Linda Hamilton: See the 'Terminator' knockout through the years

It's been more than 30 years since "The Terminator" was first released in theaters, and perhaps you began to think you'd never see Linda Hamilton reprise her role as Sarah Connor.

But no need to worry. She'll be back.

The actress, now 60, is returning to the iconic franchise for the upcoming reboot, and nobody's more excited than director James Cameron, who -- incidentally -- is Hamilton's ex-husband. "As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it's going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she's become return," Cameron reportedly told guests at a recent event.

Since her big-screen breakout in 1984, Hamilton has gone brunette, gone back to blonde, and tried out some pretty wild fashion styles -- and she might just look better than ever in 2017.

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Linda Hamilton through the years
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Actress Linda Hamilton attending 11th Annual Alpo Animal Celebrity Tour on August 30, 1987 at Burbank Studio Ranch in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
American actress Linda Hamilton, circa 1985. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1986: Actress Linda Hamilton and actor Brian Kerwin the movie 'King Kong Lives ' , circa 1986. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 11th Annual Alpo Animal Celebrity Tour on August 30, 1987 at Burbank Studio Ranch in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
American actors Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman (in full Beast make-up and costume) pose for a promotional photo for their CBS television series 'Beauty and the Beast,' 1987. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 28, 1988 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton and actor Ron Perlman attend 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 1988 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton and husband Bruce Abbott attending 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 28, 1989 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Hamilton (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the premiere of 'Terminator 2' on July 1, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Cinema in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Hamilton, presenter during The 1991 MTV Music Video Awards - Press Room at The Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, CA, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton during 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' Los Angeles Premiere - After Party at Century Plaza Parking Lot in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
James Cameron and Linda Hamilton at the Grand Opening of 'Planet Hollywood', South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending First Annual MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 1992 at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the screening of 'Cliffhanger' on May 26, 1993 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the world premiere of 'True Lies' on July 12, 1994 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 17th Annual Cable ACE Awards on December 2, 1995 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 'Press Conference for 17th Annual Cable ACE Awards Nominations' on September 19, 1995 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the screening of 'An Unexpected Family' on November 19, 1996 at Los Angeles County Museum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending the world premiere of 'Dante's Peak' on February 25, 1997 at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 'USDA Convention' on July 10, 1997 at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Hamilton and James Cameron at the Premiere of 'Titanic', Mann Chinese Theater, Hollywood. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton & James Cameron during The 1998 Producers Guild of America Golden Laurel Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
James Cameron and Linda Hamilton at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Linda Hamilton attending 'Starlight Foundation NY-NJ-CT Pins Project Benefit' on March 4, 1999 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Linda Hamilton during GLAAD Fairness Awards at Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton during Screening of Hallmark Entertainment's 'Silent Night' at Paramount Studios Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Linda Hamilton attends the screening of the short film 'Wholey Moses' at the Lammele 5 theatres on February 27, 2003 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Linda Hamilton (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton during Wheels Up Films' 'The Kid & I' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 30: Much Love Animal Rescue Shop Till You Drool Event in Los Angeles, United States on April 30, 2005 - Linda Hamilton at the Much Love Animal Rescue Shop Till You Drool event at 5th & Sunset Studios. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Linda Hamilton (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage for Harrison & Shriftman)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Linda Hamilton walks the runway at the Johnnie Walker Dressed to Kilt 2006 fashion show during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in the main tent October 14, 2006 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for Dressed to Kilt)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Linda Hamilton (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Linda Hamilton during Johnnie Walker Dressed to Kilt 2007 - Arrivals and Fashion Show at Capitale at 130 Bowery in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22: Linda Hamilton attends the Hope for Depression Research Foundation luncheon at the Plaza Hotel on October 22, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Actress Linda Hamilton attends the 2008 Diamond in the RAW Foundation Stuntwomen's Awards Luncheon at the Mountain Gate Country Club on October 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Linda Hamilton attends day 1 of the 2009 Big Apple Comic Con at Pier 94 on October 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Linda Hamilton attends 8th annual 'Best In Drag' show AIDS fundraiser at Orpheum Theatre on October 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
DEFIANCE -- 'All Things Must Pass' Episode 212 -- Pictured: Linda Hamilton as Pilar -- (Photo by: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Although she's best known for her "Terminator" role, Hamilton has appeared in countless TV shows and movies over the years. The sixth "Terminator" will reunite Hamilton, Schwarzenegger and Cameron for what's expected to be a major blockbuster in 2019.

RELATED: See "Footloose" star Lori Singer then and now

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Lori Singer -- Then and Now
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Lori Singer and Kevin Bacon promoting "Footloose" in 1984.
Lori Singer as Ariel Moore in "Footloose."
CIRCA 1987: Actress Lori Singer poses in a scene from the movie 'Summer Heat' circa 1987. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Tom Hanks and Lori Singer publicity portrait for the film 'The Man With One Red Shoe', 1985. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)
Actress Lori Singer attending 'National Cable Forum' on July 13, 1990 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
371642 01: Actress Lori Singer attends the screening of 'The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle' June 26, 2000 at AMC Empire 25 theatre in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Liaison)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Lori Singer arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Actress Lori Singer leaves the 'AOL Build' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on March 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Lori Singer attends Build Series to discuss 'God Knows Where I Am' at Build Studio on March 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Lori Singer discusses 'God Knows Where I Am' during the Build Series at Build Studio on March 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Lori Singer attends the 'Experimenter' premiere during the 53rd New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Lori Singer attends the 'Experimenter' premiere during the 53rd New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actresss Lori Singer attends the 53rd New York Film Festival premiere of 'Experimenter' at Alice Tully Hall on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steven A Henry/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Lori Singer attends Montblanc & The Cinema Society host a party for The New York Film Festival premiere of Magnolia Pictures' 'Experimenter' at PH-D Terrace at Dream Midtown on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Lori Singer attends The New York Film Festival Premiere Of Magnolia Pictures' Experimenter hosted by Montblanc & The Cinema Society at PH-D Terrace at Dream Midtown on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Actress Lori Singer attends the 'Experimenter' Premiere during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival at the Eccles Center Theatre on January 25, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Sundance)
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