The Golden Age of Hollywood was a time of innovation and wonder in storytelling. Movies brought new narratives to the world. An audience could suddenly be transported to anywhere around the globe without leaving their seat and movie stars became the heroes we grew up with. Of course, as we got older, so did they. Sean Connery couldn’t play James Bond forever, and we would never ask him to. At 88 years old today, we wouldn’t mind seeing him in another movie, though! Here are all of our Golden Age favorites who we’d love to see on the big screen again!
Which classic star is your favorite?
Clint Eastwood Won’t Quit
Clint Eastwood directed and starred in The Mule in 2018. The surefire Oscar contender is about a 90-year-old war veteran who becomes a drug runner for a Mexican cartel. It was Eastwood’s first film in four years and his 72nd credited role.
In 1955, Eastwood made his debut in Revenge of the Creature. He played a man named Jennings in the science fiction film about men who capture the creature from the Black Lagoon. Over the next 60 years, Eastwood was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning four.
Vera Lynn Is Still Going Strong At 101!
Vera Lynn was born in 1917 in East Ham, London. During World War II she became a radio staple and even had her own show on the BBC. Since then, she has remained as popular as ever, even topping the British album charts in 2009.
If you don’t recognize her name, you’ve undoubtedly heard one of her songs. A few of her most famous ones are My Son, My Son, It Hurts To Say Goodbye, and We’ll Meet Again. After officially retiring, Lynn settled down in Sussex where she remains in great health.
Coming up, can you guess which “Gone with the Wind” actress is still alive?
Olivia De Havilland Is Still Going Strong
Winner of two Academy Awards, Olivia de Havilland was one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. From 1940 to 1950, no actress was as decorated. She was first nominated for an Academy Award for Gone With The Wind. She didn’t win, but it wouldn’t be long before she would.
In 1947, she took home the award for her role in, To Each His Own. It was her third nomination. Three years later she would win again for The Heiress. She retired in 1988, but still remains friendly with Hollywood today.
Not Even The Birds Can Stop Tippi Hedre
Like Clint Eastwood, Tippi Hedren just won’t stop making movies. She’s most famous for her role in The Birds, the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock thriller about homicidal birds. After that movie made her famous, she refused to quit. Working in everything from movies to television shows, not a year has gone by that we haven’t seen Tippi Hedren on our screens.
In 2017, she starred in The Ghost and the Whale, a movie set in Bodega Bay about a man trying to convince the world that a whale killed his wife.
Still ahead, we bet you still remember when this next star wrote about murders for CBS!
Angela Lansbury Still Makes Magic On The Stage
When her beloved television show Murder She Wrote ended, Angela Lansbury returned to the theatre, where she was cast in The Visit. After dropping out to take care of her ailing husband, the legendary actress decided to take on less work and only accept supporting roles.
In 2017, Lansbury joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 Disney classic. Perhaps the role will earn her the first Oscar of her career. She has been nominated three times before but has never won.
Bob Newhart Was Introduced To A New Generation On The Big Bang Theory
In the ’70s, Bob Newhart was known for his hilarious show The Bob Newhart Show. The show ran for six seasons and was rebooted in 1982 as Newhart. In 1994, he made a guest appearance as the same character on Murphy Brown.
By 2013, Newhart was able to introduce himself to an entirely new audience thanks to The Big Bang Theory. On the show, he plays Professor Proton, the science show host who Sheldon Cooper grew up idolizing. The character proved so popular he also appeared in the pilot for Young Sheldon.
Peggy Stewart Refuses To Take A Back Seat
Peggy Stewart began her career in the ’40s starring in Western films. Making a name for herself with roles in Ride, Ryder, Ride and Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Stewart was a staple on the silver screen. In the years since, she’s continued to star in movies, including the outlandish comedy That’s My Boy in 2012.
Stewart’s last role was in the television show Getting On in 2014. She guest-starred as Mrs. Decker an episode with a title we can’t repeat here. She has sadly never won a major award.
Up next, everything is still a joke to this legendary funnyman!
Mel Brooks Is Still Splitting Sides At 92
Mel Brooks never met a story he couldn’t parody. In 1974 he gave the world the gifts of Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. Both films earned him an Academy Award nomination, but neither won him the trophy. It’s okay, though, he had previously won in 1967 for writing The Producers.
The last film Brooks directed was Dracula: Dead and Loving It. The movie bombed when it hit theaters, but has found a loyal fanbase since. Brooks has continued to act, lending his voice talents to several projects, including the upcoming Blazing Samurai.
Rhonda Fleming Outlived All Her Marriages
Rhonda Fleming was born in 1923 and was discovered in 1941, the same year she graduated from high school. Four years later she starred in Spellbound, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In 2007, Fleming received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
During her career, Fleming was married six times. First to Tom Lane, whom she wed in 1940. In 1952, she married Lewis Morrill, then Lang Jeffries, Hall Bartlett, Ted Mann, and finally Darol Carlson. Despite her several marriages, she only had one child, Kent Lane.
Eva Marie Saint’s Career Spanned 70 Years
Born in 1924, Eva Marie Saint has a career that has spanned 70 years. She won one Academy Award in 1955 for On The Waterfront. From 2012 to 2014 she lent her voice to The Legend of Korra, playing Katara. She also starred in Winter’s Tale as Willa.
Saint officially retired after her 2014 roles, and we hope she’s enjoying every second of it. We don’t know what her secret to staying healthy is, but you can see from the picture above she’s still stunning.
Jacqueline White Hasn’t Acted since 1952
Jacqueline White’s career in Hollywood was brief but magical. She starred in her first film, Dr. Gillespie’s New Assistant, in 1942. He final film appearance was The Narrow Margin, which came out in 1952. After that, she moved to Wyoming with her husband.
She didn’t set foot in Hollywood again until she gave birth to her first child. These days, she’s happily retired, although she still makes appearances at events. Most recently, she was spotted at the TCM Film Festival in 2013.
On the next slide, an actor who changed the face of Hollywood when he won his first Oscar!
Sidney Poitier Is Still Breaking Barriers Today
In 1963, Sidney Poitier starred in The Defiant Ones, and became the first black male actor to win an Academy Award. Fifteen years ealier, Hattie McDaniel became the first black actress to ever win an Oscar. By the end of the ’60s, Poitier was the biggest draw at the box office.
He stepped into the directing arena with Buck and Preacher, which he also starred in along with Harry Belafonte. He was later given the great honor to direct Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in Stir Crazy.
Dean Stockwell Retired Because Of Health Issues
Dean Stockwell started acting as a child in 1945 in The Valley of Decision. He continued acting into adulthood, earning an Oscar nomination in 1988 for his supporting role as Tony “the Tiger” Russo in Married to the Mob.
Stockwell became a genre favorite one year later when he co-starred in Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula. The science-fiction series ran for four years and still has a large and loyal following today. Sadly, Stockwell was forced to retire from acting recently after suffering a stroke.
In one slide, we reveal the man behind “Great Balls of Fire!”
Jerry Lee Lewis Is Still Dancing At 83
Jerry Lee Lewis released the song Great Balls of Fire in 1957. Today, it’s remembered as one of the greatest pop songs ever written. It was originally featured in the movie Jamboree and was written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer.
Surprisingly, the song never reached the number one spot on the United States singles chart, peaking at number two. It did top the Hot Country Singles chart, however. Lewis still performs in 2018 and opened a club in Memphis on Beale Street in 2013.
Dick Van Dyke Still Has That Goofy Smile
Dick Van Dyke started his career in radio and on the stage in the ’40s. At the start of the next decade he began making small television appearances. In 1961, Van Dyke won a Tony Award for his performance in The Girls Against the Boys.
The funnyman debuted The Dick Van Dyke Show on CBS in 1961, which ended five years later. By the end of his career. Van Dyke kept his workflow light, only making guest appearances, like on Scrubs in 2003. In recent years, the actor has gotten political, even endorsing Bernie Sanders for President in 2016.
Jane Withers Is Famous For Being Josephine The Plumber
Jane Withers rose to prominence playing Josephine the Plumber in commercials for Comet Cleanser. The cleaning products used Withers through the ’60s and ’70s. While earning a living as Josephine, Jane got into voice acting and made several cameo appearances on television shows.
Amazingly, Progressive spokes-character Flo bears an uncanny similarity to Josephine. The actress has even said Flo, “is a weirdly sincere, post-modern Josephine the Plumber who just really wants to help. She has: The brand is flourishing.”
Marsha Hunt Ended Her Career On Television
Marsha Hunt was born the daughter of a lawyer in Chicago. She said she was always grateful to her parents for the wealthy upbringing. A few of her most notable early films are Pride and Prejudice, To The West, and Raw Deal.
Later in her career, Hunt began taking on television roles, including a 1988 appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also made guest appearances in Shadow Chasers and Matlock. In 1960 she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Carl Reiner Is Taking Over Twitter
At 96-years-old, Carl Reiner is one of the oldest celebrities who are active on Twitter. The funnyman got his start in the military, performing French plays while serving during World War II. When he returned to the United States he began performing on Broadway, getting his big break with the lead role in Call Me Mister.
Reiner has never been afraid to let the world know how he feels. Years before campaigning for Bernie Sanders in 2016, Reiner came out as a Jewish Atheist. Defending his conflicting beliefs, he said, “I have a very different take on who God is. Man invented God because he needed him. God is us.”
Jackie Mason Is More Than Just His TV Shows
When you hear the name Jackie Mason, you instantly recall memories of his television roles. With a simple inflection of his voice, he could make you laugh like you’ve never laughed before. The truth is, Mason is more than just those television roles, he’s one of greatest living comedians alive today.
Comedy Central even went as far as listing Mason as the 63rd greatest comedian ever. Whether you were first introduced to him on The World According to Me or The Simpsons, it’s impossible to deny the impact Mason has had on your life in some way.
Shirley MacLaine Is Still A Big Deal Today
In 2016, it was announced that Shirley MacLaine was cast in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Obviously, she’s not playing Ariel. Still, she’s reportedly taking on a sizable role, a feat she still relishes doing at 84-years-old.
Over the course of her career, MacLaine has been nominated for six Academy Awards. Her first nomination came in 1959 for her role in Some Came Running. Her final nomination- and only win- came in 1984 for Terms of Endearment, one of the great tearjerkers of the 1980s.