5 Most Famous Old Women and Their Stories

Women have played a fundamental role through the years in shaping history as we know it today. From Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie discovering (and coining the term) radioactivity to human rights activist Rosa Parks, and many others including the likes of Amelia Earhart, Princess Diana, and Margaret Thatcher, women from all walks of life have played their part in defining society. Their impact knows no bounds, whether ethnicity, orientation, or age.

Here are five most famous women figures who remain household names well into their late years:

1. Madonna

Commonly referred to as the “Queen of Pop” since the 1980s, Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Known for pushing the boundaries and reinventing the music industry, Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists such as Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.

Born and raised in Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City in 1978 to pursue a career in modern dance before signing with Sire Records in 1982. Many of her songs have reached the top of record charts worldwide, including “Like a Prayer”, “La Isla Bonita”, Like a Virgin”, and many others.

Madonna broadened her popularity through roles in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, and Evita. Her other ventures include fashion design, children’s books, health clubs, and filmmaking. Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna owns the title of best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records among many other accolades.


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2. Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She celebrated 65 years on the throne in February 2017 with her Sapphire Jubilee. Born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on April 21, 1926, Queen Elizabeth II married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. She became queen on February 6, 1952 and was later crowned on June 2, 1953.

Elizabeth II is the mother of Prince Charles as well as the grandmother of Princes William and Harry. As the longest-serving monarch in British history, she has made efforts to make her reign more modern and sensitive to the changes in society while maintaining traditions associated with the crown. While other women might contemplate retirement at her age, Queen Elizabeth shows no signs of stopping.

She has reigned as a constitutional monarch through major political changes such as devolution in the United Kingdom, Canadian patriation, and decolonization of Africa. She has often faced criticism from the media regarding the royal family’s place in modern society. However, support for the monarchy has consistently been and remains high, as does her personal popularity.


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3. Oprah Winfrey

Born Oprah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1943, Oprah is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. Best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, she was crowned the “Queen of All Media” and holds title as the richest African American of the 20th century and North America’s first black multi-billionaire. Oprah has also at times been ranked as one of the most famous old women in the world.

Winfrey grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee. By 19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news in Tennessee. Winfrey’s emotional style and her ability to connect with her audience and guests led her to the daytime talk show platform where she went on to launch her own production company, becoming internationally syndicated.

Winfrey’s talk show has become known for its intimate and confessional style. She further pioneered the mainstream media landscape by allowing LGBT guests onto the show, shattering 20th century taboos toward the LGBT population. To date, Winfrey’s widespread legacy remains her story of overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others.


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4. Angela Merkel

Angela Dorothea Merkel (born in July 17, 1954 in Hamburg, West Germany) is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005. Earning her Ph.D in quantum physics, presiding over the richest economy in Europe, and brokering the massive euro-bailout deal has led to Merkel becoming the undisputed leader whom Europeans turn to. She might be one of the most famous old women in German history.

She obtained a doctorate in quantum physics in 1986 and worked as a research scientist until 1989. In the wake of the Revolutions of 1989, Merkel entered the political area and briefly served as a deputy spokesperson for the first democratically elected East German Government in 1990. Following the 2005 federal election, Merkel was appointed Germany’s first female chancellor.

On March 26, 2014, Merkel became the longest-serving incumbent head of government in the European Union. In October 2018, Merkel announced that she would not seek re-election as either leader of the Christian Democratic Union in December 2018 or chancellor in 2021.


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5. Meryl Streep

Born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, Meryl Streep is considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress. Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an impressive 21 times, winning it three times. Streep’s mother was a commercial artist and her father was a pharmaceutical executive.

Streep’s early aspirations in performance leaned toward opera. Her interest in acting stemmed from her time as a student at Vassar prior to enrolling in the Yale School of Drama. “Julia” (1977) was Streep’s first film role in which she received outstanding reviews. The following year, Streep was nominated for her first Oscar for her role in “The Deer Hunter” (1978). In 1979, her performance in “Kramer vs. Kramer” resulted in her first Academy Award win.

A true perfectionist in her craft, Streep has delivered numerous highly-acclaimed performances throughout her career. Among those highly-acclaimed performances include: “Manhattan” (1979), “Defending Your Life” (1991), “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), and “Evil Angels (A Cry In The Dark)” (1988). In 1998, she entered the world of production and was the executive producer for the movie “First Do No Harm” (1997).


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