She was once a famous actress.
Sought by everyone. Accolades
of awards adorned her lavish
home. Photos of her with other
A list stars lined the walls. She
was voted People’s Most Beautiful
and graced the covers of TIME
Magazine as person of the year.
And it seemed almost overnight…
the roles became few and far in
between and smaller. She had
heard of Hollywood’s problem
with women over 40 but she
never imagined it would happen to
her. She believed that they would
always want someone with her talent
and looks. Writers and producers no
longer saw her as appealing because
she was pushing fifty.
Ageism had become her enemy.
The roles she wanted were going
to younger actresses and there
was nothing she could do about
it, except speak about it every
opportunity she got. Acting was
in her blood. She loved it and
the thought of retiring terrified
her. She found herself settling
for roles she would never have
considered in the past. But,
desperate times called for
Yet, there was a glimmer of hope.
She saw it when she saw Octavia
Spencer catapult to fame at the age
of 41 in The Help and 50 year old
Melissa Leo win an Oscar. Perhaps
one day, she would again become a
sought after star. Perhaps she would
have her Hollywood ending.
Source: Huff Post