Dailymail: Style icons for women in their 60s; How actresses over 40 are Hollywood’s new power players

Just a decade ago, as an actress aged her fate was sealed – planned obsolescence meant young faces were rolled out to dethrone the red carpet’s older reigning A-list.

But as the median age of movegoers increases, it seems Hollywood’s actresses are aging with them – and they are getting better parts, and better pay, out of it.

From Cameron Diaz to Sandra Bullock, and Nicole Kidman to Melissa McCarthy, top film actresses in their 40s now out-earn their 30-year-old counterparts.

Staying power: As the median age of movegoers increases, it seems Hollywood's actresses are aging with them - and they are getting better parts, and better pay, out of it; Meryl Streep, 63, pictured in The Devil Wears PradaStaying power: As the age of movegoers increases, it seems Hollywood’s actresses are aging with them – and they are getting better parts, and better pay, out of it; Meryl Streep, 63, pictured in “The Devil Wears Prada”

‘There’s a change afoot,’ Sean Bailey, head of production at Disney live-action films, told The Hollywood Reporter. ‘Part of that is attributable to changing audience trends. Women and a broader array of age groups are starting to matter more and more.

‘A lot of these big movies are no longer solely dependent on young men showing up. When you take that in combination with the number of phenomenal actresses in this age range, it adds up to something exciting.’

Where middle-aged actresses once had to pick up supporting roles scraps – with the exception of Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton – they are now taking center stage, dominating big Hollywood’s biggest parts.

And a recent Performer Q Study, which measures how well-known and how well-liked a celebrity is, found that Ms BullockMs Roberts, and Ms Streep took the top three film actress spots among U.S. survey respondents over 18.

And television might be playing an important role, too.

Glenn Close, 66, appeared on The Shield and then Damages; Helena Bonham Carter, 47, will play Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming BBC movie about the movie star’s relationship with Richard Burton; and Ms Roberts is just taking on her first major TV role as a wheelchair-bound physician in HBO’s The Normal Heart.

‘The audience is aging, and the stars are too’: How actresses over 40 are Hollywood’s new power players 

Style icons for women in their 60s

Style icons: Britain's over 50s apparently aspire to dress like Lorraine Kelly, while the 60-somethings prefer to dress like Dame Mirren 

  • Dame Helen Mirren
  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Joanna Lumley
  • Meryl Streep
  • Lulu
  • Twiggy
  • Jane Seymour
  • Camilla – Duchess of Cornwall
  • Sharon Osbourne
  • Sigourney Weaver

What’s your celebrity style age? 

Dailymail: Food book of the week: The Cookbook That Shares Our Common Humanity

SHARE: The cookbook that shares our common humanity

Even we single-minded toilers in the YOU kitchen occasionally look up from our marble worktops to acknowledge that there is a wider world out there – and if it involves a few celebrities, so much the better.

This handsome cookbook scores on both counts. It has been published in aid of Women for Women International, a charity set up in 1993 to support women affected by war in countries such as Rwanda, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and South Sudan.

WfWI has helped over 400,000 women rebuild their lives after suffering brutality and tragedy, many of them losing homes, husbands and children.

The charity has enabled them to learn skills, find employment, earn money, enjoy independence and gain self-respect. Some of their harrowing stories are told here, a stark reminder of just how fragile civilisation can be.

But overall this is a joyous and hopeful book, which celebrates WfWI’s achievements and the common bond we all share through food.

It includes recipes from people involved in humanitarian causes, and from a handful of well-known chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Yotam Ottolenghi and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. More likely to satisfy the appetites of shameless celeb watchers are contributions from the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep, Mia Farrow, Nelson Mandela, Robin Wright and Sir Paul McCartney.

Their recipes are simple and credible, which makes this a book worthy of a place on your kitchen shelf. But that is almost beside the point; all profits from the sale of Share will go towards funding WfWI’s continuing work, which is reason enough to buy it.

Share: The Women for Women International Cookbook, edited by Alison Oakervee, is published by Kyle Books, priced £25. To buy for you.co.uk’s special offer price, click here.

Annie Lennox’s porridge

The purist’s porridge always has salt – with maybe the addition of a little bit of cream from the top of the milk – but it can be a great base for all kinds of delicious toppings, such as toasted coconut, demerara sugar, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, lemon rind, sultanas. It’s cheap, it’s nutritious, it’s comforting and it makes you glow!


Serves 2

  • 100g pinhead oats or rolled oats
  • salt
  • 600ml milk or water, or equal parts milk and water
  • milk or cream, to serve

Toppings (optional)

  • toasted coconut, demerara sugar, clear honey, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, grated lemon zest, sultanas
  1. Place the oats in a large heavy-based pan with a generous pinch of salt. Pour in the milk or water and bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring continually with a traditional spurtle or wooden spoon.
  2. When the porridge starts to thicken, reduce the heat and simmer until the oats are cooked through and the porridge is smooth, stirring occasionally with the spurtle or wooden spoon to stop it sticking to the pan. Serve with a little extra cold milk or cream poured over the top and with a topping of your choice, or a spoonful of the spiced fruit compote (see below).

Spiced fruit compote

Serves 2

  • 3 fruit tea bags
  • 1-2 tsp clear honey
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • pinch of ground allspice
  • 250g dried mixed fruit such as apricots, apples, pears, prunes, figs and cranberries, roughly chopped
  • natural yogurt, to serve
  1. Place the teabags in a pan, pour over 300ml boiling water and stir in the honey. Add the cinnamon stick and allspice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the mixed fruit and then simmer for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to steep until ready to serve. Remove the teabags and cinnamon stick before serving.
  2. Serve spooned over porridge or on its own with natural yogurt.

Trudie Styler’s spaghetti al aglio e olio

I absolutely love Italy, and Sting and I spend as much time as we can at our home in Tuscany. This pasta dish is classic Italian simplicity. The flavours of fine olive oil, garlic and spicy chilli flakes combine perfectly to create the ultimate comfort food with a kick that keeps you coming back for more. A generous shaving of good Parmesan completes the dish, and all in about 10 minutes flat. A delicious quick lunch or simple supper that anyone can make – equally scrumptious with wheat-free pasta, quinoa or rice spaghetti.


Serves 4-6

  • 450g dried spaghetti
  • 175–225ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 6–8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 ½  tsp chilli flakes
  • finely shaved Parmesan cheese, to serve
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water for about 8–10 minutes or until barely tender but firm to the bite. Drain and reserve about 4 tablespoons of the cooking water. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Return the pan to a medium heat and pour in the extra virgin olive oil. Add the garlic and chilli flakes, then reduce the heat and immediately add the drained hot pasta and the reserved cooking water. Toss and stir so that the oil and water emulsify. Serve immediately, topped with grated Parmesan and accompanied by a bitter leaf salad

Cook’s tip Pasta cooking water is the secret ingredient of this dish. It has a unique flavour, a combination of the salt and high starch content.


Meryl Streep – Attending at the BAFTA Awards 2013 – Confirmed

So it was confirmed that Meryl’s going to attend the BAFTAs in 3 days, Feb 10th (Sunday) as a presenter:

Attendees announced for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2013

It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for: the confirmed list of attendees for the EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 10 February! Feast your eyes on the star-studded list of guests below…

Nominees confirmed to date include:

Alicia Vikander, Amy Adams, Andrea Riseborough, Ang Lee, Anne Hathaway, Barbara Broccoli, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Christoph Waltz, Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Elizabeth Olsen, Eric Fellner, Dame Helen Mirren, Hugh Jackman, Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix, Juno Temple, Marion Cotillard, Michael G. Wilson, Quentin Tarantino, Sally Field, Sam Mendes, Steven Spielberg, Suraj Sharma, Tim Bevan, Tim Burton and Tom Hooper.

Sir Alan Parker, recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship, and Tessa Ross, recipient of the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, will also be in attendance.

Presenters and other guests confirmed to date include:

Alice Eve, Ben Whishaw, Billy Connolly, Chris Tucker, Danny Boyle, David Morrissey, Eddie Redmayne, Gemma Arterton, Helen McCrory, Henry Cavill, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Garner, Jeremy Irvine, Jeremy Renner, John C Reilly, Kevin Spacey, Mark Strong, Martin Freeman, Meryl Streep, Nicholas Hoult, Olga Kurylenko, Paloma Faith, Rafe Spall, Samuel L Jackson, Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Silverman, Simon Pegg and Tom Hiddleston.

Make sure you stay up to date with all the latest news at BAFTA.org.

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