17, 2017, Betty White officially turned 95-years-old. The world is still in love with this spunky senior and can only hope that she keeps herself in good health for many years to come.
There was a time when the world looked at Madonna like she was one of those rare celebrities that seemed to just get even more beautiful with each passing year. When she was first introduced to the world through her rising fame in music and film, she wasn’t exactly the glamour goddess that is expected of A-list females in Hollywood. While her portrayal in the ‘80s flick, Desperately Seeking Susan, was entertaining, her style and cringe-worthy hair wasn’t the epitome of beauty. Yet, things got much better once she became the “Material Girl” and things got even sexier once she fully embraced her blonde bombshell status. Yet, things went downhill pretty quickly and nowadays, she’s known more for her desperate attempts at trying not to appear old. From using straps to hold up her butt cheeks on the red carpet to indulging in some plastic surgery to help puff up her face, Madonna has seemed to try anything and everything to convince the world that she isn’t getting old. Yet, her attempts haven’t worked and she is definitely starting to show her age of almost 60.
When it comes to icons in the music industry, people tend to think of powerhouse singers like Aretha Franklin but tend to overlook some of the other artists that have equally impacted the world of music. Cher is a music artist that hasn’t exactly been known for releasing new music but has obtained icon status through her previous works and her stellar talent in both music and film. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her character portrayal in Moonstruck and she’s released singles that are recognized all over the world. While she’s known for her barely-there ensembles and love of younger men, sometimes her age can be obscured. Yet, her most memorable moment was arguably during the year 1965 when she was singing in the Sonny & Cher duo with the 1965 hit, “I Got You Babe.” She may have done well at hiding her true age but 1965 was a long time ago. At the age of 70-years-old, Cher can definitely be described as officially long in the tooth.
5 Richard Gere
Richard Gere is an actor that is unique in his ability to appear old and young at the same time. While he started his acting career during the 1970s, modern day audiences don’t really think about the days prior him to appearing as the sexy silver fox on the big screen. In fact, Gere was already sporting his silver hair during the 1990 film, Pretty Woman. While he appeared young enough to look great alongside Julia Roberts, he had an aged look due to his silver hair. Yet, fans have been able to look beyond his silver hair and his increasing age. However, it has finally reached a point where fans can no longer deny the fact that Gere has officially become old. At the age of 67-years-old, Gere is pushing on 70 and definitely can’t pull off the same looks as before. His recent film, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, showed Gere portraying Norman Oppenheimer. While there was a bit of makeup artistry to get him to appear like the character, the fact that he could transform into such an aged character shows that he is getting up there in age as well.
4 Al Pacino
While Al Pacino is thought of as one of the world’s most talented actors, it’s undeniable that he is reaching the age where most regular people would already be retired and living a life filled with only soft foods. At the age of 76-years-old, people seem to forget that the first film in The Godfather series was released in 1972. Pacino has consistently released stellar films since his emergence in the film industry in the late ‘60s and throughout the ‘70s but it is questionable as to how much longer he will continue to work. While actors are usually thrilled to continue working as long as they can delve into passion projects and release good work, there’s no denying the fact that filming a movie can entail grueling hours and a process that can be quite draining. This is especially true for an older actor. Although the world is always looking forward to a new Pacino film, they wouldn’t want it if it means it will be unnecessarily hard on him.
3 Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson was first appearing on the big screen in the late ‘50s and ‘60s and has hit films that have become iconic over the years. From Chinatown to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to The Shining, it seemed that Nicholson could portray any character he put his mind to on the silver screen. As he aged, the roles continued to come, even though the characters were vastly different from his younger years. While he was able to expertly portray the gangster character in The Departed, it was the characters in Something’s Gotta Give and The Bucket List that were more true to his real-life character in regards to his increasing age. In Something’s Gotta Give, Nicholson’s character had a heart attack while fooling around with a much-younger woman and in The Bucket List, his character went on a journey to fulfill all his lifelong goals before he died. At the age of 70-years-old, Nicholson is definitely far from the fresh-faced actor from the ‘70s. While he journeys on into his 80s, the world may not see many more Jack Nicholson films in the future.
2 Clint Eastwood
There was a time when Clint Eastwood was thought of as the epitome of sexy cowboys on the big screen. His character portrayals in the ‘60s were filled with hit Westerns like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. With his career progressing, he continued to act in a number of Westerns but he was able to branch out into other roles that became equally as memorable. From the 2004 hit film, Million Dollar Baby, to the 2008 film, Gran Torino, Eastwood proved that not only was he not just a Western actor but he wasn’t yet willing to be put out to pasture. Yet, his success in the film industry isn’t just limited to his acting roles since Eastwood has been ultra successful behind the camera as well. At the age of 86-years-old, Eastwood may not be able to endure the stresses of acting any longer. In fact, his recent role in the limelight has been the fact that he is the father of the latest breakout star, 30-year-old actor Scott Eastwood.
1 Bill Murray
While the world is definitely aware that Bill Murray was one of the stars in the original Ghostbusters films, it’s easy to forget that he had his first film released in 1979. It’s been quite some time since Murray had the chocolate brown hair from his younger years and he was already starting to show his age during the 2003 film, Lost in Translation. While audiences liked the dynamic between him and Scarlett Johansson, it was more about them as actors rather than relating it to a real-life romance. In actuality, the age difference between these two actors is just too alarming for it be considered acceptable by today’s standards. At the age of 66-years-old, Bill Murray hasn’t been considered a young actor for quite some time. This became blatantly clear during the 2016 season of the Chicago Cubs since Murray was seen at almost every game. He was highlighted at length during the World Series, and the world got to see that Murray has aged exponentially in regards to his physical appearance.
Sources: LA Times, Entertainment Tonight, CNN
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