Lady Gallery: 125 Smokin’ Hot Actresses, Musicians, Directors & Models Over 45

When we wrote last week about the Allure survey that revealed lesbians love dating women 10 or more years older than them, you all came in your pants and then also requested an over-40 gallery. 40 seems super-young to us though, so we went ahead and made an executive decision that what you actually wanted was a gallery of over-50s, but then we realized that Tami Taylor is only 46, so we made an executive decision that it’d be a 45+ gallery. (You know what’s really hard? Finding photographs of famous women that haven’t been airbrushed so you can actually tell how old they are in the picture! Wrinkles are sexy and airbrushing ruins everything, sigh.) Members of the LGBT community are indicated as such in parentheses.

125 Smokin’ Hot Actresses, Musicians, Models & Directors Over 45

 


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    Wow. These are some of my favorite people in movies and such. Now I understand another reason I love them so much.

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      I love watching Nigella on t.v. She can make mudcakes seem delicious AND sexy enough to eat.

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    Mary Steenburgen (and Elisabeth Shue!) in Back to the Future, Part 3 were easily my first lady crushes. 7 year old me just sat there for the entire two hours with butterflies in my stomach and thinking, “I am a fan…………of YOUR FACE!”

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    I’m in love with the way the new gallery works. (This is new, yes? I haven’t been doing it wrong this whole time, have I?)

    Also, y’know. The ladies. Let’s hear it for the BSG representation.

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    I’ve recently started watching Doctor Who, and Alex Kingston is officially at the top of my MILF list. I mean, that hair is just….unf.

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      My first experience was of her on ER and I thought she was so gorgeous. BUT THEN River Song came along and she just solidified her place as the woman of my dreams. That HAIR. I want to grab it in handfuls in a fit of lustful passion.

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        “grab it in handfuls in a fit of lustful passion” is the perfect wording for expressing the feelings i have re: alex kingston’s hair.

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    Oh my, it’s like my fairy gaymother smiled upon me today. Excuse me while I sigh in admiration and attraction. And may I say, to whoever included the gorgeous Juhi Chawla, you have excellent taste.

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    I have died, I am dead. You have officially outdone yourselves.
    ::Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover playing in background::

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    AHHHHH, Joan Chen!!! (inner fangirl showing)
    Also, I totally remember Khandi Alexander as the doctor that does autopsy in CSI: Miami (R.I.P.)

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    Riese, I love you so much for putting this gallery up. Toni Braxton is my future lady. I was hoping to see her on here and my heart skipped a beat when I did. I’m so crazy about her…no words can describe how I feel and I seriously mean that. After seeing her and the rest of the women on this list I can “breathe again”.

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    I’ve had a huge crush on Sigourney Weaver for as long as I can remember. Watching her do battle with the queen in Aliens = pure heaven.

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    Oh, kd. Had a crush on her ever since I was in high school and saw the video for Trail of Broken Hearts and couldn’t tell if she was a boy or a girl and quickly became obsessed with waiting for that video to replay on VH1.

    Also, swoon @ Cheryl Dunye, one of my other first crushes.

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    The question is: where are Julianna Margulies, Anna Chancellor and Christine Baranski? I know, I know. There’re only 125 spots. Make it 200 and also include Penny Downie, ’cause she is a babe.

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    Lauren Velez, Alison Janey, Viola Davis, Meryl, Jamie Lee Curtis, Angela Bassett, Toni Braxton, Connie Britton (forever and ever and ever), Elizabeth Pena, Jennifer Beals (BETTE PORTER!), Melissa De Sousa, Pam Grier, Alfre Woodward, Mary Louise Parker, Juilanne More, Felicia Rashad, Annette Bening, and (omg!!!) Kate Walsh.

    Autostraddle, you continue to know me so well. These are the crushes that I tell few about. It’s like you went into my SOUL, haha.

    (only sad part is that Gina Torres missed the cutoff by 2 years. Let’s do this again some day!)

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    This is one of very few posts on any AS gallery I find myself enjoying waaaaay too much. Like Lynn Whitfield, YEEEEEEESSSSSS!

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    I appreciate the Salma Hayek photo, thank you AS 🙂

    and kd lang is the hottest woman alive.

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    How had I NEVER REALISED that I had such a thing for older women? Thank you Autostraddle for revealing yet another part of myself.

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    ah! I want to send this to my 48-year-old stepmom who is so super awesome and a director and just gave birth to twins. But alas I cannot bring myself to send her something with the term “came in your pants” in the intro paragraph. We haven’t reached that level in the stepmom/stepdaughter relationship.

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    Jennifer Beals will be 50 this year and doesn’t look like she’s aged much at all. I want to know her secret. I pray I look as good as she does when I’m her age.

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    I may have experienced brain fuzz due to so much beauty, but um where is CARRIE FISHER??!? Did I miss her?

    My first (and still) all consuming crush. I was 5 years old.

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    What a fantastic gallery! Super happy about Elaine Miles, Tilda Swinton and Sigourney Weaver though everyone is looking mighty fine

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    There are so many things in this world that just get better with age. Women are definitely one of those things!

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    All hail the BSG representation, but WHERE is Michelle Forbes? My ultimate celebrity crush!

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      Seriously! For all the things I’ve seen her in, the one thing I can definitively tell you is: She was in it. Which is really all that’s required. Mmm.

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      Ugh, she was SO HOT on BSG. And then again on True Blood.

      Also, this has just reminded me of how fine Adrienne Barbeau was in Carnivale—she needs to be on this list, too!

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    I *literally* just created an account just so that I could commend you guys on the diversity of women represented in these photos. I mean, obviously age, but also race/sexuality/size/(dis)ability, really almost everything I could think of. It’s rare to be able to see all types of folks being celebrated as sexy. I think it is why I come back to this list time and time again. Thank you, autostraddle!

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