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Be Like Betty: Beauty At Every Age

September 18, 2018

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All hail Betty White

Betty White is a force of nature, an American treasure and perhaps the most badass woman in the history of badassery. In case you missed it, the 96-year old brought down the house at the Emmys yesterday with a much-deserved standing ovation.

With over eight Emmy Awards under her belt, the grand dame of comedy who has starred on everything from the Mary Tyler Moore Show to Golden Girls to Hot in Cleveland, was honored for her more than 80 years in show business.

And what about Joan Collins?

In case you missed it, 1950s film starlet and 1980s TV diva Joan Collins is back on the small screen in American Horror Story Apocalypse. She’s still vamping it up and camping it up in lush clothing, dramatic makeup and arch dialogue.  There’s even a winking reference to her best-known role as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty.

And let’s not forget Julia and Connie

In the classic noir film Sunset Boulevard which came out in 1950, silent era actress Norma Desmond (played by Gloria Swanson) is shunned by the film industry because of her advanced age of (wait for it) 50. Desmond slowly has a nervous breakdown which ultimately lead to murder.

Consider this, two of the most vibrant, sexy and bankable actresses of film or TV screens both star in new series this fall – Julia Roberts in Homecoming on Amazon and Connie Britton in Dirty John on Bravo. I’m sure you’re probably speed calculating the age of your other favorite actresses Sandra Bullock (54), Dame Judi Dench (83), Helen Mirren (73), Halle Berry or Salma Hayek (52) or Julianne Moore (57). The list goes on…

I’m not outing anyone for their age- quite the opposite. I’m hoping we all stop paying attention to what the numbers might symbolize in theory to millennial obsessed advertisers who focus exclusively on age and instead try to celebrate women and true beauty or badassery at every age or stage.