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 deserve some respect. However, what people don’t know is that these iconic actresses and models were once well known for their incredible beauty. But we have to keep in mind that what we found beauty back in the day could be very different from now.
Looking at these women will give us a glimpse and appreciation for their truly 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. Take a look at how gorgeous she was back in 1964 – the bright red color she’s wearing looks perfect with her strawberry blonde locks.
The Swiss-born TV star and former model appeared in American, Italian, and British films. But she got her big break after appearing as Bond girl Honey Ryder in the first-ever Bond movie, Dr. No. But you might recognize her from other films like The Southern Star, The 10th Victim, and Perfect Friday.
What She Looks Like Now is Stunning…
Ursula Andress Today
Clearly, her beauty and skills were relevant in all corners of the earth. Today, she’s 85 years old but still looks absolutely amazing. So much so that it’s hard to believe that there is over half a century between this photo and the photo before.
Not only has she managed to retain her glowing beauty, but her eyes are still as piercing as they were in her twenties. And she even opts for a similar honey blonde hair color, which complements her complexion perfectly. She truly is one of the iconic beauties of yesteryear.
Martha Stewart Back Then
Martha Stuart is everyone’s favorite housewife. She had a run in with the law a few years back but even then she was able to rebuild her career. We know her as a pro-DIY star but she actually also used to be known for her stunning looks. From her big doe eyes to her adorable smile, she certainly got a lot of attention.
Some of us will remember that when she was still just a young woman, she wasn’t blonde like we know her to be today. Her natural hair color is actually brunette, and when she used to wear it looked amazing on her. But take a look and see how great she still looks today.
Martha Stuart Today
Young Martha Stuart modeled for years before she landed her own television show. So maybe it’s no surprise that she’s still super hot despite the fact that she’s almost 80 years old. Now, she dyes her hair a warm-toned blonde and it suits her at this age just perfectly.
Ever since Marth Stewart returned to her business empire she’s been turning over a profit. She’s even light-hearted about the subject of her prison sentence when asked about it in public. Many of us have seen her participate in the hilarious TV show Comedy Central Roast, which just makes us love her all the more.
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. She first garnered fame for portraying Rebecca Howe on the hit sitcom Cheers throughout the late 80s to early 90s. The role saw her win both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance.
It wasn’t long after her acting career started kicking off when she suddenly she hit a little road bump in life causing her to put on some pounds. As we can see above, she used to look like a 90s supermodel in her early days, so the change must have been difficult for her to manage.
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. Before she became a household name she really did exhibit a lot of natural beauty. As time went on, however, she was still a stunningly beautiful woman.
As most of us experience, her style evolved and she no longer looked how she used to. Now, her long golden brown hair looks so natural on her but she used to be a much darker brunette. Kirstie ended up losing a lot of the weight she had gained, but we think she looked amazing regardless.
Dolly Parton Back Then
This beauty grew up in a small town with a big dream inside her heart. Take a look at Dolly Parton in the photo below – she was the definition of a natural beauty. From her big blue eyes to her sparkling white teeth, she really had everything going for her in her younger days.
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. The fact that she was a natural beauty in her twenties is something that often goes overlooked.
Dolly Parton Today
Dolly wound up having her own label, restaurant business, amusement park, and the title “Queen of Country Music.” She has also undergone a lot of cosmetic procedures over the years to keep her sparkling as always. Some are critical of her over it, but we think she looks amazing.
She’s an inspirational go-getter that is beautiful inside and out. Her eyes still glisten like they used to, and her personal sense of style has evolved and matured. We hope to look like Dolly does when we’re 75 years old, too. And here’s a fun fact – Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’s godmother!
Goldie Hawn Back Then
Goldie Hawn was a star actress back in her heyday. Today, she’s known to be a role model in the way that she and her boyfriend were able to stay together throughout their life in the limelight. She started out her career as a dancer originally, before expanding into the acting industry.
As we can see above, she was a real beauty back in the 60s. It’s not a surprise that she got into show business eventually. Her big expressive eyes and long blonde hair were a hit with audiences, and she’s been able to enjoy three decades in Hollywood because of it.
Goldie Hawn Today
Goldie and her partner have been together for years but never tied the knot, leading many to question whether that’s the secret to true love in Hollywood. Now at 75 years old, Hawn is still a major stunner who’s managed to keep her spark all these years.
Her famous daughter Kate Hudson is also the spitting image of herself. She inherited her mother’s big blue eyes and golden blonde hair, as well as a successful career in Hollywood. And we bet she’s hoping she looks as amazing as Goldie does at her age.
Cybill Lynne Shepherd Back Then
Shepherd is an American actress and singer who is best known for her roles in the movies “The Last Picture Show,” “Taxi,” and “The Heartbreak Kid.” She herself was a total heartbreaker, who won over the hearts of the public with her big blue eyes and dark blonde hair.
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. But looking at the photos of her in the sixties, it’s easy to see how she started a career in front of a camera.
Cybill Lynne Shepherd Today
It’s hard to believe that the previous picture was actually her when she was younger because she definitely looks a lot different. Now 71 years old, she aged like a fine wine as only a true Hollywood beauty could. And she’s still acting, having recently starred in Love Is Love Is Love in 2020.
She might look a heck of a lot different today, but there’s no denying that she’s still stunning. It’s hard to believe that the previous picture and this were taken half a century apart. It just goes to show that even if your looks change over the years, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Betty White Back Then
Betty White is 96 years old and is one of the most charming and beloved women in Hollywood. She was a major Hollywood actress, comedian, and eventual animal activist back in her heyday, with strikingly gorgeous features. But she didn’t always aspire to star on the silver screen.
She initially wanted to be a forest ranger, but women weren’t allowed to enter into that profession at the time. After taking an interest in writing, she found herself drawn to performing instead. But when she eventually fell into the acting profession, she had no idea that her career was going to flourish for years and years to come.
Betty White Today
There’s no denying that Betty was a real beauty in her younger years. The younger folks know her as an older woman who is simply hilarious but they have no idea how much of a head turner she used to be. Amazingly, she has had the longest TV career out of anyone, having worked for over 80 years in the industry.
Longevity isn’t her only accomplishment in the acting biz. She’s been on the receiving end of Emmy Awards, American Comedy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and even a Grammy. Not to mention you can find her plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pretty impressive.
Jamie Lee Curtis Back Then
Jamie Lee Curtis has a classic and lovely mom look. She has short gray hair and the sweetest smile; at least, that’s what we know her to look like today. But back in her youth she was a total knockout with the face of an angel – just look at her radiating natural beauty in the photo below.
Someone who doesn’t know about her older acting gigs might have no idea about what a head turner she once was. She also had an incredible body with amazing dancing skills, as remembered by director Paul Lynch in her audition for Prom Night: “She was a great dancer, unbelievable, and that’s what finally convinced us that she was perfect for the film.”
Jamie Lee Curtis Today
It’s shocking to think she ever had long hair all those years ago. But now we know that she can rock any look. Pictured below with the shorter hair that she prefers these days, she still looks every bit as radiant as she used to. And she’s all about embracing her silver mane, which we totally respect.
The thing that stands out about Jamie compared to other people in the Hollywood crowd is that she does not fight the aging process. She looks stunning with grey and short hair. Unlike many others who frequent the red carpet, there is nothing plastic about her. It’s all natural, baby!
Madonna Back Then
Madonna became an international superstar in the eighties for her out-going personality and courage to be different. Ever since 1984, she’s been causing controversy for one reason or another. It first started with her hit song “Like a Virgin” which made her a pop culture icon.
It’s clear to see why she was such a hit with people. Not only was Madonna a beautiful woman, but she also exuded a ton of confidence. That, along with her piercing blue eyes made her unstoppable in the music industry. She was the queen of the ’80s and will be an icon for the rest of history.
Madonna is definitely still a gorgeous woman to this day, but she used to look totally different. In the photo below we can see that while she doesn’t look like she used to, she looks amazing for her age. She’s 62 years old, but you’d never guess she was in person.
Generation Z 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. And to think, it all started with a young girl full of hopes and dreams to make it big in the world.
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. Either way, she definitely deserves a place on this list. She was a true natural beauty back in the seventies, when she was still finding her feet in the acting business.
Her acting skills are as stunning as her looks, but it can be easy to forget she was once such a classic beauty. That’s because over the years, she’s received much critical acclaim and several accolades to show for it. She’s changed a lot physically since her twenties, 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 everyone needs to see just how timeless her looks are. The photo below shows just how beautifully she has aged. If only everyone could age as gracefully as this actress does.
After roughly five decades in the acting business, she has accumulated a record 32 Golden Globe nominations, having won nine of them. And at 71 years old, there’s still plenty of time to pick up a few more. Meryl was a beautiful woman then and she’s truly still a beautiful woman today.
Elizabeth Taylor Back Then
Elizabeth Taylor is a British-born American star. She’s an actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian, who’s famous for having been married eight times throughout her life to seven different men. It all started when she was very young – just 18 years of age – when she married her first husband Conrad “Nicky” Hilton.
She went on to be considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her dark features and bright blue eyes were irresistible to many, with some believing that she actually had naturally purple eyes. And she usually opted for a bold red lip, which brought out her natural good looks even more.
Elizabeth Taylor Now
Once the world noticed how beautiful she was, her career kicked off and seemed to keep kicking off for decades. She also went through many style transformations, but no matter how she changed she always maintained an inner sense of poise and elegance.
As the photo above shows, she absolutely loved big and extravagant jewelry, and owned a huge collection that in and of itself went down in history. We see her on the red carpet as a classy older woman but, for those of you who forgot, Liz was always stunning.
Pam Grier Back Then
Pam Grier turned a lot of heads in the early seventies when she starred in several blaxploitation movies including Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Sheba Baby. It’s not surprising that filmmakers were so drawn to her – she was a real beauty back in the day who knew how to work the camera.
She stole the hearts of countless men with her striking looks, including director Quentin Tarantino. He once described her as the first female action star in cinema, and knew that somewhere down the line he would end up casting her. She remembers the director telling her “I want to work with you. I am gonna find you something,” adding that “He is a man of his honor and his word.”
Pam Grier Today
This foxy lady is more recently known for her role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Behind her role on this show, she was the most foxy girl in the ’70s, and we shouldn’t forget that. As we can see she’s still a stunner even at 71 years old. Despite her gorgeous looks however, she never settled down.
Not officially, at least. She had a string of serious relationships with high profile men in Hollywood throughout her lifetime, and sometimes even came close to tying the knot and having kids. But after all these years, she’s still one of the greatest beauties to have ever graced the big screen.
Angelica Huston Back Then
Huston made her way from being an actress to being a director, producer, and author.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
You’ll find her at any high-end event as she’s earned her spot in Hollywood.