11 Old Hollywood Actresses Who Aged Beautifully

Proof that growing old is nothing to be afraid of.

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What do Sophia, Audrey, and Bette all have in common? All these starlets looked unbelievable in their 60s, 70s, and older.
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1930: Mae West at 37
Known as much for her unabashed sensuality as her big, blonde hair, Mae made a name for herself in vaudeville before transitioning into the burgeoning film scene at the age of 39.
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1960: Mae West at 67
Throughout the rest of her life, Mae continued enchanting her audiences with her charismatic personality, golden locks, and bold makeup, eventually releasing a best-selling autobiography in 1959 aptly titled .
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1930: Greta Garbo at 25
At the age of 20, the Swedish actress came to America at the behest of director Mauritz Stiller. And despite not knowing any English, she eventually went on to become one of the era's most prominent starlets — though she felt a strong aversion towards the publicity that accompanied her status.
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Headshot of Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actress, in a studio portrait, circa 1960. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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1960: Greta Garbo at 55
Greta maintained her elusiveness towards the paparazzi and reporters after retiring from acting at the age of 35, eventually purchasing a seven-room apartment in New York City where she lived for the rest of her life.
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Katharine Hepburn in publicity portrait, Circa 1931. (Photo by Getty Images)
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1931: Katharine Hepburn at 24
Not only was Katharine considered one of the most influential actresses of all time, starring in successful films The Philadelphia Story and Morning Glory, she also had an enormous impact on fashion. The actress wore pants long before most women would dare do so in public and refused to cater to the press.
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1990: Katharine Hepburn at 83
Katharine continued starring in films and on television for the rest of her long life (94 years!), even receiving a Screen Actors Guild nomination for her role in One Christmas at the age of 87. While her hair color may have changed, her cool style and breathtaking bone structure never left her.
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1932: Bette Davis at 24
Who could forget those eyes? With her unique beauty and striking onscreen presence, Bette became one of the most profitable stars at Warner Bros. by her 30s, with box office successes like Marked Woman and Jezebel.
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1983: Bette Davis at 75
Bette continued receiving acclaim throughout her long career, with her final Academy Award nomination being for her role in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at the age of 54. While that character wasn't an appealing one, she maintained the same gorgeously distinctive look from the 1960s onward.
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1934: Shirley Temple at 6
America's quintessential child star, curly little Shirley charmed audiences starting at just age 3 with her role in Educational Pictures Baby Burlesks. After huge box office successes with films including Heidi, The Little Princess, and Curly Top, Shirley announced her retirement from acting at the youthful age of 22.
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2006: Shirley Temple at 78
Shirley made sporadic appearances in films and on television, but eventually made a switch to politics. In 1976, she was appointed the first female Chief of Protocol of the United States, proving not all child actors wind up with reality shows and wild scandals.
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1937: Ingrid Bergman at 22
The iconic Swedish actress first made a name for herself in Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939), but was launched to eternal icon status for her role as Ilsa in Casablanca (1942) alongside Humphrey Bogart.
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1980: Ingrid Bergman at 65
Ingrid went on to have an enormously successful career, winning numerous awards including three Oscars and four Golden Globes. Her final role was as Golda Meir in the television mini-series A Woman Called Golda in 1982, the year she passed away of breast cancer.
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1942: Veronica Lake at 20
With her smug smirk and sex symbol status, this femme fatale helped popularize the glamorous waves that we now associate with Hollywood's Golden Era.
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1967: Veronica Lake at 45
Although her film career declined in the early 1950s, Veronica achieved success in theater — and maintained the same quietly enigmatic smile for the rest of her years.
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1955: Diahann Carroll at 20
In the 1950s, the singer and actress appeared as supporting characters in productions including Porgy & Bess and Carmen Jones, but eventually starred in the title role of Julia in 1968. This achievement made her the first African American actress to star in her own series on TV as a role other than a domestic worker.
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2014: Diahann Carroll at 79
With her golden locks and glowing complexion, Diahann still stuns audiences with her presence and looks — including during her appearance at the 2013 Emmy Awards when she spoke about being nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
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1955: Rita Moreno at 24
The Puerto Rican actress broke boundaries and records as the only Hispanic actress ever to win the big four in entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy, and an Oscar. She's best known for her role in 1961's West Side Story, but Rita has also appeared in countless other productions due to her wide range of talents.
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2015: Rita Moreno at 83
These days, Rita, now in her 80s, is still going strong in the entertainment industry. In 2015, she appeared in the critically-acclaimed show Jane the Virgin and the TV movie A Gift of Miracles, all while proving gray hair is absolutely gorgeous.
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1956: Audrey Hepburn at 27
No list of classic Hollywood actresses could possibly be complete without Audrey Hepburn. With her beloved roles in Breakfast At Tiffany's, Gigi, and Sabrina — among many others — and iconic sense of style, she influenced fashion and film for decades to come.
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Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993), 1992. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
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1992: Audrey Hepburn at 62
Is it even fair that somebody so beautiful could stay consistently stunning throughout her entire life? The next time you feel stressed out about your crows feet, just remember that Audrey Hepburn eventually had them and looked just as lovely as ever.
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1960: Sophia Loren at 26
The Italian actress captivated audiences with both her acting chops and ultra-feminine looks, eventually becoming one of the biggest sex symbols of her time.
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1987: Sophia Loren at 53
Still gorgeous as ever, Sophia can't help but turn heads wherever she (and her fantastic grin) go. And what's more — she actually still acts, most recently appearing in the 2013 short film La Voce Umana at the age of 78.
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