Revisiting The Younger Years of Hollywood’s Favorite Natural Beauties

This article was originally published on PopularEverything.com and has been republished to For What Its Earth with permission.

We have seen these charming women walk the red carpet. We know their faces and know very well that they’ve been in the business for years and therefore deserve some respect. However, what people don’t know is that these respected actresses and models were once well known for their unstoppable beauty. Looking at their older pictures is like visiting a museum. Beauty in today’s media is a lot different than beauty back in the day.

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Looking at these women will give us a glimpse and appreciation for a woman’s natural beauty. Whereas today we’re all trying to obtain the same type of beauty, back then people owned what their mama gave them and embraced their curves and unique imperfections!

Ursula Andress Back Then

Swiss things are usually of high quality. That’s why we’re not surprised at how stunning Ursula Andress was back in the day.

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The Swiss-born TV star and former model appeared in American, Italian, and British films.

What She Looks Like Now is Stunning…

Ursula Andress Today

Clearly, her beauty and skills were relevant in all corners of the earth.

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She’s also a legend as she was the Bond girl Honey Ryder in the 1st James Bond film!

Martha Stewart Back Then

Martha Stuart is our favorite housewife. She had a run in with the law a few years back but even then she was able to rebuild her career.

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We know her as a pro-DIY star but she actually also used to be known for her stunning looks.

Martha Stuart Today

Young Martha Stuart modeled for years before she landed her own television show.

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She’s still a stunner today but who knew how gorgeous she was back then.

Kirstie Alley Back Then

Kirstie Alley is most famous now for the fact that she’s dropped so much weight on the Jenny Craig diet.

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Her acting career was kicking off and then suddenly she hit a little road bump in life causing her to put on some pounds.

Kirstie Alley Today

When she gained so much attention for her role as the face of Jenny Craig, people forgot how stunning she was in her 20’s.

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No wonder she was so motivated to lose the weight. She knew how much potential she had when living a healthy lifestyle.

Dolly Parton Back Then

This beauty grew up in a small town with a big dream inside her heart.

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She grabbed her guitar and showed the world what she’s made of. Although she’s stunning, her looks were not the focus of her career. Dolly’s talent is what got her to fame.

Dolly Parton Today

Dolly wound up having her own label, restaurant business, amusement park, and the title “Queen of Country Music.”

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She’s an inspirational go-getter that is beautiful inside and out. Fun fact: Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’s godmother.

Goldie Hawn Back Then

Goldie Hawn was a star actress. Today we see her as a role model in the way that she and her boyfriend were able to stay together throughout their life in the limelight.

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She and her boyfriend have been together for years but never tied the knot. Perhaps that’s the secret to true love in Hollywood.

Goldie Hawn Today

Before her daughter grew up to be a star, Hawn was a stunner who held all the spotlight on her.

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Her daughter looks just like she did. You might see her picture when she was younger and think “hey that’s Kate Hudson.”

Cybill Lynne Shepherd Back Then

Shepherd is an American actress and singer. She’s most known for her role in the movie “The Last Picture Show,” “Taxi,” and “The Heartbreak Kid.”

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When she walks the red carpet today we see her as an acting legend but we may not remember that this beauty was actually a model at one point in her life.

Cybill Lynne Shepherd Today

It’s hard to believe that the previous picture was actually her when she was younger.

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She might look a heck of a lot different today, but there’s no denying that she’s still stunning.

Betty White Back Then

Betty White is 96 years old and is one of the most charming and beloved women in Hollywood.

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Back in the day, she had no idea that her acting career was going to flourish for years and years to come.

Betty White Today

The younger folks know her as an elderly woman who is simply hilarious but they have no idea how much of a head turner she was 30 years ago.

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She’s the woman with the longest acting career in history and shes still going.

Jamie Lee Curtis Back Then

Jamie Lee Curtis has a classic and lovely mom look. She has the short gray hair and the sweet sweet smile.

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Someone who doesn’t know about her older acting gigs might have no idea about what a head turner she once was.

Jamie Lee Curtis Today

She was every man’s dream! It’s shocking to think she ever had long hair but now we know she can rock any look.

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One thing that stands out about this actress is that she does not fight the aging process. She looks stunning with grey and short hair. Unlike the rest of the red carpet, there is nothing plastic about her.

Madonna Back Then

Madonna is that mysterious yet outgoing and restricted celebrity that were all trying to understand.

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She was the queen of the ’80s and will be an icon for the rest of history.

Madonna Today

Madonna is still gorgeous to this day, but she used to look totally different.

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Generation Y may not know this, but Madonna used to be one of the most gorgeous, style icons of her time. She set her own rules that her fans were happy to follow.

Meryl Streep Back Then

Meryl Streep is a hero in the acting industry! She won so many prestigious acting awards that we might need an entire article entirely about her.

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Her acting skills are as stunning as her looks. Over the years she’s changed so much, but she’s still got that wow factor.

Meryl Streep Today

Today, the youngsters know her as the cold-hearted boss from the movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” but they need to see just how timeless her looks are.

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She was a beautiful woman then and shes a beautiful woman today.

Elizabeth Taylor Back Then

Elizabeth Taylor is a British-born America star. She’s an actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian.

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Her career began as a child actress in the 1940’s. She went on to be considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.

Elizabeth Taylor Now

Once the world noticed how beautiful she was, her career kicked off and seemed to keep kicking off for decades.

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We see her on the red carpet as a classy woman but, for those of you who forgot, Liz was always stunning.

Pam Grier Back Then

Pam Grier attracted the limelight in the early 1970s when she starred as a string of African woman in prison and several “blaxploitation” films including “Coffy,” “Foxy Brown,” and “Sheba Baby.”

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She stole the hearts of countless men with her striking looks.

Pam Grier Today

This foxy lady is more recently known for her role on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

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Behind her role on this sophisticated show, she was the most Foxy girl in the ’70s and we should never forget that.

Angelica Huston Back Then

Huston made her way from being an actress to being a director, producer, and author.

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She climbed the latter of success for more reasons than one. We don’t want to discredit her talent but we are sure her unique look had something to do with it.

Angelica Huston Today

Age did Angelica well but beauty like this cannot be forgotten. Angelica was and still is unstoppable.

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She is the definition of a woman who can do it all!

Charlotte Rampling Back Then

Rampling is most famous for her European arthouse films that are in English, French and Italian.

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Her acting career remained stable over the years. Now think about it, can you find this type of natural beauty on the red carpet today? We didn’t think so…

Charlotte Rampling Now

Despite her incredibly exceptional acting skills, she can’t help but be noticed for her looks.

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Rampling did have a modeling career and everyone needs to look at photos of her as a gorgeous young woman.

Isabelle Rossellini Back Then

Rossellini is a woman that makes people get down on their knees and thank the gods of Italy for granting us with such a beautiful woman!

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Her striking stare was so captivating it was almost like a spell was pulling you in.

Isabelle Rossellini Today

The Italian actress, filmmaker, author and philanthropist saw her name in lights after she wowed people when she modeled for Lancome.

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Her modeling career is over but she’s focusing on her inner beauty as a philanthropist.

Liza Minnelli Back Then

Liza Minnelli is best known for her academy award winning performance in “Cabaret.”

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She’s a stunning actress, there’s no doubt about that. She went from musicals to non-musical-screen performances and then she went on to do some comedic roles.

Liza Minnelli Today

The youngsters might recognize her for her funny role in the show “Arrested Development” but they might not know how beautiful Liza was back in the day and they totally should.

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Liza has us falling in love with her as she makes us laugh, she is a true beauty inside and out.

Maggie Smith Back Then

Maggie Smith is the ever most magical and sympathetic professors in the Harry Potter film series.

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The London-born actress won multiple awards throughout her career, including a Tony in 1990.

Maggie Smith Now

To put her success in perspective we’d like to mention that Smith starred in 50 films.

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Today she is applauded for her skills but once upon a time she was a total jaw-dropper.

Catherine Deneuve Back Then

This French beauty hits the trifecta when it comes to talent. She acted, sang and modeled.

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Her looks were more than striking and they still are. She usually starred in movies as an aloof and mysterious woman.

Catherine Deneuve Now

Cathrine’s beauty and talent landed her on screens in both France and the United States.

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She was smoking hot, that’s for sure! She pretty much ages like wine!

Emma Thompson Back Then

Emma Thompson is an example of an actress who excelled in her career without focusing on the glamor.

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She says “A lot of very beautiful woman can be in pain because all they’re thinking about it how they look.” She’s totally right on that one.

Emma Thompson Today

Thompson recently starred in the movie “Nanny Mcphee” who is notably unfavorable in her appearance.

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However, even with all that makeup that was supposed to make her look ugly, you can’t help but notice how beautiful she is!

Brigitte Bardot Back Then

You may know her as a die-hard animal rights activist today, but once upon a time, Bridgit Bardot was THE sex symbol of the 1950s.

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She acted in multiple movies and flaunted her unparalleled beauty as a fashion model.

Brigitte Bardot Today

You’ll find anything from nail polish colors to dive bars named after this beauty queen.

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She went down in history for simply wowing the world with a little thing called natural beauty.

Diana Ross Back Then

The American singer, songwriter, and actress wowed crowds across the world when she was the lead vocalist of the famous girl band, The Supremes.

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She guided her girls to be the most successful act in Motown in the 1960s.

Diana Ross Today

Some might even say that Diana and her band of beautiful women were the best performing girl groups of all time!

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Aside from her awesome skills, Ross was, hands-down a gorgeous girl both inside and out!

Faye Dunaway Back Then

The Acadamy Award Winner, Faye Dunaway is beautiful to this day.

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However, Most people have no idea that back in the day, she was notorious for her blonde bombshell looks.

Faye Dunaway Today

The actress starred in the show “It Had to Be You,” “The Starlet,” “Anonymous Rex,” and so many more!

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Her presence dripped in jaw-dropping beauty on and off the screen.

Diane Keaton Back Then

Diane Keaton started her career out on stage and eventually worked her way up to be a big-screen star and, later, a producer.

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Her sophisticated look is unique. She is truly one of the most beautiful women on the red carpet.

Diane Keaton Today

She doesn’t work in pesty contacts, she rocks her glasses, even on the red carpet! She’s bold and she knows it!

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In 1977 Diane Keaton won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The award is well deserved.

Mary Tyler Moore Back Then

Mary Tyler Moore made her name by starring in multiple TV sitcoms in the USA. One of these sitcoms was even named after her.

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This old-school beauty starred as the main character in the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” where she acted as a news producer in Minneapolis.

Mary Tyler Moore Today

Other shows Mary Tyler Moore starred in include “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and “Laura Petrie.”

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Just one look at her current photos will hint how gorgeous she was back in the day… because she still is!

Jessica Lange Back Then

Lange is more than just a stunning woman. The American actress is a two-time Academy Award winner, and hold several other trophies for her career accomplishments on the big screen.

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Most people don’t recognize her today. She looks totally different but still maintains the same amount of beauty.

Jessica Lange Today

She is listed, amongst 24 others, as one of the Greatest Actresses in the 90’s. She’s also achieved the Triple Crown of Acting!

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Although she was famously beautiful, she’s accomplished so much to prove that beauty is not her only quality! Most recently, you can catch her incredible performance as a reoccurring star on the “American Horror Story” series.

Helen Mirren Back Then

Merren started her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company back in the late ’60s.

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She is among the few actresses to achieve the Triple Crown Award.

Helen Mirren Today

Her role as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen” landed her an Academy Award.

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Acting aside, Mirren stunned audiences with her very elegant and beautiful look. The ’70s had its eyes on this beauty.

Susan Sarandon Back Then

Susan Sarandon is quite the familiar face. The actress started out her career on Broadway where she won awards early on in her working years.

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She shifted her focus from the stage to television where she landed herself six Emmy Award nominations.

Susan Sarandon Today

Her most recent film was in 2017 where she played a young Bette Davis.

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This performance got her a couple of Emmy nominations for producing and acting as well.

Melanie Griffith Back Then

This stunner went mainstream with her acting, she appeared in multiple independent films where she caught the attention of several producers.

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Her straight blonde hair and laid back look had the guys drooling!

Melanie Griffith Today

What really pushed her fame was her role in the thriller “Body Double.” The movie was an absolute hit.

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Today she still wows people with her beauty, but, boy was she a gem back in the day!

Robin Wright Back Then

Wright’s face can be seen in the popular Netflix series “House of Cards,” but for those of you who didn’t know, this beauty was a super hot star in the late ’80s, ’90s, and 00s as well.

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Robin is most famous for her role in the timeless film “Princess Bride.”

Robin Wright Today

After she starred in this lead role, she was landing jobs left and right.

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If you don’t know her from Princess Bride, you surely know her as Jenny from “Forrest Gump“. Seems like everything she acts in turns to gold!

Jane Seymour Back Then

Jane is famously known for her role in the James Bond film, “Live and Let Die.”

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She also caught Hollywood’s attention with her roles in the movies; “Somewhere in Time,” “East of Eden,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “War and Remembrance” and much much more.

Jane Seymour Today

She never really focused her career in the modeling world but she easily could have achieved so much in the fashion industry.

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She was and still is so beautiful. Some people find a way to beat the stigma about aging and beauty. She is one of them.

Kelly McGillis Back Then

Wow is the only word that’s appropriate to describe Kelly’s beauty back in the day.

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Pictures of her working early on in her acting career all showcase her undeniable beauty.

Kelly McGillis Today

She’s known for her incredible acting when she starred as Charlie in the movie “Top Gun.”

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She and Tom Cruise nailed their role’s. For years, people thought them to be the ideal couple.

Jane Fonda Back Then

Everyone knows who Jane Fonda is. She’s been in so many films that it’s impossible for anyone to deny seeing her face once or twice in their lives.

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Fonda is a two-time Academy Award winner and a four-time Golden Globe winner!

Jane Fonda Today

She used to be a model, fitness guru, and a regular on the red carpet. Today, she focuses on political activism.

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Jane is a super beauty, even today! But she was a stunner on a whole other level back when she was young.

Judi Dench Young Back Then

Judi is one of the most accomplished artists of her time. Her career in the film industry lasted a whopping 60 years.

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Judi performed in theatre, film, and TV. She’s a highly respected actress who has the looks of a goddess.

Judi Dench Young Today

This beautiful woman aged with absolute grace. She is in no way fake or plastic, yet she still manages to be a show-stopper.

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There is something about her that gives her this royal presence. It’s unexplainable but people who’ve seen her in real life will agree.

Jessica Walter Back Then

Jessica Walter is probably one of the funniest actresses in Hollywood. We know her today as the cold-hearted mother from the comedy-TV show, “Arrested Development.”

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However, most of the millennials have no idea that she was such a looker back in the day.

Jessica Walter Today

Jessica Walter acted in the movies, “Play Misty for Me,” “The Group,” and “Grand Pix.”

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Jessica is in no way, unrecognizable today. She maintained her classy looks over the years and is still a stunner.

Priscilla Presley Back Then

Priscilla Presley is referred to as the only woman who stole Elvi’s Presley’s heart. Lets put it this way:

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He was the most wanted man on earth and he chose her! She was beautiful inside and out.

Priscilla Presley Today

She moved in with him when she was 14 and continued to grow into a beautiful woman. Her looks can never be matched.

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Let’s also not forget that she was married to the most handsome man to walk the earth, Elvis.

Sophia Loren Back Then

Sophia Loren is an Italian actress and singer who brought her fame to the USA.

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One of her famous quotes is; “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”

Sophia Loren Today

If you want to know what true beauty is, it will totally be worth your while to refresh your memory and look at how gorgeous this woman was.

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Her beauty is lasting. Even today, she looks like a star. She was and still is a beauty icon.

Raquel Welch Back Then

Raquel is a gorgeous woman at 77. She was first recognized for her role in “Fantastic Voyage.”

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From that moment on her career kicked off as an actress and then a singer.

Raquel Welch Today

Welch’s TV appearance continued for so many years that we forget how amazingly gorgeous she was when she was young.

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Her looks back then would trump any model these days.

Tara Reid Back Then

Tara Donna Reid was easily the most wanted Hollywood celebrity in the ’90s.

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Tara is most famously known for her role as Vicky in the American Pie films. In 2013 Tara starred in the show Sharknado for five straight seasons.

Tara Reid Today

Today she hardly shows her face on the screens but she’s still big on the scene.

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You’ll find her at any high-end event as she’s earned her spot in Hollywood.