One of my childhood memories
is a time at my cousin’s 12th birthday party when I thoughtfully
said, "Twelve is such a ripe old age." I don’t know what led
to that pronouncement, but I remember it often, even several multiples
of 12 later. Age is like that. Each milestone seems far away, then
one day you realize that a lot of them are behind you. It’s not a bad
thing — older really is better — it’s just surprising. A few weeks ago,
one of America’s favorite children reached one of those milestones when
Caroline Kennedy turned 50.
Kennedy certainly has accomplished
a lot in her adulthood, but to many of us, she always will be JFK‘s
little girl. And "Sweet Caroline."
Kennedy was on the cover of
AARP the Magazine this month, along with a prediction that 2008 will "forever change
the image of 50." Why? Because some big names in entertainment
— including a few sex symbols — will reach the half-century mark next
year. Some of our favorite beauties are on the list.
Ellen DeGeneres (January
In typical Ellen fashion, DeGeneres‘ approach to the big day is to plan
a birthday bash on her show, Ellen. "I have lots of plans
for my birthday," she says, "and they include a piñata and
Tim Conway." Not my first choices, but Ellen is anything but
predictable. Just ask Iggy.
Sharon Stone (March
She hates exercise and loves
dark chocolate, but has never shied away from talking about growing
older. I saw Stone in person a couple of years ago at
the Dallas Black Tie Dinner and, trust me, she doesn’t need Photoshop
to look hot. Here she is with Joan Jett at the 2007 L.A. Pride fest:
Pfeiffer quit smoking and started using sunscreen
to ward off aging — and doubtless is much more optimistic about growing
older than was her character Lamia in Stardust. To witness the beauty of aging gracefully, Sarah and Lori’s
of Pfeiffer’s movie moments bears re-watching.
Madonna (August 16)
The Material Girl will release
a CD next year and may launch at "Madonna at 50" tour next
summer. At my first Madonna concert, I was mesmerized by how incredibly
buff her body was. I am still in awe of her.
Rounding out AARP’s list are
Prince and Viggo Mortensen
(yawn). But the magazine left out a few ladies who are close to the
hearts of AfterEllen.com readers. Never fear, I always am willing to
make the sacrifice of searching through pictures of beautiful women
for your sake. Someone has to do it. I will leave the details of how
these women will celebrate to your fertile imagination.
Truthfully, several other stunners
are turning 50 next year, too. But if I listed all of them, what excuse
would you have for scouring the Internet to find them? Who’s your favorite
"over 50" lady? How would you like to celebrate her birthday