10 Celebrities Who Lived Past 90 Years Of Age
Have you ever been watching a really old movie when someone tells you that such-and-such an actor is still alive? This happened to me a few weeks ago. Watching an old movie about the life of Vincent Van Gogh called Lust For Life, I couldn’t believe it when my mom told me that Kirk Douglas is still living.
“What?!” I yelped. “But his son Michael looks at least 75!!”
I quickly Googled. It turned out that my mom was right. Kirk, despite having given up his acting career in 1877, is still going. Bless him.
Then it got me thinking: How many other celebrities have lived past the age of 90 that I don’t know about?
In celebration of getting old and still being alive (yay!), let’s take a look a 10 celebrities who lived past 90 years of age.
Obviously I had to start with this one. Kirk Douglas is currently 99 and will be 100 by the end of the year if he manages to keep trucking.
Making his film debut way back in 1946, Douglas became known as a tough guy of Hollywood, especially after his eighth film Champion.
His movies include 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Lust For Life, and Spartacus. His career petered out at the start of the nineties, and he hasn’t appeared in a movie or a TV show since 2000, when he had a role in Touched By An Angel.
His famous son Michael is 71, and recently beat oral cancer.
Olivia de Havilland
British-American actress Olivia de Havilland turns 100 next month. Most famous for her role in classic Hollywood movie Gone With The Wind, she appeared in a wealth of movies in the thirties and forties.
Olivia married her first husband in 1946, before divorcing her second and last hubby in 1979. She still makes public appearances, and received the National Medal of Arts in 2008 from President George W. Bush.
Chuck Berry is another one of those celebrities you Google and can’t quite believe are still alive. When I found out that the old rock n roller is still going at 90 I gasped but couldn’t help smiling.
Chuck Berry is a throwback to an era long, long gone. His heyday was in the fifties, when he recorded and played hits such as Maybelline, Johnny B Goode and Riding Along In My Automobile, all of which became staples at high-school proms.
Fast forward sixty years, and the man is still touring in his home town of St Louis, Missouri. It’s incredible to think there is still life in the old dog yet. Incredible but also beautiful.
God bless you, Chuck Berry!
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor is not far off 100 years old, and recently had her 99th birthday. An actress and socialite, she played her most famous role way back in 1952, when she starred in the film Moulin Rouge. Other films she has appeared in include Death of a Scoundrel, Touch of Evil, Drop Dead Darling and The Naked Truth. She has also appeared in a number of television shows, but hasn’t acted since the mid-nineties.
Gabor has had a hectic personal life to go along with her career, and has been married nine times. One of her husbands, George Sanders, died in 1972, while she divorced her first husband in 1941.
American actor Don Keefer passed away in September, aged 98. His first role was in Death of a Salesman, which he starred in in 1951. He was married only once, to Catherine McLeod Keefer who he wed in 1950 and stayed with until her death in 1997.
Don Keefer achieved fame largely through television, particular the TV show Gunsmoke, which he starred in from 1957 until 1973. He also appeared in Buch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and , more recently the Jim Carey film Liar Liar.
He is survived by three sons.
David Rockefeller is a survivor. Approaching his 101st birthday, he has already had seven different hearts and claims that each new transplant makes him feel re-energised and ready to tackle life again.
A former CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, he is the only remaining grandchild of American legend and oil tycoon John Rockefeller.
Betty White is an American actress, author, radio host, comedian, singer and animal rights activist. Aged 94, she’s still full of beans!
Betty has lived a full and varied life, and holds a Guinness World Record for Longest TV Career for a Female Entertainer. Her career back in 1939, though her first ever appearance on television is lost.
Her celebrity almost didn’t happen. Just as she was starting out, America entered WWII, and Betty joined the American Women’s Voluntary Services, thereby stalling her career. Things soon picked up, though, and in the fifties she appeared in a few popular sitcoms, including Leave It To Beaver.
Like Chuck Berry, Little Richard was a rock n roller who had his heyday in the fifties and sixties. Although he has a string of hits behind him, and although most of us known him for his energetic music, he actually retired from the industry in 1977 to become a preacher.
Today, Little Richard continues to give sermons and even marries couples. He is 93 and was recently awarded recognition for his contribution to the National Museum of African American Art and Culture.
Actress Maureen O’Hara died in 2015, aged 95. Known for her red hair, she captured the hearts of families all over the world when she starred in 1947 Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street.
She worked alongside numerous Hollywood greats, including John Wayne and Natalie Wood, and made her final appearance on-screen in the 2000 film The Last Dance.
Mary Carlisle is a former actress, dancer and singer whose career took off in the 1930’s. Largely appearing in B-movies, she played opposite Bing Crosby 3 times during her heyday. She has also acted alongside Lucille Ball and Maureen O’Haha and is 102 years young.