Actress’ lawsuit puts focus on age as job barrier (AP)

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2011 file photo, Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek, 45, poses during the photo call of the movie 'Puss in Boots' in Rome. Hayek is one of many successful actresses over 40 working in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)AP – A million-dollar lawsuit by an actress who claims her job prospects were damaged when she was outed online as a 40-year-old has run smack into conventional wisdom: If Sandra Bullock, 47, and Helen Mirren, 66, are getting steady work, bias against older actresses surely must have vanished.