Wendie Malick talks to omg! about career, marriage, and some unusual pets. (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)You've heard it before: Once an actress reaches her 50s (or maybe even her 40s), show business typically isn't interested anymore. But 61-year-old Wendie Malick isn't so sure about that. "The sheer numbers of women over 50, I think give people pause and force a lot of producers and writers to realize there is an enormous audience out there that they haven't been serving very well, who have disposable incomes," she explains. "Everyone's been such slaves to the young 18-to 29-demographic of boys that they've sort of forgotten about this giant group, but baby boomers are not to be ignored."
Case in point: Malick's sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," which was just renewed for a fourth season and co-stars 51-year-old Valerie Bertinelli, 50-year-old Jane Leeves, and of course, the iconic Betty White, who just turned 90. The success of the show -- about three single friends from Los Angeles who wind up living together in a house Cleveland with a wise-cracking elderly caretaker -- hasn't come as a big surprise to Malick. "After we did our first table-read for the pilot, we all looked at each other and went 'Oh my gosh, something is happening here,'" she recalls. "You never know until you actually sit down together and read it. You can think you'll have chemistry, but you just don't know until you're in the room together. Women of a certain age had been just ignored for so long and there was just so much to mine there."
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