As a matter of fact, how many people can stay popular after 100 years? Moreover, how many creative “geniuses” will be remembered by your great-great-grandchildren?
However, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber may dominate the headlines today, but after a few years they may hit footnotes.
In other words, the genuine legends may range from known to less obvious.
Prodigious performance, outstanding leadership, and exceptional creativity are the hallmarks of a genius.
Without delay, let’s unearth and clap for 10 Amazing 100-year-olds who made history.
In The Article
Jeanne Calment – 122 Years On Earth (No Need To Pinch Yourself)
♥ DOB – 21st February 1875
♥ Died – 4th August 1997
♥ Years Lived – 122
- Jeanne Calment, born (1875-1997), was a French citizen who lived until the ripe old age of 122 years.
- In addition, she grew up and spent her entire life in Arles, outliving both her grandson and daughter by countless years.
- Clement became famous when she met reporters in 1988 on the occasion of Van Gogh’s centenary celebration.
- Moreover, Clement, 114, appeared in the 1990 movie “Vincent and Me”. Therefore, she became the world’s oldest actress to act in a movie.
- Overall, when Clement touched the age of 120 years, she received the Guinness certificate for the “Oldest person ever”.
- Finally, she passed away on August 1997.
Bo Gilbert – Meet The Chic 100-Year-Old Model
♥ DOB – 12th January 1916
♥ Current Age – 101
- Unbelievably, Bo Gilbert created a fashion record by becoming the World’s first centenarian model to feature in “Vogue” magazine.
- Moreover, Bo Gilbert looks svelte and chic for her age.
- Furthermore, Bo Gilbert, who currently lives in Alcester, Warwickshire, was handpicked by Harvey Nichols to celebrate Vogue’s 100th anniversary in 2016.
- In reality, Bo Gilbert never goes out anywhere without her makeup or heels.
- However, a casting agent spotted her in “The Evesham Journal”, a local newspaper.
- Then, as they say, rest is history.
- In addition, the photoshoot was shot by Britain’s popular fashion craftsmen Phil Poynter. The photos appeared in the May 2016 issue.
- Overall, the 100-year-old model, Bo Gilbert was born in South Wales’s Aberdare. She previously worked in Birmingham in a cardboard production company.
Ruthie Thompson – The Oldest Living Animator
♥ DOB – 22nd July 1910
♥ Current Age – 107
- American born Ruthie Thompson, known for her creative genius, was born on 22nd July 1910. Not to mention, she became famous for her skills at Walt Disney.
- Interestingly, Thompson’s family lived near Walt Disney’s uncle’s house Robert Disney before she started working at Walt Disney.
- Moreover, Walt Disney remembered Ruthie and offered her a job. She started with Disney’s 1937 movie“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.
- Later, Ruthie Thompson entered the prestigious International Photographers Union.
- Finally, she retired from Disney in 1975 after putting in more than 40 years of service.
- As per 2016 reports, she works in a local television channel. She’s also the world’s oldest member of the famous “Women in Animation”.
Toko Shinoda - The Women Who Married Her Work
♥ DOB – 28th March 1913
♥ Current Age – 104
- Born 28th March 1913, Toko Shinoda is popular Japanese artist who works with prints and Sumi ink printings. In addition, her art blends modern abstract expressionism with old traditional calligraphy.
- Moreover, her 1983 Time magazine interview cemented her position as the living female Picasso of our times.
- Coming from an artistic family, Toko held her first exhibition in 1936. Later in 1945, she started producing fresh abstract works.
- Additionally, Shinoda traveled throughout America from the year 1956 – 1958. As a result, Shinoda came in touch with popular artists such as Jackson Pollock.
- During her American sojourn, she earned a good reputation and many of her works were bought by wealthy Americans.
- After all, Toko Shinoda now lives in Japan and she celebrated her 100th birthday in 2013.
Olivia De Havilland - “Still” With The Wind
♥ DOB – 1st July 1916
♥ Current Age – 102
- Born 1st July 1916, Olivia De Havilland, the British actress became famous as Melanie in the epic “Gone with the Wind”.
- In brief, born in Japan, Olivia’s family moved to California in 1919.
- Olivia’s acting debut started with the play “Alice in Wonderland”.
- She made her movie debut with “A Midsummer’s Night Dream (1935)”.
- Uniquely, her natural charm and refined acting talent made her popular in historical period movies.
- Moreover, she won Oscar for her roles in the movie The Heiress and To Each His Own.
- Her career spanned over five decades starting from 1935-1988.
- In 2008, she received America’s top honor for artists- National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush.
- Furthermore, the French government presented her with Legion of Honor in 2010.
- Finally, she became the oldest women to receive “Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire” in 2017
Kirk Douglas - The Acting Dynamite
♥ DOB – 6th December 1916
♥ Current Age – 101
- Of course, like British drama queen Olivia de Havilland, Golden Age actor Kirk Douglas is happily perking at 101.
- On the contrary, he successfully survived a fatal accident in 1991 and a near-fatal medical scare in 1998.
- Born on 6th Dec 1916, Kirk Douglas was the son of Jewish-Russian immigrants. Moreover, he made his film debut in 1946 “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers”.
- Later, he soon turned into one of the bankable stars in the 50s and 60s.
- Furthermore, Kirk Douglas starred in over 90 movies and is famous for his fiery acting technique.
- Kirk Douglas has received various awards for philanthropic activities as well. Currently, he lives with Anne Buydens (second wife).
- Finally, Kirk reached 100 years in 2016.
Helene Bertha Leni Riefenstahl – I ‘Adored’ Adolf
♥ DOB – 22nd August 1902
♥ Died – 8th September 2003
♥ Years Lived – 101
- Helene Bertha was a versatile German dancer, actress, screenwriter, producer, and dancer, etc.
- Born in 1902, she and her brother Heinz grew up in erstwhile
- Moreover, a brilliant artist and swimmer, she later became a talented dancer performing throughout Europe.
- However, she entered movies and became an actor and then moved into directing.
- Significantly, Leni became quite involved with Adolf Hitler during the making of Nazi films.
- Notably, Leni was considered by many as one of the last members of Hitler’s inner circle until she passed away in 2003.
- In a word, Leni denied any knowledge about the Holocaust and her 1987 autobiography “Memoiren” received widespread success.
George Burns – The Cigar Man
♥ DOB – 20th January 1896
♥ Died – 9th March 1996
♥ Years Lived – 100
- George Burns, the legendary American writer, singer, actor, belonged to a special group of actors.
- Moreover, he belonged to a selected group of entertainers whose career path traversed through vaudeville to the TV.
- Especially, his cigar-smoke dialogue delivery and arched eyebrow became popular for over 75 years.
- Not to mention, Burns and his wife Gracie appeared on a very popular TV Show, Burns and Allen.
- Furthermore, in 1975, at the age of 79, Burns won an Oscar for the movie “The Sunshine Boys”.
- Finally, he continued acting until he passed away at the age of 100 in 1996.
Queen Elizabeth (Royal Queen Mother) - ‘The Woman’ Feared By Adolf Hitler
♥ DOB – 4th August 1900
♥ Died – 30th March 2002
♥ Years Lived – 101
- Elizabeth Angela Marguerite (1900-2002) was the royal mother of the current Queen Elizabeth II.
- Moreover, she gained prominence in 1923 after she married King George VI.
- In the first place, she became the last ruling Empress of India.
- Surprisingly, in 1936, King George VI became king and she eventually became queen after Edward VIII abdicated his right to the throne.
- Notably, Adolf Hitler, during the Second World War considered her as “Europe’s most dangerous woman”.
- Finally, she continued an excellent public rapport until her death in 2002 at the age of 101.
Bob Hope – The Unequalled Comedian
♥ DOB – 29th May 1903
♥ Died – 27th July 2003
♥ Years Lived – 100
- Bob Hope was an unparalleled American actor, author, dancer, singer, and comedian.
- Uniquely, with a remarkable career that spanned 80 years, Bob acted in around 70 feature and short films.
- Moreover, Bob hosted the Academy awards for a record-breaking 19 times.
- In fact, 1938 “Thanks for the Memory” song catapulted Bob to the height of stardom.
- Especially, he received widespread fame for his one-liners, comedy timing, and rapid-fire jokes.
- Above all, the U.S government declared him as the Armed Forces ‘honorary’ veteran.
- In a nutshell, Bob Hope revolutionized the entertainment industry with his antics and finally passed away at age 100.