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50 shades of fabulous: Stars looking good in the prime of their lives


Michelle Obama did it. The first lady managed to make turning 50 back on Jan. 17 so not scary. Just look at her: the haute fashion, the toned body, the cool ’tude -- and, despite her, ahem, mature age, no mom jeans, the Parks & Recreation guest star told the Today show.

Other famous ladies are following FLOTUS’ lead, moving on to the big five-o this year with grace — and babeliciousness.

Sandra Bullock: The one-time Speed cutie hits the mark July 26, and we don’t worry about her a bit. If the Oscar winner decides to do plastic surgery, boy, can she afford it. The single-and-loving-it mother of one could earn more than $70 million for Gravity after all revenue streams are factored in, according to The Hollywood Reporter. To play an astronaut in dire straits Bullock was paid $20 million up front against 15 percent of first-dollar gross.

Mariska Hargitay: Age is only a number to the Law & Order: SVU star. Hargitay told Closer Weekly that she approached her milestone birthday Jan. 24 with pride. “Hair on fire!” said the mother of three, who is also celebrating a 10-year wedding anniversary.

Courteney Cox: That raven-haired young lady dancing in the dark with Bruce Springsteen is all grown up, but still resembles Monica Geller from her days on the Friends set. Maybe all the wine Cox swigs on Cougar Town is preserving her, though she has copped to Botox and other injectables. Hey, whatever works. Her advice on aging well? “Buck up. It ain’t easy,” Cox told MORE magazine. “Go to the doctor. Drink water. Sleep as much as you can. Exercise. I get massages — anything for your circulation. Stretch. It's all about keeping that body moving.” The mom of one’s current guy, rocker Johnny McDaid, is 37. Hopefully he’ll be around for the June 15 festivities.

Elle Macpherson: Mrs. Jeffrey Soffer still has the longest, leanest body in the room — so don’t expect the Australian mum of two to worry over candles come March 29. Elle’s secret to staying belle? An hour of physical exercise once a day, she told Fitness in 2012, even while jet-setting. “If I’m in the mountains, I ski; if I’m near water, I’ll swim. I might do a yoga or spin class. I also take my running shoes and iPod with me wherever I go. Running is not only a really effective way to stay fit, it’s a sort of moving meditation.”

Teri Hatcher: The ex Superman star’s big day comes Dec. 8, but don’t expect too many visits to the plastic surgeon’s office. The home cook and Chopped champ, who has done Botox and collagen injections, told Daily Express a facelift scares her. “Changing the natural chemical state of who you are? I’m not sure.”

Extra, extra: Some big male stars can commiserate, being born in 1964 as well: Rob Lowe, on March 17; Russell Crowe, on April 7; Lenny Kravitz, May 26; Keanu Reeves, Sept. 2; and Nicolas Cage, who hit his 50th Jan. 7. Luckily for them, the rugged look is always in style.

Madeleine Marr

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