It’s hard enough to age gracefully, let alone beautifully, but these women have managed to do it.
Here are 50 of the best women over 50.
Madonna dropped out of college in 1978 and left for New York with no more than $35 in her pocket. Fortunately, she was discovered soon after, so we have been able to enjoy her voice and beauty for more than 35 years.
Fun Fact: She is considered the best-selling female artist of all time by Guinness World Records.
49. Katey Sagal
Born into a family of entertainers, it’s no wonder Katey got into the business. Whether singing or performing, she’s been winning our hearts since the 1970s.
Fun Fact: He is currently filming “Pitch Perfect 2”.
48. Sigourney Weaver
No matter what the era, Sigourney holds a sci-fi movie together. Whether it’s her sharp features or her sharp tongue, we can’t help but like her, even if she’s sometimes the bad guy.
Fun Fact: She voiced the Axiom computer in “WALL-E”.
47. Janice Dickinson
Eileen Ford may have told Janice that she would “never work,” but we’re so glad Eileen was wrong. Janice is the definition of supermodel; in fact, she may have coined that term!
Fun Fact: She has appeared on the cover of Vogue 37 times.
46. Deborah Harry
Deborah (Debbie) is one of our favorite singer-songwriters of all time. Whether she was rocking out in Blondie or performing with The Jazz Passengers, there’s something about her that has always appealed to us.
Fun Fact: Sing along to the chorus of “West Coast Smoker” by Fall Out Boy.
45. Cassandra Peterson
We don’t care if she’s singing in an Italian rock band or if she has the role of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, we can’t forget how amazing Cassandra is (or how good she looks)!
Fun Fact: He is an investor in Comikaze Entertainment Inc. which organizes the Comikaze Expo.
Geena has always been our role model, assuring us that we can do anything we set our minds to. Actress, writer, model and Olympic team semi-finalist? It’s not fair that she’s also beautiful.
Fun Fact: Studied in Sweden and mastered Swedish.
43. Joan Allen
Joan was voted “most likely to succeed” in high school, and she has certainly lived up to that. She began her acting career in 1977 and has amazed us ever since.
Fun Fact: He won a Tony for his work on “Burn This.”
42. Kim Cattrall
Kim won us over as Samantha Jones, but we found that she really can’t go wrong. From Broadway to the big screen to the book scene, we’ve loved everything from this beautiful woman.
Fun Fact: He has dual British and Canadian citizenship.
41. Susan Lucci
“Daytime’s Leading Lady” played Erica Kane on “All My Children” for over 40 years, and in those 40 years, we fell more and more in love with her. We’re glad she finally won the Emmy.
Fun Fact: She has been married to Helmut Huber since 1969.
40. Susan Sarandon
Oscar, BAFTA, Humanitarian Award winner, is there anything Susan can’t do? She has been making her mark since 1970 and we are constantly impressed.
Fun Fact: She is co-owner of SPiN, a table tennis club in New York.
39. Ellen DeGeneres
From talk show host to award show host, there’s nothing like a woman who can make us laugh. Ellen has always been there to make us smile, and we love her for it.
Fun Fact: She is the only person to ever win a Saturn Award for voice acting.
38. Katie Couric
Katie gives us the news, good or bad, and we know we can trust her. Smart, sexy and knows what’s going on in the world: she talks about the whole package!
Fun Fact: She has been a presenter on all three major television networks.
37. Lynda Carter
She took Miss World USA in 1972 and then captivated us as Wonder Woman. Even now, we can’t believe what a woman Lynda is. It doesn’t surprise us at all that she was once named “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.”
Fun Fact: She made a guest appearance on “The Muppet Show.”
36. Beverly Johnson
Beverly changed the standards of beauty and modeling in the 1970s, and we think it’s pretty clear why. However, not only is she beautiful, her successful line of hair care products and wigs proves she’s also a business savvy!
Fun Fact: Released an album with Buddha Records in 1979.
35. Mary Steenburgen
There is no one who looks as perfect as Mary. She is a skilled actress and an active humanitarian, which shows that she is a beautiful person inside and out.
Fun fact: Jack Nicholson discovered it in Paramount’s New York office.
34. Ellen Barkin
With her Emmy and Tony, we know Ellen is a master of her craft. She’s been acting in movies since the 1980s and still looks just like she did when we fell in love with her in “Diner.”
Fun Fact: He studied acting for 10 years before getting his first audition.
33. Raquel Welch
This woman in a leather bikini is an image we will have engraved in our minds forever. No one says sex symbol like Raquel Welch: after 50 years in the business, she still smokes!
Fun fact: Playboy named her the “Most Desired Woman” of the 1970s.
32. Olivia Newton-John
Olivia captured our hearts with her good looks and melodic voice. Whether she opted for youthful and delicate or bold and tough, we couldn’t help but like her: different looks meant more posters for our wall!
Fun Fact: I was 29 years old during the filming of “Grease.”
31. Sharon Stone
From model to actress, we have seen Sharon everywhere since the 1970s. We will never forget her role in “Basic Instinct” (or “Basic Instinct 2”) or her various humanitarian efforts.
Fun Fact: He won a Golden Globe for his work in “Casino”.
30. Ann Curry
Television personality meets award-winning journalist and seemingly ageless youth in Ann Curry. Not only is she appealing to the eye, but she provides food for thought every time we see her in the news.
Fun Fact: Born in Guam.
29. Angela Bassett
Angela is the complete package. Her brains got her to Yale, while her beauty and skills took her to the big screen. She got her start in the 1980s and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Fun Fact: She turned down the lead role in “Monster’s Ball.”
28. Jaclyn Smith
This angel has starred in movies and TV series since the 1960s, and we still can’t get enough of her. Her collection, Jaclyn Smith Today, and herself continue to be a hit with us.
Fun Fact: He made a cameo in “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” in 2003.
27. Andie MacDowell
Her modeling work for Calvin Klein may have earned her a film debut, but it also led to our infatuation with her. We wouldn’t mind getting stuck in Groundhog Day if it meant spending every day with her.
Fun Fact: His lines were dubbed in “Tarzan” because of his southern accent.
26. Jane Seymour
We’ve loved Jane since she was a Bond girl. We are thrilled every time we see her guest star in a new show because we can enjoy her that much more.
Fun Fact: Her stage name is chosen in honor of Henry VIII’s third wife.
25. Helen Mirren
Is there anything Helen can’t do? She has captivated us since the 1960s and counting. Whether she’s playing a queen or a prostitute, she’s always fascinated us.
Fun Fact: She is the only person to have played both Queens Elizabeth on screen.
Christie was discovered in a Paris post office and has been on top of the world ever since. It seems the woman can do no wrong, we can’t wait for what she does next!
Fun Fact: He has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers.
23. Iman Abdulmajid
With coppery skin and a heart of gold, Iman has had us madly in love since the 1970s. What’s not to love about a woman who shares what she can, whether it’s her money, her image or her talent?
Fun Fact: Speaks five languages.
22. Gina Gershon
Gina is quite the character. She plays all kinds of roles, proving she has the acting chops to match her movie star looks – she even “stripped” Sarah Palin!
Fun Fact: Her break came from a small part in Pretty in Pink.
21. Diane Sawyer
There’s a reason Diane made Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women in the World” list. Not only is she dazzling in appearance, but also in her ability to tell a story and share the news.
Fun Fact: She was America’s Junior Miss in 1963.
20. Heather Locklear
Aaron Spelling likes Heather almost as much as we do: she has appeared in eight of his television productions. While we miss seeing her on “Melrose Place,” we know we’ll be able to find her somewhere on screen.
Fun Fact: She modeled for the school store while at UCLA.
19. Demi Moore
Wouldn’t we all love to have our own love scenes with Demi and a potter’s wheel? She’s appeared less regularly on screen than she did in the 1990s, but we’d love to see more of her.
Fun Fact: I had crossed eyes as a child.
18. Kelly Preston
Kelly may have won a Razzie for “Battlefield Earth,” but we still love her. She’s been captivating us for the past 30 years and we love seeing her in shows, movies and even Neutrogena commercials.
Fun Fact: Born in Hawaii.
17. Maria Celeste Arraras
Whether she is an actress or a presenter, Maria has a certain charm that no one else has. When we get a chance to see her, she definitely makes us feel “red hot”, red hot.
Fun Fact: She was a competitive swimmer in her youth.
16. Sheryl Crow
Sheryl is one of those women who always seems to fit right in with you. Back in the 1980s, you were just getting into her music, and now you can see how she’s grown, as you have. Talk about a perfect match!
Fun Fact: He has won nine Grammy Awards.
15. Carol Smillie
There are far worse nicknames than “Smile Smillie”; after all, it’s her smile that melted us in the first place. What’s with the “locker room” – only if it means we’ll see her in the other one!
Fun Fact: She co-hosted Scottish Television’s “Wheel of Fortune” for five years.
14. Katherine Kelly Lang
She drew us in when we were young and restless, and continues to sustain us as a bold and beautiful actress. We will always have a place in our hearts for Brooke Logan.
Fun Fact: It has had seven Telenovela Digest Award nominations.
13. Kathy Griffin
What’s better than an attractive woman? An attractive woman who makes you laugh. She’s sassy, sarcastic and sometimes shocking, but we can’t help but love her.
Fun Fact: He has released six comedy albums.
12. Julianne Moore
Sometimes it’s a Hollywood blockbuster and sometimes it’s a low-budget indie film, but Julianne is always someone we keep an eye on. Her looks and talent are so versatile that her opportunities are endless.
Fun Fact: She is a children’s author, known for the “Freckleface Strawberry” series.
11. Meryl Streep
Meryl made her name in the 1970s and has risen to the top. Successful, hardworking and as sexy as ever, what more could we ask for?
Fun Fact: She is a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France.
10. Dana Delany
Whether it’s “Sweet Surrender” or “Desperate Housewives,” we’ve always been drawn to Dana. Her looks, her voice, her talent, the combination is intoxicating.
Fun Fact: She was originally offered the role of Bree Van De Kamp on “Desperate Housewives,” but turned it down.
9. Diane Keaton
Diane does it all. She acts, directs, photographs, writes, you name it. She started in the 1960s and has only gotten better with age. Her parts have been diverse, but the signature smile, glasses and charm never change.
Fun Fact: His films have earned more than $1 billion collectively.
8. Peggy Lipton
Since becoming a model at 15, we’ve had almost 50 years to appreciate Peggy. From “The Mod Squad” to “Twin Peaks,” she’s always been the “It” girl we’ve been looking for.
Fun Fact: She stuttered as a child.
7. Jane Fonda
Actress, writer, political activist, fitness guru: Jane can do anything she sets her mind to. It’s hard to believe she’s over 70 because the woman is as fierce and graceful as ever.
Fun Fact: In 1981, she received the Women in Film Crystal Award.
6. Alexandra Paul
We admit it: we fell in love with Alexandra because of “Baywatch.” However, it’s been her consistent acting and activism that has kept us in awe. Beautiful women shouldn’t be so talented either, it’s just not fair!
Fun Fact: It has an identical twin.
5. Marcia Cross
From sitcom to drama, we’ve seen Marcia in just about every type of role. Even though she’s been acting since the 1980s, we’re desperate to see this housewife in her next gig!
Fun Fact: Received his BFA in acting from Juilliard.
4. Vanessa Williams
This Miss America had our hearts as soon as she took the stage in Syracuse. Her many talents, including her ability to handle a delicate situation, are unrivaled.
Fun Fact: His first television appearance was on “The Love Boat”.
3. Reba McEntire
From her first album to her 34th, we still haven’t been able to stop our ears from perking up when we hear Reba’s croon or our eyes from lighting up when she crosses the stage.
Fun Fact: She played Annie Oakley in the Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.”
2. Oprah Winfrey
She’s definitely engaging, but it’s Oprah’s way with words that really won our hearts. There’s no one else who can share a story like her, which is why we’re still hooked on her forty years later.
Fun Fact: She is currently the only black female billionaire in North America.
1. Kim Basinger
This young Miss Georgia certainly found her home in the entertainment industry. With over 40 years as a model, actress, singer and activist, she’s more than just a pretty face, she’s the real deal.
Fun Fact: She is the only actress to pose nude for Playboy and win an Oscar.