The ever-youthful Goldie Hawn has been working in the entertainment industry for forty-five years and recently celebrated her 67th birthday! She started her career as the zany airhead on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Walter Matthau’s suicidal fiancée in 1968’s Cactus Flower. Hawn is featured on the cover of this month’s Prevention Magazine as a star who defies the laws of age and aging. Indeed, she seems to defy the laws of gravity itself. In fact, many have commented that Goldie looks very similar today to the “It” girl  she was of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Goldie contends the key to her youthful appearance is her “spiritual well-being,” and credits meditation, yoga, Pilates as well as regular exercise with burnishing her youthful glow.

Ok, so who’s buying this? Think of your sixty-seven-year-old grandmother with her well-earned wrinkles and drooping neck line. Some plastic surgeons have speculated for years Goldie has had a face lift, fat grafting to her cheeks, and more than a little Botox to help her appear about 15 years younger than her actual age. She’s certainly not the only one in Hollywood to have to entertain such rumors; the list is too lengthy to even begin.

So you, young thespian, with your chiseled features and taut complexion, would you ever consider defying age with help from a syringe or scalpel? Well, if acting is something you want to be doing for a good while, this is an issue you’re going to have to face eventually. Whether you’re Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Arnold Schwarznegger, or Nicole Kidman, to have or not to have plastic surgery is an ever-present question, and a valid occupational concern. Everyone has the right to do with their own bodies as he or she wishes, but actors are well advised to have both a short-term and a long-term strategy when it comes to aging in Hollywood–because growing older, after all, is inevitable even for those with the most enviable genes. Cate Blanchett has expressed,“I’m not sitting on a soapbox telling women what they should and shouldn’t do, but I know what works for me…In the end, if you have all that stuff done…you just see the work. It doesn’t fill me with admiration, it fills me with pity.”  On the other hand, Mila Kunis has stated, “I will not put a needle in my body unless I have a medical reason, but ask me in 10 years. Right now, I’m like, ‘I’m going to embrace it,’ but … I’m probably going to want to have something done. I have no doubt.”

What are your thoughts? How important do you believe plastic surgery is for the longevity of an actor’s career?