We should be used to this kind of thing by now, but…yeah, Gabrille Anwar is a MILF with three children, and one of those kids is 20 years old. And yet here we are celebrating Gabrielle Anwar as a sex symbol on her 44th(!) birthday with a lot of recent pics, because Gabrielle really revived her status as a sex symbol over the past few years courtesy of the USA network’s Burn Notice–where she soaked up plenty of rays as a Miami she-spy who couldn’t keep herself out of bikinis.
Well, that’s the magic of Hollywood. Gabrielle really did get a lot of attention early in her life, though. She came to Los Angeles from her native England and quickly landed a part in 1991′s If Looks Could Kill. Sadly, that was the big-screen debut of Richard Grieco, who’s mostly known as the guy who filled in for Johnny Depp on 21 Jump Street and could never manage a hit film. Gabrielle made a big impression as an aspiring spy, though, and then showed up on Beverly Hills 90210. She got a really big career push with a splashy role with Al Pacino in 1992′s Scent of a Woman, and followed that with lead roles in The Three Musketeers and the Michael J. Fox romantic comedy For Love or Money.
People magazine jumped in to declare Gabrielle Anwar one of the Most Beautiful People in the World. She also had her first child amongst all that, courtesy of a long romance with actor Craig Sheffer. So she was a new mother with some recent big-screen movies that had really underperformed–and Gabrielle also had gotten a reputation as being a difficult actress. She was really just more of a serious actress than anyone was expecting.
Fortunately, the ’90s was a good time for Gabrielle to concentrate on making cool indie movies for a while. She spent about a decade indulging herself, and then began to appear more on television for a proper comeback. That included a 2007 role on The Tudors–but then Burn Notice came along as a surprise success. Nobody was too surprised to see Gabrielle still looking great. But if you missed out, here’s your chance to catch up on a really touching Hollywood success story. If you know what we mean…