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Judi Dench, Meryl Streep and Charlotte Rampling are just a few of the successful film actresses who still have huge box office appeal. These grand dames may have been in the public eye for over 40 years but their enduring appeal has only made them more compelling and they certainly have something to say.
Meryl Streep is one of the most versatile actresses of her generation. She started working in show business in 1975 and thanks to her incredible talent she never was out of work, a rare thing for a performer. Streep was simply outstanding as heartbroken plantation owner Karen Blixen in 1985 film 'Out of Africa'. Picture: Photoshot
Streep, 65, plays a witch in her latest film. She recently revealed she had three times turned down offers such a role when she turned 40, but is now happy to play one “because I felt it was age appropriate”.
Maggie Smith was unforgettable in the 1973 comedy drama as Aunt Augusta Bertram. Picture: Rex
Her one liners and blunt manners are simply hilarious in hugely successful TV drama 'Downton Abbey', in which she stars as Violet Crawley, Dowager of Grantham. Picture: Press
Helen Mirren is a hugely loved actress who's had some superb screen and theatre roles, including the one of Livia in 1979's 'Caligula'. Mirren has always been considered a true beauty and quintessential British heritage, but she's actually half Russian and her real name is Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironoff. Picture: Rex
At 69 Mirren is still one of the most in demand actresses of our time and she was outstanding as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Queen'.
Jane Fonda defined the 60s with her eponymous role in 'Barbarella'. The actress was considered a sex symbol of her generation. She was not just famous for her acting and beauty, but also because she was a fitness fanatic and used to do aerobics videos! Picture: PA
Still as gorgeous and talented as ever, the 75-year-old actress works solidly and recently appeared in TV series 'The Newsroom' Picture: Rex
Judi Dench has acted in film, TV and theatre. The Yorkshire native started her career in the late 50s and despite being 80, she's not about to stop working any time soon. Picture: Rex
Dench was a superb M in the James Bond film and audiences were heartbroken when she gave up the part after 'Skyfall' in 2012. The actress is still active and has recently revealed that she's found love again. Picture: Photoshot
Jacqueline Bisset was cool and gorgeous in 1968 film 'Bullit' co-starring Steve McQueen. Picture: Photoshot
The 70-year-old English actress is still active and won a Golden Globe in 2014 for her role as Lady Cremone in TV series 'Dancing On The Edge'. She also has friends in high places: she's in fact Angelina Jolie's godmother! Picture: Rex
MacLaine made her first screen appearance in 1955 and quickly became one of the most in demand and successful actresses in Hollywood. She simply shone in 'What A Way To Go' in 1964, in which she played a rich widow. Picture: PA
At 80 the actress is not slowing down. She recently had roles in 'Glee' and played Martha Levinson superbly in 'Downton Abbey'.
Julie Walters was 32 when she played loveable Rita in 'Educating Rita'. Picture: Photoshot
Talented, approachable and endearing, 65-year-old Julie Walters is currently starring in 'Paddington'. Picture: Photoshot
Who doesn't still get the chills thinking of literal bunny boiler (trivia: this is where the expression comes from) Alex in the hugely successful 80s film? Picture: PA
Close, 67, scared - and fascinated - us again recently as Machiavellian lawyer Patty Hewes in 'Damages'. In real life she's known for being a very easy going, friendly and approachable actress. Picture: Photoshot
In 1992 Stone became a sex symbol with her role of alleged murderer and writer Catherine Tramell. Picture: Photoshot
Stone may be a few years older now, but at 56 she's still as gorgeous as ever and very much in demand. Her latest film, 'What About Love' is out on 15 February 2015. Picture: Rex
When 'Grease 2' came out in 1982 Pfeiffer was 24 and already had several films under her belt, albeit no huge roles. It wouldn't take the actress long to become a household name and one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Picture: Photoshot
Several years have passed but the actress hasn't changed at all. Still as gorgeous as ever the 56-year-old star took a few breaks in her career to raise her children, but has never given up acting and recently starred alongside Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks in 'People Like Us'. Picture: Press
In 1979 Weaver portrayed one of the most iconic female roles in the history of cinema, Ripley in 'Alien', a part which made the most of the actress's handsome looks. A star was born! Picture; Photoshot
The 65-year-old actress has never stopped working and in 2014 starred in 'Exodus Gods and Kings'. Picture: Press
It was 1955 when Collins played beautiful Princess Nellifer in 'Land Of Pharaohs'. She was only 22 at the time, but had already been acting for a few years. Picture: PA
There's no sign of slowing down for the 81-year-old actress who recently starred in TV show 'Benidorm'. Picture: Press
The English actress was famous for playing complicated, 'icy' roles and mainly worked in European films rather than Hollywood ones. She starred in many, including the haunting and controversial cult 'The Night Porter'. Picture: Rex
Just about to turn 70, Rampling still acts, and can be currently seen in TV show 'Broadchurch' as Jocelyn Knight.
Anne Reid is best known for playing Valerie Barlow in 'Coronation Street'. Picture: Getty
At 79 Reid is still a much in demand TV actress. Picture: Rex