The entertainment industry often focuses on youthful actors, writers and artists, however, some professionals did not enter the field early in life. In fact, many now famous faces achieved success only after age 40 or later, after years of practice and building a reputation in the industry.
6. Julia Child
Child was age 49 when her landmark cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” released in 1961. The writing, recipe testing, editing, revision and publishing process required years, and soon afterward she starred in the related television show that made her a household name. She continued to bring gourmet cooking techniques to home audiences more than thirty years, only retiring in the 1990s.
5. Kim Cattrall
The actress that portrayed Samantha Jones on “Sex and the City,” only landed the role at age 41 when she proved that sexy is a quality that extends into middle age. She paid dues in smaller parts, such as in the film “Mannequin,” and worked diligently to achieve commercial success.
4. Billy Bob Thornton
Thornton impressed audiences with “Sling Blade” at age 41, a film that he wrote directed and starred in. Previously, he mainly focused his career on lesser known parts in independent films, such as “Blood in Blood Out.” .
3. Kathryn Bigelow
The first woman to win an Academy Award for directing a film, initially achieved fame for directing “Point Break,” at age 40. She dealt with themes that previously males had cornered, and eventually earned an Oscar for the war film “The Hurt Locker” at age 57.
2. Frank McCourt
Author of the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir “Angela’s Ashes,” became a writer at age 64 after retiring from a teaching career. He began as an oral story teller among his circle of friends, and only later began writing down tales of his life and eventually transformed them into a book.
1. Martha Stewart
Stewart first had a career as a stock broker before becoming a well-known home entertaining specialist at age 41. She had also been a home-based caterer when she published a book called “Entertaining” that showcased her knowledge, which became highly successful.
The entertainment industry often maintains a focus on youthful actors, writers and artists, however, some professionals did not enter the field early in life. In fact, many now famous faces achieved success only after age 40 or later.