Look Who's Turning 50 in the Year 2000

updated 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Joan Lunden
TV PERSONALITY SEPT. 19
"I think the choices we make keep us young and sexy," says Lunden, who married summer-camp owner Jeff Konigsberg, 39, in April. "I'm making choices that make me feel like I'm 35."

Victoria Principal
ACTRESS JAN. 3
"When I turned 49, I started telling people, 'I'm going to be 50,' " she says. "It took some of the onus off."

Cristina Ferrare
TV PERSONALITY FEB. 18
"I cut my hair and dyed it blonde," says Ferrare. "That was my birthday present to me."

Pam Dawber
ACTRESS OCT. 18
When a store clerk told her she had beautiful eyes, Dawber says, "I thought, 'A 20-year-old is flirting with me! I've still got it!' "

Wendie Malick
ACTRESS DEC. 13
"We did an episode where Wendie had to wear a miniskirt, and my heart was pounding," says Just Shoot Me creator Steve Levitan. "She's a woman who is comfortable in her own skin—and it just happens to be very nice skin."

Morgan Fairchild
ACTRESS FEB. 3
"I don't feel the least bit matronly," says Fairchild. "I come from a generation that refuses to grow old. We're probably in better shape than any generation before."

Debbie Allen
DANCER JAN. 16
"I've never felt more attractive or creative," says Allen. "My doctor calls 50 a 'second spring.'

Natalie Cole
SINGER FEB. 6
"I didn't have it together at 30," says Cole. "I've become very valuable as a friend, a mom, a person that women and men like. It started with learning to like myself."

Jane Pauley
NEWS ANCHOR OCT. 31
Turning 50 "is a little like paddling a conoe down a stream and hearing a waterfall ahead," says Pauley. "There's no turning back."

Susan Anton
ENTERTAINER OCT. 12
"I have so much more permission to be authentic," says Anton. "I don't feel like I have to be a little girl for anybody. That's liberating and sexy."

Christine Lahti
ACTRESS APRIL 4
"People were surprised that I put my age on my party invitations," she says. "They were like, 'You're telling?' "

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