Another birthday has rolled around for one of the last living legends of Hollywood's Golden Age. Kirk Douglas, the star of big-screen classics like "Sparticus" and "Seven Days in May" is turning 102. Here, to mark the occasion, is more on Douglas and other celebrities who passed the 100-year milestone.
Kirk Douglas (Born: 1916)
The last of the great leading men of the 1940s and '50s, Kirk Douglas made his first film in 1946 and his last in 2008. The cleft-chinned actor is also the author of 11 books, the most recent published in 2014. On his 100th birthday, Douglas was feted by family and friends, including Don Rickles, Steven Spielberg, son Michael, daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anne Douglas, his wife of 62 years.
Olivia de Havilland (Born: 1916)
Two-time Oscar-winner Olivia de Havilland is still healthy and active at 102—and still in the news. Last year she sued FX Networks for an unflattering depiction of her by Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Feud: Bette and Joan," a miniseries about the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. A 1992 National Medal of Arts recipient, de Havilland most recently served as narrator for the documentary "I Remember Better When I Paint," a film about the importance of art in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
George Burns (1896-1996)
The career of beloved cigar-smoking actor/comedian George Burns (seen here getting a kiss from Debbie Harry, his co-presenter at the 1980 Grammys) spanned vaudeville, radio, film and television. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 75 for his role as an aged entertainer in "The Sunshine Boys" and continued working until a few weeks before he died.
Ellen Albertini Dow (1913-2015)
Ellen Albertini Dow was all over your TV screen in the 1980s and '90s—and even the 2000s—guesting on "The Golden Girls," "Seinfeld," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Hannah Montana," "Scrubs," "Designing Women" and a host of other shows. But Dow is best remembered for her role as the rapping grandma in Adam Sandler's "The Wedding Singer," getting down and funky with the Sugerhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight."
Charles Lane (1905-2001)
Charles Lane was one of those actors whose name you don't recognize, but whose face is familiar from hundreds of movies and television shows. He was a favorite of Lucille Ball, appearing on both "I Love Lucy" and "The Lucy Show," and in perhaps his most remembered role, he played a hard-nosed rent collector in "It's a Wonderful Life," Lane had a career that spanned 77 years. His last appearance was in the television remake of Disney's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" in 1995.
Gloria Stuart (1910-2010)
A busy movie actress in the 1930s and '40s, Gloria Stuart at 87 became the oldest woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1998, when she received an Oscar nod for her portrayal of the 101-year-old Kate Winslet in director James Cameron's "Titanic."
Bob Hope (1903-2003)
Comedy legend Bob Hope began his showbiz career when he was in his teens and continued working in movies and television until his mid-90s. Star of 54 films, scores of TV specials and USO tours dating back to World War II, he hosted a record 19 Academy Award ceremonies, Hope was a ubiquitous presence for more than half a century. He even did a guest appearance on "The Simpsons" in 1992.
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900-2002)
England's "Queen Mum" was revered by British citizens for her indomitable resolve and royal grit during the darkest days of World War II. Adolf Hitler called her "the most dangerous woman in Europe." She outlived the Nazi dictator by 57 years.
Señor Wences (1896-1999)
If you were a regular watcher of "The Ed Sullivan Show," then you likely remember Señor Wences, the tuxedo-clad Spanish ventriloquist who achieved a busy decades-long career conversing with "Johnny," a childlike face puppet drawn on his hand. (Señor Wences was a stage name; he was born Wenceslao Moreno in northwestern Spain.) His last public performance was in 1986, when he appeared as a guest star on "It's Garry Shandling's Show." After his death, a section of 54th Street in New York was named Señor Wences Way.
Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
Popular composer Irving Berlin published his first song in 1907. Some 1,500 songs later, he was still at it, composing music right up until his death at the age of 101. Among these are the classics "White Christmas," "Blue Skies," "Always" and "God Bless America." Fun fact: Berlin, who never learned how to read music, only played the piano on the black keys.
Estelle Winwood (1883-1984)
Primarily a stage actress, Estelle Winwood is best remembered for her role as Samantha Stephens' Aunt Enchatra on "Bewitched." When Winwood died at age 101, she was the oldest Screen Actors Guild member in the history of that organization.
Irwin Corey (1914-2017)
Stand-up comic "Professor" Irwin Corey—he of the wild hair, seedy morning coat, string tie and doubletalk patter—was a frequent presence on television in the 1960s and '70s. Known as "The World's Foremost Authority," Corey was admired by the likes of Lenny Bruce. Another unexpected fan was the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon, who sent Corey in his place to accept the National Book Award given to his novel "Gravity's Rainbow."
Luise Rainer (1910-2014)
A two-time Academy Award winner ("The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Good Earth"), German-born Rainer abandoned Hollywood in 1938 and returned to Europe to study medicine. Rainer returned to the big screen at the age of 87, after a 54-year hiatus, in the 1997 film "The Gambler."
Herb Jeffries (1913-2014)
A singer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Herb Jeffries produced and starred in a series of cowboy movies, performing as the Bronze Buckaroo—Hollywood's very first (and only) black singing cowboy—in the 1930s. In the 1960s, he had a recurring role as a gunslinger on the TV series "The Virginian." With his booming baritone, Jeffries continued to appear at jazz festivals until the end of his life.
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