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10 age-defying celebrities

By: Matt Hickman on March 13, 2012, 1:33 p.m.
Blythe Danner, 69

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Blythe Danner

Seriously, Jane Fonda, Harry Belafonte, and now, Blythe Danner, are on to something big: Tireless activism as the secret to good-looking longevity. Maybe the selfish, super-vain ladies of “Death Becomes Her” should have taken a cue from this do-gooding trio.

But back to Ms. Danner, who is 69. Although best known for her Tony- and Emmy award-winning roles and for being grandma to Apple Blythe Alison Martin, the Philadelphia-born actress has long championed environmental causes. Described by Big Green Boulder as an “old-school eco-pusher,” the EV-driving Danner sits on the boards of Energy Vision, the Environmental Media Association and the Environmental Advocates of New York. Plus, Danner is active with the Oral Cancer Foundation, having founded the Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund to memorialize her husband who succumbed to the disease in 2002 and to raise awareness in areas of the U.S. “where disparities in healthcare exist.”

Of course, good genes and devotion to some truly worthy causes aren’t the only things that keep Danner looking so lovely as she approaches her seventh decade: She’s admitted to undergoing Botox injections (“we all need a little help from our friends!”) and recently made some dietary and exercise adjustments in the light of a osteoporosis diagnosis in 2011. And we’re guessing that Danner keeps up with the healthy (and sometimes extreme) lifestyle advice dispelled by her daughter, Gwyneth.