Before playing the gorgeous girl next door on ABC's Desperate Housewives, Teri Hatcher turned heads as the sexy Lois Lane on the early 1990s television series Lois and Clark. In 1993, a photograph of Teri wearing nothing but Superman's cape set the Web on fire, making her the most downloaded woman of the year.
From there, Teri went on to play a sultry Bond girl and was featured in People magazine's most beautiful people issue. She was also featured on Maxim magazine's list of the hottest women in the world.
In August 2010, Teri found herself the center of another online frenzy—this time wearing nothing but a towel.
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Overnight, the pictures of the faces Teri made to accentuate her wrinkles were plastered across social media sites and news channels. "I had no kind of premeditated goal of it becoming this giant thing," she says. "In hindsight, I feel like clearly there's a conversation that needs to be had."
Teri is injection-free today, but says she has used Botox in the past. "I haven't done it in I don't know how long, but quite a while," she says. "I can make all the fabulous facial features that anyone would want to see."
In fact, Teri hasn't had any injections since she returned to work after taking time off to raise her daughter. "For me, I was, like, 'I look so tired,'" she says."So I got Botox."
While Teri says beauty has its place in life, it's not everything. "Listen, I love looking at all the glamorous pictures. That's fun too," she says. "I think if we can accept the truth behind it and reveal the mystery, then we can enjoy both things."
Teri continues the discussion about beauty in an Oprah.com exclusive Q&A
Look back at Cybill through the years.
By 1970, Hollywood was calling. Her breakthrough role as Jacy in The Last Picture Show led to work as the tempting coed in The Heartbreak Kid and Robert DeNiro's obsession in Taxi Driver.
In her 30s, Cybill landed her signature role as Maddie, a former model-turned-private-eye on the smash TV series Moonlighting.
At 40, Cybill symbolized a gorgeous, confident woman in L'Oreal commercials. Despite her continuing work onscreen, Cybill says she secretly agonized as the beauty she was known for was fading.
Watch to see what advice Cybill would give her younger self.
Because of that drive to succeed, Cybill says she never learned see herself for who she was. "I put on this false sense that I was the most beautiful, the most sexy and the most intelligent woman in the world," she says. "When I looked at that camera, that's what I projected."
At home, Cybill says it was a different story. "When I was on seven covers of Glamour magazine and I'd walk by all those newsstands every month and see my picture, I would go home and look in the bathroom [mirror] and go: 'How did this happen to me? Why don't I look like that cover?'" she says. "I had this wonderful success. At the same time, that retouched image is a lie."
Because she couldn't stop the aging process, Cybill says she felt the need to act outrageously to stay relevant. "I felt if I'd come on a show I had to do something shocking and get attention. Somehow I'm a starved child that never got enough attention," she says. "It never makes up for your real value that you find at the core of your being."
Still, Cybill says the day she realized she no longer turned heads wasn't easy. "I remember distinctly the time walking across the street once with my two daughters, Ariel and Clementine, and noticing that the men were looking at them and not me," she says. "It was disturbing."
When 40 finally arrived, Cybill says she fled the country but couldn't escape her age. Turning 50 was even worse, she says. "Fifty was really very traumatic, especially the early 50s," she says. "I stopped looking at myself in the mirror because I could see that I was aging."
Now that she's older, Cybill says her definition of real beauty has changed. "If we don't work to develop that depth and [have] more fun too—and really laughing and crying as much as possible—learning to love ourselves as we age is one of the most challenging things we can do," she says. "Look at everything and find something you can love about your body."
Cybill's case of mistaken identity
In 1981, the platinum blonde beauty cascaded down that famous Dynasty staircase and right into television history. Forty million viewers tuned in every Wednesday to follow Krystle Carrington's highs, lows and catfights.
Style-wise, Linda epitomized the 1980s lavish looks. With her blonde hair and designer gowns, women wanted to look like her and men wanted to date her. But behind all of her magazine covers, Linda says she didn't know how to live up to the illusion.
Once she became an actress, Linda says MGM Studios turned her dishwater blonde hair into the platinum color that would become her signature. "All of a sudden, people thought I looked better," she says. "I thought, 'What's the big deal?'"
Though she enjoyed working in Hollywood, Linda says she never lost sight of herself. "What you look like has nothing to do with what you think about yourself, and that's where we get confused," she says. "The outside has nothing to do with the inside. And the thing that's so mysterious to me is everything we're basing our value on is outside of us."
Linda says this was the time of her life when her looks concerned her most. "I thought, 'Oh, my God, I'm 28 and I'm not even enough,'" she says. "That happening to me took me back because I knew I could rely on nothing. Nothing outside of me was going to work if I'm 28 and I'm being left for a 15-year-old."
Watch Linda reflect on the divorce
Still, Linda says she felt tremendous pressure living in the public eye. "Even though it was a blessing to have Dynasty, you have absolutely no privacy. And I think [there's] also a sense of feeling like you had to live up to somebody's expectation," she says. "I knew I couldn't live up to what everyone was seeing."
Linda says she finally found peace at her 70-acre rural retreat in Washington State. "The whole purpose of me coming up here was because I understood that so much of my life was outside of me," she says. "I replaced the husbands with my career, and then still it was: 'You're only as good as your ratings. You're only as good as your this or that.' It just seemed like there had to be more to life than all that."
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Still, Linda says she decided to have plastic surgery at 50 because she wanted to, not because she had to. "I was madly in love with a man 12 years younger than me [New Age musician Yanni]," she says. "I wanted to still look good because I was with him."
Linda says she doesn't regret her surgery. "I wanted to look a certain way so I could feel better about that 12-year difference," she says. "And it worked."
Surgery or not, Linda says every woman should strive to love what they see in the mirror. "The great thing about aging is you do get wiser and you do get more certain in yourself of what you are and what you want," she says. "Loving yourself doesn't mean having a massage or getting your hair done. It means truly knowing your values."
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