After defending herself for being photographed in her bikini all the time (she just happens to hang at the beach a lot), LeAnn Rimes told talk show host Chelsea Lately last night she has less than one good year left. "I'm about to hit 30 this year. I heard it's all downhill from there."
Wearing bright red stilettos and a peek-a-boo mini dress, the country singer was making the most of her last good year on the planet. As part of her promotional tour for an upcoming album, she dished with the caustic comedienne who made fun of her during her divorce from Dean Sheremet.
The second wife of "Playboy Club" actor Eddie Cibrian (she bumped "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Brandi Glanville from the part) is not the first celebrity to fret about growing older. Celebs have weighed in on this age-old topic ever since Bette Davis quipped "Getting old ain't for sissies."
Here are some other stars with birthday issues:
Joan Rivers: The comedian who said, "Looking fifty is great--if you're sixty" has become controversial over her compulsion to look younger than her 78 years. Rivaling Heidi Montag for the title of plastic surgery princess, Rivers' daughter Melissa recently held an intervention to get her mother to stop going under the knife.
Gwyneth Paltrow: The opinionated ex-pat who will turn 40 in September may wish she could eat her 20-something words about aging -- properly seasoned, of course, with organic kale on the side. She was quoted a decade ago as saying, "Beauty fades! I just turned 29, so I probably don't have that many good years left in me." The celeb who juggles more balls than a circus clown -- she acts, she sings, she Goops -- must be grateful her calendar is still full now that she has lost her looks.
Unlike actresses like Paltrow who have to compete for roles with younger hotties, comedians have milked laughs from the aging process.
* "Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle," said Bob Hope, who entertained army troops from World War II through the Gulf War.
* "I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do," quipped Phyllis Diller, who made a career out of making digs about her fictional husband Fang.
Meanwhile, Madonna, who was the victim of vicious ageist comments after starring in the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, was not laughing at the lumps women take for growing older. Before she turned 50, she told Hello magazine, "Once you reach a certain age you're not allowed to be adventurous, you're not allowed to be sexual. I mean, is there a rule? Are you supposed to just die?"
A more positive perspective on aging came from Julia Roberts who told Good Housekeeping once, "I had lunch the other day with my niece, Emma, and she said, 'You're so smart, Aunt Julia.' And I wanted to say, 'I'm not smart - I'm 41! You're 17!'"
Perhaps the most refreshing comment on how cool it can be to get older was uttered by TV character Roz Doyle on "Frasier." On one episode of the Seattle-based sitcom she optimistically declared, "When I die, I want it to be on my 100th birthday, in my beach house on Maui and I want my husband to be so upset that he has to drop out of college."
Of course, that was before Demi Moore split from Ashton Kutcher.
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