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Sam Elliott Says Ageism is a Real Issue in Hollywood – Especially for Older Women

By Margaret Manning December 11, 2016 Mindset

The women in our community love Sam Elliott for many reasons. Some of us appreciate how he makes us feel. Others love his unique voice, which has appeared in movies ranging from iconic Westerns to light-hearted cartoons. Still others simply think that he’s a great actor. I’m a fan for all these reasons and more!

What I personally appreciate most about Sam Elliott is his down to earth personality, combined with an undeniable masculinity. He may be a “tough guy,” but, he cares enough to talk honestly about issues that impact us all.

Recently, I watched a short interview with Sam on Huffington Post, where he talked about ageism in Hollywood. In the interview, he said that Hollywood is hard on all older actors, but, especially women.

The reasons for this are simple. First, he says that there is a general obsession with youth in Hollywood. Second, points out that the decision makers in the entertainment industry simply see a greater financial opportunity with films that feature younger actors.

Of course, this is changing somewhat, as our population ages. With about 10,000 people turning 65 in the U.S. every day, there is a huge market for realistic films that focus on the lives of older adults.

In a previous article, we talked about 3 films that will change your perspective on aging. These were 5 Flights Up, The Age of Adaline, Still Alice and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. While Sam wasn’t in any of these films, they are still great examples of the point that he is making. A few decades ago, it’s safe to say that these films would have had a hard time achieving commercial success.

With Many New Projects in 2016, Sam Isn’t Slowing Down

Like Judi Dench, Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton and others, Sam Elliott isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Just in the last couple of years, he starred in “The Ranch,” appeared in “Grace and Frankie” and did many wonderful voiceovers.

Are you a Sam Elliott fan? What is your favorite Sam Elliott film of all time? Do you agree with Sam that we will see more films that focus on the lives of older adults as our population ages? Why or why not? Please join the conversation and “like” and share this article to keep the discussion going!

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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