7 Famous Late Bloomers Who Prove There Is No Deadline For Success

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Is there a deadline for success? At what age should we tell ourselves, it's too late, time to move on? The answer: never. So you didn't make the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Yes, it can be frustrating watching your peers accomplish professional success, announcing engagements or pregnancies on Facebook, all while you're barely keeping your shit together. A girl's weekend in Miami? Yeah right! You can barely pay your phone bill. 

Well, guess what? Just because your life isn't falling into place by the time your 35, 40 or even later, doesn't mean that you should give up. Success isn't defined by age, but by hard work and perseverance. Here are 7 bad-ass women who hit their career strides later in life: 

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Sofia was a divorced mother of one by the time she was 21 years old. While raising her son, Manolo, she bounced from modeling and acting jobs, never quite making her mark. Vergara was 37 years old when she landed the coveted role of Gloria Pritchett on ABC's Modern Family, solidifying her acting career and landing her on Hollywood's A-list. She is now one of the highest paid actresses on television. She met her husband, follow actor Joe Manganiello in her early 40's and got married at 43. Vergara proves that the older you get, the better life becomes. 

Modern Family Season 7
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Starring Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Vera Wang was a competitive figure skater, a journalist and a fashion editor in her early career, but it wasn't until she was 40 years old that she flirted with the idea of becoming a fashion designer. At 40, she started fresh and launched her now iconic bridal line and has never looked back. This goes to show that the career path you choose in your 20's isn't always the one that will garner success and fulfillment later on in life. 

Vera Wang On Weddings
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By Vera Wang

Julia Child

Julia Child

Did you know Julia Child didn't learn to cook until she was 40? When she was anticipating her 50th birthday, she collaborated on her first French cooking book titled Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Soon after, she promoted her book on television and that propelled her into an overnight sensation in the culinary world. Besides Martha Stewart, who in her own right became more successful after the age of 50, Julia Child became the go-to woman when it comes to culinary undertakings.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1
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By Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, was elected into Congress when she was 47 years old, and she was 67 years old when elected Speaker of the House. Pelosi has five children and was a stay at home mother for many years. She waited until her children were grown before she delved fully and wholeheartedly into politics. Her patience and perseverance paid off in a big way. She is the first woman ever to lead a political party in Congress.

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By Nancy Pelosi, Amy Hill Hearth

Viola Davis

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Davis is a Julliard trained actor and created a substantial body of work during her career, however, she hadn't truly made her mark in film and television until she was well into her 40's. At age 43, Davis landed a role opposite Meryl Streep in the film Doubt and the industry really started to take notice. Davis received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the film, followed shortly by a Best Actress title for The Help. She is now a household name at 51 years old thanks to her lead role in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, which led her to become the first African-American actress to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Davis recently won her second Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Fences, proving that she's just beginning to reach her prime in her 50's. 

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Starring Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

Arguably one of the highest paid authors today, Rowling's early career was plagued with disappointments. At 30 years old, Rowling was a divorced mother of two, clinically depressed and living off of public assistance. During her lowest point, she began writing as an outlet and a way to heal. Rowling sent the acclaimed Harry Potter manuscript to twelve publishers and she was subsequently rejected from all twelve. A year later, Rowling received the green-light from another publisher and the rest is history. Rowling's story proves that sometimes your lowest point in life is often your greatest launching pad. 

Kerry Washington

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Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Before she was known as Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington was mostly known as the hard-to-crack sister from the film Save The Last Dance. Washington skipped over the whole starlet/ingénue phase and went straight to bad-ass woman in charge. At age 35, she landed the role would make her a household name with ABC's Scandal and the phrase "it's handled" took on a whole new meaning. 

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Starring Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Henry Ian Cusick

Persevering through rejection, triumphing through accomplishments, re-learning things that proved wrong, and gaining personal knowledge are all experiences that will shape you and mold your purpose. For those lucky few, this is found early on in life. For the rest, it is found much later. 

Were you a late bloomer? Do you know someone who was? Share with us your experience in the comments below. 

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