I’ve been thinking a lot about getting old. Because I am.

I’ve been thinking a lot about plastic surgery. Because I’d never do it.

I’ve always had the utmost respect for beautiful women who allow themselves to age gracefully, but it seems to be a process you don’t see very often anymore.

There’s Elizabeth Taylor who spent her final days looking like a clown and obsessing over Michael Jackson.

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liz taylor

There’s Meg Ryan. America’s Sweetheart went from fresh-faced to freak show.

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Oh, and the self-proclaimed “world’s first supermodel” Janice Dickinson whose hideous face is only rivaled by her foul demeanor.

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I long for the days of old, when gorgeous Hollywood starlets embraced their wrinkles and graying hair.

We all grow old, God willing.

We all die.

So, here’s to the glamorous ladies who didn’t waste their later life waging the uphill battle to look like a teenager.

They didn’t all end up looking gorgeous, but that is the real beauty in how they lived.

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Rita Hayworth

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esther williams

Esther Williams

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lauren bacall

Lauren Bacall

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donna reed

Donna Reed

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Ginger Rogers

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lana turner

Lana Turner

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Bette Davis

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