Actresses The Best Living Actresses Over 80  

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List Rules Living actresses born in or before 1938

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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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Tom Islava added age 82 Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews, DBE, is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, a former child actress and singer, appeared on ...more

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
SampsaMurto added age 82 Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, CH, DBE is an English actress. She made her stage debut in 1952 and has had an extensive, varied career in stage, film and television spanning over sixty years. ...more

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 96 Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, comedienne, author, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records ...more

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Tom Islava added age 83 Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA is an English actress and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she ...more

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 84 1933 Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. She has achieved success on ...more

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 92 Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE is an Anglo-Irish-American actress and singer who has appeared in theatre, television, and films. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it based in the ...more

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Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 83 Sophia Loren is an Italian-French film star. She began her career at age 14 after entering a beauty pageant in 1949. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons, Loren appeared in several bit parts ...more

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Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 83 Shirley MacLean Beaty, known professionally as Shirley MacLaine, is an American film, television and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author. She has won one Academy Award, five ...more

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Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 85 Ellen Burstyn is an American actress. Her career began in theatre during the late 1950s, and over the next decade included several films and television series. Burstyn's performance in the ...more

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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 94 Doris Day is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Day began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording ...more

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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 91 1926 Cloris Leachman is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show ...more

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Brigitte Bardot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
FranciscodeSouza added age 83 Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French former actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was ...more

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Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 101 Olivia Mary de Havilland is a British-born American actress known for her early ingenue roles, as well as her later more substantial roles. Born in Tokyo to English parents, de Havilland and her ...more

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Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 87 Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American actress of film, stage and television. The four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner is best known for her collaborations with her ...more

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Barbara Eden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added age 86 Barbara Eden is an American film, stage, and television actress and singer. She is best known for her starring role of "Jeannie" in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

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Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 86 1931 Rita Dolores Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress and singer. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, which include an ...more

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Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 88 Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward is an American actress and producer. She is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning role in The Three Faces of Eve.

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Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
FranciscodeSouza added age 91 Cicely L. Tyson is an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the Golden Globe Award for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder. For this role she ...more

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Eva Marie Saint is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 93 Eva Marie Saint is an American actress and producer. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred ...more

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Shirley Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added age 84 Shirley Mae Jones is an American singer and actress of stage, film and television. In her six decades of show business, she has starred as wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical ...more

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Carol Channing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 97 Carol Elaine Channing is an American actress, singer, dancer, comedian, and voice artist. She won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for ...more

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Kim Novak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added age 85 Kim Novak is an American actress. She began her career in 1954 at age 21, and came to prominence almost immediately with a leading role in the film Picnic. Other films from this period of her ...more

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June Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 92 1925 June Lockhart is an American actress, primarily in 1950s and 1960s television, but with memorable performances on stage and in film too. She is remembered as the mother in two TV series, Lassie ...more

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Angie Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added age 86 Angie Dickinson is an American actress who has appeared in more than 50 films and starred on television as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the successful 1970s crime series Police

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Gina Lollobrigida is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 90 1927 Luigina "Gina" Lollobrigida is an Italian actress, photojournalist and sculptor. She was one of the highest profile European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s. As her film career ...more

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Louise Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 83 Estelle Louise Fletcher is an American film and television actress. She initially debuted in television series such as Maverick in 1959 before being cast in Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us. The ...more

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Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
FranciscodeSouza added age 82 Diahann Carroll is an American television and stage actress and singer. She has had a long, successful career that has spanned nearly six decades. After appearing in some of the earliest major ...more

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Joan Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 84 Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, DBE is an English actress, author and columnist. Born in Paddington, west London and brought up in Maida Vale, Collins grew up during the WWII. After making her ...more

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Marion Ross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 89 Marion Ross is an American actress best known for her role as Marion Cunningham on the ABC television series, Happy Days from 1974 to 1984.

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Jane Powell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 89 1929 Jane Powell is an American singer, dancer and actress. After rising to fame as a singer in her home state of Oregon, Powell was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer while still in her teens. Once ...more

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Diane Ladd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
FranciscodeSouza added age 82 Diane Ladd is an American actress, film director, producer and author. She has appeared in over 120 roles, on television, and in miniseries and feature films, including Alice Doesn't Live Here ...more

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Julie Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 91 Julie Adams is an American film and television actress, sometimes credited as Julia Adams or Betty Adams.

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Leslie Caron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 86 1931 Leslie Claire Margaret Caron is a French and American film actress and dancer who appeared in 45 films between 1951 and 2003. Her autobiography Thank Heaven, was published in 2010 in the UK and ...more

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Lee Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 91 1925 Lee Grant is a celebrated American stage, film and television actress, and film director. From 1952 through 1964 she was blacklisted from radio, film, and most television work, but continued ...more

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Nanette Fabray is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 97 1920 Nanette Fabray (born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares; October 27, 1920 – February 22, 2018) was an American actress, singer and dancer. She began her career performing in vaudeville as a child ...more

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Barbara Feldon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added age 85 Barbara Feldon is an American character actress who works mostly in the theatre, but is primarily known for her roles on television. Her most prominent role was that of Agent 99 on the 1960s ...more

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Charlotte Rae is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
voting closed at #37 JenniferHansen added age 91 Charlotte Rae Lubotsky (April 22, 1926 – August 5, 2018), known professionally as Charlotte Rae, was an American character actress, comedian, and singer whose career spanned six decades. Rae was ...more

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Petula Clark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 85 1932 Petula Sally Olwen Clark, CBE is an English singer, actress, and composer whose career has spanned seven decades. Clark's professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during WWII. ...more

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Dorothy Malone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 93 Dorothy Malone is an American actress. Her film career began in 1943, and in her early years she played small roles, mainly in B-movies. After a decade in films, she began to acquire a more ...more

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Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
age 82 Lee Ann Meriwether is an American actress, former model, and the winner of the 1955 Miss America pageant. She is perhaps best known for her role as Betty Jones, Buddy Ebsen's secretary and ...more

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Katherine Helmond is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added age 88 Katherine Marie Helmond is an American film, theater and television actress, who played Emily Dickinson on Meeting of Minds, as well as fictional television characters, for which she is best ...more

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Mitzi Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 86 1931 Mitzi Gaynor is an American actress, singer and dancer.

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Vera Miles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added age 87 Vera Miles is an American actress who worked closely with Alfred Hitchcock, most notably as Lila Crane in the classic masterpiece Psycho, reprising the role in the 1983 sequel, Psycho II. Her ...more

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Rosemary Harris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Mark Pumphrey added age 90

Harris’ Broadway career spans over 50 years and eight Tony Award nominations (including one win). A Theater Hall of Famer, Harris has also had a successful film career, including an Academy Award nomination for Tom & Viv and a high-profile cameo as Aunt Meg in the recent Spiderman movies.

Rosemary Ann Harris is an English actress. She is a 1986 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee. Harris began her stage career in 1948, before making her Broadway debut in 1952. For her New York ...more

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Barbara Hale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 95 1922 Barbara Hale is an American actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street on more than 250 episodes of the long-running Perry Mason television series and later reprising the ...more

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Glynis Johns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added age 94 Glynis Johns is an actress.

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Pat Carroll is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 90 1927 Patricia Ann "Pat" Carroll is an American actress who is known for being the voice of Ursula from The Little Mermaid as well as having a long acting career, including appearances in ...more

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
marajanerogers added age 78 Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a ...more

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Arlene Dahl is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added age 92 1925 Arlene Carol Dahl is an American actress and former MGM contract star, who achieved notability during the 1950s. She is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas.

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Honor Blackman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added age 92 Honor Blackman is an English actress, widely known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, Julia Daggett in Shalako, and Hera in Jason and the