Age and Beauty

My friend Robert shared an interesting post on utterz today about a legendary beauty, Bridgette Bardeaux and how unkind time can be even to the most beautiful of us.
Here’s the photo of the french looker then and now:
bardot

It appears as if father time isn’t fair when it comes to aging men and women.
Here’s Sean Connery from the same time span then and now.
connery

Throughout history, much older men have been with much younger women but rarely is it the other way around. Why is that so? I guess the fact that women live much longer kind of makes up for all this?

Need another example? Here’s that famous beautiful Afghan girl from the cover of Time magazine that they tracked down many years later:
afghan-girl

All this reminds me of a wonderful song called “What is a Youth” by fellow countryman Nino Rota. It was used in Franco Zefferelli’s “Romeo & Juliet” from 1968. The words and music say it all.

WHAT IS A YOUTH

What is a youth? Impetuous fire.
What is a maid? Ice and desire.
The world wags on.
A rose will bloom
It then will fade
So does a youth.
So do-o-o-oes the fairest maid.
Comes a time when one sweet smile
Has its season for a while…Then love’s in love with me.
Some they think only to marry, Others will tease and tarry,
Mine is the very best parry. Cupid he rules us all.
Caper the cape, but sing me the song,
Death will come soon to hush us along.
Sweeter than honey and bitter as gall.
Love is a task and it never will pall.
Sweeter than honey…and bitter as gall
Cupid he rules us all

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