ollywood loves to celebrate young, hot actresses, but let's not forget that there are tons of older actresses killing it in Hollywood. Some of them have been around for a long time and some of them are finally getting their big break after years of hard work, but all of these leading ladies are stick kicking ass in the acting world even after the age where some people would prefer women get sent off to a pasture somewhere to slowly wrinkle away and die. Ok, maybe that's a little harsh, but we love seeing these talented women over 40 on screen.
Nicole Kidman has never slowed down.
The 50 year old Australian actress was huge in the 90s and early 2000s with movies like Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut, and The Hours and is just as famous now as she was 20 years ago, recently winning a Golden Globe for her performance in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. She also owns her own production company, Blossom Films, and has been an Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994.
Halle Berry, 51, is another actress who seems to have been around forever, and isn’t going anywhere.
She’s been everything from a Bond girl in Die Another Day, to a superhero in X-men, to the wife of a murderer in Monster’s Ball. She is the only black woman to have ever won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball. In 2017 she starred in the movie Kidnap.
But she definitely has a sense of humor about her work.
Although she’s had lots of success, like everyone, Halle’s had her bad times, too. In 2005 she won a Razzie for Worst Actress for her work in Catwoman. She was only the second actor ever to actually show up and accept the award in person.
Nobody writes jokes like Tina Fey, who is 47.
She was the first female head writer for SNL and has since gone on to create 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She is the youngest person ever to win the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Her super-relatable character in 30 Rock, Liz Lemon, allowed women everywhere to admit they’d rather let a guy buy them mozzarella sticks than a drink at a bar.
Leslie Jones, another SNL star, is 50 years old.
Success did not not easily to Jones, who started her comedy career in 1987, but didn’t get her big break until 2014 when she joined the cast of SNL. Before SNL, Jones performed stand up comedy and was met with so many bad reviews that she almost gave up on comedy completely, taking a three year break before landing her job at SNL. Since then she’s appeared in big movies such as Ghostbusters and Trainwreck.