04/13/2012 03:43 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Ellen Barkin's Style Evolution (PHOTOS)

You may not believe it, but Ellen Barkin actually wanted to teach ancient history before she decided to pursue acting. And it's a good thing she didn't go the scholarly route -- her success as an actress is one of the most impressive in the business, starring in hits like 1982's Diner, 1998's Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas and 2007's Ocean's Thirteen.

Barkin's also got impeccable style to match her impressive resume, always stunning fans both on and off the red carpet with her seemingly ageless beauty and chic, effortless ensembles. She's got a figure fit for body-hugging dresses and sharp tailoring, and the New York City native is never afraid to show off her assets.

As Barkin turns 58 on April 16th, we're celebrating her ability to keep us enthralled with that cool, edgy look she wears so well. Take a look through the gallery below to see some of our favorite fashionable Ellen Barkin moments throughout the years.

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