Plastic Surgery of the Rich & Famous: Only Her Doctor Knows for Sure
To age or not to age is the eternal question that women in show business must answer by the time they hit 25. Here, female stars from each decade who got it right … and a few who haven’t.
Okay, I exaggerate, but without doubt when a star’s 40th birthday arrives it’s time to decide: needle or knife or nothing at all. Some celebrities seem to beat the clock effortlessly, others not so much. We’ve selected female stars from each decade, starting in the 40s, to see who is getting it right.
Renee Zellweger, 46.
Nicole Kidman, 48.
Much ado has been made of the Aussie star’s unsubstantiated love of Botox, to the point that cosmetic surgery critics, i.e. Mean Girls everywhere, cooed over how her face showed such little emotion that her onscreen performances were more statue than statuesque.
Meg Ryan, 54.
Fans have been alarmed by the Harry Met Sally cutie pie’s altered facial features in the past decade, including a filler gone bad “trout pout.” It looks like she got the message, because in more recent photo calls her features appear more natural.
Sharon Stone, 57.
The woman survived an aneurysm and stroke that left her with permanent brain damage and still manages to look better than most women half her age. She posed nude in August for Harper’s Bazaar and said of her body image, “I’m aware that my ass looks like a bag of flapjacks but I’m not trying to be the best-looking broad in the world.”
Morgan Fairchild, 65.
The 80s star certainly looks like she spends time and money maintaining her glamorous hair and face. Whatever she’s doing, it’s working.
Jessica Lange, 66.
The blonde star of American Horror Story has long eschewed the knife in favour of aging gracefully – we love her facial lines and wrinkles that show she’s lived a life.
Helen Mirren, 70.
She too broke the Internet when in 2008, a paparazzi snapped a photo of her in a red bikini, sending her to the top of that year’s sexiest women lists. The English beauty shows no sign of cosmetic interference, I mean enhancement, and continues to work so much that she wouldn’t manage the requisite downtime even if she were so inclined.
Raquel Welch, 75.
Speaking of bikinis… the curvaceous star’s career was launched wearing a loincloth two-piece in 1966’s Fantastic Voyage. It isn’t any wonder that she’d employ a few tricks of the trade to maintain her looks. Be it a wig to thicken her hair, great make up and possibly the work of a top-drawer surgeon, the results are simply stunning.
Maggie Smith, 80.
Another example of the classic English lady aging gracefully, like Mirren, perhaps thanks to all that damp UK weather… she is aged up to play the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, in real life she looks like your above average attractive senior.
Joan Collins, 82.
On the opposite side of the spectrum from fellow countrywomen Mirren and Smith, this English lass has always denied having plastic surgery, admitting in 2014 to only using Botox – once. Whatever she does her complexion is flawless.
Sofia Loren, 81.
The stunning Italian icon recently warned up and coming starlets not to mess with nature, “These young girls really need to be more careful and selective of what they are doing to their bodies and their faces. I mean, you do not know for sure if you are going to a good doctor … you can end up looking worse than what you thought you originally were.”
We couldn’t agree more. Has Loren succumbed? Only she knows for sure though she has admitted to being pressured as a young actress to go under the knife to fix her “long nose.”
Donatella Versace, 60. Jocelyn Wildenstein, 75. Kim Novak, 82.
Sometimes a woman’s choice to beat the clock can have frightening consequences.
While New York socialite Wildenstein openly admits to aiming for a feline appearance, hence her “cat lady” moniker, we do wonder if other women who go to such extremes suffer from a form of Body Dismorphia Disorder (BDD), where they have a distorted view of their appearance.