The Golden Age of Hollywood was an iconic period in the entertainment industry. We are so impressed that many of the movies and TV shows from that era aged well. They retain the title of the greatest works we have ever seen! It might feel like a long time has passed since then, but the truth is that a lot of actors and actresses from then are still alive. Are you shocked to hear this? Just so you know, a person does not necessarily disappear from the spotlight because they have passed away. Let us find out how these stars are faring now that they are in their twilight years!
Olivia de Havilland – Age 104
Let us start the list by paying our respects to Olivia de Havilland. The star lived on to be 104 years old but passed away on July 26, 2020. She was the daughter of Lillian Fontaine, who was a big star in her own right. De Havilland was best known for starring in Gone with the Wind, To Each His Own, and The Adventures of Robin. She debuted in the ‘30s and later won an Academy Award. There was a time when she filed a complaint against the FX Network for how the company represented her in a movie. However, it ended in a veto with no settlement.
Victoria Principal – Age 70
If you have ever seen Dallas, we bet that you were starstruck by the beauty of Victoria Principal. She played Pamela Barnes Ewing in the show from 1978 until 1987. She eventually launched a business of her own. It was a skincare company that she called Victoria Principal Production. Aside from this, she is an author as well! She tends to write about health, beauty, fitness, well-being, and skincare. Her most recent acting gig was a reunion TV special of Dallas back in 2004.
Rhonda Fleming – Age 97
Now 97 years old, Rhonda Fleming is known as the “Queen of Technicolor.” There is no doubt that she used to be one of the most gorgeous stars in Hollywood back in the day. She starred in 40 movies in the ‘40s and ‘50s but ultimately stopped acting in the ‘60s. Her other source of income had been a career in the field of real estate investment. The actress is now worth $10 million and likes to donate to charity.
Jane Powell – Age 91
During the ‘40s, Jane Powell made a name for herself as a musical artist. She eventually started working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer pictures. In the past, she starred in A Date with Judy, Hit the Deck, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In the ‘50s, she only starred in a few screen projects as she started to focus more on theatre. She has worked with other icons such as Fred Astaire and Elizabeth Taylor! The talented woman was married to Dickie Moore until the day he died.
Gene Reynolds – Age 96
We are sad to report that Gene Reynolds had since passed away. In 1934, he launched his career by starring in several MGM movies. During the Second World War, he served in the Navy. When he returned to Hollywood after that, he started working as a director. He was best known for creating M*A*S*H and received 24 Emmy nominations! Aside from that, he also led the Director’s Guild for a few years and married Ann Sweeny. By the end of his life, he had a net worth of $65 million.
Janis Paige – Age 98
This talented actress-singer was born on September 16, 1922. She started her career in Broadway but is best known for her roles in The Pajama Game and Remains To Be Seen. The actress made a name for herself in movies and TV shows, even boasting her very own Hollywood Boulevard star. She has not been lucky throughout her career. There was a time when she had to deal with terrible vocal cord damage but fortunately recovered after receiving treatment. Aside from that, she also revealed to Hollywood Reporter that Alfred Bloomingdale tried to rape her when she was 22.
Jacqueline White – Age 97
We are glad to hear that Jacqueline White is still alive and kicking at the age of 97. She did not have a very long career and entered retirement in 1950. Two years before that, she married Bruce Anderson. Even though she already retired, she still appeared in Narrow Margin. She had just given birth to their first child in Los Angeles when Stanley Rubin offered her the role. A couple of years after this, she started to become more active in Hollywood. She still attended events as late as 2005.
Chuck Yeager – Age 97
Like the other celebrities on the list, Chuck Yeager also served in the army. Quite literally, he has reached very great heights! He is also a record holder as the first person to break the sound barrier. Thanks to his military service, he has received several awards over the years. He currently has a net worth of $1.5 million. There was an issue about his finances that revolved around his younger wife and his children. In the end, they had to take matters to court to sort it all out.
Mitzi Gaynor – Age 89
Best known for her singing, acting, and dancing abilities, Mitzi Gaynor made a name for herself after starring in a 1954 film called There’s No Business Like Show Business. Four years later, she joined the cast of the South Pacific. In 1954, she showed us how versatile she is in a 1954 musical film called Golden Girl. Aside from that, she was also the female lead in Three Young Texans. She is a true legend and has been cited as an inspiration to younger stars.
John Astin – Age 90
This is the man who brought Gomez Addams to life! The Addams Family was on the air from 1964 until 1966. He also reprised the role in Halloween with the New Addams Family in 1977. Even at his age, he teaches acting at his alma mater, John Hopkins University. He now lives with Valerie Ann Sandoval, his wife, in Baltimore. They are the parents of five sons, two of whom followed in his footsteps! His most recent acting gig was in an episode of Justice League Action in 2017.
Ann Blyth – Age 92
The gorgeous Ann Blyth is one of the last surviving Golden Age stars. She made a name for herself as a singer and actress. She might be 90 years old already, but she remains as gorgeous as ever. While she is most famous for her role in Mildred Pierce, she was also in a couple of musicals. At any rate, her performance in the movie earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. When it comes to her personal life, she married Dr. James McNulty and stayed with him until his demise in 2007.
Christopher Plummer – Age 90
You probably know this actor from The Sound of Music. He has enjoyed a successful career as an actor and made his countrymen proud. In 2016, he was awarded the Canadian Screen Award for Lifetime Achievement for his efforts. Aside from that, he also became the oldest person to win an acting award when he bought home an Oscar for Beginners at the age of 82. He is not just an actor but also a writer who has written for stage plays, TV shows, and concert halls. What a talented guy!
Angela Lansbury – Age 94
Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury has shown off her acting skills both on the screen and on the stage. She boasts American, Irish, and English heritage. The actress is best known for her roles in Gypsy and Murder, She Wrote. Just so you know, she has yet to resign even though she is now in her mid-nineties! In 2019, she starred in Marry Poppins. She will also appear in The Adventure of Buddy Thunder, which is due to come out in 2022.
June Lockhart – Age 95
In the ‘50s and ‘60s, June Lockhart had been one of the most famous actresses. Among other things, she starred in Lassie and Lost in Space. She has appeared on the Broadway stage and even brought home a Tony Award as well! She does not have one but two stars with her name on it along the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard. Sadly, she has not been as lucky when it comes to her personal life. Oh well! She might have gone through two failed marriages, but at least she has a net worth of $10 million.
Peggy Stewart – Age 95
Back in the day, Peggy Stewart made it big by starring in Western B-movies. She was always cast to play tough women who did not need any help and could keep themselves safe. Sadly, her career started to decline in the ‘60s. It was thought that she was at least semi-retired by then since she had very few projects. But in 2000, her career started to pick up again! Sadly, she passed away on May 29, 2019.
Arlene Dahl – Age 95
Like other stars you will find on the list, Arlene Dahl also made it big after she signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1948, she starred in The Bride Goes Wild. In the ‘70s, she served as a director for a brand of beauty products at Sears Roebuck and made an annual salary of $750,000. Sadly, she filed for bankruptcy in 1981. After that, she wrote several books on astrology and beauty.
Dick Van Dyke – Age 94
Throughout his career, Dick Van Dyke has taken on various roles. However, his claim to fame is his part in Mary Poppins. Did you know that he faked the British accent? At the age of 87, the American actor got into a serious car accident. His Jaguar caught fire while he was behind the wheel! It was a good thing that he was able to get out of the car before things got worse. Whew.
Mel Brooks – Age 94
For performers, one of the greatest achievements would be to be an EGOT winner. This means that you have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Mel Brooks would be classified as one! Before he turned to act, he first made waves as a comedian. One of his biggest projects was a Broadway musical called The Producers. His son decided to follow in his footsteps by pursuing acting.
Leslie Caron – Age 89
Until she retired in 2003, Leslie Caron appeared in around 45 films. She was best known for her work in projects such as Daddy Long Legs, Lili, and An American in Paris. Aside from that, she also starred in movies like The L-Shaped Room and Fanny. In 2006, the actress won an Emmy for her work in Law & Order. At the moment, she owns a restaurant and hotel a hundred miles from Paris. In 2013, she left Paris to live in England instead.
Barbi Benton – Age 70
We are sure that you know who Barbi Benton is! Aside from her work as a model, she also dipped her toes into singing and acting. She is probably best known for gracing the pages of Playboy Magazine. Let us not forget that she was a regular on a comedy show called Hee Haw and recorded a couple of pretty successful albums during the ‘70s. In the ‘80s, she retired to focus on raising her kids!
Lou Ferrigno – Age 68
Aside from acting, Lou Ferrigno is also a pro bodybuilder. These days, he also works as a fitness trainer and consultant. At the peak of his bodybuilding days, he was crowned as IFBB Mr. America and then twice as IFBB Mr. Universe. You might have also seen him in a bodybuilding documentary called Pumping iron. When it comes to acting, he is best known for starring in The Incredible Hulk. He went on to reprise the superhero in animated and computer-generated iterations.
Marlo Thomas – Age 82
This actress was born Margaret Julia Thomas, but people often mispronounced her nickname as Marlo. In the end, she decided to just go with it. She played Ann Marie in That Girl from 1966 to 1971. She was also in Free to Be… You and Me and The Nobody’s Child. At the moment, she is busy working as the National Outreach Director at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Fun fact: her father Danny Thomas founded the facility in 1962.
Morgan Freeman – Age 82
Most people can easily recognize the talented actor with an amazing voice. It is not a stretch to say that Morgan Freeman is one of the most talented actors in history. He currently has a net worth of $200 million. In the past, he has brought home an Academy Award for his work in A Million Dollar Baby and received a lot of nominations for other projects. He also served as the narrator of a documentary series called The Story of God! He is a true living legend in show business.
Jane Withers – Age 94
Now 94 years old, Jane Withers is still going strong! She got her start as a child actress who went on to be a model and singer as well. She enjoyed a lot of fame across the ‘30s and ‘40s. In 1979, she also became the first person to receive the Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1955, the actress got a divorce from William Moss. She then got married to Kenneth Errair, who died in 1968.
Shirley MacLaine – Age 86
In 1955, Shirley MacLaine made her debut by starring in The Trouble with Harry. She has since written several autobiographical books. Aside from that, people got to know more about her penchant for world travel and New Age beliefs. In 2013, she was given the Kennedy Center Honors for her work. The actress recently appeared in a 2019 fantasy adventure movie called Noelle.
Cicely Tyson – Age 95
Before she made waves as an actress, Cicely Tyson was first a model. She made it big when she was cast to play Rebecca Morgan in Sounder. To this day, people still like to talk about her! When it comes to her recent projects, she was in the Last Flag Flying and House of Cards.
Glynis Johns – Age 96
What has this talented performer been up to recently? Glynis Johns bagged a Tony Award for her work in A Little Night Music, but she was in The Sundowners and Mary Poppins as well. Her last big project was a 1999 movie called Superstar. She also dances and plays the piano! Gareth Forwood, her only son, passed away in 2007.
Terry Kilburn – Age 93
As a child actor, Terry Kilburn starred in a production of A Christmas Carol in 1938. He was also in Goodbye, Mr. Chips. He came from London and once did unpaid work before he started to make waves in Hollywood. The actor spent his life with Charles Nolte. Sadly, his partner passed away a decade earlier in 2010. For over two decades, he served as the director of the Meadow Brook Theatre at Oakland University in Michigan.
Cora Sue Collins – Age 93
At only five years old, Cora Sue Collins kicked off her career in The Unexpected Father. She retired at a young age. She quit acting at 18 years old and tied the knot to a rancher. It did not work out, and she had two more failed marriages. The last one was with Harry Nace, who passed away in 2002.
Ed Asner – Age 90
For a couple of years, Ed Asner appeared in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He was a hit among the viewers and even earned his very own series. Aside from that, he also did voiceover work for Up. The actor does charity work and helps survivors of the Holocaust. He also helps autism charities because he has an autistic grandkid. For a few years, he was the Screen Actors Guild president.
Conrad Janis – Age 92
Now 92 years old, Conrad Janis made a name for himself as an actor and jazz trombonist. He comes from a creative family. His dad was a writer-art dealer, while his mother was a writer. Janis was best known for appearing in The Golden Girls and Mork & Mindy. Let us not forget about his career as a musician! He is passionate about jazz and even put together a jazz band that was on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson a few times. He is now worth $15 million.
Peggy Dow – Age 92
Born Peggy Josephin Varnadow, Peggy Dow is a retired actress-philanthropist. Before she pursued acting, she used to work as a model and radio star as well! She signed a contract, although she quit three years after that when she married an oil driller by the name of Walter Helmerich III. He was the head of a family empire! They were married for 60 years until he passed away in 2012.
Nancy Olson – Age 92
This gorgeous actress is best known for starring in a 1950 film called Sunset Boulevard. She was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award at the Oscars for this role! Nancy Olson was also in Airport 1975, The Absent-Minded Professor, and Son of Flubber. Even though her career was still going well, she decided to retire early. She has made a couple of comebacks since then, however. For example, she has appeared in Dumbbells and Big even after her retirement. She is a Democrat who has donated to the party many times.
Darryl Hickman – Age 89
Over the years, Darry Hickman has worked as a TV executive, acting coach, and actor. Since he was born in Hollywood, it made sense that he would make it big there. In 1937, he bagged his first role in a film called The Prisoner of Zenda. He has also worked as a writer and penned “The Unconscious Actor: Out of Control, In Full Command.” Lastly, he has been a producer and director as well.
Queen Elizabeth II – Age 94
Did you know that Her Royal Highness is now the longest-reigning monarch in British history? In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II started her rule over the United Kingdom after the death of her father. It does not seem like she is interested in abdicating the throne even though she has ruled for 68 years already. She was only 25 years old when her reign started. Her Majesty currently has a net worth of $600 million.
Eva Marie Saint – Age 96
It is very impressive to learn that Eva Marie Saint has been in the industry for 75 years now. She took on leading roles in many projects and once co-starred with actor Marlon Brando. We are glad that she remains down-to-earth and only accepts roles that she likes. For 65 years, she was married to Jeffrey Hayden until he passed away in 2016. The actress is now believed to be worth $20 million.
Jackie Mason – Age 92
Now in his nineties, Jackie Mason made a name for himself with his brand of comedy. His jokes cover everything from racial to political to controversial. He would also use his Jewish background for many of his routines. There were times when people found his joke offensive, but this did not get in the way of his successful career. The actor currently has a net worth of an incredible $9 million.
Margaret O’Brien – Age 83
At the age of four, Margaret O’Brien got her start as a child actress. She continued to star in more TV shows and films in the years that came after that. She is another celebrity who has been honored with two Hollywood Walk of Fame stars. One of those is for TV, while the other one is for motion pictures. She has no plans to quit even now that she is 83 years old! She is truly an incredible woman.
Michael Caine – Age 87
Did you know that Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr? The English actor has also worked as a producer and author in the past. One of the most respected stars in the industry right now, he won an Oscar for his work in Hannah and Her Sisters. He changed his name to his screen name in 2016. The actor was recently in Going in Style and King of Thieves.
Gena Rowlands – Age 90
It is pretty amazing to know that Gena Rowlands has been in the industry for more than sixty years now. She was married to John Cassavetes, who is an award-winning director. They collaborated on many projects for a decade. She bagged two Golden Globes and four Emmys in the past. Aside from that, she was given an Academy Honorary Award thanks to her contributions to the industry. While her ex passed away in 1989, she only remarried two decades later. She tied the knot with Robert Forrest in 2012.
Lily Tomlin – Age 81
Mary Jean Tomlin is better known as Lily Tomlin. She has worked as a comedian, writer, singer, actress, and producer in the past. She got her start by doing stand-up comedy and appearing in Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. In 1974, she earned her first role in a film called Nashville and received nominations for various awards. In 2013, she got married to her partner, Jane Wagner!
Donald Sutherland – Age 85
For five decades, Donald Sutherland has been impressing us with his acting chops. The actor first made it big after starring in projects such as M*A*S*H, Kelly’s Heroes, and Eye of the Needle. He made a lot of money over the years, which is expected since he has enjoyed a very successful career. He was also in the Hunger Games trilogy and A Time to Kill. It is neat to know that Kiefer, his son, has followed in his footsteps by pursuing his very own acting career.
William Shatner – Age 89
This actor became a household name after bringing James T. Kirk to life in Star Trek. Thanks to this role, William Shatner was able to make a hundred million bucks! Sadly, his career began to go downhill with the end of the franchise. At any rate, he has also been a director, author, and producer in the past. He has married four times. In 2001, he married Elizabeth Anderson Martin, his current wife.
Anthony Hopkins – Age 82
We bet that you recognize the man who played Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs! Aside from acting, Anthony Hopkins has also worked as a director and producer. At the moment, it is said that he has a net worth of $160 million. Let us not forget that he received Academy Awards for his performance in Hannibal and Red Dragon. He remains active in the industry! His recent projects include The Dresser, King Lear, and Westworld.
Loretta Lynn – Age 88
The amazing Loretta Lynn is best known for her work as a country singer. For 60 years now, she has wowed us with her musical talents. She chased this dream on her own and has since sold around 45 million albums. In 2017, she suffered a stroke while in Tennessee. We hope that she is now doing better.
Vera Lynn – Age 103
Rest in peace, Vera Lynn. She survived to be 103 years old but passed away on June 18, 2020. During the Second World War, she helped entertain the soldiers! She received a British War Medal and was awarded the title of dame for her efforts. She started to sing when she was 7 years old but left school to go on tour at only 11 years old. In her later years, she worked with cancer and disability groups.
Sidney Poitier – Age 93
It is worth mentioning that Sidney Poitier paved the way for black actors. He is a talented actor who made history as the first black male actor to win an Academy Award! Once he quit acting, he pursued a career in directing and recording. Did you know that he also served as a diplomat and received British knighthood? Let us not forget the fact that he is a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee as well. He has always been a public figure who stood up to racism and worked with many charities.
Henry Kissinger – Age 97
Did you know that Henry Kissinger fled to the United States from Germany? He is known for his career as a diplomat and politician. In the past, he has served as the advisor to Ford and Nixon. He received a Nobel Peace Prize, but the public did not think that he deserved it. After all, his negotiations during the Vietnam War had been unsuccessful. He has also been accused of being a war criminal. Once this was proven, he returned his award. Now retired, he has a net worth of $20 million.
Jimmy Carter – Age 96
The 39th President of the United States was born in Georgia and served in the Navy. He strongly opposed racial segregation and supported the Civil Rights Movement. Jimmy Carter assumed office in 1977 and helped create the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. After his term, he has dedicated his time to various charities. His Carter Center is still working on many admirable advocacies.
Hal Holbrook – Age 95
Thanks to his acting chops and good looks, Hal Holbrook bagged many roles in theater and film. Among other things, he is best known for starring in The Fog, Hercules, and Into the Wild. Can you believe that he is a five-time Emmy Award winner? He also has a Tony award and a National Humanities medal to his name. At the moment, he is believed to be worth $5 million.
Robert Clary – Age 94
At the age of 94, Robert Clary likes to spend his days talking about the Holocaust and painting. He did not have it easy in his youth, to say the least. In the past, he lived in a Nazi concentration camp. He made it big as a singer who was especially famous in France and the United States.
David Attenborough – Age 94
Now 94 years old, David Attenborough made a name for himself as a national broadcasting legend. He has become a household name thanks to his distinct voice and incredible nature footage. It turns out that he has always been interested in nature. Fun fact: he went to Cambridge for his Natural Sciences degree! He is also passionate about activism and helps charities like the Refugee Children’s Movement.
Tony Bennett – Age 94
Ever since the ‘50s, Tony Bennett has been impressing crowds with his amazing musical abilities. He was once in the military but somehow became the amazing singer that he now is. He is best known for hit songs such as “The Lady is a Tramp,” “The Hood Life,” and “Rags to Riches.” Can you believe that he continues to sing now that he is 94 years old? Just so you know, he has performed alongside the likes of Lady Gaga! At the moment, he has a net worth of $200 million.