By Nate Millado
July 23 is Gorgeous Grandma Day—yes, that's a thing!—and these five lovely ladies show why such a holiday exists. They're accomplished award winners—and red carpet head-turners—but let's not forget their off-screen roles: as Nana and Lolly. Join us in a tribute to our five fave glam-mas.
The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne showing off her new platinum ’do.
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The tart-tongued Talk co-host, 67, gushes about being "a nana to three angels" Pearl, Andy, and Minnie (son Jack's daughters). "You can spoil, you can indulge," Sharon Osbourne said on The Talk in 2011, "and then say, 'Okay, now let your parents be the ones to teach you right from wrong. I'm not. What do you want? Have it!'" Osbourne received the best 67th birthday present last October, when Jack, daughter Kelly, and granddaughters Andy and Minnie all surprised her on The Talk. A visibly verklempt Sharon choked up and said, "I am the luckiest old bitch in the world!"
Rita Moreno strikes a pose as One Day at a Time co-star Justina Machado looks on at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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She's a rare EGOT winner—having won a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—but Rita Moreno, 88, is equally proud of another "G" title: grandmother. Her two grandsons, Justin and Cameron, are "the light of our lives," she once told GRAND magazine. "These little boys are our hearts and souls. They are the air we breathe." And though she might be a little different from the sassy, super-flirty abuela she plays on One Day At A Time, there's no mistaking that both Moreno and ODAAT's Lydia adore their families.
Christine Baranski makes an entrance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
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Not many nanas can rock pearls and power suits the way Christine Baranski, 68, does on The Good Fight. Then again, not every grandma is as "cool" as Baranski, who told Live With Kelly and Ryan that she took her grandsons to their first New York Rangers game. "That is the thing to do with little boys—a hockey game," she said, "because they can make a mess on the floor, and have popcorn, and shout, and scream. It was so much fun." Baranski has been "blissfully stuck" with her three grandsons during quarantine, gardening, baking with them, and introducing them to Bach.
Marie Osmond in an all-musical, holiday-themed episode of The Talk.
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The multi-hyphenated megastar, 60, has worn many hats over a storied decades-long career—singer, dancer, actor, The Talk co-host—but there's one coveted title that Marie Osmond relishes more than any—being a mother to her eight children and grandma to six. As she put it on her official Instagram account earlier this year, "Being surrounded by family and dear friends is my greatest blessing and I never take it for granted. Also, I believe what my dad taught us, 'If you can get along with your family, you can get along with anyone!'"
Veteran news journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl.
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The 60 Minutes correspondent, 78, wrote the book on grandparenting—literally! In 2016, Lesley Stahl penned Becoming Grandma, where she reveals that she was "jolted, blindsided by a wallop of loving more intense than anything I could remember or had ever imagined" after the birth of her first granddaughter. During her 40-plus years of broadcast journalism, Stahl has covered hard news from Watergate to Guantanamo. But when her two grandkids, Jordan and Chloe, call her "Lolly," Stahl turns to mush. "When you are a grandmother, something gets disabled—the ability to say 'no,'" she once said. "I was in a bookstore with my granddaughter and she kept saying, 'I want dat, I want dat, I want dat' and I bought her all those 'dats.'"
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