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List Rules Living actresses born in or before 1933

The best living actresses over 80 (or close to it) include the classic beauties who headlined films and television shows of yesterday and those older female actresses we love today. These women might not all be the fresh faces in Hollywood they once were but their legacy and contributions to the entertainment world are timeless.

For classic movie fans, these actresses born before 1935 include many familiar names from some of the best movies of all time. Who can forget Lauren Bacall starring alongside Humphrey Bogart in several movies in the 1940s or Maureen O'Hara appearing in westerns with the great John Wayne? What about the long and successful careers of Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine and Brigitte Bardot? They might not be the leading ladies of today but in their time, they were among the best in the business.

Despite their age, which all deal with gracefully, many of these best living actresses 80 or older are still active today. Betty White might be the best example of that as the Golden Girl continues to entertain audiences with her television shows and books.

Which actress over 80 is the absolute best when comparing them at the peak of their careers? That's your vote and you can exercise it below by voting, adding to or re-ranking this list of the best living actresses over 80! Want to rank the top older male actors next? Head over to add your selections to the best living actors in their 80s too!

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Brigitte Bardot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Brigitte Bardot Contempt, ...And God Created Woman, Plucking the Daisy (En effeuillant la marguerite)

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2
+ - 275 59
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Julie Andrews Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, The Princess Diaries

3
+ - 208 36
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Maggie Smith The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

4
+ - 227 59
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Judi Dench Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Iris

5
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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Betty White The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland

6
+ - 617 291
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Angela Lansbury Murder She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate, Beauty and the Beast

7
+ - 608 299
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Carol Burnett The Carol Burnett Show, Horton Hears a Who!, Annie - 1933

8
+ - 486 235
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Doris Day Pillow Talk, The Thrill of It All, That Touch of Mink

9
+ - 466 224
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Shirley MacLaine The Apartment, Terms of Endearment, Being There

10
+ - 356 158
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Ellen Burstyn The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain

11
+ - 538 277
Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Sophia Loren El Cid, Houseboat, The Fall of the Roman Empire

12
+ - 360 172
Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Olivia de Havilland The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind, The Heiress

13
+ - 361 176
Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Cloris Leachman The Last Picture Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Facts of Life - 1926

14
+ - 305 142
Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Joanne Woodward The Three Faces of Eve, A Kiss Before Dying, The Long Hot Summer

15
+ - 235 103
Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Gena Rowlands The Notebook, The Skeleton Key, Night on Earth

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16
+ - 267 128
Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Rita Moreno West Side Story, The Electric Company, Singin' in the Rain - 1931

17
+ - 89 21
Barbara Eden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Barbara Eden I Dream of Jeannie, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Harper Valley P.T.A.

18
+ - 201 106
Eva Marie Saint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Eva Marie Saint North by Northwest, Superman Returns, On the Waterfront

19
+ - 190 102
June Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
June Lockhart Lost in Space, Meet Me in St. Louis, Lost in Space - 1925

20
+ - 179 98
Gina Lollobrigida is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Gina Lollobrigida Beat the Devil, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Buona Sera - 1927

21
+ - 70 17
Shirley Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Shirley Jones The Partridge Family, Grandma's Boy, The Music Man

22
+ - 161 101
Jane Powell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Jane Powell Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Royal Wedding, Hit the Deck - 1929

23
+ - 209 142
Carol Channing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Carol Channing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Thumbelina, Thoroughly Modern Millie

24
+ - 148 98
Rose Marie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Rose Marie The Dick Van Dyke Show, Psycho, Hollywood Squares - 1923

25
+ - 141 95
Louise Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Louise Fletcher One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Cruel Intentions, Flowers in the Attic

26
+ - 150 108
Petula Clark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Petula Clark Finian's Rainbow, I Know Where I'm Going!, Goodbye - 1932

27
+ - 56 23
Kim Novak is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Kim Novak Vertigo, The Man with the Golden Arm, Picnic

28
+ - 134 97
Mitzi Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Mitzi Gaynor South Pacific, The Joker Is Wild, For Love or Money - 1931

29
+ - 65 34
Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Cicely Tyson The Help, Fried Green Tomatoes, Sounder

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+ - 139 105
Nanette Fabray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Nanette Fabray One Day at a Time, Hollywood Squares, The Band Wagon - 1920

31
+ - 120 88
Barbara Hale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Barbara Hale Airport, Big Wednesday, Perry Mason - 1922

32
+ - 124 92
Dorothy Malone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Dorothy Malone Basic Instinct, The Big Sleep, Written on the Wind

33
+ - 132 101
Leslie Caron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Leslie Caron Gigi , An American in Paris, Chocolat - 1931

34
+ - 118 88
Julie Adams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Julie Adams Creature from the Black Lagoon, World Trade Center, Carnage

35
+ - 48 23
Angie Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Angie Dickinson Police Woman, Rio Bravo, Dressed to Kill

36
+ - 78 57
Joan Collins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Joan Collins The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Empire of the Ants, The Bravados

37
+ - 55 36
Marion Ross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Marion Ross Happy Days, Airport, The Evening Star

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+ - 48 29
Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Diahann Carroll Julia, Dynasty, Claudine

39
+ - 101 89
Lee Grant is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Lee Grant In the Heat of the Night, Mulholland Drive, Defending Your Life - 1925

40
+ - 66 53
Charlotte Rae is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Charlotte Rae Diff'rent Strokes, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, The Facts of Life

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+ - 87 76
Pat Carroll is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Pat Carroll The Little Mermaid, Bridesmaids, A Goofy Movie - 1927

42
+ - 90 81
Arlene Dahl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Arlene Dahl Journey to the Center of the Earth, Reign of Terror, Scene of the Crime - 1925

43
+ - 35 24
Diane Ladd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Diane Ladd Chinatown, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Lee Meriwether Barnaby Jones, The Munsters Today, Batman: The Movie

45
+ - 86 81
Anne Jeffreys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Anne Jeffreys Zombies on Broadway, Clifford, Dillinger - 1923

46
+ - 28 18
Glynis Johns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Glynis Johns Mary Poppins, While You Were Sleeping, The Sword and the Rose

47
+ - 73 70
Kaye Ballard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Kaye Ballard Freaky Friday, Hollywood Squares, Baby Geniuses - 1925

48
+ - 27 18
Vera Miles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Vera Miles Psycho, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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+ - 72 70
Elaine May is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Elaine May The Graduate, Tootsie, The Birdcage - 1932

50
+ - 29 21
Katherine Helmond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Katherine Helmond Brazil, Cars, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas