For all your 90s babies…as soon as you hear “Buffy” it’s like the theme music starts playing in your head. Now that’s iconic! Sarah Michelle Gellar, immortalized by her role as Buffy Summers in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” is considered to have brought to life one of the greatest female role models of all time.
Her feisty attitude and, let’s be real, kickass moves didn’t only make us all want to take up martial arts, it made #GIRLPOWER a thing! Gellar was amazingly discovered at the age of four in a restaurant, from which she grew into acting and modeling. These days she is married to Freddie Prinze Jr., is the co-founder of Foodstirs, and has two wonderful children. A real-life wonder-woman it seems!
Formerly a professional model, Angie Harmon was discovered at 23 whilst on a flight, by none other than David Hasselhoff! Not a bad ice-breaker story at all! After this chance spotting, Harmon starred in "Baywatch Nights" and "C-16: FBI," before joining "Law & Order." Leaving her former modeling life behind, having graced the covers of ELLE, Cosmopolitan and Esquire, Angie wished to live her dream of being on the big screen.
Whilst she had more success with television, she starred in "Agent Cody Banks," "Fun with Dick and Jane," "End Game" and "Seraphim Falls." She has won a Gracie Award and People’s Choice Award and most recently starred as Detective Jane Rizzoli on TV series "Rizzoli & Isles." It seems if she wasn’t…hoff-ered the start on "Baywatch Nights" she may not have been where she is today!
Did you know that Monica Geller of "Friends" may not have been played by Courteney Cox? Vying for the role was Nancy McKeon. Whilst her real name may not ring any bells, her most famous role was as Jo Polniaczek on the hit 80s series "The Facts of Life."
The actress, aside from her TV roles, also starred in a number of TV films throughout the 80s and 90s, including "The Wrong Woman" and "Comfort and Joy." Just this year, McKeon competed on season 27 of "Dancing with the Stars." One more fun fact before we’re onto our next leading lady; did you know whilst McKeon starred in "The Facts of Life," she and her parents privately met Pope John Paul II?
Irresistibly Italian, next we have the sultry, dramatic Sophia Loren. With a timeless, natural beauty and elegance that cannot be bought, she is one of the most celebrated Italian celebrities of all time. Fondly known as the “Italian Marilyn Monroe,” Loren entered Hollywood in the golden era; the 1950s.
A film actress and singer, Loren was also a major sex symbol, starring in Marriage Italian Style and Two Women. With a sense of confidence that is SO European, and her famous quote: “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti,” she is the embodiment of femininity and extravagance. Sophia’s acting days are behind her, and now she resides in Geneva, Switzerland, enjoying the fruits of her long, starred career.
Forever reminding us to be ourselves, is the one-and-only Jane Seymour Fonda. “I don’t want my wrinkles taken away – I don’t want to look like everyone else,” and let’s be real here, Fonda doesn’t look like anyone else her age – she looks absolutely impeccable at her age! Whilst she admitted to having some work done, she still notes “I am what I am.” You do you! If her lesson was to teach us to be more unapologetically ourselves, then that’s a valuable lesson taught!
At her age, she looks back on a range of careers and accolades. Actress, writer, fashion model, political activist…and of course, fitness guru! Not to mention two Academy Award and two BAFTA Award wins. A true example of a living legend, she leaves us with one last golden nugget of advice “your age is less chronological and more attitudinal.” Well said!