While scientists continue to search for ways to prolong life, some people have found the secret to living longer than 100 ages. For these people, age doesn’t matter, and they continue to enjoy life even near or over 100 years old. It is generally believed that creative people live bright but short lives. But the characters mentioned in this article have demonstrated the opposite.
- These celebs demonstrate that age is just a number. Many of them are in their 90s and 100s and still thrive and inspire others.
- Betty White is a national treasure and one of history’s most revered actors. She is still going strong at 99 years old.
- With careers spanning decades, Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, and Cloris Leachman are all among the oldest living celebrities.
- Kane Tanaka, who is 117 years old, is the world’s oldest living person. She attributes her long life to her enjoyment of board games.
- Jeanne Calment, a 122-year-old woman, attributed her long life to olive oil, cigarettes, chocolate, and wine.
- Maria Riva, the daughter of legendary actress Marlene Dietrich, is still performing at the age of 98.
- June Lockhart, who starred in the iconic TV show “Lost in Space,” is also 98.
- Many of these celebrities have received multiple prizes and accolades over the course of their careers, demonstrating that age is no barrier to achievement.
- Despite their elderly ages these celebrities’ ability and enthusiasm continue to inspire and delight people all around the world.
- Their longevity serves as a reminder to all of us to take care of ourselves and live life to the fullest regardless of the number of candles on our birthday cake.
1. Iris Apfel
|Full Name||Iris Apfel|
|Birthdate||August 29, 1921|
|Birthplace||Queens, New York, U.S.|
|Parents||Sadye “Syd” Asofsky, Samuel Barrel|
|Education||New York University, University of Wisconsin|
|Occupations||Businesswoman, Interior Designer, Fashion Icon|
|Spouse||Carl Apfel (m. 1948; died 2015)|
|Modeling Contract||Signed with IMG in 2019 at age 97|
|Notable Works||IRIS (documentary film), Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Books||“Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon” (2018)|
|Documentaries||“Iris” (2014), “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” (2017)|
|Awards||Women Together Special Award of the Year (2016), Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Award (2016)|
|Significant Exhibition||Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel at The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art (2005)|
|Parents’ Professions||Samuel Barrel: Owned a glass and mirror business, Sadye Barrel: Owned a fashion boutique|
|Early Influence||Developed passion for antique shops and jewelry as a child|
|Early Career||Copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily, Assistant to interior designer Elinor Johnson and illustrator Robert Goodman|
|Textile Firm||Launched Old World Weavers with Carl Apfel, specialized in fabric reproductions, including a contract with the White House|
|White House Projects||Worked on design restoration projects for nine U.S. Presidents|
|World Travels||Collected non-Western, artisanal clothes from around the world|
|Visiting Professor||University of Texas at Austin, Division of Textiles and Apparel|
|Commercial Engagements||DS 3 television commercial (2016), Blue Illusion brand ambassador (2016)|
|Smart Jewellery Collaboration||Collaborated with WiseWear for a line of Smart Jewellery (2016)|
|Museum Exhibit||Building dedicated gallery at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History|
|Consulting and Lectures||Offers style and fashion-related consultations and lectures|
|Fashion Recognition||Listed as one of the fifty “Best-Dressed over 50” by The Guardian (2013)|
Iris Apfel (née Barrel; born August 29, 1921) is a businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon from the United States. From 1950 to 1992, Apfel ran a textile business with her husband, Carl, including a contract with the White House that lasted nine presidents.
In retirement, she received critical acclaim for a 2005 show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which featured her collection of costume jewelry styled with clothes on mannequins as she would wear it. She has become a fashion icon, signing with IMG as a model in 2019 at the age of 97, and she was featured in Albert Maysles’ 2014 documentary Iris.
2. Walter Mirisch
|Full Name||Walter Mirisch|
|Birthdate||November 8, 1921|
|Birthplace||New York City, U.S.|
|Spouse||Patricia Kahan (1924–2005)|
|Children||Anne Mirisch Sonnenberg, Andrew Mirisch, Lawrence Mirisch|
|Relatives||Marvin Mirisch (brother), Harold Mirisch (half-brother), John A. Mirisch (half-great-nephew)|
|Notable Works||In the Heat of the Night, The Apartment, West Side Story|
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Picture (In the Heat of the Night), Producer of the Year Award (Producers’ Guild of America)|
|Education||University of Wisconsin–Madison (BA), Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration|
|Career Highlights||President and executive head of production of The Mirisch Corporation, Founded The Mirisch Company|
|Significant Films||The Magnificent Seven, Love in the Afternoon, Hawaii, Midway, Same Time, Next Year|
|Television Productions||Wichita Town, Peter Loves Mary, Desperado, The Magnificent Seven (series)|
|Honors and Recognitions||Cecil B. DeMille Award, Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award|
|Legacy||Retrospective at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Honored by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)|
|Date of Death||February 24, 2023 (aged 101)|
|Place of Death||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
American film producer Walter Mortimer Mirisch was born on November 8, 1921. Mirisch is president and chief head of the creation of The Mirisch Partnership, a free film creation organization, which he shaped in 1957 with his sibling Marvin and stepbrother Harold. As the producer of In the Heat of the Night (1967), he won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
From 1924 to 2005, he married Patricia Kahan; Anne Mirisch Sonnenberg, Andrew Mirisch, and Lawrence Mirisch were their three children. Lawrence, his son, established the Mirisch Agency. On November 8, 2021, Mirisch turned one hundred.
3. Ray Anthony
|Full Name||Ray Anthony|
|Birth Name||Raymond Antonini|
|Date of Birth||January 20, 1922|
|Birthplace||Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Occupation||Bandleader, Trumpeter, Songwriter, Former Actor|
|Association||Last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra|
|Musical Genre||Big Band, Jazz, Swing|
|Notable Works||“The Bunny Hop”, “Hokey Pokey”, theme from Dragnet|
|Chart Hits||“At Last” (highest charting pop version, 1952), “Worried Mind” (1962)|
|Television Appearances||Perry Como’s CBS show, The Ray Anthony Show|
|Film Appearances||Sun Valley Serenade, Daddy Long Legs, The Five Pennies|
|Spouse(s)||Mamie Van Doren (married 1955; divorced 1961)|
|Children||Perry Ray (born March 18, 1956)|
|Notable Compositions||“Thunderbird”, “The Bunny Hop”, “Trumpet Boogie”|
|Honors||Hollywood Walk of Fame star|
Ray Anthony (January 20, 1922) was born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, on January 20, 1922. His family relocated to Cleveland, where he spent most of his childhood. He studied trumpet with his father there. He was a Glenn Miller and His Orchestra member from 1940 to 1941. Anthony formed Big Band ’80s in the early 1980s, with other members including Buddy Rich, Harry James, Les Brown, and Alvino Rey.
Anthony, who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is still active as a bandleader and musician[when?]. His later works departed from his earlier Big Band jazz style, ranging from MOR and lounge music to blues, film, and television themes.
4. Margia Dean
|Full Name||Margia Dean|
|Birthname||Marguerite Louise Skliris-Alvarez (née Skliris)|
|Birthdate||April 7, 1922|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Occupation||Beauty queen, stage and screen actress|
|Years active||1929–1964; 2023 (Actress and model)|
|Notable Achievements||– Won the Women’s National Shakespeare Contest as Juliet|
|Notable Films||– Casanova in Burlesque (1944)|
Margia Dean (born April 7, 1922) is an American former beauty queen and stage and screen actress of Greek descent who had a successful career in Hollywood films from the 1940s to the early 1960s.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved with her parents to San Francisco, California, when she was a child. She began acting at seven, appearing on stage in various child roles, and later won the Women’s National Shakespeare Contest for her performance as Juliet in a Romeo and Juliet production. In 1939, she was named “Miss San Francisco” and “Miss California” for her modeling efforts. In the “Miss America 1939” pageant, she finished fifth behind Patricia Donnelly.
5. Norman Lear
|Full Name||Norman Lear|
|Born||July 27, 1922 (age 100)|
|Birthplace||New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Known for||Sitcoms: All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, Good Times, Maude, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, One Day at a Time|
|Spouses||Charlotte Rosen, Frances Loeb, Lyn Davis|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army, Army Air Forces|
|Years of service||1942–1945|
|Unit||463rd Bombardment Group, Fifteenth Air Force|
|Battles/wars||World War II, European Theater of Operations|
American producer and screenwriter Norman Milton Lear was born on July 27, 1922. He has produced, written, created, or developed more than 100 shows. All in the Family, which won numerous awards, as well as Maude, One Day at a Time, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, and Good Times are just a few of the well-known 1970s sitcoms that Lear is credited with creating.
Lear has continued to actively produce television, resulting in the 2022 Netflix revival of Good Times and the 2017 remake of One Day at a Time.
6. Janis Paige
|Full Name||Janis Paige|
|Birthdate||September 16, 1922|
|Birthplace||Tacoma, Washington, U.S.|
|Known For||The Pajama Game|
Janis Paige is a retired American actress and singer born Donna Mae Tjaden on September 16, 1922. She was five years old when she first started singing in community amateur productions in Tacoma, Washington. She relocated to Los Angeles after graduating high school, working as a pin-up model and singing at the Hollywood Canteen during World War II. This would result in a film deal with Warner Bros., though she later left the company to pursue live theatre work, making appearances in several Broadway productions. She continued to alternate between acting in films and on stage for most of her career.
7. Bert I. Gordon
|Bert I Gordon||Information|
|Full Name||Bert Ira Gordon|
|Birthdate||September 24, 1922|
|Birthplace||Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Occupation||Filmmaker and Visual Effects Artist|
|Known For||Science Fiction and Horror B-movies|
|Notable Works||King Dinosaur, The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth vs. the Spider, Village of the Giants, Empire of the Ants|
|Special Effects||Expert in Rear-Projection Techniques|
|Early Filmmaking||Started making 16mm home movies at age 13|
|Military Service||Joined the Army Air Forces during World War II|
|Career Path||TV commercials, British feature films, Production Assistant, Camera Man|
|Lawsuit against AIP||Sued American International Pictures for fraud|
|Family||Married Flora Lang (1945-1979), married Eva (second wife), had a daughter named Christina|
|Children||Susan (deceased), Carol, Patricia|
|University Education||Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Legacy||Films featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000|
|Date of Death||March 8, 2023|
|Place of Death||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Age at Death||100|
Born on September 24, 1922, Bert Ira Gordon is an American director and special effects artist. His most notable works include King Dinosaur (1955), Earth vs. the Spider (1958), The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), Village of the Giants (1965), and Empire of the Ants. He is writing and directing science fiction and horror B-movies (1977).
Most of Gordon’s work is in the style of giant monster movies, and he used rear projection to produce special effects for these movies. Forrest J. Ackerman gave him the moniker “Mr. B.I.G.” in honor of his initials and the creatures frequently appearing in his movies.
8. Jacqueline White
|Full Name||Jacqueline White|
|Birthdate||November 27, 1922|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Notable Films||Crossfire (1947), The Narrow Margin (1952)|
|Lasting Legacy||One of the last surviving actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood|
|Education||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Film Debut||Song of Russia (1944)|
|Leading Roles||Air Raid Wardens (1943), The Narrow Margin (1952)|
|Marriage||Neal Bruce Anderson|
|Children||4 sons, 1 daughter|
|Residence||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
Jacqueline Jane White (born November 23, 1922) is an American former actress, she had a brief career in Hollywood during the 1940s and early 1950s working as a contract player at both studios MGM and RKO.
She is perhaps best remembered for her roles in the movies Crossfire (1947) and The Narrow Margin (1952). She is one of the last living actresses from the heyday of Hollywood.
9. Henry Kissinger
|Full Name||Henry Alfred Kissinger|
|Birthdate||May 27, 1923|
|Birthplace||Fürth, Bavaria, Germany|
|Citizenship||Germany (until 1935), United States (since 1943)|
|Spouses||Ann Fleischer (m. 1949; div. 1964), Nancy Maginnes (m. 1974)|
|Education||City College of New York, Harvard University (AB, MA, PhD)|
|Occupation||Diplomat, Political theorist, Geopolitical consultant, Politician|
|Profession||Geopolitical consultant, Political scientist|
|Civilian Awards||Nobel Peace Prize (1973)|
|Military Service||United States Army (1943-1946)|
American politician, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant Henry Alfred Kissinger KCMG was born in Germany on May 27, 1923, and held the positions of national security advisor and secretary of state during the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Having fled Nazi Germany with his family as a Jew in 1938, Kissinger was a bright student who graduated from Harvard College with a BA degree summa cum laude in 1950 after studying under William Yandell Elliott. At Harvard University, he earned his MA in 1951 and his Ph.D. in 1954, respectively.
10. Glynis Johns
|Full Name||Glynis Margaret Payne Johns|
|Birthdate||October 5, 1923|
|Birthplace||Pretoria, Union of South Africa|
|Citizenship||United Kingdom, South Africa|
|Education||Clifton High School|
Cone School of Dancing
South Hampstead High School
|Occupations||Actress, dancer, musician, singer|
|Notable Film Roles||– 49th Parallel (1941)|
– Miranda (1948)
– Third Time Lucky (1949)
– Mary Poppins (1964)
|Notable Songs||– “Send In the Clowns”|
– “Sister Suffragette”
|Awards and Honors||– National Board of Review Award for Best Acting|
– Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
|Longevity Records||– Oldest living Academy Award nominee in any acting category|
– Oldest living Disney Legend
|Family Background||Theatrical family with a father who was a Welsh actor and a mother who was an Australian-born pianist|
|Theatre and Ballet||Started dancing at a young age, received ballet training, and appeared in various stage productions|
Musical-voiced The actor Mervyn Johns’ daughter Glynis Johns (born 5 October 1923). She was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist), and is best known for her light comedy roles and frequent flirting. Despite this, she has always been proud of her Welsh heritage.
11. Bob Barker
|Full Name||Bob Barker|
|Birthdate||December 12, 1923|
|Birthplace||Darrington, Washington, U.S.|
|Education||Drury University (BA)|
|Occupations||Television game show host, animal rights advocate|
|Years Active||1950–2007, 2009–2017|
|Television||The Price Is Right, Truth or Consequences|
|Spouse||Dorothy Jo Gideon (m. 1945; died 1981)|
|Retirement||Retired from hosting The Price Is Right in 2007|
|Animal Rights Activism||Became an advocate for animal rights after his wife’s death|
|Native Heritage||Part of the Sioux tribe, one-eighth Sioux descent|
|Early Career||Hosted The Bob Barker Show on radio|
|Longest-serving Host||Hosted the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants for 20 years|
|Health Issues||Overcame strokes, prostate surgery, and skin cancer|
|Advocate for Animals||Promoted spaying/neutering pets and supported animal rights organizations|
|Philanthropy||Founded DJ&T Foundation for animal welfare causes|
American television game show presenter Robert William Barker is now retired. On December 12, 1923, he was born. From 1972 to 2007, Barker was the host of The Price Is Right, the longest-running daytime game show in North American television history.
Barker presented Truth or Consequences from 1967 to 1987, which ran from 1956 to 1975. Barker presided over the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. After his wife Dorothy Jo passed away from lung cancer in 1981, he started to support animal rights.
12. Mike Nussbaum
|Full Name||Mike Nussbaum|
|Birthdate||December 29, 1923|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Acting Career||Started in community theater in the 1950s|
|Collaboration||Worked with David Mamet in the developing professional theatrical community in Chicago|
|Notable Films||Field of Dreams, House of Games, Things Change, Fatal Attraction, Men In Black|
|Directorial Work||Where Have You Gone, Jimmy Stewart? (2002) by Art Shay|
|Current Activity||Actively acting as of April 2019 at the age of 95|
|Spouses||Annette Brenner (m. 1949; died 2003)|
Julie Brudlos (m. 2004)
|Children||3 children – Jack, Karen, and Susan|
|Awards||Received multiple Jeff Awards|
Actor and director Myron G. Nussbaum was born in the United States on December 29, 1923. Nussbaum was raised in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood and was born into a Jewish family. After participating in World War II military service, he returned to Chicago and got married shortly after. His Army duties included serving as General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s chief of the message center, where he sent the official notification of Germany’s surrender. He co-owned a pest control company with his brother-in-law for 20 years.
13. Carole Cook
|Full Name||Carole Cook|
|Birthdate||January 14, 1924|
|Birthplace||Abilene, Texas, U.S.|
|Known For||The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, The Incredible Mr. Limpet|
|Film Roles||American Gigolo, Sixteen Candles, Grandview, U.S.A.|
|Notable TV Shows||The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote|
|Broadway||42nd Street, Romantic Comedy, Hello, Dolly!|
|Spouse||Tom Troupe (m. 1964)|
|Death||January 11, 2023, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.|
On January 14, 1924, Mildred Frances Cook was born in Abilene, Texas, becoming Carole Cook. She was an actress and comedian who worked as Lucille Ball’s protégé. Cook played Mrs. Peacham in the 1956 off-Broadway version of The Threepenny Opera. The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Sixteen Candles, Grandview, U.S.A., American Gigolo, Summer Lovers, and Palm Springs Weekend were some of the movies she appeared in.
In the fourth season episode of Hart to Hart, Cook played the lead. The 2002 Theatre Ovation Award for Lifetime Career Achievement went to Julie Cook. She was the first married couple to receive such honors, together with her actor husband, Tom Troupe.
14. Noreen Nash
|Full Name||Noreen Nash|
|Birthdate||April 4, 1924|
|Occupation||Actress, model, writer|
|Years Active||Actress: 1943–1962, Writer: 1980-2015|
|Spouses||Dr. Lee Edward Siegel (m. 1942; died 1990), James Whitmore (m. 2001; died 2009)|
|Died||June 6, 2023|
|Place of Death||Beverly Hills, California|
|Career||– Two-decade long career during Classical Hollywood Cinema era|
|Writing Career||Published several books|
|Education||Bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA|
|Notable Books||– “By Love Fulfilled” (1980)|
|Relationships||Married Dr. Lee Edward Siegel in 1942, James Whitmore in 2001|
|Legacy||Passed away at the age of 99 in Beverly Hills, California|
Noreen Nash, an American actress in film and television, was born Norabelle Jean Roth on April 4, 1924. She began her acting career with uncredited roles at MGM. She made her film debut in The Southerner in 1945. Subsequently, she mainly played the lead in b-movies from the late 1940s and early 1950s, including The Red Stallion (1947), The Checkered Coat (1948), and Phantom from Space (1950). (1953). She stopped acting in 1962, went to college, and eventually started writing books after publishing several.
15. Priscilla Pointer
|Full Name||Priscilla Marie Pointer|
|Birthdate||May 18, 1924|
|Birthplace||New York City, U.S.|
|Years active||1940s – 2014|
|Spouses||Jules Irving, Robert Symonds|
|Children||Katie Irving, David Irving, Amy Irving|
|Notable Collaborations||Worked alongside daughter Amy Irving in several films|
|Notable Films||Carrie, The Onion Field, Mommie Dearest, Twilight Zone: The Movie,|
|Notable Television||Where the Heart Is, Dallas|
|Roles||Rebecca Barnes Wentworth on Dallas, Adrienne Harris Rainey on Where the Heart Is|
|Guest Appearances||Adam-12, L.A. Law, The A-Team, Judging Amy, The Rockford Files, Cold Case|
American actress Priscilla Marie Pointer was born on May 18, 1924. In the late 1940s, she started her career in theater, appearing in Broadway plays, among other venues. In the early 1950s, Pointer made television appearances after relocating to Hollywood. However, she didn’t start regularly acting on the screen until the 1970s.
16. Eva Marie Saint
|Eva Marie Saint||Information|
|Full Name||Eva Marie Saint|
|Birthdate||July 4, 1924|
|Birthplace||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||Bowling Green State University|
|Awards||Academy Award, Primetime Emmy Award|
|Notable Films||On the Waterfront, North by Northwest, Exodus|
|Lasting Legacy||Oldest living Academy Award-winner|
|Contributions||Golden Age of Hollywood cinema|
|Stage Performances||The Trip to Bountiful, A Hatful of Rain|
|Television Appearances||The Philco Television Playhouse, Taxi!!!|
|Notable Voice Acting||The Legend of Korra|
Eva Marie Saint (born July 4, 1924) and she is an American film, stage, and television actress. In her 70-year career, she has won an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award and two British Academy Film Awards. Following the deaths of Olivia de Havilland in 2020 and Angela Lansbury, Saint became the oldest living and later earliest surviving winner of an Academy Award, as well as one of the last remaining stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
17. Jimmy Carter
|Full Name||James Earl Carter Jr.|
|Birthdate||October 1, 1924|
|Birthplace||Plains, Georgia, U.S.|
|Presidency||39th President of the United States (1977-1981)|
|Governorship||76th Governor of Georgia (1971-1975)|
|Georgia State Senate||Member of the Georgia State Senate (1963-1967)|
|Education||U.S. Naval Academy (BS)|
|Military Service||United States Navy (1946-1953)|
|Nobel Peace Prize||Awarded in 2002 for humanitarian efforts through the Carter Center|
|Human Rights Advocacy||Established the Carter Center to promote human rights|
|Habitat for Humanity||Active involvement in the nonprofit housing organization|
|Authorship||Published books on various subjects, including global affairs|
James Earl Carter Jr. was born October 1, 1924, and he was the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. He previously served as Georgia’s 76th governor from 1971 to 1975 and as a state senator from 1963 to 1967 as a Democrat. Carter stayed active in political and social endeavors after leaving the government, and he was gotten the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian efforts.
18. Joyce Randolph
|Full Name||Joyce Randolph|
|Birthdate||October 21, 1924|
|Birthplace||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Known For||Trixie Norton on the television sitcom The Honeymooners|
|Broadway Appearance||Ladies Night in a Turkish Bath (1950)|
|Last Surviving Cast Member of The Honeymooners||Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, Art Carney as Ed Norton, Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden, and Joyce Randolph as Thelma “Trixie” Norton|
|Portrayed Trixie Norton in The Jackie Gleason Show||Yes|
|Spouse||Richard Lincoln Charles (m. 1955; died 1997)|
|Children||1 son: Randolph Richard Charles (born 1960), a marketing executive|
|Other Family Connection||Grandaunt of former Major League Baseball pitcher Tim Redding|
Joyce Randolph, an American actress, best remembered for her role as Trixie Norton on the television sitcom The Honeymooners, was born Joyce Sirola on October 21, 1924.
Randolph married rich marketing entrepreneur Richard Lincoln Charles on October 2, 1955, the day following the debut of The Honeymooners. Richard Charles, 74, died in 1997. Randolph Richard Charles (born in 1960) is a marketing specialist. Tim Redding’s grandma.
19. Maria Riva
|Full Name||Maria Riva|
|Birthdate||December 13, 1924|
|Parent||Marlene Dietrich (mother)|
Maria Elisabeth Riva (born December 13, 1924) is a former American actress of German descent. In the 1950s, she worked for CBS and became one of the first stars of early kinescope television. She is Marlene Dietrich’s daughter, and she wrote a biography about her mother in 1992.
She was briefly engaged to actor Richard Haydn in early 1943 but married the same year actor Dean Goodman, whom she divorced in 1944. Maria met her second husband, scenic designer William Riva, during the summer of 1947, he was teaching a graduate acting and directing course at Fordham University. They married on July 4th of the same year. Maria and her husband were happily married for more than 50 years till he died in 1999. She has four boys with him.
Riva remained connected with many of her mother’s colleagues and contacts, including Brian Aherne, Edward R. Murrow, Jean Gabin, and Yul Brynner, with whom she participated in United Cerebral Palsy telethons in the 1950s.
20. June Lockhart
|Full Name||June Lockhart|
|Birthdate||June 25, 1925 (age 98)|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Known For||Lassie, Lost in Space|
|Notable Works||A Christmas Carol, Meet Me in St. Louis, Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction|
|Awards||Special Tony Award for Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer (1948)|
Exceptional Public Achievement Medal
|Education||Westlake School for Girls|
|Family||Gene Lockhart (father), Kathleen Lockhart (mother), Anne Lockhart (daughter)|
|Stars on Walk of Fame||Motion Pictures: 6323 Hollywood Boulevard|
Television: 6362 Hollywood Boulevard
|Political Affiliation||Involved in campaigns for Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson II, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey|
|Musical Interest||Embraced rock music and was a fan of David Bowie|
June Lockhart (born June 25, 1925), she is an American actress. June began her career in the 1930s and 1940s in films such as A Christmas Carol and Met Me in St. Louis. She predominantly appeared on television in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as on stage and in films. She performed mother roles in two television shows, Lassie and Lost in Space.
She also played Dr. Janet Craig in the CBS comedy Petticoat Junction (1968–70). She has received two Emmy nominations and one Tony Award. She is one of the few remaining performers from Hollywood’s Golden Age, with a career lasting over 80 years.
21. Lee Grant
|Full Name||Lee Grant|
|Birthdate||October 31, mid-1920s (age 95–97)|
|Birthplace||New York City, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actress, documentarian, director|
|Alma Mater||Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Actors Studio|
|Awards||– Academy Award nomination for “Detective Story”|
Lee Grant is an American actress, documentarian, and director who was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, around the mid-1920s. In 1951, she made her film debut as a juvenile shoplifter in William Wyler’s Detective Story, alongside Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker. Lee received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal and the Best Actress Award 1952 Cannes Film Festival.
Lee directed the documentary Down and Out in America, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 1986, and she also received a Directors Guild of America Award for Nobody’s Child same year.
22. Carla Balenda
|Full Name||Carla Balenda|
|Born||November 22, 1925|
|Birthplace||Carthage, New York, U.S.|
|Occupation||Former film and television actress|
|Education||High school in Baldwin, Long Island|
|Notable Contracts||RKO Pictures, Columbia Pictures|
|TV Roles||Pat in The Mickey Rooney Show (1954-1955)|
Carla Balenda (born Sally Bliss on November 22, 1925) is a former film and television actress from the United States. She was born in Carthage, New York, on November 22, 1925. Carla attended high school in Baldwin, Long Island, and did summer stock theatre. She had contracts with RKO Pictures and Columbia Pictures, but “she didn’t truly gain her stride until she was picked to be Mickey Rooney’s TV sweetheart,” according to a 1954 newspaper story.
She changed her name to Carla Balenda after appearing in “a few modest roles in RKO pictures” as Sally Bliss. She elaborated: “Sally Bliss was simply adorable. And I’m not at all cute. That moniker would definitely categorize me in ingenue positions – and I’m not the kind.” Balenda appeared on television as Pat in The Mickey Rooney Show (1954-1955) and Betty Leonard in The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu (1955). (1955-1956).
23. Dick Van Dyke
|Dick Van Dyke||Information|
Richard Wayne Van Dyke was born December 13, 1925 who is a comedian and actor from the United States. His award-winning career in cinema, television, and theater has spanned seven decades.
He started off as a radio and television comedian, as well as in nightclubs and on the Broadway stage. In 1961, he co-starred with Chita Rivera in the original production of Bye Bye Birdie. He earned the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for this performance.
24. Alan Greenspan
|Full Name||Alan Greenspan|
|Birthdate||March 6, 1926|
|Birthplace||New York City, U.S.|
|Spouses||Joan Mitchell Blumenthal (m. 1952; annulled 1953), Andrea Mitchell (m. 1997)|
|Education||New York University (BA, MA, PhD), Columbia University|
He started his career as a radio and television personality. Alan Greenspan (born March 6, 1926) is an American economist who served as the Federal Reserve’s 13th chairman from 1987 to 2006. Through Greenspan Associates LLC’s company, he works as a private adviser and assists businesses.
President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Federal Reserve in August 1987. He was reappointed at four-year intervals until retiring on January 31, 2006, following the second-longest term in the position, trailing only William McChesney Martin. Ben Bernanke was named as President George W. Bush’s successor.
25. Gene Shalit
|Full Name||Gene Shalit|
|Birthdate||March 25, 1926|
|Birthplace||New York City, U.S.|
|Education||Morristown High School, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign|
|Occupations||Journalist, Television Personality, Film and Book Critic, Author, Press Agent|
|Years Active||Approximately 1960-2010|
|Known For||Frequent use of puns, oversized handlebar mustache and fuzzy hair, colorful bowties|
|High School Column||Wrote a humor column for the school newspaper|
|Publications||Look, Ladies’ Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, TV Guide, Seventeen, Glamour, McCall’s, The New York Times, and more|
|Radio Broadcast||Hosted a daily essay on NBC Radio titled “Man About Anything”|
|Critic’s Choice Video||Hosted a videocassette and laserdisc collection|
|Retirement||Retired from The Today Show|
|Controversy||Criticized for review of Brokeback Mountain|
|Books||Written and edited various books|
|Spouse||Nancy Lewis (married in 1950, died in 1978)|
|Residence||Formerly in Leonia, New Jersey; later listed as a resident of Stockbridge, Massachusetts|
|Children||6, including Willa Shalit, Peter Shalit, and Emily (deceased)|
|Car Accident||Crashed car in Massachusetts in 2012|
|Pop Culture References||SpongeBob SquarePants, Family Guy, The Critic, The Muppet Show, Saturday Night Live, Second City Television|
|Memorable Moment||Head squashed between giant comedy hammers on Late Night with David Letterman|
Eugene Shalit (born March 25, 1926) is a former journalist, television personality, film and book reviewer, and author from the United States. He began working part-time on NBC’s The Today Show in 1970 and continued to do so until his retirement on November 11, 2010. He is well-known for his use of puns, his huge handlebar mustache and fluffy hair, and colorful bowties.
26. Peter Marshall
|Full Name||Peter Marshall|
|Birthdate||March 30, 1926|
|Birthplace||Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.|
|Occupations||Actor, singer, TV host, radio personality|
|Known for||Original host of Hollywood Squares (1966–1981)|
|Spouses||Nadene R. Teaford (1947-1973), Sally Carter-Ihnat (1977-1983), Laurie Stewart (since 1989)|
|Children||4, including Pete LaCock|
|Relatives||Sister: Joanne Dru|
Ralph Pierre LaCock (born March 30, 1926), best known as Peter Marshall, is a former game show presenter, television and radio personality, musician, and actor from the United States. From 1966 until 1981, he was the original presenter of The Hollywood Squares and had almost fifty television, film, and Broadway credits.
John Robert Powers gave Marshall his stage name. Powers had selected the surname Marshall for Peter’s sister (who later changed her name to Joanne Dru), and Peter took it early in his career and matched it with an anglicized form of his middle name.
27. Roger Corman
|Full Name||Roger Corman|
|Birthdate||April 5, 1926|
|Birthplace||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Known for||Trailblazer in independent film|
|Occupations||Film director, producer, actor|
|Organizations||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|
|Awards||Honorary Academy Award|
|Notable Mentees||Francis Ford Coppola|
|Notable Collaborations||Federico Fellini|
|Spouse||Julie Corman (m. 1970)|
|Relatives||Gene Corman (brother)|
|Documentary||“Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel”|
Roger William Corman was born on April 5, 1926, is an American film, producer, director, and actor. His films are based on works with an established critical reputation, such as his series of low-budget cult films based on Edgar Allan Poe stories. He has been dubbed “The Pope of Pop Cinema” and is a pioneer in independent film. Corman, admired by members of the French New Wave and Cahiers du Cinéma.
28. Shecky Greene
|Full Name||Shecky Greene|
|Birthdate||April 8, 1926|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Education||Sullivan High School, Wilbur Wright College|
Fred Sheldon Greenfield, aka Shecky Greene, was an American comedian (born April 8, 1926). His performances in Las Vegas, Nevada nightclubs, where he became a headliner in the 1950s and 1960s, have made him famous. He has been in several movies, including Tony Rome; Part I of World History; also Splash.
Greene has appeared as a guest star on television shows such as Love, American Style, and Combat! Offstage, Greene’s principal energy was Pureblood dashing. Greene has had three marriages. He wed Nalani Kele in 1972, and they had a child in 1982. Depression and bipolar disorder, stage fright, gambling, panic attacks, and drug and alcohol abuse hampered Greene’s career.
29. David Attenborough
|Full Name||Sir David Frederick Attenborough|
|Birthdate||May 8, 1926|
|Birthplace||Isleworth, Middlesex, England|
|Education||Clare College, Cambridge (MA); London School of Economics|
|Occupations||Broadcaster, Biologist, Natural Historian, Author|
|Notable Works||“Life on Earth,” “The Blue Planet,” “Planet Earth” and more|
|Title||Controller of BBC Two; Director of Programming for BBC Television|
|Spouse||Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel (m. 1950; died 1997)|
|Parents||Frederick Attenborough (father), Mary Clegg (mother)|
|Relatives||Richard Attenborough (brother)|
|Awards||BAFTA Awards in various categories; 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Narration|
|Contributions||Comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth; Environmental advocacy and conservation|
|Honorary Degrees||Received numerous honorary degrees|
|Early Career||Senior Manager at the BBC; Controller of BBC Two; Director of Programming for BBC Television|
|Broadcasting Career||Producer and presenter of numerous documentaries; Joined BBC as a talk producer|
|Environmental Advocacy||Biodiversity restoration, Population control, Renewable energy adoption, Climate change mitigation|
|Notable Achievements||Revolutionized BBC Two’s programming; Introduced landmark authored documentaries|
|Health||Underwent pacemaker fitting and double knee replacement|
Sir David Frederick Attenborough was born on 8 May 1926, is an English broadcaster, naturalist, natural historian, and novelist.
He is best known for co-creating and presenting the nine natural history documentary series that compose the Life collection, a comprehensive overview of animal and plant life on Earth, with the BBC Natural History Unit.
30. Marilyn Knowlden
|Full Name||Marilyn Knowlden|
|Birthdate||May 12, 1926|
|Birthplace||Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Filmography||Imitation of Life, Les Misérables, Angels with Dirty Faces|
|Famous Co-stars||Katharine Hepburn, James Cagney, Claudette Colbert|
|Academy Award Nominations||Films she appeared in were nominated for Best Picture|
|Retirement||Transitioned to local theatre productions as a playwright and composer|
|Last Surviving Actor||One of the last surviving actors from Hollywood’s Golden Years|
|Early Career Break||Screen test for Paramount Pictures’ Women Love Once at the age of five|
|Education||Attended public school instead of schools for child actors in Hollywood|
|Notable Roles||Played Agnes Wickfield in David Copperfield, portrayed young Cosette in Les Misérables|
|Post-Acting Life||Pursued education, focused on music, songwriting, and playwriting|
|Lifetime Achievement||Received a lifetime achievement award at the Cinecon Classic Movies Festival|
|Autobiography||Published her autobiography, Little Girl in Big Pictures, in 2011|
|Current Residence||Resides in a retirement home in California|
Marilyn Knowlden was born May 12, 1926, in Oakland, California. Worked with film stars such as James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn, and Claudette Colbert. Six of her films were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Knowlden studied at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Little Red Schoolhouse instead of Hollywood’s prestigious schools for child actors. Appeared in Greta Garbo and Clark Gable’s 1931 film Susan Lenox. Knowlden appeared in Imitation of Life (1934) and David Copperfield (1935). Both films were nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. She played the same character in both films, Cosette in Les Misérables and Florence Udney in Anthony Adverse. In Gone With the Wind, Knowlden was a candidate for the part of the youngest sister of Carreen O’Hara. She played princess Marie Thérèse of France in Marie Antoinette and Laurie Martin in Angels with Dirty Faces. Knowlden married World War II Army Captain Richard Goates in 1946.
31. Yvonne Furneaux
|Full Name||Yvonne Furneaux|
|Birthdate||May 11, 1928 (age 95)|
|Birthplace||Roubaix, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France|
|Other Names||Tessa Scatcherd|
|Alma Mater||University of Oxford, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Notable Filmmakers||Peter Brook, Federico Fellini, Roman Polanski, Michelangelo Antonioni, Claude Chabrol|
|Notable Films||Le Amiche (1955), La Dolce Vita (1960), Repulsion (1965), The Mummy (1959)|
|Genres||Worked in various genres|
|Residence||Currently resides in Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Spouse||Jacques Natteau (m. 1962; died 2007)|
|Children||1 son: Nicholas|
French-British actress Yvonne Furneaux was born Elisabeth Yvonne Scatcherd on May 11, 1928. Yvonne is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has worked on numerous genre productions as well as with renowned directors like Peter Brook, Federico Fellini, Roman Polanski, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Claude Chabrol.
Elisabeth Yvonne Scatcherd, the daughter of English parents residing in Roubaix, France, became Furneaux. Joseph Scatcherd, a director at a nearby Lloyds Bank branch, was her Yorkshireman father. Amy Furneaux, her mother, was a Devon native. Jeanne was her sister.
32. Mel Brooks
|Full Name||Mel Brooks|
|Birthdate||June 28, 1926|
|Birthplace||New York City, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||Virginia Military Institute|
|Occupations||Actor, Comedian, Filmmaker, Songwriter|
|Spouses||Florence Baum (m. 1953; div. 1962)|
Anne Bancroft (m. 1964; died 2005)
|Children||4, including Max|
As a writer and comic for Sid Caesar’s variety program Your Show of Shows, Brooks (born June 28, 1926) launched his professional career. He co-created the popular television sitcom Get Smart with Buck Henry (1965–1970). His most well-known movies were Blazing Saddles, The Twelve Chairs, and The Producers (1967). (1974).
33. Norman Jewison
|Full Name||Norman Frederick Jewison|
|Birthdate||July 21, 1926 (age 96)|
|Birthplace||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Alma Mater||Victoria College (University of Toronto)|
|Occupations||Canadian retired film and television director, producer, and founder of the Canadian Film Centre|
|Notable Films||In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, Moonstruck, The Cincinnati Kid, The Thomas Crown Affair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rollerball, …And Justice for All, A Soldier’s Story, Agnes of God, The Hurricane, The Statement|
|Awards||Academy Award nominations for Best Director; Golden Globe nominations; BAFTA Award; Silver Bear for Best Director|
|Honours||Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement; Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award|
|Social Impact||Addressed social and political issues in his films; made controversial and complicated subjects accessible|
|Other Notable Works||Directed television specials featuring renowned performers; produced the biographical film Geronimo|
|Personal Background||Protestant of English descent; served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II; encountered segregation|
|Notable Productions||The Thrill of It All, Send Me No Flowers, The Art of Love, The Cincinnati Kid, The Russians Are Coming,|
A retired Canadian film and producer, television director, and the brains behind the Canadian Film Centre, Norman Frederick Jewison CC OOnt was born on July 21, 1926.
Jewison was given the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2003 in recognition of his numerous contributions to the Canadian film industry.
34. Tony Bennett
|Full Name||Tony Bennett|
|Birthdate||August 3, 1926|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Spouses||Patricia Beech, Sandra Grant, Susan Crow|
|Children||4, including Antonia|
|Genres||Traditional Pop, Show Tunes, Swing, Jazz, Easy Listening, Big Band|
|Labels||Columbia, MGM, Improv, Legacy, Verve|
|Musical Achievements||Grammy Awards: 20|
|Record Sales||Over 50 million worldwide|
|Guinness World Record||Longest run of a top-10 album on the Billboard 200 chart for any living artist|
|Military Service||United States Army|
|Years of Service||1944–1946|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Unit||63rd Infantry Division|
|Battles/Wars||World War II|
|Awards||Bronze Star Medal|
|Alzheimer’s Disease||Diagnosed in 2016|
|Retirement||From concerts in 2021|
Tony Bennett was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926, is an American retired singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. Bennett is also a painter, with works under his birth name on permanent public display in a number of institutions. In Astoria, Queens, New York, he founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
35. Barbara Rush
|Full Name||Barbara Rush|
|Birthdate||January 4, 1927|
|Birthplace||Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|Education||University of California, Santa Barbara (1948)|
|Years Active||1950–2007, 2017|
|Spouses||Jeffrey Hunter (m. 1950; div. 1955), Warren Cowan (m. 1959; div. 1969), Jim Gruzalski (m. 1970; div. 1973)|
|Children||2 (including Claudia Cowan)|
|Relatives||Carolyn Hennesy (niece)|
|Awards||Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female (1954), Sarah Siddons Award (1970)|
|Notable Films||It Came from Outer Space (1953), Bigger Than Life (1956), The Young Lions (1958), The Young Philadelphians (1959), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), Hombre (1967)|
|Notable TV Series||Peyton Place (1968-1969), All My Children, 7th Heaven, The Bionic Woman, Flamingo Road|
|Stage Performances||Forty Carats (1970), A Woman of Independent Means (1984), Steel Magnolias (1989)|
|Recent TV Appearances||The Outer Limits (1998), 7th Heaven (2007)|
|Residence||Harold Lloyd Estate, Beverly Hills, California|
Barbara Rush is an American actress born on January 4, 1927. As a result of her performance in the American science fiction film It Came from Outer Space in 1953, Rush won the Golden Globe Award in 1954 as the most promising female newcomer. She became a regular performer in the television series Peyton Place later in her career. She also appeared in TV movies, miniseries, and other shows, like the family drama 7th Heaven and the soap opera All My Children. She also starred in films like The Young Lions, Young Philadelphians, Robin and the 7 Hoods, and Hombre.
Rush wedded entertainer Jeffrey Tracker in 1950; 1955 marked their separation. In 1959, she wed publicist Warren Cowan, but they split up in 1969. After meeting at an Engelbert Humperdinck concert, Rush wed sculptor Jim Gruzalski in 1970. In 1973, they split up.
Christopher Hunter (with Hunter) and Claudia Cowan (with Cowan) are Rush’s two children. The latter is a Fox News journalist. She is actress Carolyn Hennesy’s aunt. Rush has been living in the Harold Lloyd Estate in Beverly Hills, California, since May 1997.
36. Phyllis Coates
|Full Name||Phyllis Coates|
|Birthdate||January 15, 1927|
|Birthplace||Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.|
|Other Names||Gypsy Stell|
|Alma Mater||Los Angeles City College|
|Known for||Portrayal of Lois Lane in “Superman and the Mole Men” and the first season of “Adventures of Superman”|
|Spouses||Richard L. Bare, Robert Nelms, Norman Tokar, Dr. Howard Press|
Phyllis Coates is a retired American actress with a more than fifty-year career. She was born Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell on January 15, 1927. The role of reporter Lois Lane in the 1951 film Superman, the Mole Men, and the first season of the television series Adventures of Superman made her a household name.
Coates, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stell, was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on January 15, 1927. She relocated to Los Angeles with her mother after completing her studies at Odessa High School. Coates studied at Los Angeles City College under the name Gypsy Stell.
37. Kenneth Anger
Kenneth Anger is an underground experimental filmmaker, actor, and author from the United States. He was born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemyer on February 3, 1927. Since 1937, he has only made short films. Nine of his works have been grouped together as the “Magick Lantern Cycle.” His films have been described as having “elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle,” combining surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult.
As a fan of the English gnostic mage and poet Aleister Crowley and a follower of Thelema, the religion that Crowley founded. In many of his films, Kenneth emphasized occult themes.
38. H.M. Wynant
|H M Wynant||Information|
|Full Name||H.M. Wynant|
|Birth Name||Chaim Weiner|
|Date of Birth||February 12, 1927|
|Birthplace||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Occupation||Film and Television Actor|
H. M. Wynant, known by his stage name Chaim Winant, was born in America on February 12, 1927. Wynant made his feature film debut as an Indian in Samuel Fuller’s Run of the Arrow (1957). He played Yellow Bull, a Sioux Indian, in the 1958 Walt Disney film Tonka. He played General Philip Sheridan in the 1961 episode “The Red Petticoat” on Death Valley Days.
39. Harry Belafonte
|Full Name||Harry Belafonte|
|Birthdate||March 1, 1927|
|Birthplace||New York City, U.S.|
|Other Names||Harold George Belafonte Jr.|
|Occupations||Singer, actor, activist|
|Spouses||Marguerite Byrd (m. 1948; div. 1957)|
|Children||4, including Shari|
|Musical Career||Genres: Calypso, mento, pop, folk, world|
|Notable Achievements||Popularized calypso music with international audiences|
|Awards||Three Grammy Awards, including Lifetime Achievement|
|Early Life||Born to Jamaican-born parents in New York City|
|Acting and Music Career||Trained in acting and performed on Broadway|
|Later Years||Continued touring and performing internationally|
American musician, activist, and actor Harry Belafonte was born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr. (born March 1, 1927). In the 1950s, he introduced the Trinbagonian Caribbean melodic style to a large international audience as ostensibly the finest Jamaican-American pop performer. His debut album Calypso from 1956, was the first by a single artist to sell one million copies.
Harry is best known for his recordings of “The Banana Boat Song,” with its signature “Day-O” lyric, “Jump in the Line,” and “Jamaica Farewell.” Belafonte was a close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement.
40. William Daniels
|Full Name||William Daniels|
|Birthdate||March 31, 1927|
|Birthplace||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||Northwestern University|
|Spouse||Bonnie Bartlett (m. 1951)|
|Children||2 (adopted sons: Michael and Robert)|
|Notable TV Roles||Mark Craig in “St. Elsewhere”|
|Film Roles||Mr. Braddock in “The Graduate”|
|Notable Achievements||Two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner|
American actor William David Daniels was born on March 31, 1927. He is most recognized for his television appearances, notably those of George Feeny in the sitcom Kid Meets World and Mark Craig in the drama series St. Elsewhere, for which he received four Individuals’ Decision Grant designations. He also played the role of KITT on the television series Knight Rider.
He led the union’s efforts during the commercial actors strike in 2000 while serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
41. Gina Lollobrigida
|Full Name||Luigia “Gina” Lollobrigida|
|Birthdate||July 4, 1927|
|Birthplace||Subiaco, Kingdom of Italy|
|Career Highlights||One of the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s|
|Philanthropy||Active supporter of Italian and Italian-American causes|
|Awards||Order of Merit of the Italian Republic|
|Estimated Net Worth||$215 million (at the time of her death)|
|Family||Spouse: Milko Škofič|
Luigia “Gina” Lollobrigida, an Italian actress, photographer, and politician, was born on July 4, 1927. She was a prominent European actress throughout the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s, a time when she became a global sex icon. Currently, Lollobrigida is one of the few prominent, still-living international performers from the Hollywood film industry’s Golden Age.
Lollobrigida started a second profession as a photographer as her film career began to wane. She scored a coup in the 1970s when she was granted access to Fidel Castro for a personal interview.
42. Doc Severinsen
|Full Name||Doc Severinsen|
|Birthdate||July 7, 1927|
|Birthplace||Arlington, Oregon, U.S.|
|Occupation||Retired Jazz Trumpeter, Bandleader|
|Known For||Leading the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show|
|Genres||Jazz, Swing, Fusion, Pop|
|Labels||Command, RCA, Amherst, Telarc|
|Notable Contributions||Popularizing the NBC Orchestra, Leading “Stump the Band”|
|Awards||Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance|
|Collaborations||Steve Allen, Eddie Fisher, Dinah Shore, Kate Smith|
|Additional Roles||Substitute for Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show|
|Conducting Career||Principal Pops Conductor for various orchestras|
|Personal Life||Married four times, current partner is Cathy Leach|
|Documentary||Featured in “Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story”|
Clarence Hilding “Doc” Severinsen, a retired American jazz trumpeter, was the conductor of the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and featured by the NBC Orchestra (born July 7, 1927). Minnie Mae (1897–1998) and Carl Severinsen welcomed Severinsen into the world in Arlington, Oregon (1898–1972).
The only dentist in Arlington, his father, was born in Germany to a Danish father and a Swiss mother, who gave him the moniker “Doc.” When he was nine years old, he won a state trumpet competition, joined an all-state band at thirteen, and tried out for Tommy Dorsey at fourteen but was not hired.
43. Ed Ames
|Full Name||Ed Ames|
|Birth Name||Edmund Dantes Urick|
|Also known as||Eddie Ames|
|Birthdate||July 9, 1927|
|Birthplace||Malden, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop, traditional pop|
|Labels||Decca, Coral, RCA Victor|
|Notable Hits||“My Cup Runneth Over”, “Time, Time”, “When the Snow Is on the Roses”|
|Television Series||Daniel Boone|
|Achievements||Easy Listening hits of the mid-to-late 1960s|
|Sibling Group||The Ames Brothers|
|Education||Boston Latin School, University of California, Los Angeles|
|Marital Status||Married (divorced in 1973, remarried in 1998)|
|Children||Three children: Sonya, Ronald, and Linda (Marcila)|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Death||May 21, 2023, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Age at Death||95 years|
Ed Ames (conceived Edmund Dantes Urick; An American singer and actor (born July 9, 1927), also known by his stage name Eddie Ames. He is best known for playing Mingo in the television series Daniel Boone. He is also known for his pop hits from the middle to late 1960s. Along with his siblings, he was also a member of the Ames Brothers, a well-known group that sang in the 1950s.
Ames was born in Malden, Massachusetts, USA, to Jewish parents David Urick (also known as Eurich) and Sarah (Zaslavskaya), both of whom had immigrated from Ukraine. From a family of nine, he was the youngest, with five boys and four girls. Ames came from a poor family as a child. He studied literature and classical and operatic music at the Boston Latin School. The double-sided singles “Rag Mop” and “Sentimental Me” were their first major hits in the 1950s.
44. Rosalynn Carter
|Full Name||Rosalynn Carter|
|Birthdate||August 18, 1927|
|Birthplace||Plains, Georgia, U.S.|
|Education||Georgia Southwestern College|
|First Lady of the United States||January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981|
|First Lady of Georgia||January 12, 1971 – January 14, 1975|
|Accomplishments||Leading advocate for mental health and other causes|
|Notable Contributions||Author of several books, contributions to Habitat for Humanity|
|Awards||Presidential Medal of Freedom (1999)|
|Longevity||Second-longest lived first lady, currently aged 95|
She is the wife of President Jimmy Carter, Eleanor Rosalynn Carter (born August 18, 1927) held the position of First Lady of US from 1977 to 1981. Carter is the second-longest-living American First Lady behind Bess Truman. Each family member of Jimmy’s had a distinct relationship with Rosalynn.
Amy’s nanny for the most of the time from 1971 until Jimmy Carter’s presidency ended was Mary Prince, an African American woman who was wrongfully convicted of murder and eventually pardoned, in part because of Rosalynn’s conviction in Prince’s innocence.
45. Rosemary Harris
|Full Name||Rosemary Ann Harris|
|Birthdate||September 19, 1927|
|Birthplace||Ashby, Suffolk, England|
Rosemary Ann Harris is an English actress born on September 19th, 1927. Rosemary has been nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award, in addition to receiving Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Tony Awards. The American Theater Hall of Fame inducted Harris in 1986.
Before making her Broadway debut in 1952, Harris began her stage career in 1948. She has won four Drama Desk Awards and has been nominated for nine Tony Awards for her work on the New York stage.
46. Cleo Laine
|Full Name||Cleo Laine|
|Birthdate||October 28, 1927|
|Birthplace||Southall, Middlesex, England|
|Other Names||Dame Cleo Laine DBE|
|Spouse(s)||George Langridge (m. 1946; div. 1957)|
Sir John Dankworth (m. 1958; died 2010)
|Scat Singing||Known for her scat singing and vocal adaptability|
|Vocal Range||Possesses a vocal range of well over three octaves, including hitting a G above high C|
|Grammy Nominations||Received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular, and classical music categories|
|Widowhood||Widow of jazz composer and musician Sir John Dankworth|
|Career Highlights||Successful international tours, including Australia and the United States|
Grammy award-winning live recording of her Carnegie concert
Collaborations with renowned musicians like James Galway, Nigel Kennedy, Julian Lloyd Webber, and John Williams
Starring performances in musical theatre productions such as Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Acclaimed portrayal of the Witch in Sondheim’s Into the Woods
Regarded as one of the world’s best singers by critics
Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth DBE, she is an English jazz and pop singer and actress born Clementine Dinah Bullock on October 28, 1927. She is renowned for her vocal range and scat singing.
Despite having a contralto’s natural range, she produces a G above high C, giving her a compass of over three octaves. Only Laine has ever been nominated for a Grammy in the jazz, popular, or classical music categories. She is the surviving spouse of jazz musician and composer Sir John Dankworth.
47. Estelle Parsons
|Full Name||Estelle Parsons|
|Birthdate||November 20, 1927|
|Birthplace||Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Education||Connecticut College (BA)|
|Spouse(s)||Richard Gehman (m. 1953; div. 1958), Peter Zimroth (m. 1983; died 2021)|
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Bonnie and Clyde, 1967)|
|Career Highlights||Acclaimed role as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)|
She has received five Tony Award nominations (four times for Lead Actress of a Play and once for Featured Actress). Parsons was enshrined in the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2004.Her grandson is former Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars guard Eben Britton named after his great-grandfather, Estelle’s father. She adopted a son, Abraham, born in February 1983.
She co-starred with Jack Lemmon in Ernest Thompson stage play in Los Angeles in 1983. Parsons told Johnny Carson that Lemmon had been her first boyfriend, when they were teenagers in the 1940s.
48. Paul Dooley
|Full Name||Paul Dooley|
|Birthdate||February 22, 1928|
|Birthplace||Parkersburg, West Virginia, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||West Virginia University|
|Occupations||Actor, writer, comedian|
|Spouses||Donna Lee Wasser (divorced)|
|Children||4, including Savannah Dooley|
|Notable Films||Breaking Away, Popeye, Sixteen Candles|
|Notable TV Shows||The Electric Company, My So-Called Life, Curb Your Enthusiasm|
|Notable Collaborations||Robert Altman, Christopher Guest|
|Memoir Publication||Movie Dad: Finding Myself and My Family, On Screen and Off (2022)|
Paul Dooley is an American character actor, writer, and comedian who was born Paul Brown on February 22, 1928. He is well-known for his parts in Popeye, Breaking Away, and Sixteen Candles.
Since November 18, 1984, Dooley has been married to Winnie Holzman, whom he initially met at a New York City improv acting workshop. The couple resides at Toluca Lake in Los Angeles, California, with their daughter Savannah. On September 19, 1958, he wed Donna Lee Wasser; their marriage eventually ended in divorce. From his first marriage, he has three kids.
49. Joss Ackland
|Full Name||Joss Ackland|
|Birthdate||February 29, 1928 (age 95)|
|Birthplace||North Kensington, London, England|
|Notable Achievements||BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in “White Mischief” (1987)|
|Education||Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London|
|Career Highlights||Appeared in over 130 film and television roles|
|Stage Performances||Created the role of Juan Perón in “Evita” and starred in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music”|
|Filmography||Includes “Lethal Weapon 2,” “The Hunt for Red October,” and “The Mighty Ducks”|
|Television Appearances||Featured in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”|
|Personal Life||Married to Rosemary for 51 years, has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren|
|Personal Struggles||Rosemary saved their children from a fire and recovered from a broken back|
|Later Years||Participated in the Letters Live project in 2020, reflecting on the COVID-19 crisis and the strength of the country|
Edward Sidney Jocelyn Ackland CBE, an English retired actor who was born on February 29, 1928, has performed in more than 130 roles in film and television.
On August 18, 1951, Ackland and Rosemary Kirkcaldy were wed; he was 23, and she was 22. She was an actress, and when they shared a stage in Pitlochry, Scotland, Ackland wooed her. The pair originally had difficulties because Ackland’s acting career was only getting started. Ackland operated a tea plantation in Lilongwe, Malawi, where they first settled [when? ], for six months before concluding it was too risky and moving to Cape Town, South Africa. Despite the fact that they both found solid acting employment in South Africa, they both moved back to England in 1957 after two years.
50. Jan Shepard
|Full Name||Jan Shepard|
|Born||Josephine Angela Sorbello|
|Birthplace||Quakertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Notable Films||King Creole (1958), Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) with Elvis Presley|
|Notable Television Series||Dr. Christian, Waterfront, Bat Masterson, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The High Chaparral, The Virginian|
|Family||Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sorbello|
|Spouse||Ray Boyle (married in 1954, passed away in 2022)|
Jan Shepard (born Josephine Angela Sorbello) is a retired American actress. Josephine Angela Sorbello was born in 1928 to Sicilian-born parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sorbello, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. While attending Quakertown High School, where she graduated as salutatorian of her class, and she participated in local musicals.
The Pasadena Playhouse is where Shepard developed her acting abilities. She acted alongside Elvis Presley in the movies Sabre Jet, King Creole (1958), and Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966), both before and after his enlistment in the Army and the passing of his mother.
How old is the oldest living celebrity?
Norman Lloyd was the oldest living movie star at the time of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, at 106 years old.
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What actors are still alive over 100 years old?
The following actors were still living and over 100 years old as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021: Norman Lloyd, Olivia de Havilland, and Kirk Douglas (who passed away on February 5, 2020, at the age of 103). There may be other performers who are still living and over 100, but these are the ones who are widely known.
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Kirk Douglas died on February 5, 2020 at the age of 103. At 106 years old, Norman Lloyd was the oldest living actor at the time of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021.
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The oldest alive female actor was not officially acknowledged as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021. Olivia de Havilland, the oldest known female actor at the time, died on July 26, 2020, at the age of 104.
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