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!
Clint Eastwood shows no signs of slowing!
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?
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!
Olivia De Havilland Is 102 Years Old
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.
Olivia de Havilland is one of the oldest living celebrities in Hollywood, but one actress has three years on her.
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.
At 105 years old, this former actress is the oldest living celebrity from the Golden Age! Find out who she is soon.
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.
At 105, Julie Gibson Is the World’s Oldest Celebrity
At 105 years old, Julie Gibson holds the title as Hollywood’s oldest known living performer from the Golden Age. While she may no longer be a household name, Gibson had a prolific film career in the 1940s. She started her career singing with the Jimmie Grier orchestra before joining the cast of Joe Penner’s radio program. She then transitioned to film, making small appearances in Nice Girl? and The Feminine Touch.
Her career took off after she landed starring roles in films like Bowery Buckaroos, Are You With It?, and various films by the Three Stooges. Today, Gibson largely stays out of the spotlight and will celebrate her 106th birthday in September 2019.
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.
Still to come: Clint Eastwood
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.
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.
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.
Norman Lloyd’s Career Spans Nine Decades
Actor Norman Lloyd first started his career in 1923 and has appeared in over 60 films and television shows since. He’s also worked as a director and producer, including Alfred Hitchcock’s TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which he produced and directed in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.
His experience during the Depression motivated Lloyd to work from a young age to help the family. Instead of “paying tuition to get a degree to be a lawyer, when I could see lawyers that had become taxi drivers.” After getting his start in New York City, Lloyd was offered a role and headed to Hollywood in 1939. He played Bodalink in Limelight, Mr. Nolan in Dead Poets Society, and Dr. Daniel Auschlander in St. Elsewhere, for six seasons. Now 104 years old, Lloyd continues to act.
Dusty Anderson Was An Actress And A Pin-Up Model
Dusty Anderson was an actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood that could make men’s jaws drop to the floor. She began her career as a model and made her way into film with a role as one of the cover girls in Cover Girl starring Rita Hayworth in 1944.
Anderson was well-suited for the role, as she became famous for posing as a World War II pin-up model in YANK magazine, which was published by the United States Military. She went on to marry a U.S. Marine Corps Captain. After their divorce, she found love again with Director Jean Negulesco and moved to the most romantic city in the world, Paris. She’s now 100 years old.
Diana Serra Cary Is The Last Living Star From Silent Film
Now 100 years old, actress Diana Serra Cary is the last surviving film star from the Silent film era, as she was just a child when she began acting. When she was just three and four years old, from 1921-1923, Cary starred and appeared in 150 short films.
She made an incredible amount of money as a child actress, $1.5 million each year, which is an estimated $22 million in 2018. Like many childhood actors, Cary lost her wealth quickly and found herself trying to make ends meet working as an extra in the 1930s. Since then she’s taken up the cause of becoming an advocate for the rights of child actors’.
The Less Remembered Hickman
Darryl Hickman had a younger brother by the name of Dwayne Hickman. Between the two, Dwayne is the one who many would remember better but Darryl was the more popular sibling. When they were both children, Darryl was thought of to be more talented.
Some of the grade “A” films that Darryl was in include Men of Boys Town, The Human Comedy, and The Grapes of Wrath. In his later years, Darryl would go on to become a respected acting coach in Los Angeles. His birthday is on July 28, 1931.
William Smith Has Done It All
William Smith’s first documented film came in 1942 with an uncredited role as the “village boy in courtroom.” Since then, he went on to do it all essentially. He’s been a vampire hunter, cowboy, Bee-Girl fighter, and bare-knuckle brawler.
Smith was quite the scholar, graduating cum laude at UCLA. Before that, he went on to the Air Force once he finished high school. Smith’s best-known role is as Falconetti in Rich Man, Poor Man (1976).
Collins Was In High Demand
Cora Sue Collins got her start back in 1932 as a beautiful child actress. Once she got her shoe in the door, Collins was in high demand during the ’30s. All it took was her first film in 1932, The Strange Case of Clara Deane.
One of Collins’ stand out roles was The Scarlet Letter from 1934 when she played the illegitimate daughter of Colleen Moore. After starting when she was just five, Collins ended up retiring from acting at the age of 18.
Fay Was Born Into Show Business
Born on February 19, 1918, and making her major debut in 1934, (she also played a baby in the 1918 Station Content) Fay McKenzie wouldn’t stop acting until 1981. Her screen debut came when she was only ten weeks old!
Years later, she now has two children and her spouse Tom Waldman, unfortunately, passed away in 1985. Her final screen appearance was a favor to her family friend in S.O.B. way back in 1981.
Huge Stardom Eludes Marsha Hunt
At one point in time, Marsha Hunt had become blacklisted in the early ’50s. Mix that with that the low-level profile and that can explain why this highly gifted actress never reached a higher level of stardom.
Hunt played the role of Mary Lee Calvert in her 1935 screen appearance for The Virginia Judge. When the ’60s strolled around, Hunt was pretty much retired as her focus shifted to stage and TV. She had also become devoted to civil rights.
Oldest Golden Age Performer
How old is Hollywood’s oldest known living performer from the Golden Age? Well, that would be the great Julie Gibson who’s birthday is on September 6, 1913. Gibson started in 1942 and wouldn’t retire until 1984.
Gibson’s appeal came when she sang with the Jimmie Grier orchestra. It wouldn’t be until 1944 when Gibson would make her first featured role appearance in the movie Lucky Cowboy. She would also go on to appear in the Three Stooges.
Norman Lloyd Wasn’t Boxed In
For someone who’s been in the industry for over nine decades, Norman Lloyd was sure he touched bases with every aspect that he could. Lloyd has done radio, TV, theater, and film during his career that started way back in 1923.
His last film to date was Trainwreck back in 2015. His earliest documented role came in 1932 from Liliom as the uncredited stretcher bearer. He sure did accomplish a lot and still has his hands in projects.
Dancing Talent Marge Champion
Its one thing to be great at acting. It’s a completely different ball game when you’re fantastic at dancing and choreographing in movies and on stage. That was the life for Marge Champion, best known as former wife of Gower Champion.
Born in 1919, Champion saw her first role back in 1939. She worked together with Gower and the two were highly successful on the screen while dancing in the MGM musical years. After retiring, Champion became a dance teacher in New York.
The Ground Breaker
When you think of groundbreaking actors in Hollywood, Sidney Poitier has to come to mind. He became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor and did the same for the Golden Globes.
Born in 1927, Poitier’s debut didn’t come until 1949, but it didn’t take long for him to become a hot topic. Not only did he act, but Poitier also is a film director, diplomat, and author. In 1974, he was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
The Film And Stage Star
June Lockhart is the daughter of Kathleen Lockhart and Gene Lockhart, who were both actors. June would make her appearance in acting when she was only eight-years-old in a Metropolitan Opera version of Peter Ibbetson.
If none of that rings a bell, Lockhart also appeared in some big television shows. She co-starred in series like Lost in Space and Lassie as well. She is a Tony winner and two-time Emmy nominee. She was primarily active in the ’50s and ’60s.
Starting In His Teenage Years
Born on May 30, 1923, Jimmy Lydon’s debut on screen came in 1939. The fifth of nine children, Lydon was born in New York City where he would overcome a birth defect and his alcoholic father to start a career in Broadway in 1937.
During the early ’50s, Lydon worked extensively in television and went on to help produce some of the biggest shows. These shows included 77 Sunset Strip, and M*A*S*H. He’s still active in writing and producing.
From 1934 And Beyond
You have to really sit down and consider how long these stars have been going at it. Gene Reynolds made his screen debut in 1934 in Our Gang short Washee Ironee. Since then, he’s been involved in major shows like M*A*S*H.
Behind the scenes, Reynolds teamed up with James Brooks and Frank Gruber to make Tales of Wells Fargo for the NBC network. The series lasted five years and Reynolds would write and direct a handful of episodes during that time.
The Renowned Fleming
Making her big debut in 1943, Rhonda Fleming would go on to become one of the most popular actresses of her time. Appearing in more than 40 films, mainly during the ’40s and ’50s, Fleming earned the nickname of the Queen of Technicolor (mainly because of her red hair).
Back in 1991, Fleming and her husband at the time made the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic at UCLA Medical Center for Women’s Comprehensive Care. Fleming has had six spouses in her lifetime.
Making A Child Star
Back during the Depression, life was tough for a lot of people which helped make the child stars the icons during that time. After the success of Shirley Temple in the early ’30s, studios were trying their best to bring in a child commodity.
That’s where Jane Withers comes in. Withers remained on the side while Temple was the main course. As time went on her roles grew and she wasn’t just trying to steal attention by being the kid star.
From London To Hollywood
Terry Kilburn was born in London and would move to Hollywood when he was only ten. We bet he wasn’t aware that his childhood life would change forever once he landed in Los Angeles.
Kilburn is most known for his roles as a child actor in movies like Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and A Christmas Carol (1938). His rise through Hollywood wouldn’t stop there as he would go on to have two leading roles in Freddie Bartholowmew: Lord Jeff and Swiss Family Robinson (1940).
The Multi-talented Carpenter
Carleton Carpenter was more than just your average actor. In his prime, he was a novelist, songwriter, magician, and stage actor. His debut on screen came in 1949 when he played in Lost Boundaries as Andy.
As far as his other paths go, Carpenter made many records during his time. He made material for Kaye Ballard, Marlene Dietrich, and Debbie Reynolds! In 2012, the Hollywood film organization Cinecon acknowledged his work and honored him with a lifetime achievement award.