For most young people, growing old seems about as far away as the moon. Sure, we all know that aging is inevitable, but imagining a life filled with aches, pains, and limitations is just something most of us can’t do. But try as we might to outrun Father Time, gray hairs and liver spots will find us eventually — though that doesn’t mean that this is where our story ends.
Not only did these Hollywood actors and actresses find success well into their twilight years, but most of them continued to do really well past the century mark. After reading about these Golden Age stars that all lived to (and past) 100, you’ll see that growing old is just the start of a brand new adventure!
1. Olivia de Havilland: Perhaps best known for her role as Melanie Hamilton in Gone With the Wind, Olivia de Havilland appeared in 49 feature films over the course of her 53-year career. Now 102, De Havilland is one of the oldest living stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
2. Bob Hope: Considered the father of stand-up comedy, Bob Hope delighted audiences with his wit, timing, and burning one-liners for nearly 80 years. Hope celebrated his 100th birthday in 2003, though he passed away just two months later.
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3. Gloria Stuart: If you’re a fan of Titanic, then you’ll remember Gloria Stuart, the actress that played the elder version of Rose Dawson Calvert. Stuart had enjoyed a relatively successful career in Hollywood prior to this, however, and she was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame before her death in 2010 at age 100.
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4. Marsha Hunt: While her career spanned over 70 years, she was blacklisted in the ’50s during the age of McCarthyism. She returned to Hollywood decades later, and since retiring in 2008, the 101-year-old spent her days in Sherman Oaks, California.
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5. Kirk Douglas: It’s tough to find a classic epic that doesn’t star Kirk Douglas, as the legendary actor dominated the genre throughout Hollywood’s Golden Age. Even at 102, Douglas continued to make sporadic public appearances, usually in support of his son.
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6. Caren Marsh Doll: The name might not ring a bell, but if you’ve seen The Wizard of Oz, you’ve also seen Caren Marsh Doll. The actress served as Judy Garland’s stand-in for her dancing scenes, and even in 2019, the 100-year-old worked as a dance instructor.
7. Carla Laemmle: With a career spanning 89 years, Carla Laemmle was featured in plenty of notable films, including 1925’s The Phantom of the Opera and 1931’s Dracula. Before her death in 2014 at age 104, Laemmle was the longest surviving star from Hollywood’s Silent Era.
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8. Norman Lloyd: Ninety-six years into the acting game, Norman Lloyd proved time and time again he can adapt to the wants of today’s viewers. He’s mostly remembered for his films with Alfred Hitchcock and his starring role on St. Elsewhere, though just recently, the 104-year-old appeared in 2015’s Trainwreck.
9. Doris Eaton Travis: Beginning her career as Ziegfeld girl in 1918, Doris Eaton Travis shifted between the screen and the stage for decades until becoming a dancer for good. She continued dancing well past 100 and performed just a month before her death in 2010 at the age of 106.
10. Fay McKenzie: Incredibly, Fay McKenzie’s career spanned her entire 101-year life! Beginning as a child actor in Hollywood’s Silent Era, McKenzie continued to act consistently up until her death in 2019.
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11. Marta Eggerth: From 1930 to 1957, Marta Eggerth was the queen of operetta. Famous composers like Fritz Kreisler and Oscar Straus, all created works specifically for Eggerth, and the 101-year-old continued to perform until her death in 2013.
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12. Herb Jeffries: Known for his work in “race” Westerns, Herb Jeffries was actually born Umberto Alexander Valentino to a white Irish mother and a Sicilian father. Still, he’s considered a pioneer of racial inclusion in Hollywood, though, sadly, he passed away in 2014 at the age of 100.
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13. Luise Rainer: Nicknamed the “Viennese teardrop,” Luise Rainer won two Best Actress awards over the course of her career. Though she passed away just thirteen days shy of her 105th birthday, Rainer remains the longest-lived Oscar recipient in history.
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14. Connie Sawyer: Dubbed “The Clown Princess of Comedy,” Connie Sawyer had over 140 film and television credits to her name and continued acting up until the age of 102. She retired from Hollywood in 2015 and passed away 3 years later at age 105.
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15. Diana Serra Cary: A child star in the early ’20s, Cary later became a prominent activist for child actors’ rights after her parents squandered her fortune. At 100 years old, Cary was the only living film star of the Silent Era of Hollywood.
16. George Burns: Born in 1896, George Burns’ 100-year life featured successes in vaudeville, radio, film, and television. Burns’ career spanned a remarkable 94 years, and he even continued to act up until his death in 1996.
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17. Patricia Morison: After several years acting on stage, Patricia Morison became a Hollywood starlet in 1939 and went on to establish a career of playing “femme fatale” characters. She returned to Broadway in 1948 and passed away in 2018 at the age of 103.
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18. Danielle Darrieux: One of the most beloved French actresses of all time, Danielle Darrieux appeared in more than 110 films over eight decades. She stepped away from the screen in 2010 and passed away at age 100 in 2017.
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19. Julie Gibson: Despite boasting a 50-year career, Julie Gibson is perhaps best known for her work with The Three Stooges in the 1940s. At 105, she was one of Hollywood’s oldest living actresses.
20. Mary Carlisle: Though her run in Hollywood lasted only 20 years, Mary Carlisle still appeared in more than 60 films before retiring in 1943. She passed away in 2018 at the age of 104.
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But you don’t have to live to 100 to prove age is just a number. Just look at Helen Mirren: year after year, she shows up in magazines and on billboards, reminding us all that beauty and age can mix.
2. Linda Rodin, b. 1948: This stylish maven made red lips famous long before Taylor Swift sported them. She created the popular face oil Rodin Olio Lusso, and she credits her youthful energy to plenty of sleep and healthy eating habits.
3. Penelope Tree, b. 1949: Tree represented the epitome of 1960’s fashion. She’s admitted she finds it difficult channeling a mellow mindset sometimes, but doing so keeps her young.
4. Pierce Brosnan, b. 1953: When this actor put on that snazzy suit for the James Bond films, women all over the world swooned. Brosnan still enjoys dressing to the nines, and frankly, everyone else likes it, too.
5. Jenni Rhodes, b. 1947: Classic vintage pieces were the focus of this actress-turned-fashionista’s style. Over 70 years old, Rhodes still works as a model, and her family’s appropriately nicknamed her the “Glam Gran.”
6. China Machado, b.1929: Machado was the first non-white woman to grace the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 1959. She’s worked with Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, Givenchy, and other luxury brands over the course of her illustrious career.
7. Iris Apfel, b. 1921: This fashion icon is known for her bold and quirky style; she looks like she was plucked right out of a Tim Burton movie, right? Apfel believes if you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else.
8. Veruschka von Lehndorff, b. 1939: Discovered at 20 years old, this German model and actress still rocks it years later. Having had a life that included time with Salvador Dali, she’s got every reason to keep giving it her all.
9. Jeff Goldblum, b. 1952: Although the photo on the left makes it look like Goldblum is all business, rest assured this actor is quirky and colorful. And he can still set an eccentric fire to any photo shoot.
10. Jacky O’Shaughnessy, b. 1951: American Apparel has worked closely with O’Shaughnessy for quite some time. She joined the company’s “What’s Underneath Project” where she turned heads wearing lacy underwear.
11. Ann-Margret, b. 1941: Roles in the films Bye Bye Birdie and Grumpy Old Men put this Swedish-American born actress on the radar. She’s maintained her looks and her stellar career since.
12. Priscilla Presley, b. 1945: Sure, being the ex-wife of Elvis Presley doesn’t hurt ones’ career, but Priscilla has definitely earned her status as an actress and business magnate. She starred in the famous series Dallas before turning her attention to business, fragrance lines, and charity work.
13. Kevin Costner, b. 1955: Films like Dances with Wolves and Field of Dreams will live on in the hearts of cinephiles forever, and Costner’s a large reason why. Even after 60 years, he still emits swagger.
14. Daphne Selfe, b. 1928 : This model garnered a lot of attention when she was chosen to depict Madonna during the singer’s “Material Girl” days for a photo shoot. Age has nothing on her stunning looks today.
15. Pia Gronning, b. 1949: Hailing from Denmark, this actress was featured at an older age in a J. Crew catalog sporting a casual look. Gronning has said that women in Denmark often choose to maintain their classic look as they get older instead of trying to turn back the hands of time.
16. Raquel Welch, b. 1940: This American actress had a striking look that helped pave the way for her in films and television during the ’60s and ’70s. She also has a line of workout videos, so you can look as good as Welch.
17. Jeff Bridges, b. 1949: It’s not very surprising that in 1989 Bridges landed himself the top spot on People’s Sexiest Second-Generation Actor list. Even now in his later years, we all have to admit The Dude is still killing it.
18. Jessica Lange, b. 1949: Fans of the show American Horror Story will immediately recognize this actress from her starring roles, but she has a long history with Hollywood. She won Academy Awards, Emmys, Golden Globes, and her talent and looks aren’t slowing down.
19. Tom Hanks, b. 1956: Whether he’s a young boy trapped in an adult’s body in Big or a tourist trapped in an international airport in The Terminal, we all know Hanks as Hollywood’s good guy. And it doesn’t hurt that he still looks great.
20. Diana Rigg, b. 1938: In 1965 Diana Rigg took the small screen by storm, kicking serious behind in the smash hit show, The Avengers. Today she’s still kicking behind, only now she’s doing it on Game of Thrones.
21. Goldie Hawn, b. 1945: A comedy television star since 1967, Goldie Hawn has stolen the hearts of America over and over again, only to pass the baton to her daughter, Kate Hudson. These days, Goldie is busy running her foundation, which helps underprivileged children. What a star!
22. Candice Bergen, b. 1946: As a young woman, Candice was a fashion model, appearing on the cover of Vogue. When the fashion industry deemed her too old, she revealed her talent as an actress, notably on the hit TV series Murphy Brown.
23. Brigitte Bardot, b. 1934: While Brigitte started her career as a ballerina, she was quickly scouted by modeling agents. Soon, she became a globally loved model, actress, singer, dancer, AND an animal rights activist. You won’t catch her in fur!
24. Diana Ross, b. 1944: At fifteen, Ross joined the Primettes — a sister to the male group the Primes — and singing career took off. Since then, she has won more than a dozen music awards and has acted in several films — she’s just as loved as ever!
25. Cher, b. 1946: Commonly referred to as the Goddess of Pop, Cher’s been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. Her distinctive contralto singing voice and her variety of looks certainly set her apart during her six-decade-long career.
26. Twiggy, b. 1949: She was a catalog-only model when a stylist chopped off her hair, thickened her mascara, and jumpstarted her career as the very first supermodel. Since then, she has coached America’s Next Top Model contestants and other young women who want to make it in the industry.
27. Barbra Streisand, b. 1942: In the 1960s, Barbra became famous for her musical talent and her sense of style. She has continued her recording career but is now also a well-respected director and producer.
28. Jane Fonda, b. 1937: A woman of many talents, Jane has proved herself worthy as a Broadway, TV, and film actress, model, writer, model, and fitness guru. She is also a political activist who protested the Vietnam war, the Iraq war, and pipelines on Native American soil.
29. Jodie Foster, b. 1962: Jodie has used her years in the movie business quite productively, as she has received two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and the Cecil B DeMille Award.
30. Marsha Hunt, b. 1946: This actress is mostly known for starring in the musical Hair, although others might know her as the love interest of Mick Jagger, who wrote the song “Brown Sugar” about her. She has written three novels and an autobiography, which include her experiences as a breast cancer survivor.
31. Maggie Smith, b. 1934: These days Dame Maggie is best known as Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter series and Countess Crawley on Downton Abbey. But she began her career on stage, opposite heavyweights like Sir Lawrence Olivier.
32. Yoko Ono, b. 1933: Many only think of her as “that woman who broke up the Beatles,” but Yoko is a musician, multimedia artist, and a peace activist. She has swapped out her hippie style for an edgier look, but her spark and passions have always remained the same.
33. Mary Tyler Moore, b. 1936: Due to her roles on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, Moore became a feminist icon. Later in life, she was an author and an activist until she passed away from pneumonia in 2017.
34. Maureen McCormick, b. 1956: Nearly every American knows Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, but she has since shaken things up a bit. She struggled with personal and mental health issues for a while, wrote about it all, and began producing music.
35. Mia Farrow, b. 1945: Perhaps Mia’s most iconic role in her youth was Daisy in the movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby. She then dated Woody Allen for a while and starred in many of his films before settling down to be a mother. Eventually she picked up acting again, this time on Broadway.
36. Nancy Sinatra, b. 1940: Much like her boots were made for walkin’, the Sinatra family was made for singing. She has produced some famous hits and starred in several films and TV shows. She still performs and appears on TV, albeit much less so than during her early days.
37. Nichelle Nichols, b. 1932: Originally a singer, Nichelle’s acting career took off when she landed a role in the Star Trek TV series and several other popular shows and films. She has also worked with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency.
38. Ilona Royce Smithkin, b. 1931: This senior model stops people in their tracks with her vibrant looks, and she has a history of sketching celebrities. If her outlook on life is as bright as the colors she wears, she’ll be just fine.