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Do You Know How These 10 Amazing ‘100-Years-Old’ Waited 36,500 Days To Create History?

100 Years Old Who Made History
100 Years Old Who Made History

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

1

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.

2

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.

3

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”.

4

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.

5

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

6

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.

7

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.

8

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.

9

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.

10

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.


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