The final list of icons who met with notariety later in life are below. This list is surely missing somewho important! Can you figure out who?
Kathy Bates worked steadily both on stage and on screen early in her life, but it was only when she was cast in the thriller “Misery” at age 42 did she gained prominence as one of the most impressive actors in her generation. Winning the Academy Award for Best Actress, Bates’ career took off, landing her the role of Molly Brown in “Titanic,” Libby Holden in “Primary Colors,” and Miss Hannigan in Disney’s remake of “Annie,” as well as remarkable turns on television series “Six Feet Under,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Harry’s Law.” Bates was just cast as one of the co-stars of the third season of “American Horror Story.”
Morgan Freeman is one of the biggest Hollywood movie stars working today. Freeman has been acting since he was nine years old, but it wasn’t until the mid 1970s and 1980s, nearing his forties that he made it big. Freeman became a recognizable face to the general public after his work on the popular soap opera “Another World” and the PBS kid’s show “The Electric Company.” Since then, we went on to play a string of prominent supporting roles in many feature films, including playing Hoke in “Driving Miss Daisy,” a role he originated on stage. Freeman won his first Academy Award for “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004.
Before Michael Emerson became an Emmy Award-winning star, he took retail jobs and worked as a freelance illustrator in New York City. Discouraged, Emerson and his wife moved to Florida, where he appeared in local productions around the state. Emerson landed on the map with his electrifying performance as a serial killer on “The Practice,” which earned him his first Emmy Award. Since then, Emerson has taken home more Emmy Awards for his work on the popular thriller “Lost,” and is currently starring on CBS’ “Person of Interest.”
It wasn’t until Bea Arthur was in her forties that she landed on the map. Her portrayal of the acerbic Vera Charles opposite Angela Lansbury in the original Broadway production of “Mame” won her a Tony Award. She became more successful as she aged, gaining acclaim for her portrayal of Maude Findlay on “All in the Family,” and later, “Maude.” In addition, Arthur went on to score many Emmy Award nominations for her work on “The Golden Girls.”
While taking on small roles in films, Jeremy Renner worked as a part-time make up artist to make ends meet. It wasn’t until 2009 that Renner, at the age of 38, got his big break as Sergeant William James in Kathyrn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker.” Since then, Renner has gone to star in blockbuster hits like “The Avengers” and “The Bourne Legacy.”
Did you find inspiration in reading about the time it took for some of the biggest names in entertainment to hit it big?