Eye-watering surgeries and an addiction to collagen are one thing, but what about the stars who are already raising eyebrows amongst audiences for their inability to do just that? Call me unreasonable, but I don't want to watch plastic dummies spitting lines out of their artificially plumped lips, while their foreheads remain shiny and completely immobilized. I want people who can convey fake emotions, with all the gusto that Jane Lynch brings to the role of deranged coach Sue Sylvester on Glee. Watching her face contorted with rage as she confronts her nemesis, Will Schuester, is a reminder of what acting used to look like.
Lynch recently picked up an Emmy, as did Edie Falco whose role in Nurse Jackie sees her performing the kind of facial contortions that would be impossible in a show like Cougar Town. Perhaps future awards ceremonies will institute a handicapping system, with separate categories for acting and "Botox acting". That way, Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, and other graduates of the needle in the head school of emoting, will be able to compete on a level playing field. It seems fair to me.
Another winner at this year's Emmys was Kyra Sedgwick, star of TNT's quirky police drama, The Closer. I used to think Sedgwick was smarter than your average Hollywood airhead, but now I'm not so sure. In June 2007 the 45-year-old told Entertainment Weekly that she, too, would consider the kind of anti-ageing measures that are now common for actresses of her age. What disturbed me was her comment, "Because what is really the difference between putting makeup on and having stuff shot into your face?" Perhaps it was a joke, or the remark was quoted out of context, but from a viewer's point of view I'd say there is all the difference in the world.
Katharine Ross has yet to turn up as a guest star on Desperate Housewives, but if she does she will probably be competing with Kathryn Joosten (Mrs McCluskey) for the title of "wrinkliest woman on Wisteria Lane". Unlike reluctant Stepford resident Joanna, Ross has not remained frozen in time since her heyday as one of the most natural beauties in Hollywood. The star of Butch Cassidy and The Graduate is now 70 and has opted to grow old gracefully. Those of us who still can, should raise our eyebrows in wonder.