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 Julie Andrews Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, The Princess Diaries

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
SampsaMurto added Maggie Smith The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Betty White The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Tom Islava added Judi Dench Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Iris

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Carol Burnett The Carol Burnett Show, Horton Hears a Who!, Annie - 1933

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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

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Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Sophia Loren El Cid, Houseboat, The Fall of the Roman Empire

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Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Shirley MacLaine The Apartment, Terms of Endearment, Being There

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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Doris Day Pillow Talk, The Thrill of It All, That Touch of Mink

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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

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Brigitte Bardot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
FranciscodeSouza added Brigitte Bardot Contempt, ...And God Created Woman, Plucking the Daisy (En effeuillant la marguerite)

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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

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

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Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Gena Rowlands The Notebook, The Skeleton Key, Night on Earth

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Barbara Eden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added Barbara Eden I Dream of Jeannie, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Harper Valley P.T.A.

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

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Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Joanne Woodward The Three Faces of Eve, A Kiss Before Dying, The Long Hot Summer

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Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
FranciscodeSouza added Cicely Tyson The Help, Fried Green Tomatoes, Sounder

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Shirley Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added Shirley Jones The Partridge Family, Grandma's Boy, The Music Man

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Eva Marie Saint is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Eva Marie Saint North by Northwest, Superman Returns, On the Waterfront

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Carol Channing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Carol Channing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Thumbelina, Thoroughly Modern Millie

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June Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added June Lockhart Lost in Space, Meet Me in St. Louis, Lost in Space - 1925

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Kim Novak is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added Kim Novak Vertigo, The Man with the Golden Arm, Picnic

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Gina Lollobrigida is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Gina Lollobrigida Beat the Devil, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Buona Sera - 1927

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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

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Angie Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added Angie Dickinson Police Woman, Rio Bravo, Dressed to Kill

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Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
FranciscodeSouza added Diahann Carroll Julia, Dynasty, Claudine

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Jane Powell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Jane Powell Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Royal Wedding, Hit the Deck - 1929

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Joan Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Joan Collins The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Empire of the Ants, The Bravados

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Marion Ross is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Marion Ross Happy Days, Airport, The Evening Star

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Petula Clark is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Petula Clark Finian's Rainbow, I Know Where I'm Going!, Goodbye - 1932

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Julie Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Julie Adams Creature from the Black Lagoon, World Trade Center, Carnage

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Diane Ladd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
FranciscodeSouza added Diane Ladd Chinatown, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Nanette Fabray is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Nanette Fabray One Day at a Time, Hollywood Squares, The Band Wagon - 1920

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Leslie Caron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Leslie Caron Gigi , An American in Paris, Chocolat - 1931

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Charlotte Rae is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
JenniferHansen added Charlotte Rae Diff'rent Strokes, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, The Facts of Life

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Lee Grant is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Lee Grant In the Heat of the Night, Mulholland Drive, Defending Your Life - 1925

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Dorothy Malone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Dorothy Malone Basic Instinct, The Big Sleep, Written on the Wind

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Barbara Feldon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added Barbara Feldon Get Smart, Smile, Get Smart

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108 94
Katherine Helmond is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added Katherine Helmond Brazil, Cars, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Barbara Hale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Barbara Hale Airport, Big Wednesday, Perry Mason - 1922

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Vera Miles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added Vera Miles Psycho, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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Lee Meriwether is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Lee Meriwether Barnaby Jones, The Munsters Today, Batman: The Movie

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Mitzi Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Mitzi Gaynor South Pacific, The Joker Is Wild, For Love or Money - 1931

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Glynis Johns is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Walter Mccabe added Glynis Johns Mary Poppins, While You Were Sleeping, The Sword and the Rose

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
marajanerogers added Lily Tomlin I Heart Huckabees, Nine to Five, Nashville

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Rosemary Harris is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
Mark Pumphrey added Rosemary Harris Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 - 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 & ...

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Pat Carroll is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Pat Carroll The Little Mermaid, Bridesmaids, A Goofy Movie - 1927

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Arlene Dahl is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Arlene Dahl Journey to the Center of the Earth, Reign of Terror, Scene of the Crime - 1925

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Renée Taylor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
robwargo added Renée Taylor The Producers, Ice Age: The Meltdown, The Nanny - 1933