In a world where aging is often viewed as a negative, these 20 female celebrities have proved that age is just a number. These women have not only surpassed the 100-year mark, but have continued to live active and fulfilling lives. From Hollywood legends to political powerhouses, these women have made history and continue to inspire others with their longevity.
One of the most well-known names on this list is Betty White, who passed away in 2021, shortly before her 100th birthday. Other Hollywood legends include Olivia de Havilland, who lived to be 104, and Kirk Douglas’ wife, Anne Buydens, who recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. These women not only had successful careers in the entertainment industry, but also made significant contributions to society.
Political figures such as Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State in the United States, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served on the Supreme Court until her death at the age of 87, also make this list. These women broke barriers and paved the way for future generations.
Other women on this list include philanthropist and art collector, Doris Duke, who lived to be 80,000 days old (over 219 years), and Hattie Mae MacDonald, who was recognized as the world’s oldest living person at the time of her death at 114 years old.
While these women are certainly impressive, they are not the only female celebrities to have reached the age of 100 or beyond. In fact, there have been many others over the years who have defied the odds and continued to thrive well into their centenarian years.
One such woman was French supercentenarian Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years and 164 days old. Calment was recognized as the oldest person in the world at the time of her death in 1997 and still holds the record for the longest confirmed human lifespan.
Another notable female celebrity who lived past the age of 100 was jazz singer and songwriter Eubie Blake, who lived to be 100 years and 4 months old. Blake continued to perform and compose music well into his old age and was a beloved figure in the world of jazz.
Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller also lived to be over 100, passing away at the age of 95 in 2012. Diller was a trailblazer for female comedians and paved the way for many others in the industry.
Nonetheless, these women and many others serve as a testament to the fact that age is just a number and that it is possible to continue to live a fulfilling and active life well into old age. They inspire us all to embrace our own longevity and to continue to strive for success and fulfillment, no matter our age.
Here’s the list of 20 female celebrities who have defied age and continued to thrive:
- Hattie Mae MacDonald – 114 years old – recognized as the world’s oldest living person at the time of her death.
- Anna Stoehr – 114 years old – known for being one of the oldest people to embrace modern technology and use a computer.
- Elizabeth Bolden – 116 years old – the second-oldest person ever documented in the United States.
- Gertrude Baines – 115 years old – was the world’s oldest living person from January 2, 2009 until her death on September 11, 2009.
- Eunice Sanborn – 114 years old – the third-oldest validated person in the world at the time of her death.
- Besse Cooper – 116 years old – held the title of the world’s oldest living person from June 21, 2011 until her death on December 4, 2012.
- Susannah Mushatt Jones – 116 years old – held the title of the world’s oldest living person from July 17, 2015 until her death on May 12, 2016.
- Misao Okawa – 117 years old – the world’s oldest living person from June 12, 2013 until her death on April 1, 2015.
- Emma Morano – 117 years old – the last known person to have been born in the 1800s and the oldest person in the world from May 2016 until her death on April 15, 2017.
- Violet Brown – 117 years old – the oldest person in the world from April 15, 2017 until her death on September 15, 2017.
- Grace Jones – 112 years old – known for being the oldest licensed driver in the United States at the time of her death.
- Mary Josephine Ray – 114 years old – held the title of the oldest person in the United States from November 2009 until her death in March 2010.
- Doris Duke – 80,000 days old (over 219 years) – an American billionaire tobacco heiress and philanthropist who founded Duke University.
- Anne Buydens – 102 years old – a German-Belgian-American philanthropist and producer who has been married to actor Kirk Douglas for over 65 years.
- Olivia de Havilland – 104 years old – a British-American actress known for her roles in classic Hollywood films such as “Gone with the Wind” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”
- Betty White – Almost 100 years old – an American actress and comedian who has had a career spanning over 80 years, known for her roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls.”
- Marsha Hunt – 104 years old – an American actress and activist known for her work in classic Hollywood films such as “Pride and Prejudice” and “Johnny Got His Gun.”
- Vera Lynn – 103 years old – a British singer known as the “Forces’ Sweetheart” during World War II, who performed for troops and boosted morale with songs such as “We’ll Meet Again” and “The White Cliffs of Dover.”
- Kane Tanaka – 119 years old – holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest person living (female) and is known for her love of board games.
- Jeanne Calment – 122 years old – holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest person ever documented and was a French supercentenarian who lived through both World Wars.
These women have lived through significant moments in history and made their mark in their respective fields, breaking barriers and paving the way for future generations. Their resilience, strength, and determination are truly inspiring, and serve as a reminder that age is just a number. Despite their advanced age, these women continued to live active and fulfilling lives, serving as role models for future generations.
Moreover, these women have not only defied the odds by living to be over 100, but they have also continued to make an impact on the world. Their resilience, strength, and determination are an inspiration to us all. As we celebrate their lives and achievements, let us remember that age is not a limitation, but rather a testament to a life well-lived.