10 Celebrities Who Didn’t Become Famous Until After 50

Slide 1 of 15: It seems like there's always a hot, young actor or singer taking the world by storm, even though they're barely out of high school. And while finding success at any age is a great thing, it's also encouraging to hear stories of those who found their niche later in life. After all, not everyone who sets out to make a living in the entertainment business actually does so right away. The following list of stars didn't really become "Stars" with a capital "S" until they were in their 50s. Some of them were successful stage performers who ended up getting big breaks in movies or TV. Some of them were living relatively normal lives until reality TV came knocking. And one of them was involved in an early version of the CIA before taking a really big career turn. Read on to find out more about 14 celebrities who became famous after 50.RELATED: 50 Celebrities Who Are Turning 50 This Year.Read the original article on Best Life.Slide 2 of 15: Cookbook author and television chef Julia Child was in a very different line of work before she got into cooking. During World War II, she worked for the Office of Strategic Services, an intelligence agency that was a predecessor of the CIA. She eventually became the Chief of the OSS Registry and worked in Sri Lanka and China. Child got into cooking when her husband was sent to Paris for his job. She was 49 years old when her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was released, and her show, The French Chef, premiered when she was 51.Slide 3 of 15: Only missing two seasons, Joy Behar has been a host on The View since the show premiered in 1997, when she was 55. But while the daytime show is what made her a star, she was involved in the entertainment world before that. Behar was a producer for Good Morning America, a standup comedian, and appeared in small parts in TV series and movies.

Slide 4 of 15: Another talk show host who came to fame in his 50s is Regis Philbin. The host of Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee was 57 when the show premiered, and he continued co-hosting the series until 2011 with a new co-host, Kelly Ripa. Prior to hosting daytime TV, Philbin was a page for The Tonight Show and was featured on The Joey Bishop Show in the '60s. He then hosted various shows with different levels of success until he rose to nationwide fame in the late '80s.

Slide 5 of 15: Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz had been acting for years before he became famous. He made a living as an actor, but came to fame when he was cast in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, which was released in 2009 when Waltz was 53. "I've done so many jobs because I've had to, not because I've wanted to," Waltz told The Guardian in 2015. "And it's honorable to do a job because you need to feed your children, and maybe there is also something in it for your development as an actor. But only up to a point. Frustration can get the better of anyone. And I dread to imagine what would have happened to me had it not been for Quentin."

Slide 6 of 15: Kathryn Joosten began acting on film and TV in her mid-40s—which is already later than many actors—but her biggest roles came when she was in her 60s. While Joosten has appeared on many TV series, she is best known for playing Dolores Landingham, the secretary to the president, on The West Wing, and Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives.RELATED: 60 Celebrities Who Are Turning 60 This Year.

Slide 7 of 15: Fans of London's West End theater might have known her much sooner, but Helen Mirren skyrocketed into worldwide fame skyrocketed when she was around her fiftieth year. She began starring on the TV series Prime Suspects when she was 46, and she was nominated for her first Oscar—Best Supporting Actress for The Madness of King George—in 1995 when she was 50 years old. Her career has only grown as the years pass, and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Queen at 62.

Slide 8 of 15: Much like Mirren, Judi Dench was primarily a theater performer for the beginning of her career. While she'd had many TV and film roles over the years, her transition to being famous for on-screen work came in the '80s and '90s. For instance, she was 51 when A Room with a View was released in 1985. She went on to be nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning the award for Best Supporting Actress for Shakespeare in Love in 1999 when she was 65.

Slide 10 of 15: Lisa Vanderpump is another Real Housewife who joined the reality TV franchise in her 50s . She joined Season 1 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when she was 50 and remained on the series for nine years. Vanderpump was a restauranteur when she joined the show, and she still is today. In fact, the employees at one of her restaurants became the basis for a spinoff called Vanderpump Rules, on which she also appeared. Prior to her reality TV fame, from the '80s to the '90s, Vanderpump worked as an actor, appearing in music videos and in small parts on TV.



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