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This is what middle-aged used to look like! How stars in decades gone by actually looked their age

From Tom Cruise’s changing appearance to Madonna’s unrecognisable looks, middle-aged celebrities nowadays seem eager to hold back the years.

Top Gun: Maverick star Tom, 60, debuted a bold new look – complete with much longer hair and a deep tan – at the 95th Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon this week, marking his first red carpet appearance in eight months.

Madonna, meanwhile, shocked viewers at this year’s Grammy Awards; the Material Girl singer, 64, was unrecognizable to even her most devoted fans after stepping onto the star-studded stage as a presenter.

Elsewhere, American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton still sticks to her luscious blonde locks, glamorous makeup and pouty lips – despite being an impressive 77 years old.

But as today’s middle-aged A-listers appear to embrace looking younger, FEMAIL takes a look at how this compares to the stars of the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. So, do you think they aged more gracefully?

Marcia Cross, now 60, looks far younger than her 57-years in this 2019 snap in Beverly Hills

Appearing effortlessly radiant, Angela Lansbury was aged 59 in this 1985 photograph, pictured left, taken at The Rainbow Room in New York City, while Marcia Cross, now 60, looks far younger than her 57-years in this 2019 snap in Beverly Hills, pictured right 

No one could accuse the late American actress Betty White of not looking amazing for her age in a 1981 shot of the then 59-year-old

However, Brigitte Nielsen opted for a more toned and glamorous look when aged 55 in 2019

No one could accuse the late American actress Betty White of not looking amazing for her age in a 1981 shot of the then 59-year-old, pictured left. However, Brigitte Nielsen opted for a more toned and glamorous look when aged 55 in 2019, pictured right

A beaming Robert De Niro, then aged 63, embraced his silver locks when appearing on The Tonight Show in 2006

Tom Cruise, 60, debuted a bold new look - complete with much longer hair and a deep tan - at the 95th Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon

A beaming Robert De Niro, then aged 63, embraced his silver locks when appearing on The Tonight Show in 2006, pictured left. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise, 60, debuted a bold new look – complete with much longer hair and a deep tan – at the 95th Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon, pictured right

The late Doris Roberts, best known for her role in Everybody Loves Raymond, opted for a sophisticated red ensemble when attending the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2009 in Louisville, aged 84

Elsewhere, American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton still sticks to her luscious blonde locks, glamorous makeup and pouty lips - despite being an impressive 77 years old

The late Doris Roberts, best known for her role in Everybody Loves Raymond, opted for a sophisticated red ensemble when attending the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2009 in Louisville, aged 84, pictured left. Elsewhere, American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (pictured right) still sticks to her luscious blonde locks, glamorous makeup and pouty lips – despite being an impressive 77 years old

Actor Christopher Lee in 1993, pictured, was aged 71

Duncan Bannatyne was 73 in this photograph, pictured, captured at the Pride Of Britain Awards 2021.

Actor Christopher Lee in 1993, pictured left, was aged 71, while Duncan Bannatyne was 73 in this photograph, pictured right, captured at the Pride Of Britain Awards 2021. However, the latter arguably appears younger than his 70-plus years

Actress Maggie Smith in 2001, thought to be aged 67 at the time, cut a stylish figure in a pink jacket

Madonna, meanwhile, shocked viewers at this year's Grammy Awards ; the Material Girl singer, 64, was unrecognizable to even her most devoted fans after stepping onto the star-studded stage as a presenter

Actress Maggie Smith in 2001, thought to be aged 67 at the time, cut a stylish figure in a pink jacket, pictured left. Madonna, meanwhile, shocked viewers at this year’s Grammy Awards ; the Material Girl singer, 64, was unrecognizable to even her most devoted fans after stepping onto the star-studded stage as a presenter

Julie Andrews at Academy Awards Show, March 24, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, aged 62 at the time

Elsewhere, US actress Goldie Hawn arrives for Netflix's Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premiere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, November 14, 2022

Julie Andrews at Academy Awards Show, March 24, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, aged 62 at the time, pictured left. Elsewhere, US actress Goldie Hawn arrives for Netflix’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premiere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, November 14, 2022, pictured right

Beaming comic book mogul Stan Lee in 1992, aged 70

John Travolta, 68, cut a dapper figure at the Governors Ball during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood

Beaming comic book mogul Stan Lee in 1992, aged 70, pictured left. John Travolta, 68, cut a dapper figure at the Governors Ball during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, pictured right

Jack Nicholson, then in his 60s, was all smiles during the 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1999

Meanwhile, a youthful-looking Tom Hanks, then 62, was equally beaming in New York City in 2018

Jack Nicholson, then in his 60s, was all smiles during the 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1999, pictured left. Meanwhile, a youthful-looking Tom Hanks, then 62, was equally beaming in New York City in 2018, pictured right

Helen Mirren seemingly embraced her greying locks when in Berlin in 2010

Kris Jenner, then aged 66, appeared much younger than her six-plus decades when attending The 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City

Helen Mirren seemingly embraced her greying locks when in Berlin in 2010, pictured left. Kris Jenner, then aged 66, appeared much younger than her six-plus decades when attending The 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City, pictured right

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