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Ageless Hollywood Stars: 25 Celebrities We’re Not Used to Seeing Young

Many of our favorite Hollywood stars have managed to age like fine wines. From Betty White to Morgan Freeman, they are now in the golden years of their lives and still at the peak of their careers. So we’re used to seeing these veteran stars looking-picture perfect on the red carpet, and have become attached to how they look now.

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It’s easy to believe these ageless stars just entered Hollywood and life in their golden years. However, many of our beloved stars have enjoyed long and colorful careers spanning decades. Some switched to acting later in life, and others started acting when they were still in their prime. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and see our favorite veteran celebrities in their heyday.

Helen Mirren Wasn’t Born at The Baftas

Dame Helen Mirren, DBE, is a talented seasoned actor that has aged gracefully. With countless awards under her belt, we’re used to seeing her accepting awards at the BAFTAs. She’s now in her 70s and is still wowing audiences in hits like Woman in Gold and Hobbs & Shaw. It’s easy to assume she was born on the red carpet at 70, holding a BAFTA.

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Helen Mirren was once a young starlet. She started her acting career at the National Youth Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Helen became a household name on the British TV series Prime Suspect in the 90s when she was 46 and starred in a few films. She then broke out as a Hollywood star in movies like The Madness of King George, Gosford Park, and Calendar Girls, and is still going strong.

Patrick Stewart Was Once a Newspaper Reporter

Acclaimed actor, Patrick Stewart OBE is now in his 70s and respected by all as a veteran Hollywood actor. It’s easy to assume he entered the world on the iconic show Star Trek: The Next Generation, as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. From there he became a seasoned X Men Star and is still winning over fans with his acting prowess.

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However, we now know that Patrick was once a young, wide-eyed actor with luscious locks. After starting his career as a newspaper reporter. Patrick then followed his passion for acting by becoming a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 60s. He then became a TV star on shows like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and finally shot to stardom in 1987 on the show Star Trek when he was 47.

Betty White was The Mayor of Hollywood in the 50s

Betty White really became a household name on the popular show The Golden Girls and since been crowned as everybody’s favorite TV grandma. She is now adored by fans far and wide and has continued to win us over as a loveable grandma in movies like The Proposal. So, it’s hard to imagine Betty before she hit her golden age.

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Betty White actually started her career as a model in the 30s and tried to make it as an actress. However, she was told she was unphotogenic! So she became a radio star. She then became the first woman to produce her own TV sitcom in the 50s called, Life With Elizabeth. This earned her the title of the “Mayor of Hollywood.” From there she became a game show host and continued to act until she became everybody’s favorite TV grandma in The Golden Girls in 1985 when she was 63.

Samuel L Jackson Was Once a Social Activist

Samuel L Jackson now has over 150 movies under his belt, has won scores of awards and has been hailed as one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. He still a force to be reckoned with in his 70s and hasn’t seemed to age since his days in the 1990s on the action thriller, Pulp Fiction. It’s hard to imagine that Samuel was once a young man with a very different life path.

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In the 1960s, Samuel was a social activist and heavily involved in the civil rights movement. He then worked as a social worker and majored in marine biology before switching to acting. He then started acting on stage before climbing the Hollywood ranks and landing a role in Goodfellas in 1990. After being recognized by Tarantino, he was cast in Pulp Fiction in 1994 when he was 46. And the rest was history for the acting legend.

Martha Stewart Was Once an Aspiring Model

American domestic goddess, Martha Stewart has now spun her own home-making empire. She’s still fabulous in her 70s and has won us all over as a TV personality, entertainment mogul, a home-making extraordinaire and a best-selling author. It seems like there’s nothing Martha can’t conquer. But Martha also lived an interesting younger life before she found her niche.

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When Martha was 15, the beauty started out as a fashion model. She then studied History and after graduating, worked at her father’s company as a stockbroker in the 60s. However, Martha always had a passion for cooking, so in the late 70s, she started a catering business. She then released some cooking books when she was in her 40s, became a TV host, started her own entertainment company and became a domestic goddess later in life.

Meryl Streep Was Once a 70s Starlet

Award-winning actress, Meryl Streep has often been defined as “the best actress of her generation.” She’s now aging gracefully in her 70s and for younger fans, Meryl is well-known as the veteran actress from the Mamma Mia franchise and Little Woman. It’s easy to forget that she was once a young bombshell and aspiring actress.

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Streep was once a young starlet in the 1970s and has since enjoyed a long career in Hollywood. After graduating from Yale, Meryl started as a stage actress and made her movie debut in Julia in 1976, earning an Emmy Award. From there she cemented her fame in movies like Silkwood when she was in her 30s, Death Becomes Her, The Devil Wears Prada. Now in her 70s, she’s still defying the odds.

Sir Ian McKellen Was a Young Theatre Star

Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE is now in his 80s and has established himself as a British cultural icon. The trained classical actor has numerous accolades to his name and many younger fans will know him as Gandalf, the veteran actor from the Lord of the Ring’s Trilogy. It’s easy to believe that Ian just arrived in Hollywood, straight from a Shakespeare set, in his 80s.

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Well, it’s fair to say that Sir Ian was born to be a Shakespeare star. After graduating from Cambridge, the fresh-faced actor starred in many Shakespeare plays in the 70s and 80s, and was a well-known figure in British theatre. Ian achieved mainstream recognition in the 1990s when he was in his 50s in movies like Six Degrees of Separation and the X-Men Series. From there he then became a seasoned Hollywood A-lister that we all know and love.

Christopher Walken Was Once a Lion Tamer

Christopher Walken is now in his 70s and has now established himself as a prolific Hollywood actor. With his nervy charms, deadpan expressions and unmistakable voice, he has a tendency to play weirdos and villains. He wowed us in movies like Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can and Seven Psychopaths and is Irreplaceable You, and it’s easy to think he’s always been a veteran edgy star.

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We’re used to seeing Christopher as the star he is today, he has a very interesting back story. As a teen, Christopher was a huge fan of Elvis, so copied his hairstyle and this became his signature style. He also trained as a dancer and as a lion tamer before deciding to become a stage actor. Christopher then became a TV star in the 1950s, before moving to movies. He shot to fame in 1978 in Deer Hunter when he was in his 30s and has never looked back.

Judy Andrews was Once Britain’s Youngest Prima Donna

Nowadays, we’re used to seeing Dame Julie Andrews DBE gracing the red carpet as a mature and graceful English actress. Now in her 80s, she has plenty of accolades to her name and in recent years, fans might recognize her from The Princess Diaries. Julie also lent her unmistakable British voice to the animated films Despicable Me and Aquaman.

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For older fans, they’ll know that Julie was once a child actress who made her Broadway debut in the 1950s. She was hailed “Britain’s Youngest Prima Donna” and the starlet made her feature film debut in the iconic hit Mary Poppins in 1964 when she was 29. She landed an Academy Award for her role and followed it up with The Sound of Music. From there, the sky was the limit.

Colin Firth Was Once Part of The Brit Pack

Colin Firth is another Hollywood silver fox on our list that seems to have aged like a fine wine. We’re now used to seeing him in his 50s, as the quintessential English gentleman. He made a name for himself as a romantic star in movies like Bridget Jones’s Diary and is still wowing audiences in hits like the Kingsman movie series. We now can’t imagine what happened before that.

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Well, once upon a time, Colin Firth was a young, handsome aspiring actor who grew up in Hampshire, England. He went on to study at Drama Centre London. After his West End debut, he then became part of a “Brit Pack” of up and coming actors. In 1995 he landed his breakthrough TV role as Mr.Darcy on Pride and Prejudice when he was 35 and cemented his Hollywood fame in roles like Love Actually and Mamma Mia and has never looked back.

Charles Dance Was Once a Dapper Actor

Charles Dance OBE is another prolific actor, screenwriter, and director on our radar. You might have spotted him in recent years in Game of Thrones and The Crown. He also starred in the movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Charles is now in his 80s and it’s easy to believe he was always a veteran actor.

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Charles Dance was once a young, dapper actor from England who always loved fancy scarfs. Like most aspiring British actors, he followed the same route as his peers and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s. He then got his TV break in the series The Jewel in the Crown when he was 38 and became a British TV favorite. He now has countless TV and movie hits to his name, like Foyle’s War and Ghostbusters and is still working hard in his 70s.

Vanessa Redgrave Was Once a 60s Star

Vanessa Redgrave CBE has been hailed as “the greatest living actress of our times.” The Academy-Award winning actress is now in her 80s and has too many accolades to mention. We’re used to seeing her strolling onto the red carpet as a seasoned actress. It’s hard to imagine she was once a young, aspiring star.

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Vanessa Redgrave was actually born into an acting dynasty. The young beauty then followed in their footsteps of her acting parents, studied drama and became a stage actress. She then became a successful movie star in the 60s when she was in her 30s and was critically acclaimed for her roles in hits like Isadora, The Trojan Woman, The Devils, and Driving Miss Daisy. Her prolific career has now spanned decades and she just gets better with time.

Slash Was Once a Teenage Heartthrob

Rock musician, Slash is now widely considered one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll history. He became a cultural icon as the lead guitarist of Guns N’Roses in the 1980s and has since enjoyed a glittering solo career. We’re pretty used to seeing Slash in his 50s, looking like a rock star, with his signature long curly hair, hat, shades, printed tees, and tattoos.

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It actually blows our minds to think that Slash was once a young, rock heartthrob. What’s more, Slash is just his stage name. His real name is Saul Steinberg and he was born in London. His parents both worked in the entertainment industry and he later moved to LA to study. He met many musicians there and in 1981 he formed a band called the Road Crew. He joined Guns N’Roses in 1985 when he was in his 20s, which put him on the path to rock greatness.

Maggie Smith Was Once a 50s Starlet

Dame Maggie Smith CH DBE is an iconic English actress that is still wowing audiences in her 80s. We’re now used to seeing the established actress in hits like Harry Potter, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Downton Abbey. However, she had to be a regular teenager once upon a time to get to where she was today too.

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Young Maggie started as a stage actress in the 50s, before becoming a TV star and movie star. In 1960 she scored an Academy Award for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and went on to be a celebrated English actress. Maggie hit the peak of her career at the age of 67, gaining a much younger audience after playing the incredible professor Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter movies. 

Bill Murray Was Once a Golf Caddy

American actor and comedian, Bill Murray is now one of the most loved actors of his generation. Known for his deadpan comedy style, today you can spot him in movies like St. Vincent, the HBO series, Olive Kitteridge and pretty much every Wes Anderson film out there. We’re used to seeing the veteran actor in his 60s, and it’s hard to imagine he was once a young, regular guy before he was famous.

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In his teens, Bill worked as a golf caddy and was the lead singer of a rock band. After graduating, he had to decide his path. Thankfully, his brother invited him to join an improv comedy troupe. From there he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the 70s and landed his first movie role in Meatballs when he was in his 30s. He then cemented his status with a string of hits like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Scrooged.

Sigourney Weaver Was Once a Young Siren

Sigourney Weaver is another gravity-defying acting legend on our radar. Weaver is now widely known as the “Queen of Sci-Fi” after starring as an action heroine in the Alien Franchise. The seasoned star is now in her 70s and going strong. Younger fans might know her from movies like A Monster Calls and The Defenders. However, she was once a young aspiring actress too.

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Weaver was also born into a showbiz family. The fresh-faced beauty followed in her mom’s acting footsteps and studied at Stanford and Yale School of Drama. After starting as a stage actress, she made her movie debut in 1977 in a Woody Allen comedy, Annie Hall. She then got her breakthrough role as a young star in Alien in 1979 when she was 30 and never looked back.

Robert Downey Jr. Made His Acting Debut at 5

Nowadays, Robert Downey Jr. is better known as the legendary action star from the Iron Man Marvel movie franchise. He’s now in his 50s, but is still proving a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood and is now one of the most influential and highest-paid actors on the planet. He was also once a young, handsome child actor with boyish charms.

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Robert was born to acting parents and made his debut at the age of five in his father’s movie, Pound. The teen heartthrob then moved to Hollywood to pursue acting and starred in many coming-of-age hits in the 80s like Weird Science. In 1992, he won an Academy Award for Charlie Chaplin, and then after a career break, he bounced back onto the scene in 2001, before landing his most successful role of all in 2008 with Iron Man.

Susan Sarandon Was Once a Wide-Eyed Actress With Big Dreams

Susan Sarandon is now an established American actress and activist, with countless awards under her belt. It’s hard to believe the flame-haired siren is now in her 70s, as she’s still winning over young fans in hits like The Meddler and A Bad Moms Christmas. Still, she too was once a wide-eyed actress with big dreams.

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Young Sarandon started her life in New York as the eldest of nine children. After graduating from college, the wide-eyed siren became a soap-opera star and landed her breakthrough role in The Rocky Horror Show in 1975 when she was 29. She then proved her acting chops in movies like The Witches of Eastwick, Thelma and Louise, and The Client and became the A-Lister that we all know and love.

Alec Baldwin Was Once A Dapper Star

In recent years, the veteran actor Alec Baldwin is well-known by fans as the wise-cracking TV executive, Jack Baldwin from the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. You can also also spot him in The Mission Impossible series and on the sketch show Saturday Night Live. He’s now at the top of his game and while we’re used to seeing him in his 60s, he too was once a young, dapper star.

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Alec was originally born in New York as one of four siblings. Interestingly, they all went on to dominate Hollywood as actors. After graduating, the young, suave acting hopeful became a Broadway star before landing TV roles like Doctors and Knots Landing. He also starred in many movies like Hunt for Red October and The Departed when he was in his 30s. But to younger fans, he’ll always be Jack from 30 Rock.

Ellen Burstyn Was Once a Model & Dancer

Academy-Award winning actress, Ellen Burstyn is another seasoned actress that seems to have found the key to eternal youth. It’s hard to believe Ellen is in her 80s and still acting during her golden years. Although she has kept a lower profile in recent years, you can spot her in movies like Interstellar and The Age of Adaline. She too was once a blushing model.

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Ellen started her career as a model and a dancer at a young age. She then decided to focus on acting and made her Broadway debut in 1957. She then starred in many prime-time TV shows like 77 Sunset Strip and The Virginian in the 50s and 60s. She achieved mainstream recognition for her role in The Exorcist in 1977 when she was 44. Ellen continued to win acclaim for roles like Requiem For a Dream and is still unstoppable today.

Ricky Gervais Was Once a New Wave Pop Star

British Actor and comedian, Ricky Gervais rose to international fame on the mock documentary series The Office. He followed this up with series like Extras, Derek and After Life and movies like The Little Prince. He’s now well-known in Hollywood as the wise-cracking host of the Golden Globes. Amazingly, Ricky had a completely different life before The Office fame.

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Young Ricky dreamed of becoming a star one day, but amazingly, his dream was to become a pop star. While the young hopeful was studying at UCLA, he joined a new wave pop band with his pal Bill Macrae and released two singles. Luckily, these weren’t as successful as he had hoped, so he focused on his career in radio podcasts, before starring in the Office when he was in his 40s and becoming the hit TV star that we all know and love today.

Morgan Freeman Was Once a Musical Star

With his distinctively wise, godly voice, American actor and narrator, Morgan Freeman is widely viewed as a wise, godly figure in pop culture; especially after playing the voice of God in Bruce Almighty. In recent years, the award-winning veteran actor is known for his role in The Dark Knight trilogy and the movie Lucy.

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With Morgan now in his 80s, we just assumed he was always a wise man in his golden years. However, Morgan was also a young aspiring star. In the 1960s, the talented hopeful was a dancer as well as an actor and toured with a musical group. He made his movie debut in the 1970s and took minor roles in the 1980s. He then landed the role of Red, the narrator in The Shawshank Redemption in 1990 when he was 57, which shot him to to the limelight.

Liam Neeson Was Once a Young Irish Hopeful

Award-winning actor, Liam Neeson OBE, is now on the top of his game. He made a name for himself as an action star after starring in psychological thrillers like Taken and Silence and is still churning out hit after hit. So, it’s easy to assume that the veteran star just entered Hollywood in his 60s.

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It’s hard to believe Liam was once a strapping young actor from Ireland, but he’s worked hard to get to where he is today. He started out as a stage actor in the 70s, and in the 80s he began to star in movies like The Bounty. Liam then landed his breakout role in Schindler’s List in 1993 when he was 42, before cementing his fame in hits like Star Wars, Love Actually, Taken and Clash of The Titans. From there the sky was the limit for Liam.

Diane Keeton Started Out as a Nightclub Singer

Diane Keeton is another seasoned Hollywood actress on our list. We’re pretty used to seeing how she looks now in her 70s, as she graces the red carpet at the Golden Globes and the Oscars. She’s also still churning out hit after hit, like The Family Stone, Book Club, and Poms and is showing no signs of slowing down.

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From a young age, Diane aspired to become an actress. After graduating from school, the young starlet moved to Manhattan to start a career in entertainment and even sang at nightclubs. Diane then studied acting and began a career on Broadway. She made her movie debut in 1972 with The Godfather and cemented her fame in 1977 after starring in the film Annie Hall, which, at the age of 31, scored her an Oscar.

Sally Field Was a 60s Sitcom Star

American actress and director, Sally Field has earned her title as a loveable Hollywood legend. She’s also aging gracefully into her 70s and has scores of awards to her name, including two Oscars. Younger fans may recognize her now from Mrs. Doubtfire, The Amazing Spider-Man movie series and hits like Hello, and My Name Is Doris.

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Sally has actually enjoyed a long and seasoned acting career. After graduating high school, she landed her big break as a sitcom star in the series The Gidget in 1965 and was generally cast as the “girl next door.” During the 70s she appeared in shows like The Girl with Something Extra and landed her first big movie role in Smokey and the Bandit at 31. She then starred in hits like Places in the Heart and Mrs. Doubtfire and is still going strong.

Jessica Lange Was a Young Fashion Model

Jessica Lange is now in her 70s and is still at the top of her game. She is the thirteenth actress in history to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, after winning too many awards to mention. In recent years, you may have spotted her in hits like Grey Gardens and the American Horror Story series, and we’re pretty used to how she looks now.

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Jessica Lange has actually accomplished more than most in her life. As a young dreamer, she studied photography, mime theatre and joined the Opéra-Comique as a dancer before deciding to study acting in New York. She then was scouted as a fashion model, before making her Hollywood debut in 1976 in King Kong at 27. She then climbed the ranks in hits like Tootsie and Cape Fear and is still wowing the world to this day.

Glenn Close Started out as a Singer in a Band

Nowadays, Glenn Close is widely hailed as one of the greatest actresses of her generation. She’s now 73 and has been dubbed by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. We’re used to seeing her in her golden years in hits like 101 Dalmations, Damages, Albert Nobbs, and The Wife.

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And yet, Glenn Close was once an aspiring star. She grew up in Connecticut and started out as a singer. In the 1960s she toured with her group Up With People. Glenn then studied acting and anthropology and became a Broadway actress. In 1980 she got her big movie break in The World According to Garp and jumped into the limelight at the age of 40 when she starred in the 1987 film, Fatal Attraction.

Angela Lansbury Was an Actress in the 1940s

Dame Angela Lansbury is a veteran British, Irish and American actress who is now in her 90s. To many fans, she is fondly known as Jessica Fletcher from the detective series Murder She Wrote. In recent years you may have seen her in the BBC series Little Women, and we’re used to seeing her as a grandmotherly figure.

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Jessica has actually enjoyed a career spanning eight decades and was once a young, fresh-faced star. She was born in London in 1925 and moved with her family to the US in the 40s. After studying drama and radio, Angela starred in a theatre act at a nightclub. She was then discovered and starred in her first movie in 1944 in Gaslight. She continued to act in theatre and films and became a household name in 1984 after starring in Murder She Wrote at the age of 59.

Blythe Danner Was an Up-and-Coming 70s Actress

American actress Blythe Danner is now 77 and is celebrated in Hollywood as an established star. In recent years, she has won us all over in hits like Meet The Parents, I’ll See You in My Dreams and What They Had. Interestingly, she’s also known as the mother of Gywneth Paltrow and we’re now used to seeing her as a veteran actress.

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And yet Blythe was once a vision of youth. Blythe started out in the 1960s as a theatre actress. She landed her first movie role in 1972 in To Kill a Clown and continued to win over fans in movies like Future World and The Prince of Tides. She was already a seasoned actress, but for younger fans, she became a household name when she was 57 starring in Meet the Parents.

Bob Parker was a 50s Radio Host

Retired game show host, Bob Parker is now in his 90s and has won the affection of fans far and wide. To our generation, Bob is respected as a veteran star and is well-known as the former host of the show The Price is Right.

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Amazingly, Bob Parker was once an aspiring entertainer. At college, he was a part-time radio host and after graduating, he moved to California. He then landed his own radio show, The Bob Parker Show in 1950. At the age of 33, in 1956, Parker started his TV hosting career with the show Truth or Consequences. He then started hosting The Price is Right in 1972 and his career went from strength to strength.

Gloria Stewart was a Glamorous 30s Star

The late American actress, Gloria Stewart is another Hollywood gem on our radar. We’re pretty used to seeing her on the big screen as a seasoned star, and she was well-known for her later roles like Titanic, The Million Dollar Hotel and Land of Plenty.

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Amazingly, Gloria was once an aspiring and glamorous starlet. In the 1930s, she started out as a theatre actress and she landed her first acclaimed movie role in The Old Dark House in 1932, aged 22. In the 1940s she took a break from Hollywood and focused on being an artist, book designer, and theatre actress. In the 1970s she started acting again in smaller roles but then had a career resurgence in 1997 with Titanic, aged 87.

Ed Harris Was Once a Dapper 70s Actor

American actor, director, and screenwriter, Ed Harris is almost 70 and is now a critically-acclaimed actor with scores of awards under his belt. For younger fans, we’re used to seeing the veteran star in the HBO science fiction-Western series Westworld.

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However, Ed Harris is another legendary actor who has worked hard to climb the Hollywood ranks. He started out in the 1970s as an upcoming stage star and guest appeared in TV shows like Hart to Hart. In 1983, he shot to fame in the movie The Right Stuff at 33 and cemented his stardom in blockbusters like Apollo 13 in the 90s.

Mary Steenburgen was Discovered by Jack Nickleson in the 70s

American actress and singer, Mary Steenburgen is now 67 and we’ve become used to seeing her grace the red-carpet as a seasoned star. In recent years, she has won us all over in hits like The Proposal,  The Help, and Book Club.

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Like many seasoned actors, Mary also started her career as a fresh-faced hopeful. After studying drama, she worked as a waitress. She then was lucky enough to be spotted by Jack Nickleson and cast in his second directorial work, Goin’ South in 1978, aged 25. She carved her way in Holly wood in hits like Melvin and Howard, and the Back to the Future series, and is still unstoppable today.

Sidney Poitier Was a Popular 60s Star

Bahamian-American actor and film director, Sidney Poitier is now one of the most respected faces in the industry. We’re used to seeing him in his 90s, and although he has now retired, his most recent hits were Sneakers, The Jackal and documentaries like Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

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Poitier was once a young star and really worked hard to get to the top of his game. After growing up in the Bahamas, his family moved to New York where he worked as a dish-washer. After his army service, he started acting and was cast in his first movie in 1950 in No Way Out. He really shot to stardom in 1963 after scoring an Academy Award for Lilies of the Field, aged 36, and continued to make his mark on Hollywood. 

Sissy Spacek Was a 70s Model and Singer

American actress and singer, Sissy Spacek is now in her 70s and has earned her place in Hollywood’s list of seasoned stars. She’s continuing to win us all over and is now well-known for her roles in thriller series like Bloodline, Castle Rock, and Homecoming.

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Sissy has also enjoyed a long and colorful career and started out in the 1970s as an aspiring singer. She then switched to acting and worked as a photographic model to gain more exposure. Sissy then landed her big break in 1976 in the cult hit Carrie, aged 27, before establishing herself in the industry.

Robert De Niro was a Young Hollywood Heartthrob

American actor, producer, and director, Robert De Niro is now one of Hollywood’s most legendary stars. With too many accolades to his name to mention, Robert is now in his 70s and showing no signs of slowing down. His most recent hits include Joker and The Irishman

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For the older generation, they might remember Robert as a young Hollywood heartthrob. After studying acting, he landed his first movie role in 1963 in the film The Wedding Party, aged 20. He then shot to fame in 1974 in The Godfather Part II and became a household name in hits like Taxi Driver and Goodfellas. Nowadays, he’s still at the top of his game.

Jane Fonda Was a 60s Model and Actress

Nowadays, Jane Fonda is continuing to make her presence felt in the industry as an established actress. She’s now in her 80s and is aging like a fine wine. She’s also very vocal as a political activist. In recent years, we’re used to how she looks in shows like Gracie and Frankie, and The Newsroom.

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Jane Fonda was once a glamorous fashion model and aspiring actress. She started her career on stage in the 1950s and made a name for herself in movies like Tall Story. She then got her breakthrough role in Cat Ballou in 1965, aged 28, before becoming a bankable star.

Ed O’Neill Was an Aspiring Football Star

Ed O’Neill is now a seasoned American actor and comedian in his 70s. Nowadays we’re used to seeing him as a veteran actor in Modern Family and he has provided the voice of a grandpa in animated hits like Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.

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It’s easy to forget that Ed too was once a young actor. In college, Ed was also an aspiring football star and in 1969 he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, Ed was cut from the team soon after which prompted him to start studying acting. While starring in a theatre production, in 1997, the young, 41 year old actor was discovered by an agent and landed his breakthrough TV role in Married with Children.

Sarah Jessica Parker Was Just as Fabulous Before SATC

For seasoned Sex and The City fans, it’s easy to believe that Sarah Jessica Parker landed in Hollywood in her 30s as Carrie Bradshaw, her stylish alter ego from the popular TV show. Even though Sarah is now in her 50s, and has starred in movies like Failure to Launch to the TV series Divorce, we actually can’t imagine Sarah as a young actress, pre-SATC.

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It might surprise you to know that pre-SATC, Sarah started out as a child actress with bright eyes, curly hair, and fabulous bangs. She made her Broadway debut at the age of 11 and made her debut film appearance in 1984 in the drama Footloose. She then made a name for herself in movies like Hocus Pocus and The First Wives Club before starring in SATC at the age of 33.