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The 10 Most Inspiring Senior Ladies On Television Today!

by Julia Lynn Rubin

Older ladies really do not get enough coverage in the media, let alone positive coverage.

Luckily, in this so-called Golden Age of Television, there are shows with truly badass women who prove that with age comes wisdom, and with wisdom comes great power! There are also actresses we’ve loved for a long time, like Betty White, who are still going strong as performers and artists.

While there are tons of awesome older ladies on TV, here we’ll be honoring those 65 and older. They could retire if they wanted to, but they’re still gracing our screens and taking our breath away with their brilliant performances.

Show ’em how it’s done, girls!

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Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell (Game of Thrones)

Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell (Game of Thrones)
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The sassy, sharp Queen of Thorns is one of the best players in the game, always keeping her bumbling son from near-death while working to make sure her clever granddaughter Margaery sits the Iron Throne.

Diana Rigg played her with grace, wit, and nuance, earning her a 2013 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Betty White (The Golden Girls)

Betty White (The Golden Girls)

The only living cast member of the iconic American sitcom is still writing, producing, singing, and being her all-around fabulous self at age 92! You go girl.

“Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way,” Betty has said.

In addition to being a talented performer, Betty is also a passionate animal rights activist and has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Los Angeles Zoo. She has served as a member of their board of directors since 1974.

Diahann Carroll as June Ellington (White Collar)

Diahann Carroll as June Ellington (White Collar)

First introduced in the pilot episode, June is an elderly widow who reveals to FBI agent Peter Burke that her deceased husband was a con artist himself.

Diahann Caroll has had a highly successful career spanning nearly six decades; She’s acted in famous films, television shows, and even on Broadway since the age of 18. She is now 79 (hard to believe, I know) and still getting cast in Broadway plays.

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)
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Often regarded as the premiere female actress of her generation, Jessica Lange has appeared on all four of American Horror Story‘s seasons so far, having received rave reviews from critics for her roles as a cunning next-door neighbor, crazy nun, supreme witch, and German freak show manager.

Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson (Downtown Abbey)

Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson (Downtown Abbey)
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The cast of Downtown Abbey was delighted when the Oscar-winning actress joined the cast for two seasons back in 2012.

While her recurring role on the show was short-lived, she certainly made an impact playing the wealthy and very modern widow of Isidore Levinson.

Kathy Bates (American Horror Story)

Kathy Bates (American Horror Story)
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Best-known for her roles in Titanic, Fried Green Tomatoes and Misery, Kathy is an incredibly dynamic actress who has been rocking her roles on American Horror Story as Madame Delphine LaLaurie (Coven) and Ethel Darling (Freak Show).

Her outstanding work on television has earned her twelve Emmy nominations, including a recent win for her critically acclaimed role as Madame Delphine LaLaurie.

Susan Sarandon as J.C. Small (Mike & Molly)

Susan Sarandon as J.C. Small (Mike & Molly)
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This Hollywood queen is best known for her role as Louise in the iconic female crime/road trip movie, Thelma & Louise, and is still booking roles in movies and on TV shows.

“There’s the inevitability of the deterioration of the physical, that forces you to think, really, what is beauty and what survives?” Sarandon said to Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview. “It’s a losing battle if you’re trying to still look 22. You’re going to be so disappointed.”

(Susan looks absolutely stunning at any age, but we totally get her point). Susan will be playing Gladys Mortenson in next year’s TV mini-series, Marilyn.

Susan Lucci as Genevieve Delatour (Devious Maids)

Susan Lucci as Genevieve Delatour (Devious Maids)

The actress, author, television host and former All My Children star has not only performed on Season 7 of Dancing With the Stars, she currently plays the rich and self-absorbed Genevieve Delatour in Lifetime’s hit soap opera, Devious Maids.

To this day, Susan has received a whopping 21 Emmy nominations (which, if you ask us, looks much closer to her age. She is actually 67).

Pam Grier as Kit Porter (The L Word)

Pam Grier as Kit Porter (The L Word)

Best known for starring in Quentin Tarantino’s hit film Jackie Brown and for her role on the groundbreaking series The L Word, which focused on the lives and loves of a small and close-knit group of lesbians living in Los Angeles, Pam continues to star in movies and wow onlookers while strutting her stuff on the red carpet.

She truly is a gifted actress and an ageless beauty!

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

No list would be complete without the queen of media herself, the ever-fabulous Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah’s long and illustrious career as a talk show host, media proprietor and producer has won her multiple awards and made her a household name. Throughout her career she’s taken risks promoting controversial self-help ideas, but has remained dedicated to her ideals, and even launched the careers of other household names including Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.

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