40-Something & Fabulous!

They're successful, gorgeous – and older than 39. Take a look at the stars who prove that your forties are fierce!

01 of 10

HALLE BERRY

HALLE BERRY
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The Oscar winner was named the sexiest woman alive by Esquire last year – but didn't let the honor go to her head. "I don't know exactly what it means, but ... having just had a baby, I think I'll take it," the 43-year-old, who welcomed daughter Nahla in March 2008, said. Since having Nahla, she's branched out from acting, launching her own eponymous perfume this year, but look for Berry to return to the big screen in 2010 with the drama Frankie and Alice, about a woman with multiple personality disorder.

02 of 10

JENNIFER LOPEZ

JENNIFER LOPEZ
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Who else could run a triathlon just seven months after welcoming twins? It could only be J.Lo, the multiplatinum singer, actress, fashion and fragrance designer, who celebrated her 40th birthday with not one, but two blowout bashes. So what's next for the star? "I'm at a point in my life when I just don't feel the need to put out anything unless I totally, absolutely feel it says what I want to say," she told InStyle – but also admitted that she's already penning songs inspired by her twins.

03 of 10

COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE

COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE
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She's a cougar, hear her roar – literally! "I don't take offense to the word," the sexy 45-year-old star of the hotly anticipated fall comedy Cougar Town told PEOPLE. "[My husband] David's much younger than me and he loves older women. I mean, why not date someone younger if you can?"

04 of 10

SHERYL CROW

SHERYL CROW
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She has a whopping nine Grammy Awards, but after hitting 40, the multiplatinum singer, now 46, started branching out, launching a clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co., and focusing on charitable causes, like environmental issues (she performed at Live Earth and hit the road for her "Stop Global Warming College Tour") and cancer (a breast cancer survivor, she lent her star power to Stand Up for Cancer). But that all takes a backseat to the most important thing in her world: son Wyatt, 2. "My life is definitely richer," she told PEOPLE, "and he's the first thing I think of in the morning, and the first thing I think of before I go to sleep."

05 of 10

MARISKA HARGITAY

MARISKA HARGITAY
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The Emmy winner is the daughter of legendary Hollywood beauty Jayne Mansfield, but the Law amp Order: SVU star, 45, doesn't buy into the overly primped and made-up M.O. of some of her contemporaries. "I developed this attitude that makeup detracts from your inner beauty," she told Ladies' Home Journal. In fact, she's even been known to go makeup-free!

06 of 10

LUCY LIU

LUCY LIU
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The Charlie's Angel kicked off her forties by receiving a Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award from UNICEF, which recognized her work as a UNICEF Ambassador. Now 41, the Emmy winner's expanding her acting resume into voice work, lending her talents to Kung Fu Panda and Tinker Bell.

07 of 10

KATE WALSH

KATE WALSH
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"I went through a phase ... where I obsessed over every flaw," the Private Practice star, 41, told Marie Claire. But, "I'm so happy that I got through it and didn't take any action." As for the pressure to be a certain size in Hollywood? "I enjoy life, and part of that for me is eating."

08 of 10

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS
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The actress nabbed an Emmy (and is up for another) for her portrayal of the quirky title character on the hit The New Adventures of Old Christine, revealing that, yes, there is life after Seinfeld. Another thing she revealed? Her amazing abs on the April issue of Shape, where the 48-year-old candidly admitted, "My biggest food vice is bacon. In fact, I don't keep bacon in my house – that would be way too tempting."

09 of 10

MARISA TOMEI

MARISA TOMEI
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Although she admitted that taking it off for her Oscar-nominated role as a stripper in The Wrestler was a little intimidating, Tomei, 44, gamely did what the movie called for, saying, "That pole work is crazy hard." Don't expect Tomei to hang up her tassels just yet: When asked by moviesonline.ca about the roles she's offered as she gets older, the sassy Oscar winner, 44, replied, "I'm not that old yet!"

10 of 10

DEMI MOORE

DEMI MOORE
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"She becomes more beautiful to me by the minute. She's got the magic thing," husband Ashton Kutcher, 31, raved to PEOPLE about his wife, 46. It could be magic – or it could be her regular workouts with P90X DVDs, Pilates and her organic diet. One thing it's not? Surgery. Moore denies ever going under the knife, even Tweeting, "I still have excess skin amp stretch marks!"

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