Famous actresses who started acted late in life found themselves with amazing careers in spite of their age. Though some Hollywood’s most notable talent began their acting careers at an older age, it didn’t stop them from being some of the world’s best actresses. What are the names of these talented individuals in the entertainment industry? Here you’ll find a good list of actresses who began their famous careers later.
Actresses Who Began Famous Careers Late in Life
Kathy Bates. This actress’ career began to take hold at the age of 22 after moving to New York to pursue an acting career. At first she found steady work in the theater. Though she enrolled in the Actors Theater in Louisville, her famous career didn’t begin blossoming until she was in her mid-twenties when she appeared on the soap “All My Children” in 1976 and later in the movie blockbuster, “Misery” in 1990.
Linda Gray. Linda Gray is most famous for her role as the embattled Sue Ellen Ewing on “Dallas.” She was the wife of calculating J.R. Ewing and was a struggling alcoholic. Linda Gray has appeared on many Aaron Spelling shows such as Models, Inc. and Melrose Place in which she portrayed the mother of Amanda Woodward (played by Heather Locklear).
Shockingly, Gray’s acting career didn’t begin until her 30’s. She had done several commercials and took part in some photo shoots, but her life changed after a trip to the grocery store in 1970. She met the wife of Dennis Weaver from “McCloud” and was talked into auditioning for a role on the show. See, it’s true that you never know who you’re going to meet while food shopping!
Kathryn Joosten. Known for playing the cranky Mrs. McCluskey on “Desperate Housewives,” Joosten didn’t begin acting until she was 42. She’s a two-time winning actress who found fame a few years after studying the craft in Chicago in the 1980’s. Before she began acting at an older age, Joosten was a psychiatric nurse.
The actress appeared on “Roseanne,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dharma and Greg,” and “Murphy Brown.” Her famous career has taken on countless roles in television and she’s proven to be a real talent.
Megan Mullally. She played crazy Karen Walker on “Will and Grace.” The actress began her television career in 1981 after she moved to Los Angeles from Chicago. Mullally had a background in theater, but her famous acting career didn’t begin until she was 23. She appeared in small parts for “Murder She Wrote,” “Seinfeld,” “Frasier,” and “Wings.”
Brenda Blethyn. Another actress who’s career began at an older age is Brenda Blethyn. She took a chance in her 20’s to enroll in acting in after working for the British Rail. In the 1970’s she made her way on stage, but screen career came later on when she was on the BBC2 Playhouse. She was a relative unknown throughout the 1980’s until the 1990’s when she took roles in “A River Runs Through It,” “Screen One: The Bullion Boys (#5/8),” and “The Outside Edge” on the small screen.
Anne Ramsey. Anne Ramsey was born in 1929, but her acting career began in the 1950’s when she appeared in theater. Her “famous” acting career started in the 1970’s when she guest starred on “Little House on the Prairie” and in seven films with her actor husband, Logan Ramsey, including “The Sporting Club” and “Meet the Hollowheads.” She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role in the 1987 flick, “Throw Momma From the Train.” The actress died in 1988.
These are the most famous actresses who began their acting careers late in life. What makes their life so compelling is they either held totally different professions before entering the acting world or chose to take on the competitive world of arts and entertainment at an older age.