Greta Scacchi, 61, looks quite different from in her bombshell heyday as she enjoys Sydney beach day 1

Greta Scacchi, 61, looks quite different from in her bombshell heyday as she enjoys Sydney beach day

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She’s an Italian-Australian actress who was famed for her bombshell status during the 1980s and 1990s and has been open and honest about the taboo of ageing in the entertainment industry.

And on Friday, Greta Scacchi, 61, slipped into a tankini for a trip to Sydney’s Maroubra Beach, with her daughter Leila George, 29.

Greta – who’s best known for her roles in White Mischief, Presumed Innocent and The Player – appeared to be having a great time as she splashed around in the sea. 

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Now and then: Presumed Innocent star Greta Scacchi, 61, slipped into a tankini as she enjoyed Christmas Eve at Sydney 's Maroubra Beach after discussing the taboo of ageing in the entertainment industry

Then: Pictured looking every inch the bombshell in 1987 in romantic drama White Mischief

Now and then: Presumed Innocent star Greta Scacchi, 61, slipped into a tankini as she enjoyed Christmas Eve at Sydney ‘s Maroubra Beach after discussing the taboo of ageing in the entertainment industry

Frank: The actress once admitting that in recent years, a director didn't recognise her from her sexy starlet days (Pictured in 1987 drama White Mischief)

Frank: The actress once admitting that in recent years, a director didn’t recognise her from her sexy starlet days (Pictured in 1987 drama White Mischief)

Greta arrived at the beach clad in a pretty blue and white tie-dye dress, and carrying a straw hat in one hand.The actress then stripped down to a pair of navy blue bikini bottoms, which she paired with a black tank top.  

The Palm Beach star appeared to have had a great time splashing around in the water, where at one stage, she lay floating on her back, with her arms outstretched as she squinted against the glare of the sun.

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Later, Greta changed into a vibrant pair of printed pants, and wore a pink floral-print sundress over the top.

Fun in the sun: Greta - who's best known for her roles in White Mischief, Presumed Innocent and The Player - was no doubt thrilled to be enjoying some time with her daughter Leila George

Fun in the sun: Greta – who’s best known for her roles in White Mischief, Presumed Innocent and The Player – was no doubt thrilled to be enjoying some time with her daughter Leila George 

Rocky road: Greta was seen making her way down the rocks to the sea

Rocky road: Greta was seen making her way down the rocks to the sea

In June 2019, Greta spoke frankly about the process of growing older in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, admitting: ‘It is a bummer, ageing.

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‘The only comforting thing is knowing that we are actually all going along the conveyor belt at the same pace.’ 

Greta went on to explain why she feels ageing is so taboo in the entertainment industry, and for fans of beautiful celebrities alike. 

‘When it comes to acting, of course we have the fact that it is more disgraceful for actors to grow old, because they are exposed there. 

‘People see an actor age and they are so shocked. They don’t realise that she has got old at the same pace as they have.’ 

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The Emma actress has always been frank on the topic, once admitting that a director didn’t recognise her from her sexy starlet days. 

Speaking to the Mail On Sunday, she said: ‘I was chatting to a young film director and he asked my name. After I told him he said, ‘Like the actress?’ and I said, ‘Yep, that’s me’.  

Loving life: The Palm Beach star appeared to have had a great time splashing around

Making a splash: She smiled while cooling off in the sea

Loving life: The Palm Beach star appeared to have had a great time splashing around

Laidback: At one stage, she lay floating on her back, with her arms outstretched as she squinted against the glare of the sun

Laidback: At one stage, she lay floating on her back, with her arms outstretched as she squinted against the glare of the sun

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Standing out: Greta later changed into a pair of printed pants, and put on a pink floral-print sundress over the top as daughter Leila sat nearby and applied sunscreen

Standing out: Greta later changed into a pair of printed pants, and put on a pink floral-print sundress over the top as daughter Leila sat nearby and applied sunscreen

‘But then he said: “No, I mean Greta Scacchi, the actress who did all those films.” I had to say to him: “Do I look so bad?” I said you are describing me but you are not recognising me.

‘Then he was mortified. That was a low point for me. To be unrecognisable as yourself is disturbing,’ she candidly recalled.      

From 1983 to 1989, Greta dated New Zealand musician Tim Finn, 69, formerly of rock group Split Enz.

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She later had a four-year relationship with American actor Vincent D’Onofrio, 62, with whom she shares daughter Leila George – Sean Penn’s ex-wife.

In 1997, Scacchi began a relationship with her cousin Carlo Mantegazza and that September welcomed a son together, Matteo, 24.

Greta’s first on-screen role was in the first season finale of Bergerac, in 1981, and the following year, she made her film debut in the German movie Das Zweite Gesicht (The Second Face). 

First love: From 1983 to 1989, Greta dated New Zealand musician Tim Finn, 69, formerly of rock group Split Enz (Pictured in 1987)

First love: From 1983 to 1989, Greta dated New Zealand musician Tim Finn, 69, formerly of rock group Split Enz (Pictured in 1987)

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Leila's father: She later had a four-year relationship with American actor Vincent D'Onofrio, 62, (Pictured together in 1991) with whom she shares daughter Leila George - Sean Penn's ex-wife

Leila’s father: She later had a four-year relationship with American actor Vincent D’Onofrio, 62, (Pictured together in 1991) with whom she shares daughter Leila George – Sean Penn’s ex-wife 

Greta’s first leading role was in Heat and Dust back in 1983, for which she earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Newcomer to Film.

For her portrayal of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in the 1996 television film, Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, she won a Primetime Emmy Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2006, Greta received a second Emmy nomination for her role in the television film Broken Trail, and earned her first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.  

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In 2007, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Broken Trail. 

Since then, Greta has worked steadily as an actress on both stage and screen. 

Longterm love: In 1997, Scacchi began a relationship with her cousin Carlo Mantegazza (pictured together in 2011) and welcomed a son together, Matteo, 24

Longterm love: In 1997, Scacchi began a relationship with her cousin Carlo Mantegazza (pictured together in 2011) and welcomed a son together, Matteo, 24

Candid: In June 2019, Greta spoke frankly about the process of growing older, admitting: 'It is a bummer, ageing' (Pictured in 2019)

Candid: In June 2019, Greta spoke frankly about the process of growing older, admitting: ‘It is a bummer, ageing’ (Pictured in 2019)

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