Most Beautiful 2009

Beautiful at Every Age

With the help of a few famous faces – Vanessa! Halle! Christie! – these gorgeous gals prove true beauty is timeless. By Karen J. Quan

PATRICIA CLARKSON, 52

Honored with a 2009 ShoWest Independent Award for acting excellence, Clarkson has maintained a steady two-decade-plus career in Hollywood being an on-screen chameleon. But when it comes to real life, the New Orleans native is both a Southerner and lady at heart. "I am a girly-girl," she told the New York Times. "When I'm on my deathbed I'll probably say: 'Go get me my curlers! Please.'"