Standing in a long checkout line at the grocery store, I snatch up one of the tabloids to read while waiting my turn to unload the cart. Most of the so-called celebrities inside the “rags” I don’t recognize. Celebrities I do recognize look strangely familiar, almost creepy with their pumped up lips, stretched cat-like eyes and expressionless, immovable Botox-injected faces. I wonder what it feels like to be mummified and still able to breathe. What pressure older celebrities must feel to put their bodies through such an ordeal? When I saw Kenny Rogers after his facelift, I could only think, Why Kenny? Why? Kenny was so handsome, and men age so much more gracefully than women, anyway. What possessed him to rearrange his face? The old Kenny was gone, with nary a trace of the ol’ Gambler.
Books, on the other hand, do not age. Good books become classics. Thank goodness copyright laws and the Library of Congress keep people from giving facelifts to the classics, unlike aging movie stars who end up looking like morphed aliens that just broke out of pond pods. Thank God no one’s thought to make Scarlett O’Hara a vampire, at least, not yet, anyway. Of course, a writer already did that with Lincoln, but, of course, Lincoln wasn’t a fictional character, at least not until Lincoln The Vampire Slayer.
Oh yeah, good books might be violated by inverted stories, but the classics remain now as they’ve always been: Classics. However, when celebrities change their appearance in an effort to update and modernize their looks in an effort to stay young, it’s sad to see the results. I would much rather see timeless, classic beauty age naturally. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ellen DeGeneres, but the snarky remark at the Oscars about Liza Minnelli was a bit too much, but I suppose political correctness does not apply to facelifts undergone by desperate people. Ellen’s remark was too sad on both sides for a lot of reasons. Or, maybe Ellen did a good thing by what she said, because younger stars might just think twice about having future facelifts. When Ellen verbally gut-punched Liza Minnelli at the Oscar ceremonies my own stomach kind of did a sick flip. Ellen pointed at Liza and said “One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have seen in my entire life.” The camera did a close-up of poor 67 year old Liza. “Just really, seriously,” Ellen added. “Good job, sir.” Like book classics, maybe aging stars should just consider settling into their looks and not care a twit about what other people think about them. My God, Kim Novak stepped onto the stage with Matthew McConaughey and everyone gasped. Kim is 81 years old with a face that looked, well, not like Kim. I’d much rather see someone age gracefully, not turn into a caricature of the beauty they once were. After all, we are humans, and we do age. Just thinkin’
Sherry Hartzler is the author of Three Moons Over Sedona, Island Passage and Chasing Joe, all available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Three-Moons-Sedona-Sherry-Hartzler-ebook/dp/B005KWQ1U6/ref=sr_1_2_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1400588012&sr=8-2&keywords=Sherry+Hartzler