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The Best Living Actresses Over 80

Updated July 27, 2020 51.8k votes 6.3k voters 290.4k views53 items

List RulesLiving 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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  • Betty White2
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    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

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    Maggie Smith

    Age: age 82

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Dame Margaret Natalie Smith (born 28 December 1934) is an English actress. She has had an...  more

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  • Doris Day4
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    Doris Day

    Dec. at 97 (1922-2019)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Carol Burnett5
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    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    1933
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  • Judi Dench6
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    Judi Dench

    Age: 85

    BirthplaceHeworth, United Kingdom

    Dame Judith Olivia Dench (born 9 December 1934) is an English actress. Dench made her...  more

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  • Angela Lansbury7
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    BirthplacePoplar, London, United Kingdom

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  • Sophia Loren8
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    BirthplaceRome, Italy

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    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

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  • Shirley MacLaine11
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    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Ellen Burstyn12
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    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Olivia de Havilland13
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    Olivia de Havilland

    Age: Age: 104

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

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  • Gena Rowlands14
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    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands (born June 19, 1930) is an American actress, whose career in...  more
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    BirthplaceThomasville, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Cloris Leachman16
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    Cloris Leachman

    Age: 94

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

    1926
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  • Angie Dickinson17
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    BirthplaceKulm, North Dakota, United States of America

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  • Brigitte Bardot18
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    BirthplaceParis, France

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  • Eva Marie Saint19
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  • Rita Moreno20
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    BirthplaceHumacao, United States, with Territories

    1931
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  • Shirley Jones21
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    BirthplaceCharleroi, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Charlotte Rae22
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    Charlotte Rae

    Age: 94

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Joan Collins23
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    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

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  • Diahann Carroll24
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    Diahann Carroll

    Dec. at 84 (1935-2019)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Peggy McCay25
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    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    1930
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