It's freaky to think that Love Story was released over 40 years ago, in 1970. Even freakier--Ali MacGraw is now 72 and Ryan O'Neal just turned 70. Man! Ali MacGraw's Yoga Mind and Body DVD is one of my all-time favorites, so I expected her to look good--yoga is the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth. I'm not sure the hair style she's had probably since high school is the best look for someone over 70, but who the hell am I of all people to comment on someone's hair?
I always thought Ryan O'Neal was cute--God help me, I can't resist those Irish men--but let me tell you, I thought he looked pretty damn scary. I took this photo of him on Oprah with my iPhone.
I don't know what the hell he's done to his face, (actually, this picture doesn't quite capture the horror), but he looked like he belongs in a burn ward. Seeing him prompted me to post this plea on Facebook:
To my male friends: PLEASE just say no to Botox and other plastic surgery. Have you seen Ryan O'Neal lately? Your face should reflect a lifetime of expressions, not look like it was smoothed over by a Zamboni. Lines and wrinkled are cool, guys! (But does the same standard apply to women?)I like Ryan O'Neal, but he looks like a goddamn freak. One of the cute Irish-guy actors on Guiding Light ruined his face in the same way, and he's only my age or maybe a year younger. It's such as shame, especially because yeah, I do think there's a bit of a double standard for women, which is an even stronger case for men to leave their faces alone. (Don't get me started on Meg Ryan...)
I'll bet you anything Ryan O'Neal would still look cute if he had just let himself age naturally. Crow's feet and lines add character; why sand them down? Look at this extemely handsome 53-year-old.
And hey, here's another example of natural beauty. Can you believe Mom is going to be 77 next month? Holy crap!
That said, I will probably be Mom's age when I finally stop dying my hair. There will be no Botox for me, but I'll be the L'Oreal poster girl for another 20 years. And I'll probably be like Ali MacGraw and have my high school hairdo at age 70.
How about you? Could you mess with your face? Could you let your hair go gray? Is there a double standard for women? Let it rip, people!