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Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Butterfield on Sat May 08, 2010 12:15 am

I just saw Eric Sykes on a tribute to Ken Dodd that was obviously from years ago seeing as Bob Monkhouse was interviewed. :shifty: I couldn't think if Eric Sykes was still with us so I had to check, and yes, he is still alive - at the age of 87.

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And Denis Norden is still, erm, going strong at the age of 88. :banana:

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Anyone who you are perhaps surprised is still alive? Or is this thread just wrong and/or scraping the barrel? :|
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Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat May 08, 2010 12:25 am

The one who always strikes me as refusing to go away is Lauren Bacall who, by my reckoning, is now 86 years old, which is younger than I always assume she must be.

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Re: Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat May 08, 2010 12:32 am

The name Joe Simon won't mean much to most people here but he co-created Captain America (soon to feature in a major motion picture) and was born way way way back in 1913. He makes even Stan Lee look like a whippersnapper. :gasp:

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Re: Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Butterfield on Sat May 08, 2010 12:39 am

Lauren Bacall is the only person still alive who is mentioned in the song "Vogue" by Madonna - all the others have since died, or were dead before the song was written.

I wonder what famous people are still alive who were born before, say, 1915. Zsa Zsa Gabor is still with us, born in 1917, now at the age of 93.

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Re: Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat May 08, 2010 12:54 am

Butterfield wrote:I wonder what famous people are still alive who were born before, say, 1915. Zsa Zsa Gabor is still with us, born in 1917, now at the age of 93.


According to WikiAnswers, the world's oldest actors are:

    AS OF MAY 5, 2010 (Living)

    Johannes Heesters, born 12-5-1903 is 106.
    Doris Eaton Travis, born 3-14-1904 is 106.
    Mona Ray, born 1-17-1905 is 105.
    Magda Foy, born 6-1-1906 is 103.
    Barbara Kent, born 12-16-1906 is 103.
    Dorothy Young, born 5-3-1907 is 103.
    Miriam Seeger, born 9-1-1907 is 101.
    Pola Illery, born 10-15-1908 is 101.
    Dorothy Bartlam, born 11-8-1908 is 101.
    George Shea, born 2-1-1909 is 101.
    Dolores Hope, born 5-27-1909 is 100.
    Georgie Stone, born 9-3-1909 is 100.
    Carla Laemmle, born 10-20-1909 is 100.
    Luise Rainer, born 1-12-1910 is 100.
    Dorothy Janis, born 2-19-1910 is 100.
    Gloria Stuart, born 7-4-1910 is 99.
    Lupita Tovar, born 7-27-1910 is 99.
    Gustav Lantschner, born 8-12-1910 is 99.
    Yvette Le Bon, born 8-14-1910 is 99.
    Paulette Dubost, born 10-8-1910 is 99.
    Brigette Borchett, born 11-15-1910 is 99.
    Mitch Miller, born 7-4-1911 is 98.
    John Calvert, born 8-5-1911 is 98.
    Marie Osborne, born 11-5-1911 is 97.
    Mary Carlisle, born 2-3-1912 is 98.
    Brenda Joyce, born 2-25-1912 is 98.
    Marta Eggerth, born 4-17-1912 is 98.
    Art Linkletter, born 7-17-1912 is 97.
    Tony Martin, born 12-25-1912 is 97.
    Rise Stevens, born 6-11-1913 is 96.
    Annalisa Ericson, born 9-14-1913 is 96.
    Grace Bradley, born 9-21-1913 is 96.
    Herb Jeffries, born 9-24-1913 is 96.
    Michael Gough, born 11-23-1913 is 96.
    Kevin McCarthy, born 2-15-1914 is 96.
    Jack LaLanne, born 9-26-1914 is 95.
    Michael D. Moore, born 10-16-1914 is 95.
    Anna Wing, born 10-30-1914 is 95.
    Norman Lloyd, born 11-8-1914 is 95.
    Alicia Rhett, born 2-1-1915 is 95.
    Norman Wisdom, born 4-2-1915 is 95.
    Harry Morgan, born 4-10-1915 is 95.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_is_the_oldest_film_actor

The oldest one on that list who I've definitely heard of is Michael Gough (96), although I may have heard of Dolores Hope (100) but am not sure.
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Re: Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Butterfield on Sat May 08, 2010 1:06 am

I only know Anna Wing (95) and Norman Wisdom (95) - another who surprises me that he is still alive!

Anna Wing played Lou Beale in EastEnders in the 80s. I'm sure I read that she was in Doctor Who recently too, or something.

She's the one in the middle. :|

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Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat May 08, 2010 1:18 am

I can't remember seeing Anna Wing in Dr Who. Maybe she was just stood around in the background somewhere. I do know there's a 1980s Dr Who story with Dot Cotton stood around in the background.
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Re: Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Butterfield on Sat May 08, 2010 1:29 am

It won't be long until Dot Cotton is featured in that list. :|

Further down the list are Phyllis Diller (92)...

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and Lena Horne (also 92)...

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...both of whom were guests on The Muppet Show - the Lena Horne episode being one of my favourites. :happy:

And Clive Dunn is 90 now!

They need to remove June Havoc though as she died in march aged 97.
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Postby Butterfield on Mon May 10, 2010 1:11 pm

Butterfield wrote:and Lena Horne (also 92)...

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...both of whom were guests on The Muppet Show - the Lena Horne episode being one of my favourites. :happy:


Lena Horne died yesterday! The day after I posted this!! :bawl:


Lena Horne, singer and black activist, dies

Actor and singer who broke down racial barriers in film and music industries dies, aged 92

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Lena Horne, the singer and actor best known for her rendition of Stormy Weather and as Hollywood's first black sex symbol, has died. She was 92.

In a 60-year career, Horne broke down numerous racial barriers. In the 1940s, she was one of the first black singers with a major white band, the first to perform at the famous Copacabana nightclub, and the first to sign a long-term Hollywood contract.

She later became an active campaigner for civil rights and was a powerful voice of the movement.

In 1943, she played the role of Selina Rogers in the all-black movie musical Stormy Weather. Her version of the title song became a major hit and her signature piece.

Horne's versatility as a performer on screen, stage and record was matched by her wide musical range. She was respected both as a jazz and a blues singer, and had numerous hit showtunes, such as The Lady is a Tramp and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.

She was candid about the reasons for her success.

"I was unique in that I was a kind of black that white people could accept," she once said. "I was their daydream. I had the worst kind of acceptance because it was never for how great I was or what I contributed. It was because of the way I looked."

In her first big Broadway success, as the star of Jamaica in 1957, Horne was described as the "one of the incomparable performers of our time". Songwriter Buddy de Sylva dubbed her "the best female singer of songs".

When Horne signed for MGM, she starred in the all-black Cabin in the Sky in 1943, but in most of her other movies, she appeared just singing songs which could be cut in the segregated southern states without affecting the story.

"Metro's cowardice deprived the musical of one of the great singing actresses," the film historian John Kobal wrote.

Her 1981 one-woman Broadway show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, won a special Tony award.

By the 1960s, Horne was one of the most visible celebrities in the civil rights movement, once throwing a lamp at a customer who made a racial slur in a Beverly Hills restaurant. In 1963 she joined 250,000 others in the march on Washington when Martin Luther King gave his I Have a Dream speech. Horne spoke at a rally that same year with another civil rights leader, Medgar Evers, just days before his assassination.

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Re: Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Mon May 10, 2010 1:57 pm

Butterfield wrote:Lena Horne died yesterday! The day after I posted this!! :bawl:

You're like that cat, in that old people's home, that sits on people's beds when they're going to die.
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Re: Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Butterfield on Mon May 10, 2010 2:03 pm

Call_of_the_Wendigo wrote:
Butterfield wrote:Lena Horne died yesterday! The day after I posted this!! :bawl:

You're like that cat, in that old people's home, that sits on people's beds when they're going to die.


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Re: Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Thu May 13, 2010 11:51 pm

I've just seen Michael Heseltine on Question Time. I thought he'd died years ago. It was a surprise to see him alive and well and looking way younger than he should be.

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Postby FanGirl3 on Fri May 14, 2010 8:46 am

Call_of_the_Wendigo wrote:I've just seen Michael Heseltine on Question Time. I thought he'd died years ago. It was a surprise to see him alive and well and looking way younger than he should be.


The Independent described him in his street interview on the news as looking like 'an elderly tramp who implausibly claims to know David Cameron'.

Q. On which a-ha track is there a sample of Hezza giving a speech?
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Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Fri May 14, 2010 9:25 am

^^ I only know three A-ha tracks and I don't think he's on any of them. :(2
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Re: Famous people who you are perhaps surprised are still alive

Postby Ray_Finkle on Sat May 15, 2010 8:45 pm

I only know 3 too, probably the same ones :(2
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Postby FanGirl3 on Sat May 15, 2010 9:12 pm

He's on Dream Myself Alive, saying 'Self-help has a limited meaning in an inner-city community', which the Google news archive eventually told me is from a speech he delivered at the Tory party conference in October 1981.
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Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat May 15, 2010 9:31 pm

I was somewhat surprised to discover yesterday that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes star Jane Russell is still alive, aged 88.

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Postby Ray_Finkle on Sat May 15, 2010 10:04 pm

Geoffrey Durham, aka 'The Great Soprendo', it seems like he's older than 61.

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