Time sure works in mysterious ways. The advent of television and film has made it possible to immortalize our favorite stars! The Golden Age of Hollywood might seem like such a long time ago but it has actually only been a couple of decades since then. Yes, many of our favorite celebrities from that era are still around! Let us see what they have been up to in the years since the peak of their careers.
JACLYN SMITH, 73 YEARS OLD
Jaclyn Smith is an American actress and businesswoman, best known for her role on Charlie’s Angels as Kelly Garrett. She has been in a number of Hollywood films and even launched her own clothing and perfume brand in the 80’s. The 73-year-old claims her aging (or lack thereof) is thanks to a healthy diet and daily exercise. Whatever she’s doing is definitely working!
BETTY WHITE, 96 YEARS OLD
Ooh, who doesn’t love Betty White? Apparently, the star launched her career on the radio back in the 40’s. Apparently, the executives did not find her attractive enough to go onscreen in the beginning. What were they thinking?! Anyway, she has since become the female entertainer with the longest-running career! That was quite a long way to go but she did it. It doesn’t look like she will be quitting any time soon either. Nice job, Betty!
KIRK DOUGLAS, 101 YEARS OLD
Kirk Douglas has led a pretty incredible life. Aside from his career in show business, he is the survivor of various life-threatening situations. Let’s see. He was in the Navy during World War II, survived a helicopter crash in 1991, and lived through a stroke when he was 80 years old. The talented actor must have been blessed with nine lives! He remains active in the industry to this date.
HAL HOLBROOK, 93 YEARS OLD
We simply cannot deny that Hal Holbrook is one of the most talented men in Hollywood. Interestingly, he made it big after portraying Mark Twain in a one-man play. He has since received job offer after job offer. If you need proof of his versatility, we will have you know he has done work for the stage, the big screen, and the small screen. Let’s not forget about the awards and accolades he has won and received over the years!
CAROL CHANNING, 97 YEARS OLD
Carol Channing first attracted everyone’s attention with her amazing singing voice. It even earned her roles in musical productions like Hello Dolly!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Doesn’t she look amazing even at her advanced age? We bet it is because she takes good care of what she eats. Medical professionals have reported that a great diet is important for your health. It would be wise to follow the advice!
DIAHANN CARROLL, 83 YEARS OLD
Diahann Carroll was the role model of African-American women when she became the first non-white television star. Of course, we are referring to her ground-breaking performance in Julia! The actress was radiant in that role. Aside from that, she even received various nominations and awards over the years. She later battled breast cancer and came out the victor. The actress has since gone into retirement and she was last active in the industry back in 2014. We daresay that her legacy will never be forgotten! Thank you for everything, Diahann.
CICELY TYSON, 94 YEARS OLD
The beautiful Cicely Tyson was actually a model before she became an actress. The African-American woman has starred on both onscreen and stage productions. Perhaps you even remember her performance in the popular film, The Help. Now 94 years old, she remains active in show business. She could pass for years, even decades, younger than her actual age!
SEAN CONNERY, 88 YEARS OLD
We all know that there have been several James Bond actors, though we don’t think anyone can replace Sean Connery in our hearts. After all, who can beat the original? He made his debut on the stage and he remained in the theater for quite some time. His first film credit was actually for Dr. No, which was followed by six other films in the James Bond franchise. He has also appeared in The Untouchables, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He retired at the age of 77.
LEX LUGER, 60 YEARS OLD
Lex “The Total Package” Luger is a professional wrestler who was most popular during the 80’s and the 90’s. He competed in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling in those days. He actually played professional football as well and he was a member of the NFL team, Miami Hurricanes. Unfortunately, the athlete experienced a spinal stroke that led him to retire from playing any sports. However, he is still active in the field as a member of the Wellness Policy team.
RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN, 84 YEARS OLD
Richard Chamberlain got his breakthrough role when he snagged the lead role in the NBC show, Dr. Kildare. He later appeared in The Thorn Birds, King Solomon’s Mines, and The Bourne Identity. He was an openly gay actor who was even in a relationship with a co-star on Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold. In 2003, he published an autobiography titled Shattered Love.
Richard Keith, 67 Years Old
Richard Keith started acting at a very young age. This is a pretty impressive feat by itself! At only three years old, he started playing the drums. Meanwhile, he portrayed Little Ricky in I Love Lucy. He also appeared as Johnny Paul Jason in the program, The Andy Griffith Show.
TONY BENNETT, 92 YEARS OLD
It is already impressive to turn 92 years old so what more when you can still belt out to your songs? Tony Bennett is truly a talented person. He studied at the School of Industrial Arts in New York and continues to perform to this day. He is best known for “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.
EVA MARIE SAINT, 94 YEARS OLD
Eva Marie Saint has been in the industry for quite some time now! It is even more impressive when you learn that the actress made her debut back in the 40’s. She is best known for her performance in On The Waterfront opposite Marlon Brando. It even earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1955. Her last acting credit dates back to 2014.
JACKIE MASON, 87 YEARS OLD
Jackie Mason is one of our favorite stand-up artists! He has appeared on various Broadway productions and Comedy Central named him the 63rd greatest stand-up comedian of all time. We sure hope he is enjoying his retirement!
JULIE GIBSON, 105 YEARS OLD
Born in Washington, Julie Gibson made a name for herself with her acting and singing skills. She launched her career in the Jimmie Grier Orchestra and then joined Joe Penner’s radio program. She initially appeared in small roles until she made her way up to better parts. She is one of the oldest ‘Golden Age’ stars who are still alive!
NORMAN LLOYD, 104 YEARS OLD
We all love Norman Lloyd, right? Now 104 years old, the actor is one of the oldest figures in the industry. Aside from acting, he has also tried his hand at working as a director and producer. He spent eighty years in the industry and he got to work with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin. It’s pretty impressive to hear that he continues to act at his age!
ANN BLYTH, 90 YEARS OLD
The beautiful Ann Blyth has worked on film and theater productions over the years. However, she is probably best known for playing Veda Pierce Forrester in Mildred Pierce. She has since gone into retirement and now spends most of her at home. Did you know that she has her own spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
DEAN STOCKWELL, 82 YEARS OLD
Dean Stockwell is best remembered for starring in Quantum Leap. However, that was definitely not his first acting project. As a matter of fact, he started acting at the age of 7 when he appeared in Gentleman’s Agreement. His last acting job dates all the way back to 2015.
DORIS DAY, 96 YEARS OLD
Did you know that Doris Day was initially a singer before she became a successful actress in the 50’s and 60’s? She starred in projects such as Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk, and The Man Who Knew Too Much. She has a net worth of around $200 million! We hope she is having a blast with her retirement.
MAX BAER JR., 81 YEARS OLD
Max Baer Jr. is an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter who played Jethro Bodine in The Beverly Hillbillies. Although he would only ever act in television projects, he has directed and produced different films as well. He is now the only remaining survivor of the cast of Beverly Hillbillies.
SIDNEY POITIER, 91 YEARS OLD
The talented Sidney Poitier first made waves as the first African-American star to win an Academy Award! He earned the Best Actor award for his performance in Lilies of the Field. It’s fascinating to learn that he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. He has dipped his toes into directing and producing as well. He has not worked in the industry for quite some time now.
CARL REINER, 96 YEARS OLD
We cannot deny the talent possessed by Carl Reiner. He is a director, actor, singer and writer who has worked with Mel Brooks and Dick Van Dyke. However, he is best known to the younger generation as Saul from Ocean’s Eleven. In 2016, he endorsed Bernie Sanders for the primaries. It’s pretty impressive that he continues to act to this day!
Rhonda Fleming, 95 Years Old
Rhonda Fleming has appeared in about forty films over the years, though her big break came with her performance in Spellbound. She received the nickname “The Queen of Technicolor for her pale skin and vivid red hair. After she quit acting, she decided to focus on charity work instead. In 1991, she established the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Women’s Comprehensive Care!
BARBARA EDEN, 87 YEARS OLD
Barbara Eden is best known for starring in I Dream of Jeannie. Now retired, you can still see more of her in reruns of the show. In 2011, she released a memoir so check it out if you want to know more about her journey.
NANCY SINATRA, 78 YEARS OLD
As the daughter of Frank Sinatra, it was practically written in the stars that Nancy Sinatra will follow in his footsteps! She began recording in the 60’s and last released an album in 2013. She has stayed low-profile in the past couple of years and most people speculate that she has retired.
SYLVESTER STALLONE, 72 YEARS OLD
Can you believe that Sylvester Stallone is now 72 years old? We can’t either. Nonetheless, his good looks and charms are still intact. There is no truth to the numerous death hoaxes that have come out recently and we’re glad to hear it. He recently worked on a new Rambo film and we’re thrilled!
JULIE ANDREWS, 83 YEARS OLD
The lovely actress still looks as beautiful as ever now that she is 83 years old! She has certainly aged gracefully. You likely remember her for her appearance in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Don’t think she has retired, however! She continues to act and she even played Marlena Gru in Despicable Me 3!
BOB BARKER, 94 YEARS OLD
Bob Barker is best known as a game show host. He hosted The Price is Right for 35 years, after all. Aside from this, he has also worked on beauty pageants such as Miss USA and Miss Universe. He is now retired but this might be the best course of action for his health.
DEBBIE HARRY, 73 YEARS OLD
The 73-year-old star certainly has a wonderful musical resume. However, let us not forget she has acted and modeled before as well. As the lead vocalist of Blondie, she deserves credit for bringing Call Me, Rapture and Heart of Glass to life. She also appeared in films like Hairspray, Cop Land, and Deuces Wild.
SALLY FIELD, 71 YEARS OLD
Sally Field has been in the entertainment industry for nearly six decades! She started acting at the age of 19. She has since starred in various television and film projects. Over the years, she bagged two Academy Awards for her performance in Places in the Heart and Norma Rae. Even though she is much older now, she continues to act on the big screen, the small screen, and the stage.
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, 102 YEARS OLD
Next, we have Olivia de Havilland. The actress has starred in various classic films but she is best known as Melanie in Gone with the Wind. Aside from that, she was also part of a love team with Errol Flynn. Together, they starred in The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, and Dodge City. We hope she is enjoying her retirement!
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, 88 YEARS OLD
It is now time to talk about Christopher Plummer who appeared in The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. He was Captain Von Trapp in the film and he is still active in the industry. He might be 88 years old but he has yet to show any signs of retiring! In 2017, he received an Oscar nomination for his performance in All the Money in the World.
LONI ANDERSON, 73 YEARS OLD
The beautiful Loni Anderson has also made it to our list! She is best known as Jennifer Marlowe on WKRP in Cincinnati and her performance in the role even earned her numerous nominations. She used to be in a relationship with Burt Reynolds, though they eventually got a divorce. At the moment, she is happily in love with Bob Flick of the folk group ‘The Brothers Four’.
ALI MACGRAW, 79 YEARS OLD
Ali MacGraw made waves when she starred in the film Love Story opposite Ryan O’Neal. She still looks amazing despite her advanced age, right? As a matter of fact, People listed her in their article called the 50 Most Beautiful People. Good going, Ali! She definitely deserves it.
ROBERT FULLER, 85 YEARS OLD
Hollywood star Robert Fuller became famous when he starred in Wagon Train and Laramie. He also played Dr. Kelly Brackett in Emergency! It’s pretty fitting that he moved to North Texas after going into retirement. We can’t think of anywhere else that suits him!
BERN NADETTE STANIS (THELMA), 64 YEARS OLD
Bern Nadette Stanis enjoyed the peak of her career during the 70’s when she starred in Good Times. After the show, she only worked on small screen projects like The Love Boat, The Parent Hood, and The Cosby Show. While she guest stars sometimes, she is mostly retired. In 2006, she released a book called Situations 101: Bern Nadette Stanis.
TIPPI HEDREN, 88 YEARS OLD
There is no way you could have forgotten about Tippi Hedren if you watched the classic Hitchcock film, The Birds. She has also produced some dazzling progenies. She is the mother of Melanie Griffith and the grandmother of Dakota Johnson and Stella Banderas. It has been a while since she retired though she makes small appearances every now and then. She is now more focused on charity work.
LEE MAJORS, 79 YEARS OLD
In the 80’s, Lee Majors was one of the biggest stars. He was made popular by his appearance in The Fall Guy and The Six Million Dollar Man! He used to be in a high-profile relationship with Farrah Fawcett. The two eventually divorced but Majors got in touch when he heard she was dying of cancer. He remains active in Hollywood.
PRISCILLA PRESLEY, 73 YEARS OLD
Priscilla Presley was a teenage girl when she met Elvis Presley. They eventually married, had a daughter, and then divorced in 1973. She started acting after the divorce and launched a couple of businesses. Elvis only left their daughter a million dollars but Priscilla found a way to increase it to $100 million!
LINDSAY WAGNER, 69 YEARS OLD
We doubt anyone will ever forget Lindsay Wagner AKA the “Bionic Woman”. She played Jaime Sommers in Bionic Woman and delivered a great performance. She is still passionate about the industry even though she is no longer active in Hollywood. She now teaches at the San Bernardino Valley College and wrote self-help books.
MARK HARMON, 67 YEARS OLD
Mark Harmon is gorgeous, smart, and talented! He matriculated at UCLA and played football there. He even received the All-Round Excellence Award from the National Football Foundation! Despite his extracurricular activities, he still graduated with top marks. When it comes to acting, he is best known for his work on NCIS and The West Wing.
TINA LOUISE, 84 YEARS OLD
Tina Louise is best known as Ginger Grant from Gilligan’s Island. Even when the show finished, she kept acting but generally snagged small parts in TV and film productions. Apparently, she also said no when asked to reprise her Gilligan’s Island role. At the moment, she and Dawn Wells are the only remaining cast members of the show.
KIM NOVAK, 85 YEARS OLD
Kim Novak has starred in various Hollywood films with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Fred MacMurray, and William Holden. However, her most popular performance was in the Hitchcock film, Vertigo. She retired not long after this to focus on visual art, her other passion. If you think she looks different from before, you might take comfort in the fact that she has allegedly gone under the knife.
DIANA SERRA CARY, 99 YEARS OLD
Don’t worry if the name does not ring any bells for you. Maybe this is because she used to go by her screen name, Baby Peggy. She is a silent film actress who has 150 acting credits to her name. She started acting extremely young but she did not like the environment. She later pursued writing instead.
VICTORIA PRINCIPAL, 68 YEARS OLD
There is no way we could forget Pamela Barnes Ewing! Victoria Principal was shot into stardom when she appeared in Dallas. Armed with a beautiful face and gorgeous figure, she made it big in no time. She started her own skin care product line and released books about beauty, wellness, and fitness.
Billie Jean King
In the now-famous 1973 “Battle of the Sexes,” tennis legend Bobby Riggs was pitted against another legend, Billie Jean King. When she emerged as the winner, King shot to fame as well as amassed a fortune. In 1981, King became the first-ever female athlete to admit publicly that she was gay and in 1987, she divorced Larry King. In addition, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the famous 1973 tennis match will be made into a movie starring Emma Stone as King.
Ann-Margret is probably best known for the movie adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie, where she played the breakout role of Kim Mcafee. However, she’s still active in the industry. In 2017, she played Annie in the film Going in Style, alongside Morgan Freeman, and in 2018, she portrayed Barbara in Papa. Ann-Margret has also received a Grammy nomination.
Beloved for playing Igna in Young Frankenstein by Gene Wilder, Teri Garr went on to enjoy a really successful career. A few of the films she starred in are Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Tootsie. In 2002, she revealed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and in 2007, she retired from acting. She now serves in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as its National Ambassador and she is also the National Chair for Women Against MS.
She initially started out playing comedic roles, but Paula Prentiss achieved major stardom after she played her memorable role in the thriller The Stepford Wives in 1975. She is most fondly remembered and best known for the characters she portrayed in movies such as The Black Marble and What’s New Pussycat and on the TV show He & She. Her most recent appearance was in the 2016 horror film I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.
Despite the Emmy Award-winning actress being best known for playing Major Margaret on M*A*S*H, Loretta Swit also penned A Needlepoint Scrapbook back in 1985. She has set aside her acting since the 1990s and did some voiceover work in the upcoming movie Play the Flute, which is scheduled to be released in 2019.
Born Angela Tremble, Debbie Harry is the singer who leads the band Blondie. In 1976, they released their first record to great acclaim but after some time in the industry, they took a break for fifteen years, only starting to make music again in the year 1997. Harry was inspired by Elton John’s devotion to charity, so she now also works to fight endometriosis and cancer. She said, “After witnessing Elton John and his tireless efforts against HIV/AIDS. These things are important to my life now. I have the privilege of being able to get involved, so I do. I applaud people like Elton John, who have used their position to do so much good.”
Jane Seymour played Solitaire in Live and Let Die and from there, she launched quite a successful career. Seymour starred in films such as The Four Feathers and Battlestar Galactica, has penned a number of self-help books, and even works to help victims of child abuse and neglect. When Playboy interviewed her, she mentioned that she also experienced harassment from a Hollywood producer during the 1970s. In 2018, at 67 years old, Seymour was the oldest woman who posed for the magazine.
Despite making her official debut in The Godfather as Kay, Diane Keaton is best known for the work she has done with Woody Allen. She acted in a number of his movies, including Annie Hall, Love and Death, Sleeper, and Play it Again Sam. She even won an Academy Award for her performance in Annie Hall. She enjoys a successful career, acting in films like The Family Stone, Father of the Bride, and The First Wives Club, aside from working as an author, real estate developer, photographer, and even the occasional singer.
Faye Dunaway started her career on Broadway, but in 1967, she made her debut on the big screen with the movie The Happening. However, what truly launched her career was her portrayal of the character Bonnie in the film Bonnie and Clyde, for which she won an Oscar. Dunaway most recently starred in the movie Inconceivable alongside Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon. Despite being very private, Dunaway is known to have been married twice – her second husband was Terry O’Neill (but they divorced) and they have a son together.
Karen Lynn Gorney
Karen Lynn Gorney, who was on All My Children as Tara Martin, is probably best remembered for the popular classic Saturday Night Fever opposite John Travolta. After a short hiatus from Hollywood during the 1980s, Gorney returned and took roles on shows such as Law & Order and The Sopranos. Recently, she starred in the film H.O.M.E. and has a number of films in production as well.
Best known for Spielberg’s famous Jaws where she played the lead role, Lorraine Gary made a decision to retire after appearing in the movie 1941. However, Gary reprised her role in Jaws: The Revenge, which was released back in 1987. She now works with different philanthropic initiatives like the Human Rights Watch Africa Advisory Committee and the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Advisory Committee.
Ellen Burstyn is one of the more critically acclaimed actresses on this list. She received two nominations for her roles in The Exorcist and The Last Picture Show and won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the titular character in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. In addition, she starred in the movies Requiem for a Dream and Resurrection. Burstyn most recently appeared alongside Laura Dern in The Tale, an HBO movie released in 2018.
Talia Shire is famous for her roles in The Godfather as Connie and in Rocky as Adrian, alongside Sylvester Stallone. Her performances in both films earned her nominations for the Academy Awards. Her most recent appearances were on the TV series Kingdom and in films like Con Man, Dreamland, and Palo Alto.
The legendary Diana Ross was The Supremes’ lead singer before she launched a very successful solo career and released singles like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” She has also acted in movies. The Supremes were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they are still considered to be among the best in America. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Diana Ross with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Another multitalented celeb on this list is Cybill Shepherd. She started her career in 1971 when she appeared in the movie The Last Picture Show. She then appeared in The Heartbreak Kid and Taxi Driver. She also ventured into Broadway in 2012 in The Best Man alongside James Earl Jones, aside from playing in shows such as The L Word, Psycho, and Rose, which included Pam Grier and James Brolin.
The Swedish pop sensation ABBA is one of the few bands who has had so much influence in the world. The band’s hits include “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo,” which have been entertaining listeners for many decades. Agnetha Faltskog (one of the As in ABBA) got her big break when she joined the band but unfortunately, they broke up in the 1980s. After more than 35 years, however, ABBA made and released new music. Faltskog, on the other hand, found some success when she went solo, and in 2016, she wrote an autobiography.
Carly Simon’s first album was released in 1971 and it included the popular single “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be.” It was such as big hit that she released another album within only a few months. However, Simon only experienced true stardom when she released the hit song “You’re so Vain” in 1972. Simon continues to perform to this day, recently toured with Taylor Swift, and wrote a memoir in 2015, which included details about her childhood and her failed marriage to fellow singer James Taylor.
Shelley Duvall got her start in Robert Altman films and they helped in getting the attention of Hollywood producers. She then went on to play roles in films such as McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, Brewster McCloud, Thieves Like Us, and 3 Women, but her roles in The Shining and Popeye were what made her well-known. In the early 2000s, Duvall retired from acting but these days, she still works as a producer for various children’s shows. Back in 2016, Dr. Phil and USA Today called Duvall mentally ill, which captured the headlines.
By the 1970s, Cloris Leachman was already popular but during this decade, her career took off, owing to her Academy Award-winning performance in the film The Last Picture Show. She went on to play the character Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, for which she won numerous awards. With more than 300 acting credits to her name, 90-year-old Leachman is among the most prolific and hardworking women in Hollywood!
Sigourney Weaver got started in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, but despite her playing only a minor role, the exposure aided her in landing her major role in the Alien franchise, which spanned several movies. She also starred in movies like Ghostbusters, Holes, and Avatar. She also performed on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony.
Pam Dawber started making waves in the 70’s and 80’s when she took on the role of Mindy McConnell in Mork & Mindy. She was also well-known for playing Samantha Russell in the TV show My Sister Sam. Now retired, she lives a low-key life with her husband Mark Harmon.
Now, here is someone who has made her mark on the industry! Catherine Bach appeared on The Dukes of Hazzard and she was the one who popularized the so-called “daisy duke look”. Nowadays, you can watch her in The Young and the Restless.
Joe Pesci was first noticed as a child, so he got started in the business at a young age. His first notable role was in the film Raging Bull. Since it would take us all day to mention his work, we’ll name a select top few. He starred in Goodfellas, Casino, Easy Money, Once Upon a Time in America, Lethal Weapon 2 & 3 and Home Alone. Impressive to say the least!
Did you know that Tony Danza’s real name is Antonio Salvatore Iadanza? The actor made a name for himself when he appeared on Taxi and Who’s the Boss? He also took home an Emmy and four Golden Globes! He is still active in Hollywood, though he has not landed a leading role recently.
If you don’t know who the famous Pat Sajak is, then maybe you shouldn’t keep reading this list. Nah, just kidding, you know exactly who the talented host of Wheel of Fortune is. He has been hosting this show since the early 1980’s. Would you believe it if I told you that Sajak himself didn’t believe the show was going to be a success. Well, look at that!
Remember Kelly McGillis? On the off-chance that you don’t remember the 80’s film star, we would like to remind you that she was in Witness as Rachel Lapp, Top Gun as Charlie, and The Accused as Kathryn Murphy. She has worked with the likes of Jodie Foster and Harrison Ford over the years! She was recently in the television movie, Mother of All Secrets.
Rebecca De Mornay
Rebecca De Mornay first made it big in Hollywood when she landed the part of Lana in the 1983 crime film Risky Business. She has since appeared in many projects over the years, including 80’s classics such as Runaway Train and The Trip to Bountiful. She remains active in the industry at the present!
Lola Falana stunned everyone with her incredible skills at dancing, acting, and singing from 1964 to 1997. Although she had plenty of potential and talent, her multiple sclerosis made things a lot more difficult. During that time, she had to rely on her religion to help her overcome this ordeal. She is no longer active in the industry as she has chosen to talk about her spiritual journey instead.
Melanie Griffith has actually been active in the industry since 1969, though her breakthrough only happened in 1984. Uh-huh, we are talking about her performance in Body Double! She has enjoyed a successful and lengthy career since then. More recently, she appeared in Dabka (2017).
Surely, you remember Charlotte Rae AKA Edna Garrett of Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life! She won a fight with pancreatic cancer back in 2009. Unfortunately, she was later diagnosed with bone cancer in 2017. She passed away at the age of 92 in August 2018.
HONOR BLACKMAN, 93 YEARS OLD
This British star made an impression on fans and directors alike when she played Cathy Gale in The Avengers. Her next big role was in the JamesBond film Goldfinger where she played the part of Pussy Galore. Did you know that she was an avid martial artist? Perhaps this has played a part in the way that she has maintained her youth.
STAN LEE, 95 YEARS OLD
It takes a very special and talented person to create the brilliance of comic characters like The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Captain America, and Thor. Stan Lee has had his fair share of fame and success and rightfully so. He has always kept his fans on their toes by making cameos in the Marvel movies.
NANETTE FABRAY, 97 YEARS OLD
As a child, Nanette Fabray was told that she had a learning disability, and therefore she didn’t achieve well in school. Despite this, she worked on her dancing and singing talent and later took the breath of the world away with her real talent. Years later she discovered that she had conductive hearing loss and this encouraged her to become an advocate for the condition.
GEORGE H. W. BUSH, 94 YEARS OLD
For some, it might seem like just yesterday that George H. W. Bush was sitting in the Oval Office. The fact is that the 41st President of the United States has long left the White House. Some might not know that he was a naval aviator as well as a businessman. And of course, his presidential legacy has lived on through his son, George Bush, the 43rd president.
JIMMY CARTER, 94 YEARS OLD
Here we have another American president on our list. Even though Jimmy Carter was the president during a different decade, he is still alive and well. During the afteryears of his presidency, Carter has taken to human rights as his stage for activism.
DAWN WELLS, 79 YEARS OLD
Here’s a throwback for some – think Gilligan’s Island. Now, think of Mary Ann Summers. After Dawn Wells retired from Hollywood, she still put her acting talent to good use, and she did this by teaching acting classes. In addition to this, she also created a clothing line that is proud to cater to the disabled.
ANN-MARGRET, 77 YEARS OLD
When you’re a star actress and you have an amazing singing voice, opportunities start to open up in front of you. One of the opportunities that she grabbed (and we’re really happy that she did) was em>Viva Las Vegas, a romantic comedy, and Bye Bye Birdie, another comedy. Now that she is retired, she still has her music awards to look back on.
VERA LYNN, 101 YEARS OLD
Vera Lynn was appropriately nicknamed “The Forces’ Sweetheart”. Why? Well, during the Second World War, she used her singing to comfort soldiers who were headed out to fight the Axis forces. But it wasn’t just music that she succeeded at, she also thrived as an actress. When she turned 100, she released an album called “Vera Lynn 100” which made its way up to 3rd place on the charts.
GENE REYNOLDS, 95 YEARS OLD
Can you imagine being in your 90s and looking as good as Gene Reynolds? Although he wanted to pursue a career in acting, it was cut short due to his army draft. Even though he found his way back to the big screen following his service, he decided to put his skills to work behind the scenes. Did you know that he created, directed and produced M*A*S*H?
SALLY STRUTHERS, 71 YEARS OLD
Do you remember Gloria Stivic from All In The Family? Well, if we need to remind you, that was Sally Struthers and she’s not done acting to this day. Whether it’s on the big screen or on the big stage, Struthers is active.
ADRIENNE BARBEAU, 73 YEARS OLD
In the original staging of Grease back in 1971, Adrienne Barbeau played the part of Rizzo. Following her success there, she progressed to other works like Escape from New York, Maude, Swamp Thing, and The Fog, where she too took our breath away.
DENISE AUSTIN, 61 YEARS OLD
Getting into fitness during the 1980s was all the fuss. Denise Austin was no different, except that she took it to the next level by creating Getting Fit with Denise Austin which aired on ESPN2. Her passion for healthy living and exercise was passed down to her daughter Katie, who owns Get Fit With Katie.
BEVERLY CLEARY, 102 YEARS OLD
Beverly Cleary has an impressive reputation as an author which has earned her the “National Book Award” on more than one occasion. Now that she has retired, she lives with a net worth of more than $1 million. She’s a cat lover who enjoys spending her time with a good book. Who would have guessed?
JUNE LOCKHART, 92 YEARS OLD
June Lockhart has the talents of a whole acting crew, and she has displayed this to the world on the big screen and on Broadway. Some of her greatest acting roles were in Lost In Space, For Love Or Money, and the classic, Lassie. If that wasn’t enough, Lockhart has two spots on the well-known Hollywood Walk of Fame.
ROBERT CLARY, 92 YEARS OLD
When Robert Clary was held in a concentration camp during World War II, but that didn’t mean his spirits weren’t held high. Aside from singing, he is an artist and an actor. He has made it clear that he prefers not to focus his energy and thoughts on the past, but instead on the present.
BOLO YEUNG, 72 YEARS OLD
Bolo Yeung is a retired competitive bodybuilder, martial artist and martial arts film actor. In the films he stars in, he is usually cast as the villain. He is best known for his performances in Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee, Bloodsport with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bloodfight with Yasuaki Kurata and Simon Yam. Bolo is currently 72 years old and is still active in the industry.