The Centenarian Celebrities

by Imaginary_Artemis | created - 18 Jan 2017 | updated - 29 Jan 2017 | Public

The big 100! A list of celebrities who made it to their centenary year!

1. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

Alive, turned 100 on the 16th December 2016!

2. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

Alive, turned 100 on the 1st July 2016.

3. Patricia Morison

Actress | Dressed to Kill

Woefully misused while in her prime screen years at Paramount during the late '30s and '40s, Patricia Morison, lovely and exotic with Rapunzel-like long, dark hair, nevertheless became a star in her own right -- as a supremely talented diva on the singing stage. Born on March 19, 1915, in New York ...

Alive, turned 100 on the 19th March 2015.

4. Norman Lloyd

Actor | Dead Poets Society

Norman Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Sadie (Horowitz), a housewife and singer, and Max Perlmutter, a furniture store manager. His family was Jewish (from Hungary and Russia). He began his acting career in the theater, first "treading the boards" at Eva Le Gallienne...

Alive, turned 100 on the 8th November 2014

5. Mary Carlisle

Actress | The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

She was the standard prototype of the porcelain-pretty collegiate and starry-eyed romantic interest in a host of Depression-era films and although her name may not ring a bell to most, Mary Carlisle enjoyed a fairly solid decade in the cinematic limelight. The Boston-born blue-eyed blonde was ...

Alive, turned 100 on the 3rd February 2014

6. Julie Gibson

Actress | The Contender

Julie Gibson was born on September 6, 1913 in Grant County, Washington, USA as Gladys Camille Sorey. She is known for her work on The Contender (1944), Bowery Buckaroos (1947) and Badmen of Tombstone (1949). She was married to Charles Barton, Dean Dillman Jr. and Jimmie Grier. She died on October 2...

Alive, turned 100 on the 6th September 2013.

7. Audrey Munson

Actress | Purity

Audrey Munson was a model and actress who achieved fame in the early part of the 20th Century in the United States. Born on June 8, 1891, in Rochester, New York, Munson was the only child produced by the marriage of Edgar Munson and Katherine Mahoney Munson. After her parents divorced, Munson was ...

Deceased, turned 100 on 8th June 1991, died aged 104 on the 20th February 1996.

8. Lupita Tovar

Actress | Border Law

Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Lupita Tovar appeared first in silent Fox films before making the move to Universal and co-starring in the Spanish-language version of 1930's "The Cat Creeps" (La voluntad del muerto (1930)). For the same producer, Czech-born Paul Kohner, she appeared as Eva Seward (the ...

Deceased, turned 100 on the 27th July 2010, died aged 106 on the 12th November 2016.

9. Luise Rainer

Actress | The Great Ziegfeld

Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a ...

Deceased, turned 100 on the 12th January 2010, died aged 104 on the 30th December 2014.

10. Mártha Eggerth

Actress | Das Hofkonzert

From the day she was born Martha lived in a world of music. For sure her father was a banker but he was also an amateur pianist. As for her mother, she was a housewife but also a very talented opera singer who had given up her career for the joys of matrimony and motherhood. It does not come as a ...

Deceased, turned 100 on the 17th April 2012, died aged 101 on 26th December 2013.

11. Valentina Frascaroli

Actress | Le memorie di una istitutrice

Valentina Frascaroli was born on January 18, 1855 in Turin, Italy. She was an actress, known for Le memorie di una istitutrice (1917), The Mechanical Man (1921) and Tigre reale (1916). She died on April 13, 1957 in Crete, Greece.

Deceased, turned 100 on the 18th January 1955, died aged 102 on 13th April 1957.

12. Barbara Kent

Actress | Lonesome

A pretty, diminutive (4'11") actress of the silent and early sound era, Barbara Cloutman (later Kent) was born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada on December 16, 1907. Upon graduating from Hollywood High School in 1925, Kent won the Miss Hollywood Pageant, and set her sights on a career in the movies. She ...

Deceased, turned 100 on the 16th December 2007, died aged 103 on the 13th October 2011.

13. Bob Hope

Actor | The Ghost Breakers

Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons of Avis (Townes), light opera singer, and William Henry Hope, a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. His maternal grandmother was Welsh. Hope moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents...

Deceased, turned 100 on the 29th May 2003, died that year on the 27th July.

14. Gloria Stuart

Actress | Titanic

Gloria Stuart was born on a dining room table on 4th Street in Santa Monica, California on July 4, 1910. Her early roles as a performing artist were in plays she produced in her home as a young girl. She was the star of her senior class play at Santa Monica High School in 1927. Attending the ...

Deceased, turned 100 on the 4th July 2010, died the same year on the 26th September.

15. George Abbott

Writer | The Pajama Game

Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott...

Deceased, turned 100 on the 25th June 1987, died aged 107 on the 31st January 1995.

16. Rosa Albach-Retty

Actress | Geld auf der Straße

Rosa Albach-Retty was born on December 26, 1874 in Hanau, Hesse, Germany as Rosa Clara Franziska Helene Retty. She was an actress, known for Geld auf der Straße (1930), Episode (1935) and Hotel Sacher (1939). She was married to Karl Albach. She died on August 26, 1980 in Baden, Lower Austria,...

Deceased, turned 100 on the 26th December 1974, died aged 105 on the 26th August 1980.

17. Jenny Alpha

Actress | Une femme, une époque

Jenny Alpha was born on April 22, 1910 in Fort de France, Martinique. She was an actress, known for Une femme, une époque (1978), La vieille quimboiseuse et le majordome (1987) and Black for Remembrance (1995). She died on September 8, 2010 in Paris, France.

Deceased, turned 100 on 22nd April 2010, died the same year on the 8th September.

18. Lukas Ammann

Actor | Hast noch der Söhne ja...?

Lukas Ammann was born on September 29, 1912 in Basel, Switzerland. He was an actor and director, known for Hast noch der Söhne ja...? (1959), Bel-Ami Der Frauenheld von Paris (1955) and Bel Ami (1955). He was married to Liselotte Ebnet, Hedda Ippen and Hertha Heger. He died on May 3, 2017 in ...

Alive, turned 100 on the 29th September 2012.

19. Nina Andrycz

Actress | Uczta Baltazara

Nina Andrycz was born on November 11, 1912 in Brzesc, Poland, Russian Empire. She was an actress, known for Uczta Baltazara (1954), Horror w Wesolych Bagniskach (1996) and Television Theater (1953). She was married to Joseph Cyrankiewicz. She died on January 31, 2014 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

Deceased, turned 100 on the 11th November 2012, died aged 101 on the 31st January 2014.

20. Nikolai Annenkov

Actor | Sud chesti

Nikolai Annenkov, one of Russian theatre's most eloquent voices who was a descendant of liberated peasants, was a leading actor of Maly Theatre and teacher of many film stars.

He was born Nikolai Aleksandrovich Kokin on September 21, 1899, in the village of Inzhaviono, Tambov province, Russian ...

Deceased, turned 100 on 21st September 1999, died the same year on the 30th September.

21. Estelle Winwood

Actress | The Producers

When Estelle saw the girl on a white horse at the circus, she then decided that she wanted to be an actress. And she was from the age of 5, to the disapproval of her father. Her mother had her train with the Liverpool Repertory Company, and Estelle performed in many plays and many roles in the West...

Deceased, turned 100 on 24th January 1983, died aged 101 20th June 1984.

22. Frank M. Thomas

Actor | Behind the Headlines

Frank M. Thomas was born on July 13, 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for Behind the Headlines (1937), The Shadow (1954) and Criminal Lawyer (1937). He was married to Mona Bruns. He died on November 25, 1989 in Tujunga, California, USA.

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