13 thoughts on “Top 5 Older Women in Frock Flicks

  1. Does Kristin Scott Thomas count? She was excellent in Bel Ami.

    And I loved your choices. Thompson, Streep, Bonham Carter, Mirren, Dench are who I want to be when I grow up. Well, I’m an adult, but I admire them immensely. But what about iconic actresses of past years? Katherine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Claudia Cardinale are a few that comes to mind.

    1. Definitely Kate Hepburn in The Lion in Winter. Older than O’Toole—as Eleanor was older than Henry—she comes off sexy, potent, and not the least biddy-fied.

      1. Please do. And Darkest Hour is on my to see list. It’s just too busy at work to do anything else afterwards but recuperate at home with a glass or two of wine.

  2. I agree that Katherine Hepburn’s Eleanor of Aquitaine oosed power & sex.
    But what about Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? I felt that her portrayal of a successful wife, mother & business woman was what women strove for in their lives in the decades following.

  3. Can I juat say, that if you’re in your 40s [I have no clue -but assuming you weren’t a child when you met your husband] then you’re already in your 5th decade. Just to make you miserable lol

  4. I did like Julie Walters in Indian Summer, but I can’t think of any other historical movies/shows she’s done. Though I’m sure there must be some.

  5. What about Greta Scacchi? She is a very good actress (this could be seen e. g. in her supporting roles in “War and Peace” and “Versailles”). Plus, she is ageing gracefully, naturally, without the doubtful help of Botox, fillers and lifftings that make look one’s face like a immovable wax mask. Besides, such look is not appropriate in period films …

    1. I would like to add an apology: I should have read your article thoroughly first, before mentioning Greta Scacchi in “War and Peace” and “Versailles”, because in these two productions she has played the role of mothers … BIG FACEPALM. Well, when it comes to actresses over forty portraying sexy, seductive characters in period films Amira Casar as beautiful “Beatrice” in “Versailles” comes to my mind.

  6. There are several great Chinese actresses just now in their early 50s – Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, and Maggie Cheung. I don’t think any of them have done historicals since turning 50 but several did great ones in their 40s and all are still active, so I have high hopes for something good there.

  7. How about Fanny Ardant as Mary of Guise in Elizabeth (1998 version) She is strong and glamourous and so appealing in that movie.

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