All too often, actresses get frozen in time at the point in which they were considered their “hottest.” For certain people, then, Lynda Carter sporting her famous Wonder Woman costume will be one of the defining images of their childhoods. But Carter and the other leading ladies of the ’70s have just gotten better with age. So while they may not be rocking bikinis like they used to, these stars are living proof that true talent doesn’t have a shelf life – and that beauty really can be ageless.
40. Lindsay Wagner
Lindsay Wagner played none other than the Bionic Woman throughout the 1970s. Yet her initial appearance in The Six Million Dollar Man was supposed to be her last job with Universal. The character proved so popular, though, Wagner scored her own spin-off – and it led to an illustrious career. In fact, the star is still acting. Wagner appeared in Grey’s Anatomy in 2019, for instance, and provided motion capture for the 2020 game Death Stranding.
39. Sally Struthers
Sally Struthers captured the heart of America when she starred in the 1971 sitcom All in the Family. She even won two Emmy Awards for the role and later moved onto TV dramas and voice work – including the role of Charlene on Dinosaurs. She naturally looks different now, but her baby doll features remain.
38. Charlene Tilton
Charlene Tilton first became famous for playing Lucy Ewing in Dallas, and it’s a role she stuck with right through to the 21st century. She’s also been in some well-known movies, such as 1976’s Freaky Friday and 2008 spoof Superhero Movie. And while Tilton is an older woman, she still has that stunning blonde hair.
37. Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman earned the spotlight after playing Phyllis Lindstrom in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The sitcom ran for seven years from 1970, but Leachman took on other work while it was still ongoing. The actress got a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role in 1973’s Charley and the Angel, for instance. Believe it or not, Leachman is in her 90s now – and still acting.
36. Mackenzie Phillips
Mackenzie Phillips started her career at the age of just 12 when she was cast in the 1973 movie American Graffiti. Then, just three years later, she began appearing in the hit show One Day at a Time. Yet people may not be aware that the actress actually lived a very traumatic life, which she later discussed in a book. Despite this, though, Phillips pulled through it and survived.
35. Loretta Swit
During the early 1970s Loretta Swit was starting to make a name for herself as a comedy actress – and then came M*A*S*H. That show – and the star’s performance in it – would subsequently go down in TV history. In fact, Swit was nominated for Emmy Awards ten out of the 11 years that M*A*S*H was on the air. And while the actress didn’t appear in anything as huge again, perhaps she didn’t need to.
34. Paula Prentiss
Paula Prentiss has been around in the entertainment industry for a long time. She appeared in many movies during the 1960s and ’70s, for instance. These included What’s New Pussycat, The Sunshine Boys and Catch-22 – that last one alongside her husband, Richard Benjamin. The star can also be seen in 2016 Netflix horror I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. What’s more, though, Prentiss and Benjamin are still together – and have been married for over half a century.
33. Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon has picked up several Academy Award nominations over the years – including for 1969’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and 1978’s Heaven Can Wait. So she’s had a very successful career. Cannon was also once married to acting legend Cary Grant and is the mother of his daughter, Jennifer.
32. Susan Anton
Susan Anton got big toward the end of the 1970s after earning a Golden Globe nomination for the 1979 film Goldengirl. The star then went on to gain an NBC variety show titled Presenting Susan Anton. Yet even though her star faded a little as time went on, she’s kept her good looks extraordinarily well.
31. Talia Shire
Talia Shire is part of an acclaimed filmmaking family that includes her director brother, Francis Ford Coppola, as well as her movie star nephew, Nicolas Cage. And Shire’s been in not one but two incredibly beloved film franchises herself: Rocky and The Godfather. In fact, the star secured Oscar nominations for her work in both of these legendary movie series.
30. Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson enjoyed fame in the 1950s and continued to have the spotlight over the following decades. In 1972 she got an Oscar nomination for her role in Sounder, and two years later she won two Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. At the time of writing, Tyson is 95 years old and has no plans to retire.
29. Ellen Burstyn
Actress Ellen Burstyn made people sit up and take notice in 1971’s The Last Picture Show, for which she gained both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Then came something even bigger: the legendary 1974 horror movie The Exorcist. Burstyn is still acting today, too, and in 2014 she played an important role in the movie Interstellar.
28. Michael Learned
Michael Learned – named so because her father had expected a boy – burst into the popular consciousness in the early 1970s as Olivia in The Waltons. And that role remains what she’s most famous for to this day. Scandalously, though, in 2019 Learned confessed to the Daily Mail that she and her on-screen husband Ralph Waite had been “in love” – even though he was married.
27. Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand has been a big star for a long time now, of course – but she was especially luminous in the 1970s. During that decade, you see, the actress starred in The Way We Were and A Star Is Born, among other classic movies. And these days the prolific Streisand is 78 years old and says she has never had plastic surgery – despite rumors claiming otherwise.
26. Joyce DeWitt
In the 1970s Joyce DeWitt was offered a choice of two different comedy pilots. The one that she chose ended up being the massively successful Three’s Company. The actress never really wanted to be famous, though, and even after the show ended she kept a low profile. DeWitt is now 71, and she has aged very well.
25. Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd’s performance as Kris Monroe in Charlie’s Angels made her a sex symbol for the 1970s. Unsurprisingly, then, today the 68-year-old Ladd looks great and still has praise for the show that made her a star. In 2019 she told CNN, “The role was life-changing for sure. It gave me a 40-year career, so I have nothing but fond memories.”
24. Judy Landers
It will surprise no one to learn that Judy Landers was an alumnus of Charlie’s Angels. After all, the star is good-looking and funny – and this winning combination helped make her career. Landers also popped up in ’70s TV shows such as B.J. and the Bear and Vega$. And while the actress is now 61, her blonde hair remains the same.
23. Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger didn’t become truly massive until the 1980s. But she started out in the decade before that, appearing in TV shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man and Charlie’s Angels. Yet while Basinger has always been a major sex symbol, it’s her talent that has seen her sustain a successful career – and earn an Oscar for 1997’s L.A. Confidential.
22. Jacqueline Bisset
Actress Jacqueline Bisset appeared in many films throughout the 1970s, including Airport, The Grasshopper and Murder on the Orient Express. And in 1977 her star soared thanks to a sexy underwater scene in The Deep. Yet Bisset herself hated that she’d been filmed in this way and felt that it had been exploitative. That’s why, in 2018, she added her voice to Hollywood’s #MeToo movement.
21. Jaclyn Smith
Jaclyn Smith ended up being the only star of Charlie’s Angels to stick with the show throughout its entire five-year run. The actress even popped up in the 2003 movie Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle as well. Smith is in her 70s now, and she credits her good looks to lots of exercise and healthy food.
20. Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn – the ultimate ’70s glamor girl – rose to fame in the sketch comedy series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. The bubbly blonde then went on to win big movie roles in films such as Shampoo and The Sugarland Express. Hawn kept making waves at the box office for decades, too, and today she is just as glamorous as ever. Ahead of her 70th birthday in 2015, she told Porter magazine, “It’s wonderful to know you’re aging, because that means you’re still on the planet, right?”
19. Jane Seymour
In 1973 Jane Seymour played Solitaire – one of the most popular Bond girls ever – in Live and Let Die, and she could still easily play the role now. And not only does Seymour not look her age, but she also thinks like a younger woman. She told HuffPost in 2014, “When I look at my actual chronological age, I’m in shock. I don’t feel like someone in my mid-60s.”
18. Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange received a Golden Globe for her big-screen debut, in the 1976 remake of King Kong. Fast forward to 2015, and the beauty was racking up her 15th nomination, for her work in American Horror Story. Lange played Elsa – a character who is afraid of getting old. But judging by the actress’ continued success, she has nothing to fear in real life.
17. Pam Grier
In the ’70s Pam Grier turned heads with ground-breaking roles in cult classics such as Foxy Brown. And while these days the blaxploitation heroine doesn’t act quite so much – although she did play herself in Grand Theft Auto V – she still looks fabulous and much younger than her 71 years.
16. Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch became one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1970s thanks to her bikini-clad appearance in One Million Years B.C. And today, aged 79, the actress still looks fabulous. She told Saga magazine that her enduring good looks are down to 6:00 a.m. yoga sessions, vitamins, weight training and something called “food combining.”
15. Diahann Carroll
In 1968 Diahann Carroll was a trailblazer for black women. In the hit show Julia, she became the first black female lead on American TV to play someone other than a stereotyped domestic worker. And in another more minor – but still impressive – achievement, the actress still looks amazing at the age of 84.
14. Jane Fonda
In 1972 Jane Fonda picked up her first Oscar, for her role in Klute, and it was all up from there. These days, however, the veteran star is known more for her political activism than her acting. Yet she still appears on screen today as the star of the long-running comedy series Grace and Frankie.
13. Cybil Shepherd
Cybil Shepherd is probably best known for playing Betsy in the iconic 1976 film Taxi Driver – but she’s had success outside of Hollywood, too. Somewhat like her character in that Martin Scorsese movie, Shepherd is a diligent political activist. Yet her acting career is still going strong, with recent big-screen roles in Do You Believe? and She’s Funny That Way.
12. Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine nabbed an Oscar nomination for the 1974 movie Lenny and also won herself a place in many men’s hearts. Writer Larry Karaszewski told Vice in 2014 that he considered Perrine “the thinking man’s sex symbol.” Perrine’s life is very different today, however, as she battles with the effects of Parkinson’s disease.
11. Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton started on Broadway before making her 1970 big-screen debut in Lovers and Other Strangers. This marked the start of a long and successful on-screen career that continues to this day. And, now aged 74, Keaton is open to a little cosmetic help to roll back the years. In her 2014 memoir, the Hollywood veteran explained, “I don’t see anything wrong with face-lifts or Botox or fillers. They just erase the hidden battle scars. I intend to wear mine, sort of.”
10. Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster was just 12 when she starred in Taxi Driver, and she went on to become a truly successful actress. Today, the star looks much younger than her 57 years. She has claimed to People magazine there’s been no cosmetic surgeon involved in that, either.
9. Barbara Hershey
Thanks to Barbara Hershey’s strange relationship with David Carradine, her star both rose and fell during the 1970s. Luckily, the Beaches actress later got her career got back on track – and her stunning and long-lasting good looks have stood the test of time, too.
8. Britt Ekland
Britt Ekland was a huge deal in the ’70s. The Bond girl starred in The Wicker Man, was married to Peter Sellers and became one of the most photographed celebs in the world. And, now aged 77, Ekland still looks great – despite some seemingly odd plastic surgery.
7. Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver shot to fame in 1979 as sci-fi heroine Ripley in the Alien movie series. She is now aged 70, and the beautiful actress has insisted that she’ll not go under the knife. She explained to the Daily Mail back in 2009, “I would never have plastic surgery or Botox injections. How can you as an actress?”
6. Catherine Bach
Catherine Bach – or Daisy Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard – was a major sex symbol back in 1979. Since then she’s had some difficult times – her husband committed suicide in 2010, for instance – but Bach is still going strong. She is still acting, too, with her most recent roles including a long-running stint on The Young and the Restless.
5. Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway was the star of ’70s hits such as Chinatown and The Towering Inferno. She spoke out about sexism and ageism in the movie industry, too. In a 2008 interview with The Telegraph, she asked, “Why should I play sisters and mothers while guys like Jack [Nicholson] and Clint [Eastwood] – who are older than me – have on-screen lovers half their age?”
4. Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek thrilled audiences as the tormented schoolgirl-turned-killer in Stephen King’s iconic horror Carrie. But even under all that blood, Spacek’s beauty was obvious. Now in her 70s, the actress still has a mesmerizingly ethereal look to her, too.
3. Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John turned 29 during the filming of Grease, but she easily passed as a teenager. Now, after a long acting and singing career, Newton-John is a 71-year-old Grammy winner and activist. And even through a lengthy battle with breast cancer, she still looks a lot younger than her years.
2. Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston’s striking good looks set many hearts racing back in the 1970s and ’80s in films such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Prizzi’s Honor. And even though she’s now in her 60s, the actress shows no signs of retiring, with recent appearances in Smash and Transparent. According to Huston, getting older isn’t something to dread, either. She told Vogue in 2014, “There’s a few nice things about [aging], don’t let them kid you.”
1. Lynda Carter
For many people who grew up in the ’70s, Lynda Carter was – and still is – the definitive Wonder Woman. But since she set aside her cape in 1979, the one-time superheroine has shown that she’s a talented singer, too. She’s released four studio albums, in fact, as well as having had a successful run on London’s West End as Chicago’s Mama Morton.
But what about other stars of the past? The Golden Age of Hollywood lasted from the 1910s to the 1960s, with the period shaping Western cinema as we now know it. The era also gave us movies that are still beloved today: Citizen Kane, Singin’ in the Rain, and The Wizard of Oz, to name just three. But while that time may now be long over, there are still some people alive today who were once Golden Age stars. Not only that, but some actors who found fame in Hollywood over the decades also reached 100 years old or more before passing away – with many having lived utterly extraordinary lives.
20. Connie Sawyer
Connie Sawyer had a remarkable career – and a remarkably long one to boot. Encouraged by her mother to get into showbiz, she began appearing in vaudeville and on television in the ’50s. In 1959 she even featured alongside Frank Sinatra in comedy movie A Hole in the Head. But fame wasn’t necessarily the path she’d have chosen for herself. Indeed, her 2017 autobiography was even named I Never Wanted to Be a Star — and I Wasn’t.
However, Sawyer continued to act long after the Golden Age was over, making appearances in TV shows such as Laverne & Shirley, Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother. She celebrated her 100th birthday on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, too, after which she made a jokey cameo on New Girl as “the oldest woman in the world.” Sawyer passed away in 2018 at the incredible age of 105.
19. Diana Serra Cary
As a child star of the silent film era, Diana Serra Cary was first known as Baby Peggy. Yet while she was paid $1.5 million by Universal for her work, her parents squandered it all. By the time Cary was a teenager, in fact, there was no money left to set her up for the rest of her life. Her case was one of those that helped bring about the Coogan Act, which was named after Cary’s contemporary Jackie Coogan and protects the rights of child actors.
Cary’s later years, then, were spent defying her parents. Ultimately, she fled her home, after which she married actor Gordon Ayres – although she divorced him ten years later. Cary later wed once again and had a son. And right into her twilight years, she has both spoken out about the abuses that child actors of her era were subjected to and pushed for better laws to protect them. In October 2018, moreover, Cary reached the grand old age of 100.
18. Caren Marsh Doll
While Caren Marsh Doll was cast in The Wizard of Oz, you wouldn’t have seen her: she was Judy Garland’s dance double. She did however appear on screen in a large handful of other lesser-known films from that era, including That Night in Rio, Best Foot Forward and Seven Sweethearts. Not only that, but Marsh also had a tiny role in Gone With the Wind – meaning she has two of the biggest movies of all time on her resume.
But Marsh’s fascinating life also includes a plane crash that almost killed her. In 1949 the aircraft she was in collided with a mountain. She was one of only 13 survivors out of 49 individuals, and doctors told her in turn that her severe injuries would put an end to her dancing career. Nevertheless, Marsh proved the prognosis incorrect and became a dance instructor; in April 2019 she also turned 100 years old.
17. Herb Jeffries
While Herb Jeffries claimed many different ethnic identities throughout his career, he often appeared in multiple films aimed at African-American audiences. These were usually Westerns, and Jeffries was sometimes billed as a “Sensational Singing Cowboy.” In fact, his debut movie, Harlem on the Prairie, has even been called “the first black Western.”
Jeffries earned another nickname in time, too, being dubbed the “last of the singing cowboys” after Roy Rogers and Gene Autry both passed away. And in 1995 he released an album called The Bronze Buckaroo (Rides Again) – a reference to yet another name that audiences knew him by. Jeffries passed away as a result of heart failure in 2014, having hit 100 years old.
16. Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart was signed to Universal Pictures in the ’30s and appeared in several of the studio’s horror films, including The Invisible Man. Despite her success, though, she quit acting the following decade in favor of being an artist. Yet it seems that Stuart couldn’t completely stay away from the big screen, as she returned to her original career in the ’70s. And the star may be very familiar to some…
Yes, Stuart played the elderly Rose in James Cameron’s smash hit Titanic. Her performance gained her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, too, and to this day she remains the oldest person ever to receive that accolade. And just like Rose, Stuart herself made it to 100, although she died three months after reaching the milestone.
15. Carla Laemmle
Carla Laemmle may have been the niece of Universal Studios co-founder Carl Laemmle, but she was nevertheless hightly accomplished in her own right. Laemmle was an icon of the horror world, in fact, having danced in The Phantom of the Opera and delivered the first line in Dracula. She also held horror parties apparently so scary that at least one guest is reported to have fainted.
And Laemmle kept active in the entertainment world as she grew older, thanks in part to appearances in documentaries about horror movies and the Hollywood system. She also continued to act right up until 2014 – the same year she passed away. When she died in her Los Angeles home, then, she was a truly impressive 104.
14. George Burns
Comedian George Burns became an icon of entertainment both during the Golden Age and the period that followed. To begin with, he and his wife Gracie Allen worked as a duo on film and TV; Burns continued to work after Allen’s death, though, using his career to distract himself from his grief. And the funnyman once claimed that performers rarely retired out of choice; instead, they just faded away when no one wanted them.
Burns hardly faded away, though, as in 1975 the then-80-year-old became the eldest actor to ever win an Oscar at the time. He kept that record for 14 years, too, until actress Jessica Tandy took it in 1989. Burns died in 1996 and was buried alongside Allen, with her gravestone changed to read “Together Again.” And the star lived to the age of 100 – not bad at all for someone who had reportedly smoked since the age of 14.
13. Doris Eaton Travis
Doris Eaton Travis became involved with show business while she was still a child. In 1918, you see, she became a “Ziegfeld girl” – the youngest ever. And as Travis performed in silent films throughout the Golden Age, she met all manner of famous people during the course of her career. As she grew older and the era came to an end, however, she became a dance instructor.
Perhaps that early start did Travis good, though, as she was blessed, it seemed, with remarkable longevity and health. At the age of 103 she could still dance a little for her friends at parties, while at 105 she did a small performance at a Broadway benefit. When she died from an aneurysm in 2010, then, she had reached an impressive 106.
12. Fay McKenzie
Fay McKenzie was the leading lady of many Gene Autry films, although she had actually been appearing in movies since infanthood. Yes, at just ten weeks old she showed up in Station Content as Gloria Swanson’s on-screen child. And it turns out that McKenzie’s showbiz background was one of the things that led to her being cast opposite Autry. “I could sing, and that was something the earlier girls couldn’t do,” she told Western Clippings in an interview.
McKenzie’s later marriage to screenwriter Tom Waldman resulted in two children, both of whom followed in their parents’ footsteps: one became an actor and one a writer. McKenzie took a break from film acting to raise them, too, but returned in the ’60s, during which she had a small role in the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She died in 2019 at the age of 101.
11. Marsha Hunt
Marsha Hunt was initially an actress, appearing in Born to the West and the 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice among other movies. But after being blacklisted from Hollywood in the wake of McCarthyism, she also became a devoted activist. Hunt traveled throughout America giving speeches about the importance of helping the developing world, in fact, and engaged in work helping the homeless.
Sadly, though, Hunt has seemingly fallen victim to ailments that afflict many in old age. In 2018 NPR reported, for instance, that the former star uses both a hearing aid and a walker; in addition, the station said, her eyesight had deteriorated to the point that she could no longer read. “I hope I know what’s going on – but not in the detail that I used to and that I treasured,” Hunt told NPR. Nevertheless, she’s still alive and kicking – and celebrated her 101st birthday in October 2018.
10. Marc Platt
Marc Platt was a ballet dancer who appeared in several big films of his day. He played Daniel Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, for instance, as well as having a small part in smash-hit musical Oklahoma! Once he had retired from performing, though, Platt became director of the Radio City Music Hall Ballet; he also worked as a teacher.
And Platt continued to dance on stage even after he turned 90 – long past the point where most people would have given up. He gave an explanation for this choice at his 100th birthday party, when he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Always do what you love for as long as you can. I was a dancer, and I’m always a dancer.” Sadly, he died not long after that event in 2014.
9. Patricia Morison
After some time as a stage performer, Patricia Morison started film acting in 1939. She gained a reputation as a “femme fatale” type, too, which she put to good use in films such as Dressed to Kill. And Morison continued to act on Broadway throughout her life, although she also made a foray into TV in an episode of Cheers.
Yet while Morison began focusing on painting more than acting as she aged, she nevertheless still made some stage appearances. At the age of 97, for instance, she appeared in a show aptly named Ladies of an Indeterminate Age; she also sang at the Pasadena Playhouse during a celebration of her reaching 100. Morison was 103 when she passed away in 2018.
8. Marta Eggerth
Marta Eggerth was truly an international film star. Throughout her prolific career, you see, she made films in not only English, but also Italian, French, German and her mother tongue of Hungarian. And Eggerth can also be seen in two movies with fellow star Judy Garland: For Me and My Gal and Presenting Lily Mars. Both were hits and so proved profitable for MGM Studios.
After her beloved husband, Jan Kiepura, passed away in 1966, however, Eggerth stopped performing for a while. Yet she eventually returned to her career again, appearing in both Europe and America. And because the star was extremely careful with her voice and health – barely ever even drinking alcohol – she was able to continue singing well into her 90s. Her final show took place when she was 99, and she died two years later at 101.
7. Etta Moten Barnett
Etta Moten Barnett was somewhat of a trailblazer for black women in entertainment by appearing in several films throughout the ’30s, including Ladies They Talk About and A Day at the Races. In the movie Professional Sweetheart, too, Theresa Harris’ singing voice is actually Barnett’s. And she was also one of the first black people to perform at the White House, which she did in 1933.
By the ’50s, though, Barnett was suffering from vocal cord troubles and had to stop performing. Instead, then, she became involved with social groups, including the National Council of Negro Women. And in 1957 she interviewed none other than Martin Luther King Jr.; the recording of that meeting is still preserved for historians today. Barnett died in 2014 at the age of 102, having lived quite an extraordinary life.
6. Kirk Douglas
As many know, Kirk Douglas was not only a famous actor of the Golden Age of Hollywood, but he is also father to accomplished actor Michael Douglas. And as Michael is now well into his 70s, that suggests just how long-lived Kirk himself is. Yes, while the three-time Oscar nominee may not act anymore or appear in public very much, he’s nevertheless reached the impressive age of 102.
The iconic film star’s last major public appearance to date came when his son earned a place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in November 2018. There, Michael told Kirk, “Thank you for your advice [and] inspiration. And I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.” Aww.
5. Norman Lloyd
Norman Lloyd had such a long and prolific career that he was known to people from several different generations by the time he passed away. Initially, he found fame as an actor for legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, appearing in his movies Saboteur and Spellbound. Then, after World War II, Lloyd began directing, producing and starring on television.
Lloyd didn’t rest on his laurels as he approached old age, however. In the ’80s, for example, he starred in both St. Elsewhere and the movie Dead Poets Society. He also constantly appeared as a guest actor in shows such as The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Murder, She Wrote. And, believe it or not, he’s still alive and acting. Lloyd is now 104 years old, and his most recent TV series was in 2018.
4. Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer set many records during her brief time as an actress. For a start, she was not only the first person to win two Oscars, but also the first person to achieve this honor at back-to-back ceremonies. Rainer is similarly only one of only two people to scoop two Academy Awards before the age of 30 – the other star in question being Jodie Foster. And she’s still to this day the longest-lived winner of any Oscar, as well.
However, Rainer disliked the pressure that came with being an Oscar winner, and so she decided that stardom wasn’t for her after all. By the ’40s, then, she had left the business and was working with war orphans in Europe. But Rainer is still chiefly remembered for her screen career, which earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She died at 104 in 2014.
3. Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux was once among France’s most famous film stars. After living through World War II and the German occupation of France, though, she began to make more movies in America, with her acting resume stretching to include Rich, Young and Pretty, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Alexander the Great. All in all, she made over 110 pictures throughout her life, in fact.
In 1985 Darrieux was awarded an Honorary César Award – the César being a very high accolade for entertainers in France. Even after that, though, she kept working as an actress, with one of her most high-profile projects being Persepolis in 2007. She died ten years later at 100 following complications from a prior fall.
2. Mary Carlisle
Mary Carlisle was blonde and attractive, so she was often cast in ingénue or damsel-in-distress parts. And arguably her most famous films are the ones in which she starred with Bing Crosby: the comedies College Humor, Double or Nothing and Doctor Rhythm. Yet she walked away from it all. Yes, after marrying in 1942, she stopped acting.
Carlisle maintained privacy for the rest of her life, in fact, although it’s known that she had a son and later became a grandmother of two. She ultimately passed away in August 2018 while living at an LA-based retirement home for actors. Carlisle was thought to be 104 at the time, although her true age hadn’t been verified.
1. Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland – or to give her her full title, Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE – was one of the leads in 1939’s Gone with the Wind. Yet while the classic film may be the picture she’s most famous for, it’s far from the only one in which she starred: in all, she made appearances in almost 50 movies over a more than five-decade-long career.
And De Havilland is still alive to this day. She set a record in 2017, too, by becoming the oldest woman ever to receive an Order of the British Empire for services to drama. Plus, she may well end up achieving more milestones in the future; even though she’s now 102, she shows little sign of fading away.