There is nothing more inspiring than living centenarians, and the oldest celebrities alive today are all the proof you need. From Kirk Douglas to Norman Lloyd, these beautiful famous faces show that it is indeed possible to live a long, happy, and fulfilling life — even in Hollywood.
A great reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit is Olivia de Havilland, who just turned 102 on July 1, 2018. The two-time Oscar winner played Melanie in Gone With the Wind, and she is the last surviving principle member of the cast. As you may recall, last year she received the special honor of damehood from Queen Elizabeth II, making her the oldest person to receive such a distinction. In a 2015 interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said, “So how do I feel about older age? Crazy about it! Wouldn’t trade it for anything!”
Of course, de Havilland is not the first celeb out there to reach triple digits, and she certainly will not be the last. As medicine continues to advance and people as a whole learn to take better care of their health and wellness, there’s never been a better time for all of us — famous or not — to make longevity our goal. Let’s take a moment to celebrate these fantastic, talented achievers — and their seriously impressive genes!
Scroll below to see the oldest celebrities alive today who are not just surviving, but also thriving!
Olivia De Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
Date of birth: July 1, 1916 (age 102)
Most important work: She famously played Melanie in the 1939 film Gone With the Wind, but she also received Oscar wins for her performances in The Heiress and To Each His Own.
Where is she now? The respected actress has lived in Paris for more than 60 years.
Date of birth: December 9, 1916 (age 101)
Most important work: He played Spartacus in the 1960 film of the same name. He also has an impressively long list of blockbuster hits under his belt, including Champion and Ace in the Hole.
Where is he now? He has a home in Beverly Hills.
Date of birth: November 8, 1914 (age 103)
Most important work: He played Fry in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Saboteur. His (active) career has lasted an eye-popping eight decades, including his work in films such as Dead Poets Society.
Where is he now? Often credited as the "oldest working actor," Lloyd currently stars in a TV series called Fly.