There was a time when an actress or female entertainer who crossed over into their 40s was put to out to the proverbial pasture. It was a hill and they were over it. But times, they have changed. These days some of the hottest, sexiest, most in demand stars are over the age of 40. From the “most beautiful woman in the world,” to ravishing dames who turn heads every where they go, to actresses who continue to get the “girlfriend” roles not the wife or mother gigs that you’d think their age would dictate. It’s inspiring, refreshing and just shows that 40 is just a number.
Check out these amazing women who are all still foxy, fabulous…and working in Hollywood after the age of 40.
Over 40 and Fab 1 of 20
Halle Berry 2 of 20
Age = 46
Halle Berry always makes the short list of the world's most beautiful women and she's on it no matter what age she is. And now, at age 46, she is expecting her second child. Ageless indeed.
Penelope Cruz 3 of 20
It is being rumored that Penelope Cruz, who is currently pregnant with her second child, could be cast the a "Bond Girl," in the next James Bond thriller. If so, when they began filming, she would be the oldest Bond girl ever at the age of 40. (She's actually 39 right now).
Jennifer Lopez 4 of 20
Age = 43
Check out this woman above, she is 43. Yes, 43. J-Lo continues to look gorgeous, better than ever actually. Think of her when she was a youngin' on Living Color or in Selena, she looks far more chic now.
Jennifer Aniston 5 of 20
Jennifer Aniston is getting ready to get married again, and still looks like she's a youthful bride. As for being over 40 the star said, "All of a sudden you're labeled, you're a number," she tells talk-show host Rachael Ray. "It's like, 'Wow for your age, not so bad.' It's like what?!" She added, "all of a sudden they're making it sound like life is coming very shortly to an end," she explains. "It's weird."
Gwyneth Paltrow 6 of 20
Gwyneth Paltrow was recently named People Magazine's most beautiful woman in the world, and it happened right after she turned forty.
Heather Graham 7 of 20
Age = 43
The Hangover star is 43, and still looks the same as she did she she started acting years and years ago. She may have once been "Roller Girl" but always a rockin' girl, but she is still very much ravishing.
Nicole Kidman 8 of 20
Age = 45
Nicole Kidman continues to age gracefully, a very regal way to be in one's mid 40s. She has embraced her age in a way that is very refined.
Heidi Klum 9 of 20
Heidi Klum = 40
Supermodel Heidi Klum is now forty and she shows no signs of slowing down. She has four kids, is a TV host, travels the world and has a new boyfriend (her body guard). She told Ellen DeGeneres that "Forty is the new 30."
Denise Richards 10 of 20
Age = 42
Denise Richards has really embraced, and is enjoying, her 40s. She told Access Hollywood that, "I feel better now than I did in my 20s."
Jennifer Garner 11 of 20
Age = 41
Mom of three and movie star Jennifer Garner is now 41, and still has that youthful glow that made her famous.
Lucy Lui 12 of 20
Age = 44
Lucy Lui has been worked in an office (Ally McBeal) has been an angel (in Charlie's Angels), and is now Sherlock's Watson in Elementary, but one thing for sure, she always looks amazing and completely ageless.
Cindy Crawford 13 of 20
Age = 47
She is like the queen of super models who looks just as hot if not hotter than models half her age (which for those of you bad at match would be 23 1/2).
Salma Hayek 14 of 20
Age = 46
Salma Hayek is one hot mama, she always sizzles on the red carpet. Can you believe she is 46? She really has aged gracefully.
Cameron Diaz 15 of 20
Age = 40
She will always be Mary of Something About Mary fame to me, youthful, spunky and adorable. She said to Esquire about turning 40:
"For the first time in my life I'm content. I'm so excited. Getting older is the best part of life. Like, I know more than I've ever known. I have gratitude. I know myself better. I feel more capable than ever. And as far as the physicality of it I feel better at 40 than I did at 25. I'm so excited. Getting older is the best part of life. Like, I know more than I've ever known."
Sharon Stone 16 of 20
Age = 55
Okay, Sharon Stone is NOT in her 40s anymore...but just look at her, wouldn't you think she would be in her 40s (at the oldest)? Can you believe she is 55!?!
Sarah Jessica Parker 17 of 20
Age = 48
Yup, Carried Bradshaw is almost 50! The Sex in the City star and mom of three really looks exactly the same as when she starred on the massively huge hit.
Jenny McCarthy 18 of 20
Age = 40
Jenny McCarthy said of turning 40, "I sadly have the same thought that my parents say every birthday which is, 'I don't feel that old.' So, I have decided to make my mindset 40 is the new 15. Okay, fine - the new 22," she told People.
Rachel Weisz 19 of 20
I recently was looking through a slew of vintage Rachel Weisz photos via Google Images and I came to a conclusion, she looks so much better now. She has a maturity, a style and and overall beauty that really shines now that she is in her 40s.
Uma Thurman 20 of 20
Age = 43
Look at that photo above, Uma Thurman is so calm, confident and totally refined. She made headlines with her head turning appearance at Cannes, and for good reason. She looked amazing!
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