Meg Ryan's poor mutilated face. Something has to be done to stop women who were delightfully pretty or even classically beautiful when they were young from punishing themselves for growing old. I wish they could just enjoy their moment of transcendent and unusual physical beauty and then think back on it fondly. Personally, I looked my absolute classically best at 27, probably, and I scowled the whole time. What a shame. But I'm much happier now, weeny new wrinkles, lined neck, stray grey hairs and all.
We grow, we bloom, we wrinkle up. That's what we do. That's what we are supposed to do. End of story.
Once upon a time, aging stars--our models of cinematic beauty--did not get plastic surgery. If they performed late in life they either played strong elderly women or they used make-up and all kinds of lighting tricks to look like their younger selves. Marlene Dietrich was a master of this.
Would everyone have a look online for a photo of their favourite old time woman actor looking naturally beautiful in her old age and post a link? Old age here means anyone 65+. Of course, it can be difficult to see who has "had work" which did not go horribly wrong. (I was going to mention glamorous Helen Mirren and then suddenly I wondered...)
So far the very beautiful 50-something Kristin Scott Thomas has not mutilated her face. I hope she holds out.