Why Hollywood Doesn’t Cast Women Over 40

There are few if any parts for them, and that’s always been how the industry works. “It worked out that by the 1930s a woman could be a star into her mid 30s or even her mid-40s. As we progressed past World War II and up to the present time it got to be a pretty standard rule of thumb that once a movie actress got to be over 40 then supposedly, psychologically, America’s young kids didn’t want to see her playing leading roles so they wrote fewer parts for them.”