I always seem to hear young women talk about old, “distinguished” actors the same way I hear old, “distinguished” guys talk about young actresses. I can’t count the times I’ve had to hear a woman talk about how she would still make love to Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson and Harrison Ford. Seriously, I wish my girlfriend would talk about something else. Anyway, I got to thinking and wondering why I rarely hear men talk about older “distinguished” actresses. We live in an era now where many Hollywood actresses over 50 are just as sexy as their junior colleagues. So I decided to put together my own list of Hollywood actresses I think are still sexy even though they are way older than I. The main criteria I put on the list is that the actresses have to be at least 5 years older than my own age for me to realistically consider them “older.” That prevents me from listing actresses such as Michelle Pfeiffer and Sharon Stone who may be on the list of you youngsters. And I included one actress who is now deceased simply because I had such a crush on her when I was a kid and found her sexy throughout her entire life and career. It’s my list, these are my rules.

Is this list sexist? Well, yeah, probably. Now read on…

Suzanne Pleshette

Born: January 31, 1937, Died: January 19, 2008

Known for:

40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)
The Birds (1963)
The Ugly Dachshund (1965)
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)

The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
The Bob Newhart Show (1972 – 1978)
Will and Grace (2002–2004)


Born: April 28, 1941

Known for:

State Fair (1962)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Kitten with a Whip (1964)
Tommy (1975)
The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Lucky (2011)


Diane Keaton

Born: January 5, 1946

Known for:

The Godfather (1972)
Annie Hall (1977)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Manhattan (1979)
Father of the Bride (1991)
The First Wives Club (1996)
Marvin’s Room (1996)
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)


Mary McDonnell

Born: April 28, 1952

Known for:

Dances with Wolves (1990)
Grand Canyon (1991)
Passion Fish (1992)
Sneakers (1992)
Independence Day (1996)
Mumford  (1999)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Battlestar Galactica (2004 – 2009)


Kathleen Quinlan

Born: November 19, 1954

Known for:

American Graffiti (1973)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
The Doors (1991)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Breakdown (1997)
My Giant (1998)
Family Law (1999 – 2002)
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)


Lena Olin

Born: March 22, 1955

Known for:

Fanny and Alexander (1982)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Enemies, A Love Story (1989)
Romeo is Bleeding (1993)
Mystery Men (1999)
Chocolat (2000)
The United States of Leland (2003)
Alias ( 2002 – 2006)

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