There was a time when 30 was the age of doomsday, with actresses vying for every role they could before they hit the threes and were relegated to motherly parts and the small smattering of older-women supporting gigs. A wrinkle was a sign of the end, rather than a life well-lived.
Now, considering how many early-20-somethings get facial work and Botox these days, one would assume that nothing has changed. But there's a new world opening up in Hollywood, one that's letting 40-, 50- and 60-year-old actresses play a lot more than just mom or granny, and many now wonder if we're witnessing a new era in Hollywood.
Reporting from the AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards, the L.A. Times notes that "comments about a new era trickled down from the podium." In 'Another Year,' star Leslie Manville's words: "Women over 40, women over 50, women over 60, are playing roles that are sexy and sexual and interesting and intelligent."