Wednesday, September 28, 2011

More (!) Famous Faces. . .

Loulou de la Falaise
Sometimes best laid plans turn out to be better than one could anticipate. That appears to be what's happening this week with our gallery of beautiful faces of a certain age. All have been in their 60s and 70s with the notable exception of Betty White.

Julie Christie
Once again, I'll let the faces "speak" for themselves. I think we all agree that a woman should do (or not do) whatever makes her happy, feel good about herself, secure and confident. That said, I also think we are in accord on the sad fact that sometimes procedures go awry or women themselves demand more from their "interventionists" than they should.  It's usually dermatologists ( and, I'm told it always should be, not a doctor who has converted his or her practice into these lucrative practices) who perform the Botox and filler injections.
Jessye Norman
Anna Wintour
Vera Wang
Glenn Close  
(Love the earrings.)
We've seen the shocking results of both when a patient and her doctor go for an overdose.

I've often wondered what women see when they look at their reflection in a mirror after procedures. Do they see something we don't? Are they happy with the results? I somehow believe that many see hope smiling back at them and a glimpse of a past they somehow believe, because they were younger, was better than whatever the future can hold.

Martha Stewart

Barbara Hendricks
Mary McFadden
Shall we continue with the series? I have more to say and many, many more women to show you. Maybe it's a subject we should be discussing often, but you might like a little break this week? Let me know. Thank you for your suggestions btw, you can see I've included some here.

A non sequitur (I know you expect no less from me): When cosmetic companies are photo shopping women of a certain age and then telling us we can improve "the oval"of our faces with a cream, I think we have the right to be outraged.

I think we're not finished with this subject.

35 comments:

déjà pseu said...

Tish, I loved yesterday's post and this one, and may post a response soon.

It's so sad to see some of these women who have gone too far with the procedures/surgeries. Walk around downtown Beverly Hills and you see some really freakish faces. And who in their right mind think that looks good?

greatbleuheron said...

Yes, more! I am loving this series.

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

More, please! It is so fascinating to see how various beautiful women are dealing with age. As most here have said, the least intervention appears to be the best. But most do have extraordinarily firm necklines.

Julie Christie is exquisite.

déjà pseu said...

Oh, and I love Lou Lou!

Lily Lemontree said...

Oh yes, definitely more please!
Wow, that Julie Christie is just as beautiful today as she was 40 years ago, I am left speechless! She has always been one of my favorites!

kathy peck said...

Yes, continue, please....Julie Christie is beautiful, but again, I prefer photos I've seen of her with her hair less "done". And as someone else mentioned, they do all have firm necks and jawlines.

Lost in Provence said...

I am loving this series. It's just outright fascinating. On a side note, Even twenty some years ago, Mary Mcfadden had that same forehead and this was pre-Botox. It freaked me out then as much as it does now! And she was always her Fortuny style gowns. Always.

JMW said...

All beautiful women - Julie Christie is amazing. Love her. And Vera Wang NEVER changes. Good genes, that one. Great series. :)

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Please don't stop. It is rare to see so many striking, and beautiful women over 60, and it is uplifting to see so many at once! I am in the same age group, and jut love knowing that these women are still out there. We don't see photos like this often enough! Thank you for this great series of posts! I hope that there is more to come! You are doing such a fantastic job!!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

more please!
It 's so nice to see these fabulous women radiating health and beauty and they do it so well. It's encouraging and inspiring.

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying this series tremendously. I think the crow's feet and smile lines are beautiful - and nothing improves a look more than a beautiful smile.

Please continue - I will never get bored looking at these lovely ladies.

Carol

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

When I see the glorious beauty of Jessye Norman, it makes me long for black skin. Something far, far, out of my reach!

Clarissa said...

Thank you and keep up the pictures. I always assumed I would get a lift once things began to sag, but after seeing many, many altered faces in my upscale southwestern city, I have changed my mind (would not mind work on the neck but a Mayo surgeon said that is not the proper approach). And the madness that has taken over Hollywood! I feel sad, amused, enraged that the heretofore aspirational appearance of women who have the means for the best care has taken on a clownlike aura. Since they often get the same work, and look at the same structural changes io each other's faces, it must seem normal. BTW--also love the Voutch series.

California Girl said...

Julie Christie looks divine as does Glenn Close. Vera Wang seems ageless.

I know now why Anna Wintour always wears sunglasses.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Tish, Thank you so much for the kind comments and for visiting my blog. I tried to respond, but could not due to the "no reply". Not sure why you could not follow. Maybe, blogger is have a temporary problem, and later you will be able to. In the meantime, if you would like to, just send me your email address, I can subscribe for you. I just love your blog, and have been happily reading it every day!

Susan Tiner said...

I love the series, please do continue.

Belle de Ville said...

I saw Lou Lou at an event a few years ago. She was vibrant.

Also, I wanted to mention after your post yesterday that for those of us worried about our necks, boxtox is very effective. It's a little weird to have your neck injected but it does show improvement right away.

Alice Olive said...

Really enjoying this series.

I saw Vera Wang recently in the shoe department of a major store. She did not look real. Nor did she act like a grown woman. She acted like a teenager desperately seeking anyone's attention. That disturbed me more than the strangely-smooth skin.

I also agree that if you choose to do some, none or a lot of 'work', it's your choice.

But, for goodness sake, at least behave like a woman, not a child.

Tree said...

Great series - please continue!!

I'll add that I think it would be an interesting conversation between us all to "dissect" a bit what factors in these faces we are responding positively / negatively towards. Ex: I agree with the all the positive Julie Christie comments, and, for me, it's because her face shows the traces of life-long questioning in her forehead and laughter around her eyes. Also, if you can find some newer photos of Vera Wang, they show she's undergone some adjustments and that she's lost weight. A side-by-side comparion would be good to see, as her adaptations don't detract from her presence at all, and, instead make her essence more clear - why is that? Also, totally agree that commerically photoshopping beautiful lived-in faces, like Diane Keaton,to sell face care products to women in the same age group is,at best,a disservice to both the face and the consumer!

Again, great series, thank you!

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I like Julie Christie's hair, may go for that in a few years time!

Anonymous said...

M. Stewart has had work done and most of her pictures are no doubt altered..the rest who knows or cares.. the subject of aging is getting rather" old" ... if we are lucky we age ...there is more to life than looking in the mirror and thinking about how one looks .. simply too boring

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Please continue on...I would love to know who has had proceedures and who has not. I think Julie Christie has always been beautiful. There were a couple here who looked older than I thought.

Splenderosa said...

No, don't stop. I love this series, Tish. And those earrings too. xx's

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this series of beautiful, mature women. I think what most of them have in common is that they are themselves with a vengance. Many years ago, most of the women discovered a hairstyle that suited their faceshape and personal style and have basically stayed the course with a few little updates. Great hair is part of their signature look -- Jane Fonda's shag, Diane von F's long, curly locks, Joanna Lumley (always bangs), Judi Danch (short hair). These women all have a very distinctive style and they are, for the most part, consistent in how they present themselves to the world. Confidence is always attractive.

Jacqueline said...

Interesting topic...yes please, let's continue the conversation...but perhaps broaden it by asking the question..what is it exactly that makes these older women so beautiful? I think the answer will be much larger than their looks.

Anonymous said...

I thought you all might enjoy seeing this beautiful 59yr old woman get a MAC makeover...She makes gray hair look sexy, I wish I had the guts to pull it off. Glad that MAC chose an older woman for this new campaign.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkJbo6T-418

Carolyn C said...

More! Interesting how you can see inner beauty and those that have little joy in their lives.

Debora said...

I'm enjoying the series immensely. By all means, continue! It's inspiring to see women of age who are so lovely.

carol said...

Please do continue the series. It's wonderful to see shots of these beautiful women.. Julie Christie is still so gorgeous !

Mr Lonely said...

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Villette said...

I was so glad you included the divine Joanna Lumley in yesterday's list -- today I've just seen an interview with her in a British magazine. 'It is important for women to be daring and not worry about what people say,' she said. 'I love what people might call mutton-dressed-as-lamb.' As for how an older woman should wear her hair:'People often say you can't have long hair over 40. B******* to that! I want long hair and I'm going to keep my long hair.' That kind of attitude is what, I'd guess, has kept her happily married for many years to a (much, much) younger man.

Anonymous said...

Love the series. All of the women you have posted have had some work done. The key is 'good' work vs 'bad'. I think in their business they can look good for their age, yet maintain their identity and class.

Thank you for giving us examples of how we should look at this advancing issue.

California Girl said...

Thanks to Anon. who posted the MAC video makeover of a "woman of a certain age". Wow!

She looked absolutely fantastic when they finished w/ her. Granted, she is tall and lean and the moe tailored, less fussy outfits suited her best. But it is a wonderful transformation.

I wonder what "sassy" thing she said?

I want one1!!

Melissa said...

Great series and totally appropriate for your blog. Keep it up. Most of the women looked fantastic, but I do wish Mary McFadden would do something with her hair colour. Jet black on an aging face just looks terribly ageing. She would probably look stunning if she went grey.

L'age moyen said...

I love seeing all these faces - whether they've had work done or not, however, I prefer the no work versions. Is it fair to say that most of the women who've had work done are from the U.S.? Or am I just not a good judge of more subtle forms of 'work'?

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