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The Best Living Actresses Over 80

Updated July 27, 2020 52.3k votes 6.2k voters 280.0k 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 White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with... more on Wikipedia
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    Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceWalton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

    Dame Julie Andrews, (born 1 October 1935) is an English actress, singer and author. Andrews, a... more on Wikipedia

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    Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    Maggie Smith

    Age: age 82

    BirthplaceIlford, London, United Kingdom

    Dame Margaret Natalie Smith (born 28 December 1934) is an English actress. She has had an... more on Wikipedia
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    Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    Doris Day

    Dec. at 97 (1922-2019)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    Doris Day (born April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal... more on Wikipedia

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    Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, USA

    1933

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    Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplacePoplar, London, United Kingdom

    Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury (born October 16, 1925) is a British-American-Irish actress who... more on Wikipedia
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    Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    Judi Dench

    Age: 85

    BirthplaceEurasia, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

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

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    Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Sofia Villani Scicolone (Italian: [soˈfiːa vilˈlaːni ʃʃikoˈloːne]; born 20 September 1934),... more on Wikipedia
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    Barbara Eden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceTucson, Arizona, United States of America

    Barbara Eden (born Barbara Jean Morehead, August 23, 1931) is an American film, stage, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceUSA, Virginia, Richmond

    Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty; April 24, 1934) is an American film, television,... more on Wikipedia

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    Carol Channing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Carol Elaine Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019) was an American actress, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Ellen Burstyn (born Edna Rae Gillooly; December 7, 1932) is an American actress best known for... more on Wikipedia
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    Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    Olivia de Havilland

    Age: Age: 104

    BirthplaceJapan, Tokyo

    Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (July 1, 1916 – July 26, 2020) was a British-American... more on Wikipedia
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    Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceThomasville, Georgia, United States of America

    Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward (born February 27, 1930) is an American actress, producer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, USA

    1926
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    Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Angie Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceUSA, Kulm, North Dakota

    Angeline Dickinson (née Brown; born September 30, 1931) is an American actress. She began her... more on Wikipedia

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    Brigitte Bardot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceParis, France

    Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (French: [bʁiʒit baʁdo]; born 28 September 1934), often referred to... more on Wikipedia
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    Eva Marie Saint is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceHumacao, United States, with Territories

    1931

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    Shirley Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceCharleroi, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Shirley Mae Jones (born March 31, 1934) is an American singer and actress. In her six decades... more on Wikipedia
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    Charlotte Rae is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    Charlotte Rae

    Age: 94

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Charlotte Rae Lubotsky (April 22, 1926 – August 5, 2018), known professionally as Charlotte... more on Wikipedia

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    Peggy McCay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    1930
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    Joan Collins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, (born 23 May 1933) is an English actress, author, and columnist.... more on Wikipedia

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    Jane Powell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Actresses Over 80
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    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    1929
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