Hollywood is a cutthroat place, especially for women and their aging faces. With each birthday, these ladies, once at the tops of their games, have seen their fame fizzle. Click through to see actresses over 40 who have disappeared from the screen.
Demi Moore has been desperate to reclaim her position at the top of the box office and an insider told OKMagazine.com exclusively the 53-year-old has written a low budget movie to star in, produce and direct where she will “transform and shed her glamorous image.” The source said: “The problem for Demi has been that she has looked and sounded 35 for the last twenty years, and it's finally gotten through to her that she has to stop and transform away from this glamorous image onscreen. For someone who has been known for her looks her whole career, that's a serious hurdle.”
Salma Hayek may be starring in this year’s tongue-in-cheek blockbuster Zoolander 2, but the 49-year-old says her outspoken nature has limited her offers. “They want a girl to come in and be quiet…and do as they say, and it’s just not in my nature,” she has said.
Drew Barrymore opened up to Harper’s Bazaar saying she’s done trying to fit Hollywood’s standards! "I think it's a huge mistake to think you have to burn bright for your whole life. You cannot sustain it. It's exhausting, and it's not very realistic,” the 40-year-old said. "I don't think I'm hot right now necessarily, because I have all my irons in a bunch of different fires.”
No more spotlight for Cameron Diaz! The 43-year-old and husband Benji Madden have turned off the limelight to start a family, and Cameron is keeping busy writing books about health and longevity.
Though she was the first black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar in 2001, Halle Berry says racism, which runs rampant in Hollywood, is to blame for her lack of roles. “Being of color, it was as hard when I was 21 as it is now,” the 49-year-old said last year.
Catherine Zeta-Jones took a break from working after her bipolar diagnosis in 2011, but she has spoken out about the lack of roles for women over 40. “The bosses in Hollywood feel that moviegoers [aren’t] interested,” the 46-year-old said.