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And BE SURE TO CHECK IN TOMORROW when we'll be giving away an EARLY copy of Lucy Burdette's "Death in Four Courses" (pub date 9/4/2012).
HALLIE EPHRON: She's always been an overachiever. This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially set a record traveling to 102 countries, 843,839 miles.
Over these last years seems like she's earned admiration, or at least grudging respect, for sheer stamina and dogged determination. An endless stream of photos show her looking serious, vexed, exhausted, intense... rarely coiffed and smoothed and always looking her age, showing every one of those frequent flyer miles.
She's 64. She could paraphrase Gloria Steinem's famous line (in response to when a reporter told Steinem that she didn't look 40): “This is what 64 looks like. We’ve been lying for so long, who would know?” Recounting the moment later, Steinem added, "Age really was a great penalty for women."
I cheer a woman who is aging in the public spotlight and wonder if finally age can be out in the open. Maybe. Hillary reminds me of Hank's Charlie McNally ("Prime Time" etc.) who, Hank likes to say, is trying to figure out what she's going to do when the camera doesn't love her any more.
It strikes me that Hillary has figured it out.
Here's a "now and then" of a few prominent women, still in the public eye (it was hard to find that many), who don't seem to be hiding their age.
Who would you add?