I just finished watching “The Iron Lady” with the magnificent Meryl Streep. What an amazing model of how to age gracefully. It got me thinking about other celebs who have been in the limelight lately and I thought I’d share some of them here with you. Add your own favorites please.
Thank God that not every celeb succumbs to the prevailing “pro-youth” pressures. The music and entertainment businesses can, in fact, be excellent places to look for examples of men and women who are reaching out and embarassing the aging process with enthusiasm and grace.
Modesty and a healthy dose of humor are keys to Mirren aging so gracefully. When a gym gave her Body of the Year, she told the women of The View that she just sucked in her stomach.
“It was a beautiful thing that these fitness people did, I have to say,” she said. “I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect.”
And then there is Lauren Becall
The iconic actress, who is in her late 80s, has been honest about some of the physical challenges of aging, but is notable for her continued zest for work and for her craft.
In her book By Myself and Then Some, Bacall writes: “The need to work remains — movies, theatre, TV — I don’t care really. As long as it’s good — interesting — new — I love new — it will take me out of myself and into someone else. Always a pleasure.”
And weighing in for the males:
The actor, who is 50,told Parade that he emulates actors like Paul Newman, who he thinks “handled growing old onscreen” well.
“I find that as you get older, you start to simplify things in general,” he told that publication. “By the time you get a subscription to AARP, which I just got, you have some idea of who your friends are, at least.”