When it comes to women and aging in Hollywood, there’s still a lot of work to be done. However, it’s become increasingly clear over the last few years that we’re currently living through a sort of renaissance when it comes to older women in film and television finally getting their dues. These leading ladies landed meaty roles while middle-aged, a feat that used to be rare if not unheard of for many women in the entertainment industry.
Roles Of A Lifetime
For far too long, Hollywood only paid attention to young starlets and left many talented older actresses in the dust. Even when older actresses did get roles, they were often relegated to those of mother or grandmother, where they offered sage advice to the younger stars and served as background characters.
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A lot has changed in just the last few decades, with older actresses finally getting their due and the complicated roles they were born to play. We compiled a list of 15 actresses who got the chance to play characters we still can’t forget. With their experience and talent, these roles were no match for this unbelievably skilled group of women.
Mare of Easttown, Detective Mare Sheehan
Tracee Ellis Ross
Black-Ish, Rainbow Johnson
Big Little Lies, Renata Klein
Cake, Claire Bennett
The Morning Show, Bradley Jackson
Don’t Look Up, Brie Evantree
The Politician, Georgina Hobart
Killing Eve, Eve Polastri
The Woman King, Nanisca
The Unforgivable, Ruth Slater
Taraji P. Henson
Empire, Cookie Lyon
Better Things, Sam Fox
Watchmen, Angela Abar/Sister Night
Being the Ricardos, Lucille Ball
Hidden Figures, Dorothy Vaughan