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The Biggest Celebrities Who Are in Their 80s, Then and Now

From Julie Andrews to Al Pacino, check out these extremely stylish throwbacks.

There are stars, and then there are legends. And typically, one becomes the other because of their staying power. The celebrities on this list are all in their 80s and have been in show business for decades, meaning that they know more about it than most of us ever will. But they didn't always have the long, impressive resumes they have now. Even legends have to start somewhere, so read on to see the biggest stars in this age group back when they were young, hungry, and ready for stardom.

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Julie Andrews: Then

Julie Andrews in 1956
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Julie Andrews was 21 years old and still eight years away from making her feature film debut in Disney's Mary Poppins when this photo was taken in 1956.

Julie Andrews: Now

Julie Andrews in 2018
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Now 85, Andrews is a stage and screen legend. Her most recent credit was narrating the gossip of Lady Whistledown in the Netflix romance, Bridgerton.

Anthony Hopkins: Then

Anthony Hopkins in 1970
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Seen above in 1970 at the age of 33, Anthony Hopkins had just recently made the leap from stage to screen in The Lion in Winter.

Anthony Hopkins: Now

Anthony Hopkins in 2019
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This year, at age 83, Hopkins became the oldest Best Actor in history after winning the Oscar for The Father.

Ian McKellen: Then

Ian McKellen in 1965
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Here's Ian McKellen in 1965 at the age of 26. This was the year that he became a member of the National Theatre Company and made his West End debut.

Ian McKellen: Now

Ian McKellen in 2019
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At 82, McKellen has plenty of major movie roles under his belt between Gandalf in Lord of the Rings and Magneto in the X-Men movies. But he's never given up the stage. He's playing Hamlet in a new, age-blind production this year.

Patrick Stewart: Then

Patrick Stewart in 1970
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McKellen's close friend Patrick Stewart was 30 and starring in a production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona when this photo was taken in 1970.

Patrick Stewart: Now

Patrick Stewart in 2020

Now 81, Stewart is back to playing his iconic Star Trek character in the series Picard.

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Sophia Loren: Then

Sophia Loren in 1956
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Italian actress Sophia Loren was 22 when she signed autographs for these adoring fans in 1956. This was around the time that the woman who was born Sofia Scicolone and was also credited as Sofia Lazzaro took on the stage name that would stick and bring her international fame.

Sophia Loren: Now

Sophia Loren in 2019
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Now 86, Loren starred in the 2020 movie The Life Ahead and appeared in the 2021 documentary What Would Sophia Loren Do?, about a woman whose idolized her for most of her life.

George Takei: Then

George Takei in Star Trek in 1966
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George Takei was 29 when this portrait of him on set as his Star Trek character Hikaru Sulu was taken in 1966.

George Takei: Now

George Takei in 2019
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At 84, Takei continues to be an actor and an activist, primarily taking on voice work roles.

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Jane Fonda: Then

Jane Fonda in 1970
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Jane Fonda turned 33 in 1970, which was the year before she won the Oscar for her movie Klute.

Jane Fonda: Now

Jane Fonda in 2019
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Fonda is now 83 and has been starring in the Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie since 2015. She's also as vocal about the issues she cares about as ever, hosting "Fire Drill Fridays" to raise awareness about climate change and push lawmakers to act.

Morgan Freeman: Then

Morgan Freeman in 1978
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Morgan Freeman came to film stardom a little later in life than many of his contemporaries. In 1978, when this photo was taken, the 41-year-old was primarily known as a theater actor.

Morgan Freeman: Now

Morgan Freeman in 2019
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Now 84, Freeman has five nominations and won Oscar win under his belt.

Jack Nicholson: Then

Jack Nicholson in 1960
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At 23 in 1960, Jack Nicholson was working in the business but still almost a decade away from his breakout role in Easy Rider.

Jack Nicholson: Now

Jack Nicholson in 2020
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Like Freeman, Nicholson is also 84. Unlike Freeman, he's pretty much retired from acting. Aside from some TV guest spots, his most recent role was in 2010's How Do You Know.

Maggie Smith: Then

Maggie Smith in 1960
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In 1960, when she was 26, Maggie Smith had seen most of her success on stage, but she'd also recently received a BAFTA nomination for her first film role, in Nowhere to Go.

Maggie Smith: Now

Maggie Smith in 2019
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At 86, Smith has a staggering amount of roles under her belt. But to many, she'll be remembered most for either playing Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies or the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey.

Al Pacino: Then

Al Pacino in 1974
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This photo was snapped in 1974, when Al Pacino was 34 and already one of Hollywood's hottest actors thanks to roles in the first two Godfather movies and Serpico.

Al Pacino: Now

Al Pacino in 2019
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Now 81, Pacino will soon be seen in the second season of the Amazon series Hunters and the fashion biopic House of Gucci.

Rita Moreno: Then

Rita Moreno in 1950
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Here's 19-year-old Rita Moreno in 1950, the year she appeared in her first three movies.

Rita Moreno: Now

Rita Moreno in 2019
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Moreno may be 89 years old now, but she hasn't slowed down one bit. Already in 2021, the documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It premiered, and later this year, she'll be seen in the remake of the movie that made her a star: West Side Story.

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