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Yes, way! Take a look at Elle MacPherson, Lenny Kravitz, Benjamin Bratt and more stars in their 50s

Lenny Kravitz, 50 [5/26/64]

En español | The electrifying funk-rock star reached a new audience with a role in The Hunger Games, but he’s a musician above all. On a shallower note: Kravitz has spectacular pecs, displayed on the cover of his 2014 album Strut.  

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Elle Macpherson, 50 [3/29/64]

Dubbed “The Body” thanks to a series of sizzling photos in the swimsuit editions of Sports Illustrated some three decades ago, she has continued to work long past the expiration date once put on a modeling career.

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Ellen DeGeneres, 56 [1/26/58]

She’s a go-to award-show host, a famous funny lady and cool dancer who seems able to get along with anyone. She’s also a devoted wife to actress Portia de Rossi.

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Benjamin Bratt, 50 [12/16/63]

The actor best known as Detective Rey Curtis on Law & Order (and ex-boyfriend of Julia Roberts) tends to play smoldering hunks. He’s married to actress Talisa Soto.

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Russell Simmons, 56 [10/4/57]

He co-founded the legendary Def Jam Records and launched HBO's Def Comedy Jam. Now the hip-hop pioneer is a mega-rich entrepreneur and serious vegan.

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Jennifer Beals, 50 [12/19/63]

The Flashdance star who went on to a long stint on Showtime’s The L Word is still acting, but has other interests: The Yale grad has said she spends her spare time on photography and spiritual exploration.

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Prince, 56 [6/7/58]

PETA has called him the “world’s sexiest vegetarian.” Of course he’s much more than that. The enigmatic Artist Once More Known as Prince released two albums in 2014 – Plectrumelectrum and Art Official Age.

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Courteney Cox, 50 [6/15/64]

A central figure in the famous Friends cast, Cox turned her sweet prettiness into a more adult sensuality with her turn as a sexy forty-something mom on TBS’s Cougar Town.

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Rupert Everett, 55 [5/29/59]

There’s a reason the British actor looks regal: He was the Prince of Wales inThe Madness of King George (1994) and will play King George VI in next year’s Girls’ Night Out, about Queen Elizabeth’s wilder princess days.

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Brad Pitt, 50 [12/18/63]

Since he burst onto the screen in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, the handsome global activist, best friend of George Clooney and husband of Angelina Jolie has become a father to six children.

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Cassandra Wilson, 58 [12/4/55]

The influential jazz diva is known for her balmy contralto voice and pioneering interpretations of modern pop songs.

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Valerie Bertinelli, 54 [4/23/60]

Famous as Barbara on One Day at a Time, Bertinelli lost 40 pounds as spokesperson for Jenny Craig and is now a vocal advocate for healthy living. She married second husband Tom Vitale in 2011.

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Angela Bassett, 56 [8/16/58]

Bassett’s portrayed many real-life characters, including Rosa Parks, Tina Turner, Coretta Scott King — even Michelle Obama on an episode of The Simpsons. She’s been married to actor Courtney B. Vance since 1997.

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Gloria Estefan, 57 [9/1/57]

The Cuban-born singer and entrepreneur has sold million of albums and won Grammys galore. She’s spent more than three decades with her husband and collaborator, Emilio; they’re now grandparents and loving it. 

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Sharon Stone, 56 [3/10/58]

The small-town girl from Pennsylvania who became the sexy star of Basic Instinct is also an AIDS activist and divorced single mom of three. She told Shape in 2014 that she stays healthy with regular exercise and eats lots of steak.

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Jon Bon Jovi, 52 [3/2/52]

Bon Jovi is an ’80s rocker with staying power. His band’s megahit album Slippery When Wet came out in 1986, but the Jersey boy is still a music icon — and even better looking now without all the hair.

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Antonio Banderas, 54 [8/10/60]

The piping-hot Spanish actor — who says the favorite character he’s ever played is Zorro — is also the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek movies. Melanie Griffith filed for divorce from Banderas in 2014 after 18 years of marriage. 

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Michelle Pfeiffer, 56 [4/29/58]

An A-list actress in the ’80s and ’90s, she starred in movies from Scarface to Batman Returns (as a slinky Catwoman). Married to TV producer David E. Kelley, she’s said her vegan diet is what keeps her young-looking.

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Jodie Foster, 51 [11/19/62]

She was unforgettable as Clarice in Silence of the Lambs — just one of many strong roles since her breakthrough in 1976’s Taxi Driver. Foster, who came out at the Oscars in 2014, recently married photographer Alexandra Hedison.

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Paula Abdul, 52 [6/19/62]

The “nice” judge on American Idol, Abdul is a singer, dancer and songwriter who lived her young life in the spotlight. Divorced twice, Abdul is a big dog lover who’s been spotted pushing her pup in a stroller.

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Julianne Moore, 53 [12/3/60]

The fearless actress is known for playing complex characters, including in The Kids Are All Right (2010) and Still Alice (2014). Mom to two kids and married to director Bart Freundlich, Moore also writes children’s books.

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Marc Jacobs, 51 [4/9/63]

The designer, a longtime creative director at Louis Vuitton, was a prodigy in the ’80s and now you can’t escape his name in fashion. Out magazine put him at No. 19 on its recent list of “The 50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.” 

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Andie MacDowell, 56 [4/21/58]

The model turned actress, who plays a judge in the TV drama Cedar Cove, has three grown children, including two daughters who look like their beautiful mom.  

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Sade, 55 [1/16/59]

The reclusive British singer of “Smooth Operator” fame sold millions of albums in the 1980s. She appeared in a sultry cover photo for Ebony magazine several years ago, offering fans a rare view. 

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Michelle Obama, 50 [1/17/64]

The super-fit, health-conscious first lady says her most important title is “mom-in-chief” to daughters Sasha and Malia.

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John Stamos, 51 [8/19/63]

First as bad-boy Blackie on General Hospital, then as Jesse on Full House, Stamos somehow always has great hair. He’s also a musician who often performs with his pals the Beach Boys.

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Trisha Yearwood, 50 [9/19/64]

The country singer married to fellow star Garth Brooks is also a devoted cook — you may have seen her making grits on her Food Network show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.

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Garth Brooks, 52 [2/7/62]

Brooks is country music royalty, selling more albums in the last 20 years than anyone in the United States. Back from retirement, he’s often on the road with wife Trisha Yearwood: "I can't stand to spend a day without her," he’s said.

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Keanu Reeves, 50 [9/2/64]

He started out as a dude in the comedy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but he’s smart and marches to his own beat, making a fortune as an action-movie star.

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Blair Underwood, 50 [8/25/64]

He found fame on NBC’s L.A. Law, and later won kudos for his role as a traumatized fighter pilot on HBO’s In Treatment. Respected for his generosity to many charities, he’s been married to Desiree DaCosta since 1994.    

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Dermot Mulroney, 50 [10/31/63]

He’s the rom-com partner of actresses such as Julia Roberts and Debra Messing. Besides acting, he’s also an accomplished cellist; he plays with a band called Cranky George.

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Matt Dillon, 50 [2/18/64]

 

Countless Generation Xers plastered his movie poster from The Outsiders on their preteen walls. Decades later, Dillon’s still a hunk — and still unmarried. He’s also a great comic actor (see 1995’s To Die For).

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Helen Hunt, 51 [6/15/63]

The star of the ’90s TV comedy Mad About You was nominated for a 2012 Oscar for her body-baring performance in The Sessions. She and her partner, writer-producer Matthew Carnahan, have a daughter, Makena Lei.

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Sheryl Crow, 52 [2/11/62]

The cool girl of ’90s pop (and Lance Armstrong’s ex-girlfriend) has grown into a respected performer, single mom and breast cancer research advocate. She battled the disease after a 2006 diagnosis. 

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