Some actors are so devoted to their trade that they reach their twilight years and don’t show any signs of quitting. These 20 legendary stars of Tinseltown may all be nearing 100 years old, but they’re still killing it in the entertainment business. So from Angela Lansbury to Clint Eastwood, let’s learn more about some of Hollywood’s longest running icons – and what they’re up to today.
20. Nancy Olson
Actress Nancy Olson was a mere 20 years old when she was cast in the iconic 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. This not only won the star an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, it also catapulted her into a great career. She went on to appear in several Disney movies: including Pollyanna and Son of Flubber.
Olson – who took Alan Livingston’s surname in 1962 after they married – appeared in an episode of Big Love in 2010. That year she told the Los Angeles Times what happened when she walked on set. The star explained, “I said, ‘What are they whispering about?’ [They responded], ‘You are here.’ I said, ‘Am I now an icon? That’s fantastic.’”
19. Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte became a star in an era when it was hard for a black man to do so. The Navy vet spent his early years perfecting his music talents and then began appearing in movies. He was especially big in the 1950s; during that decade Belafonte appeared on Broadway, won a Tony Award and starred in Bright Road and Carmen Jones.
Belafonte went on to star in many famous films during the 1990s and and the following decade: including Kansas City, Swing Vote and Bobby. He suffered a seizure in 2015, but the actor later continued working regardless. A few years later he played an important role in Spike Lee’s movie BlacKkKlansman, which was nominated for an Oscar.
18. Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart is generally considered one of the funniest comedians of his era. And his comedy album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart in 1960 was a massive success. The star then went on to television with The Bob Newhart Show. But modern-day audiences will probably know him best from The Big Bang Theory.
In 2019 The New York Times asked Newhart, “What do you think happens on the other side?” And the actor answered, “What I’m actually hoping is there’s the Pearly Gates and God’s there and he says to me, ‘What did you do in life?’ And I say, ‘I was a stand-up comedian.’ And he says, ‘Get in that real short line over there.’”
17. Cloris Leachman
Back in 1946 the world had never heard of Cloris Leachman. But that year, she decided to try out the Miss America contest while studying at Northwestern University. She didn’t win, but the student used the money made from the competition to get started in acting. And the rest is history. The star did TV roles in shows such as The Untouchables and films including Kiss Me Deadly.
And Leachman simply continued to act from that early career break. With the dawning of every new decade she introduced herself to a new generation of people with a new TV show. These included The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Facts of Life, Malcolm in the Middle and Raising Hope. She was also the oldest person to have ever competed on Dancing with the Stars. Leachman passed away peacefully in January 2021.
16. William Daniels
The young William Daniels grew up in an entertainment family. The clan sang and appeared on variety shows, and that was how his career got started. As the star grew older, he moved from theatre to television and then on to films. Audiences might remember Daniels best from The Graduate, where he played Dustin Hoffman’s father.
Nowadays, Daniels is perhaps most famous for being the voice of KITT on Knight Rider and for playing George Feeny on both Boy Meets World and its sequel Girl Meets World. Oh, and in 2018 the then-91-year-old actor foiled a burglar at his house – prompting his co-star Will Friedle to tweet, “Don’t ever mess with Mr. Feeny!”
15. June Lockhart
June Lockhart was born in June 1925 as the daughter of two established actors: Gene and Kathleen Lockhart. She began her career acting alongside them – playing their daughter in the 1938 MGM remake of A Christmas Carol. She then did several more films before embarking on a career on television and Broadway.
At the time of writing, Lockhart is 94 years old and still acting. She’s been in multiple famous TV shows over the years: including Lassie, Lost in Space, Full House and General Hospital. She’s also moved with the times, as in 2013 she appeared in a Full Motion Video game called Tesla Effect.
14. Marsha Hunt
In 1934 a 17-year-old girl named Marsha Hunt moved to Hollywood in an attempt to find acting work. And she was successful, for the most part. Her photogenic good looks helped get her in front of the camera and she began appearing in Westerns and comedies. But some think that Hunt’s blacklisting during the McCarthy era probably damaged her career too much to come back from.
Hunt survived those tough times in the 1950s and, at the time of writing, she is still with us at the age of 102. In 2017 she told the BFI about the McCarthy era, “I couldn’t not speak up. Some of my friends were communists. It was not against the law. But I cannot be too bitter about this, because it gave me free time to live my life. I had been making movies since I was 17 and suddenly, I discovered the world.”
13. Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson began working in entertainment at the age of just 18. The actress’ mother cut her off for this choice and the two reportedly didn’t speak for two years. But Tyson became famous for her acting; in 1963 the television show East Side/West Side made her the first ever black star of a small-screen drama.
Throughout her life, Tyson dealt with both racism and sexism. In 2015 the then-90-year-old told People magazine, “I used my career as my platform in an effort to address these issues, and every now and then when I receive an achievement award I realize that I did make the right choices. The sacrifices that I made as a result were worth it.” Tyson passed away in January 2021 at the age of 96.
12. Marge Champion
Actress Marge Champion played a very important role in the development of Disney’s 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She was the live-action model for the titular princess. And that wasn’t all she did during the Golden Age; Champion also starred in many musicals alongside her husband Gower.
And Champion is still active today. In 2016 she spoke to Entertainment Weekly magazine about the legacy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She said, “I still get fan mail from Russia and Germany and all kinds of places… I’m in my 96th year, and I must say that I’ve had a real interesting life.” Champion then went on to mark her centenary in September 2019.
11. Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks got into the entertainment industry after working as a combat engineer during World War II. And his talent for comedy soon put him on the map. He made his directorial debut with The Producers, which won him an Academy Award for the screenplay. After that, Brookes also helmed two other classic comedies: Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
And Brooks is still a force to be reckoned with today. In 2020 – not long after providing the voice of Melephant Brooks in Disney’s Toy Story 4 – he starred in a documentary called Mel Brooks: Unwrapped. In it, he mused, “All my films are serious. They are passionate and they depict human behavior. [My movies] are not dramatic, that’s the difference.”
10. Jimmy Lydon
The young Jimmy Lydon grew up poor, and he started acting work primarily to support his family of eight siblings. Unfortunately, being a child actor wasn’t an easy job back then. The young Lydon appeared in movies such as Tom Brown’s School Days and Life with Father, but the young performer often disliked the way that he was treated.
By the 1950s Lydon had become a producer instead and was one of the people who helped get the iconic TV show M*A*S*H on the air. He also appeared in some famous programs of the ‘80s: such as The Greatest American Hero and St. Elsewhere. Nevertheless, Lydon reportedly steered his own kids away from the acting business.
9. Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint began working as a radio actor during the 1940s, and from there she gradually moved on to television. The star’s movie debut came in 1954’s On the Waterfront, and it became one of her most famous performances. In fact, Saint’s efforts in the movie were so good she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.
Saint subsequently went on to appear in many more classic films: including North by Northwest and Exodus. In more modern times she’s appeared in the TV show Moonlighting, Superman Returns and Winter’s Tale. Plus, she lent her voice to the animated series The Legend of Korra.
8. Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner served in an entertainment unit during World War II – which should give some clue as to his comedy talents. After the conflict, he went onto acting and ended up winning two Emmys for the sketch show Caesar’s Hour. He also happens to be the director behind a number of Steve Martin films.
In 2017 Reiner gave an interview to David Hochman of AARP Bulletin. The star was asked, “What is the secret to your enduring career success?” And he answered, “Enjoy the good times, and walk away from the bumps. That’s it. Even failures can turn into something positive if you just keep going.”
7. Norman Lloyd
When Norman Lloyd turned 100, people were awestruck that he was still working. The actor – born Norman Permutter in 1914 – can be seen in many older movies: such as the Alfred Hitchcock hits Saboteur and Spellbound. Meanwhile, in more modern times he played Dr. Daniel Auslander on NBC’s St. Elsewhere.
But now, at the time of writing, Norman Lloyd is an incredibly impressive 105 years old. And he still has an acting career today. While many people would probably have quietly retired after hitting triple digits, Lloyd didn’t. In 2010 he appeared in the movie Trainwreck – playing a character who was also called Norman.
6. Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland has lived an extraordinary life. She was born in 1916 in Japan and then moved to California. After appearing in plays she was given a seven-year contract with the film studio Warner Bros. This led to The Adventures of Robin Hood and the world-famous Gone with the Wind.
Considering how old a film Gone with the Wind is, it might be surprising to some that de Havilland is still alive. But she is, and the star is even still making headlines. In 2017 the actress – who now held the title of “Dame” – sued FX Networks over the portrayal of her in the show Feud: Bette and Joan.
5. Clint Eastwood
Famous actor Clint Eastwood turned 90 in May 2020. He’d found fame back in the ‘60s as the star of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western trilogy: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. After that, he became the face of the Western genre in general.
Eastwood remained in Hollywood all his life – eventually directing movies as well as appearing in them. While still 89, he appeared on a 2019 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and told the host, “I sometimes think, when I was a little kid and I used to hangout with my grandfather who was in his 90s, and I thought, ‘Jesus, who the hell would want to live this long.’” But he laughed while saying it.
4. Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier was arguably first black American movie star and became the second black person to win an Oscar. He refused to take roles that were demeaning to African-Americans and instead played people such as reverends and doctors. To this day, Poitier is considered a trailblazer, and, at the time of writing, he’s still around at the age of 93.
Poitier had quite an extraordinary life outside of acting, too. The star was the ambassador to Japan from The Bahamas for ten years starting from 1997. Furthermore, he’s released memoirs, novels and has also directed movies. But Poitier is still remembered most for his acting, and in 2001 he gained an honorary Oscar in celebration of his work.
3. Angela Lansbury
British actress Angela Lansbury gained an Academy Award nomination after just her first movie: 1944’s Gaslight. And the accolades kept stacking up as she appeared in more movies. Some of her best-known works include The Manchurian Candidate, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and Blue Hawaii alongside Elvis Presley.
At the time of writing, Lansbury is 95 years old and still happily acting. In 2018 she appeared in the movie Mary Poppins Returns as the Balloon Lady. The following year she spoke to KABC about her long career. Lansbury said, “Don’t ever be ready to ‘retire.’ Perhaps one should retire. I don’t know. But I’ve never had the chance!”
2. Betty White
Actress Betty White grew up in Los Angeles – right where all the Hollywood action is. By 1949 she had a job on television, and this led on to even bigger things. Three years later she began starring in – and helped create – the TV show Life with Elizabeth. And White became a massive star of the smaller screen.
Now, Betty White is best known as one of The Golden Girls. In her later years she hosted the shows Betty White’s Off Their Rockers and Betty White’s Smartest Animals in America. She also provided the voice of “Bitey White” in 2019’s Toy Story 4.
1. Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke sang and danced his way through some truly iconic children’s films during his younger years. He played both Bert the chimney sweep and Dawes Senior the bank manager in Disney’s Mary Poppins and Caractacus Potts in the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He also starred in The Dick Van Dyke Show – a series which won multiple awards.
In 2018 Van Dyke made a cameo experience in Mary Poppins Returns, and he shocked even the filmmakers. After all, the star could still sing and dance at the age of 91. Star Emily Blunt told USA Today in 2019, “He just hoofed away on that desk like there was no tomorrow. Rob [Marshall, the director] was so touched, he couldn’t even say cut. He was crying.”
If this little trip down memory lane has you all nostalgic, let’s take a look at some of our favorite stars from another epic time in cinema: the 1989s. When people think about the ’80s, they may well picture big hair, sexy Spandex and wacky outfits – and, of course, the beautiful actresses that rocked all three. That was the era that saw Lori Singer win our hearts in Footloose and had everyone dirty dancing along with Jennifer Grey, after all. So, here are the decade’s most memorable leading ladies – and how much they’ve changed in the years since.
40. Jane Seymour
Glamorous star Jane Seymour was widely considered one of the most gorgeous actresses of the ’80s. And these days, the former Bond girl is still looking mighty good. In February 2020 Fox News asked Seymour how she maintains her youthful appearance, to which she replied, “I know nobody believes it, but it’s true… I’m eating sensibly but not on some crazy diet.”
39. Demi Moore
It’s fair to say that Demi Moore was no stranger to the tabloids during the 1980s. After all, the actress was not only among the stars of the Brat Pack, but she was also Mrs. Bruce Willis. She was apparently known for the odd diva moment, too. But while the beautiful Blame It on Rio star is still making headlines today, she’s not headlining movies anymore.
38. Kirstie Alley
As most fans will know, Kirstie Alley shot to fame after she was cast as Rebecca Howe in the iconic sitcom Cheers. Subsequent roles in popular movies including Shoot to Kill and Look Who’s Talking brought the star even bigger success, too. But these days, Alley is probably better known for reality TV shows – such as Kirstie Alley’s Big Life, which follows the ups and downs of her dieting – and courting controversy on Twitter.
37. Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand may have been in the spotlight for decades, but her star was especially bright in the 1980s. During that era, the actress and singer released her highest-selling album, Guilty, and both directed and performed in the award-winning musical movie Yentl. And Streisand has barely slowed down in the years since – although it doesn’t show on her face one bit.
36. Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver was a big action star in the ’80s thanks to her role as Ripley in the iconic movie Aliens. That performance actually earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, which she followed up in turn with two more Academy Award nods: one for 1988’s Gorillas in the Mist and another for Working Girl the same year. These days, Weaver is still keeping busy, having since appeared in blockbusters Avatar and Ghostbusters, and she’s aged gracefully to boot.
35. Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton’s acting skills shone in many popular movies of the 1980s, including Reds and Baby Boom. Her stunning looks earned her attention, too. And even in her seventies, Keaton is just as gorgeous without apparently ever having resorted to surgery. In 2017 she explained to People, “My feeling is that everybody has their hands, and their hands are always at the face, so if the hands don’t match the face, it’s a little weird.”
34. Goldie Hawn
In a 2020 interview with The Guardian, Goldie Hawn said of the 1980s, “A lot of the movies that we made then were feel-good movies; they don’t make them much anymore.” We’re just as nostalgic about the era, which saw Hawn shine in flicks such as Private Benjamin, but at least the iconic actress is still a regular feature on our screens. And her beautiful looks have by no means faded, either.
33. Annie Potts
Millennials may know Annie Potts from the Toy Story movie franchise or hit TV spin-off Young Sheldon, but she found fame long before that. Yes, Potts actually starred in a lot of big movies during the 1980s, including the iconic Ghostbusters. And since then, the actress has aged very well indeed, making it hard to believe that she’s in her sixties now.
32. Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston was a beguiling beauty back in the 1980s. And during that era, she appeared in films that have undeniably stood the test of time, including The Postman Always Rings Twice, This Is Spinal Tap and Prizzi’s Honor. But the iconic actress cares not one bit that she looks older. In 2014 Huston explained to Vogue, “There [are] a few nice things about [aging]; don’t let them kid you.”
While Madonna is famous all around the world for her music, during the ’80s she actually appeared in several movies, including Who’s That Girl and Desperately Seeking Susan. And while the “Like a Prayer” singer’s on-screen career may not have gone so well in recent years – she’s even been nominated for a few Razzies – both her voice and her good looks have certainly stood the test of time.
30. Jacqueline Bisset
It was the very memorable wet T-shirt scene in 1977’s The Deep that firmly solidified Jacqueline Bisset as a Hollywood icon. And while the legendary actress had mixed feelings about the attention the movie brought her, she continued to act throughout the next decade and beyond. During the 1980s, for instance she starred in Class and Under the Volcano, with the second of these films earning her a Golden Globe nod. These days, Bisset is still bagging roles – and she’s just as beautiful, too.
29. Justine Bateman
Justine Bateman – sister of fellow actor Jason – made a name for herself as a teenage star in the 1980s. As well as landing several TV movie roles, she played Mallory on the popular show Family Ties. Nowadays, though, the natural beauty has turned her hand to directing and writing, with her book Fame relating some of her own experiences of life in the public eye.
28. Heather Locklear
Model Heather Locklear found the limelight after being cast on Dynasty in the early ’80s. After that, she went from strength to strength, even becoming the only woman at the time to simultaneously star in two prime time shows: Dynasty and T.J. Hooker. Yet while Locklear’s career has faded away in recent years, her good looks haven’t changed much – so maybe it’s time for a comeback.
27. Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd’s stint on Charlie’s Angels from 1977 to ’81 turned her into a sex symbol. And even four decades later, the stunning actress has still got it. It’s no surprise, either, that her role as Kris Munroe holds a special place in her heart. In 2019 Ladd told CNN, “It gave me a 40-year career, so I have nothing but fond memories.”
26. Oprah Winfrey
While Oprah Winfrey is still best known as a chat show host, back in the 1980s she was also a movie star. Most notably, she won acclaim – including a Best Supporting Actress nod at the Oscars – for her performance in 1985’s The Color Purple. And over 30 years on, Oprah is still a huge name in entertainment, with her stunning looks having barely changed during that time.
25. Candice Bergen
Without any doubt, Candice Bergen was huge back in the 1980s. Not only did she steal the show as the titular character on Murphy Brown, but she also shone in the multiple-Oscar-winning film Gandhi in 1983. And while the former model may be getting older now, she’s still going strong. In 2018 she told the website Mindfood, “I believe 70 may be the new 50.”
24. Lisa Bonet
Lisa Bonet’s acting in hugely popular sitcom The Cosby Show, her spectacular fashion sense and her marriage to rocker Lenny Kravitz made her a shining star in the 1980s. And now she’s a poster girl for aging gracefully. Bonet has credited coconut oil, African dance classes and Dayle Breault’s skincare line for her seemingly never-changing beauty.
23. Joan Collins
When Joan Collins joined Dynasty as Alexis Carrington in 1981, the show finally began to soar in the ratings. And while the British actress has appeared in numerous roles in the decades since, Alexis continues to be the character with whom she is most often associated. Even in her eighties, she still looks like the iconic soap queen, too.
22. Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon was once married to Cary Grant, and together they welcomed daughter Jennifer. But she’s much more than just Grant’s ex-wife. The beautiful actress appeared in many TV miniseries and movies throughout the 1980s, and to this day she’s the only woman to have earned Oscar nods for both acting and movie-making. Decades later, Cannon still acts and looks great to boot.
21. Kelly McGillis
Kelly McGillis dazzled as Charlie in the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun. But when the long-awaited sequel got under way, McGillis said that she hadn’t been asked to return. In 2019 she told Entertainment Tonight, “I’m old, and I’m fat, and I look age-appropriate for what my age is… I’d much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff.”
20. Linda Hamilton
Linda Hamilton achieved massive ’80s fame playing Sarah Connor in the popular Terminator franchise, but behind the scenes she was suffering from bipolar disorder. And while work began to dry up for the actress as the decade ended, she managed to bounce back after a hiatus – and appeared to have aged very gracefully in the interim. Now, she’s very much on our TV screens again in shows such as Defiance and Chuck.
19. Daryl Hannah
Splash star Daryl Hannah quickly established herself as one of Hollywood’s most gorgeous leading women back in the ’80s. Since then, however, some have criticized the actress-turned-activist for trying too hard to cling on to her youth. Yes, onlookers still speculate that Hannah has undergone plastic surgery – even though in 2010 she insisted that she never would.
18. Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy – a.k.a. the basket case of The Breakfast Club – revealed in a 2015 interview with Elle that she didn’t actually like her character’s makeover scene in the iconic 1985 movie. And so it’s no surprise that she looks perfectly down-to-earth 30 years on, even if she’s only working sporadically as an actress.
17. Grace Jones
Grace Jones was huge in the ’80s, conquering both the film and music scenes and even re-popularizing the flattop hairstyle. These days, while the actress is slightly less in the public eye, she’s still very much respected in both industries. Plus, she looks completely fabulous.
16. Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer only became a movie actress in 1980, but she quickly made her mark on the big screen. She racked up hit after hit during the decade, including Scarface, The Witches of Eastwick, Dangerous Liaisons and The Fabulous Baker Boys – even receiving Oscar nominations for the latter two films. And over the years, the striking actress has kept her good looks incredibly well.
15. Brigitte Nielsen
Action movies Red Sonja and Rocky IV – not to mention a high-profile marriage to Sylvester Stallone – thrust Brigitte Nielsen into the spotlight in the 1980s. Now, though, the former actress sticks to reality TV, where she has enjoyed quite a lot of success. And Nielsen hasn’t been shy about undergoing plastic surgery to maintain those model good looks, either.
14. Glenn Close
Although Glenn Close had been acting on stage since 1974, she didn’t make her big-screen debut until 1982’s The World According to Garp. After that, of course, Close became one of the most respected Hollywood stars in the business – as well as arguably the poster woman for graceful aging.
13. Molly Ringwald
After teaming up with director John Hughes, Pretty in Pink and Breakfast Club star Molly Ringwald became something of a sensation in the ’80s. But she seemingly dealt with her fame very well, even retreating from the spotlight after a while and taking up music and writing. Nowadays, Ringwald is back on the stage and the screen – and she looks positively radiant.
12. Kelly LeBrock
Kelly LeBrock became a major sex symbol in the ’80s, but that alone didn’t make her life smooth sailing. The Woman in Red star’s marriage to Steven Seagal was reportedly abusive, for example, while drug addiction is also thought to have played a role in her exit from the spotlight. So, although LeBrock is no longer a pin-up these days, hopefully she’s a lot happier.
11. Lea Thompson
Lea Thompson is best remembered for her role as Lorraine in Back to the Future, and although she continued to be successful, she never starred in anything quite as iconic again. Now, though, Thompson looks fantastic and definitely younger than her years. Maybe she got her hands on Marty’s time machine…
10. Elizabeth McGovern
Elizabeth McGovern shot to fame in 1981 after receiving an Oscar nomination for the film Ragtime. The Illinois-born actress followed that up with 1984’s gangster movie Once Upon a Time in America and coming-of-age drama Racing with the Moon. More recently, though, TV fans may recognize McGovern from her role as Cora on hit drama Downton Abbey. And to top it all off, she’s aged amazingly.
9. Karen Allen
Karen Allen will forever be known as Marion Ravenwood from 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, although she’s worked on a few other projects since. And when she reprised the iconic role 27 years later in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it looked as though she’d hardly changed at all.
8. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
After appearing in 1983’s Scarface as Gina Montana, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio went on to achieve massive success in the ’80s – including being nominated for several awards. Gradually, though, her movie appearances slowed down, and she began to take on TV and stage roles instead. And even if the actress is now in her sixties, it seems that she’s barely aged a day.
7. Linda Kozlowski
Linda Kozlowski’s life was changed forever by 1986’s Crocodile Dundee. Not only did the flick establish her as a leading actress, but she also ended up marrying co-star Paul Hogan. Unfortunately, though, their union ended in divorce, and frustrated by the lack of serious roles available to her, the actress eventually left Hollywood behind as well. Today, Kozlowski is still every bit as gorgeous as in her heyday, and she credits her continued good looks to daily workouts.
6. Phoebe Cates
Phoebe Cates was huge in the ’80s – notably for her appearances in Gremlins and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. But then she turned her back on Hollywood to marry actor Kevin Kline and raise their children before going on to run a boutique in New York. So, while Cates still has a pretty face, it probably won’t be seen on the big screen anytime soon.
4. Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger was one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1980s, captivating audiences with her turn in the erotic thriller 9½ Weeks. But her looks didn’t fade as she got older. In fact, at 60 years old, Basinger signed a new contract with the exact same model agency as daughter Ireland Baldwin.
4. Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey, who shot to fame after 1987’s Dirty Dancing, blames plastic surgery for the decline of her career. “I went in the operating theater a celebrity and came out anonymous,” she admitted to the Daily Mirror in 2012. “I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody recognizes… because of a nose job.” Recognizable or not, though, Grey does still act, having recently made appearances in Grey’s Anatomy and The Conners.
3. Robin Wright
You could say that Robin Wright has it all. The beautiful actress got her start in the ’80s with the soap Santa Barbara and classic 1987 comedy The Princess Bride, but her fame and success continued long after the decade was over. And she got to keep her good looks, too.
2. Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner – the star of Romancing the Stone – sadly had to retreat from Hollywood due to severe arthritis. But she remained very much in demand as a stage actress, and she seemingly doesn’t care that her appearance has changed over the decades. “I don’t look like I did 30 years ago,” she told the Daily Mail in 2014. “Get over it.”
1. Lori Singer
Lori Singer beat out loads of famous names, including Madonna and Jodie Foster, for the role of Ariel in Footloose. Unfortunately, though, her own stardom didn’t last quite as long as it did for many of her contemporaries. And while Singer does look older than she did back, she’s both an award-winning producer and champion cellist – meaning she almost certainly doesn’t care.