|Christopher Lee |
b. 1922 d. 2015 at 93
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The film makes it clear that she is well past her prime. The plot centers on her delusions of returning to her former glory.
Just recently, I found out that at 52 [in 2014], I am older than the character Norma Desmond! And older than Gloria Swanson who was the same age as the character at the time of filming.
"Norma, you're a woman of 50, now grow up. There's nothing tragic about being 50, not unless you try to be 25."
Hollywood today concurs with Joe's quote above in earnest. Many actors 50 plus are working in television, theater and film. Maybe the world is less ageist? Maybe the Baby Boomers are pushing the definition of "old" up by several decades thanks to their large numbers and their longevity.
For whatever the reason, the number of working actors 50 plus today is far too big for me to document here. Consequently, I want to celebrate just those working actors in their 90s
Betty White. Born 17 January 1922. See her IMDB page for her most recent work.
[First version of this post, published May 22, 2014
The following actors have since passed away.]
William Schallert. Born 6 July 1922.[Died May 8, 2016.] IMDB page.
Lee had an amazing 93 years of life. He acted in over 200 films-nine of them released after he turned 90. He played villains and bad guys with great frequency, but his roles were actually fairly broad. In the mid 20th century he portrayed Dracula in several films. In the 21st Century, he played key villain roles in Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings
Her last film East of Acadia was released in October of 2013 when she was 98. She's probably most remembered for her role as Rosie in the Wedding Singer (1998), but she's appeared in over 40 films and television shows since then.
Carla Laemmle. Born 20 October 1909. [Died June 12, 2014 at 104]. IMDB page.
Laemmle was working at 104 years old with two films (The Extra; Mansion of Blood). Here is an article that highlights the fact that she is one of the last silent screen stars still working into a decade into the 21st Century. At 14, she had a small role as the prima ballerina in Phantom of the Opera (1925).
Do you want to know more about mature actors?
Of interest is this list on The Film Experience that includes names of 100 plus living actors not working as well as actors in their 80s, some still working, some retired from acting. This page also includes foreign actors. The blog owner of The Film Experience regularly updated this page until December of 2013.
I am only included actors who have worked in the last couple of years. For other blogs' lists that includes living actors in their 90s--some retired, some working, see this page and this page.
Hooray for these nonagenarians and our one centenarian still starring on the silver screen!
Centenarians on the Rise in the US
Silver Tsunami on the Silver Screen
Films about Aging A-L