The most nominated actress in Oscar history, Meryl Streep, did not take home a fourth Academy Award Sunday night, but she looked every bit a winner in an evening suit that was a stand out in a crowd of extravagant ball gowns. As the graphic below demonstrates, Streep's style has evolved since her first nomination in 1978. She attended the ceremony 18 of the 19 times she was nominated, missing the festivities in 1991 when she was pregnant with her fourth child.
Stefanie Powers gives no hint of jet lag during an afternoon conversation - despite having flown in to Los Angeles a night earlier from Kenya, by way of New York. Youthful, dynamic and beautiful at 72, the red-haired actress also gives no hint of slowing down. She divides her time between performing, globetrotting and the wildlife conservation issues that melded with her animal-loving nature during her near-decade-long love affair with the late William Holden back in the 1970s.
Recently our new AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins challenged Americans to “Be Fearless at 50+.” What does that mean? I saw the answer in action recently when actress and activist Holly Robinson Peete got an oversized AARP card as she celebrated her 50 th birthday at a star-studded oceanside party in Malibu, Calif.
In a year when meaty movie roles for women 50-plus were as rare as crow’s feet on Rodeo Drive, it’s gratifying to see the news from London that Monica Bellucci, at 50, is about to become the oldest Bond “Girl” ever.
Actresses and singers come and go, but Polly Bergen had a multifaceted entertainment career that stretched from 1949 to 2012 because she was a star at just about everything she tried.
Actress-singer Elaine Stritch, who died on July 17 at age 89 in Birmingham, Mich., wasn't the sort who would go gentle into that good night - or any night, for that matter. The gravel-voiced Broadway diva, who made her career playing what the New York Times once called "brash and bawdy characters," preferred staying out late, and having a cigarette and a drink or three.
Ruby Dee had impressive versatility as an actress in Broadway dramas, TV soap operas and movies that included Buck and the Preacher (1972) and Do the Right Thing (1989). Dee, who passed away on June 12 at age 92 in New Rochelle, N.Y., had an equally impressive career as a civil rights activist. She and her husband of nearly six decades, actor Ossie Davis, spoke out in the 1950s against McCarthyism; organized a campaign to press the government to restore the revoked passport of actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson; served as masters of ceremonies for the entertainment portion of the 1963 March on Washington; and demonstrated against segregation in the south and against the Vietnam War. Here she is in 1969, in reading the names of African-American men killed by police.
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