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Golden Oldies: 10 Of The Oldest Celebrities in the World

Madeline Hiltz
Bob Barker in 1957 (left) and Bob Barker in 2007 (right). (Photo Credit: FPG/ Getty Images and Frederick M. Brown/ Stringer/ Getty Images)

One constant thing in this ever-changing world is the presence of these iconic celebrities. Here, we take a look at the careers of some of the oldest celebrities in the world and examine the brilliant contributions they have made over the span of all their different decades.

1. Betty White – 99 years, 8 months

Betty White

Betty White in 1955 (left) and in 2008 (right). (Photo Credit: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images and Kevin Winter/ Getty Images)

America’s greatest treasure, Betty White, tops this list as the oldest living celebrity. She was born on January 17, 1922, which makes her nearly 100 years old. Although White is most well known for her role as Rose Nylund on the sitcom The Golden Girls, she actually began her acting career in the late 1930s, taking any small role she could to establish herself.

White became one of the first female producers in Hollywood in 1953 with her television series Life With Elizabeth. Throughout her career, Betty White has won eight Emmy Awards, three American Comedian Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award.

2. Joan Copeland – 99 years, 3 months

Joan Copeland

Marilyn Monroe and Joan Copeland hug in 1958 (left), and Joan Copeland in 2009 (right). (Photo Credit: Bettmann/ Getty Images and Dave M. Bennett/ Getty Images)

Joan Copeland was born on June 1, 1922, and initially started out as a stage actress before transitioning to television and movies. She was the younger sister of the playwright Arthur Miller, and briefly the sister-in-law of Marilyn Monroe. In 1945, Copeland made her professional stage debut as Juliet in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Romeo and Juliet, and made her Broadway debut in 1948 as Nadine in the play Sundown Beach.

Copeland went on to have guest appearances and play minor roles in a number of television shows in the 1950s, including a number of different soap operas. Although she never landed a leading part in movies or television, she typically had very prominent secondary roles.

3. Larry Storch – 98 years, 8 months

Larry Storch

Larry Storch circa 1970 (left), and Larry Storch in 2007 (right). (Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/ Stringer/ Getty Images and Bobby Bank/ Getty Images)

Larry Storch, born January 8, 1923, is best known for his work as a voice actor. Because of the Great Depression, Storch never finished high school and instead found work as a stand-up comedian, which initially led to several guest appearances on different television shows, including Get Smart and I Dream of Jeannie in the 1960s.

Storch also appeared on a number of different variety shows, such as Sonny and Cher and The Ed Sullivan Show. However, he is best remembered for his work as a voice actor in classic animated shows and films including The Batman/ Superman Hour, The Pink Panther, The Brady Kids, Scooby-Doo, and The Adventures of Batman. In fact, Storch was the first actor ever to voice the Joker.

4. Bob Barker – 97 years, 9 months

Bob Barker

Bob Barker in 1957 (left) and Bob Barker in 2007 (right). (Photo Credit: FPG/ Getty Images and Frederick M. Brown/ Stringer/ Getty Images)

Born on December 12, 1923, Bob Barker is best known as the host of the game show The Price Is RightHe began his career in broadcasting after he was given his own radio show, The Bob Barker Show, in 1950. It ran for six years. In 1956, Barker was the host of the game show Truth or Consequences, which ran until 1975.

Bob Barker began hosting The Price Is Right and 1972, and retired from the show in 2007 after an astonishing 35 years.

5. Carole Cook – 97 years, 8 months

Carole Cook

Carole Cook in 1965 (left) and Carole Cook in 1987 (right). (Photo Credit: Fairfax Media Archives/ Getty Images and Ron Galella/ Getty Images)

Carole Cook is an American actress of musical theatre, film, and television, who was born on January 14, 1924. She became a protégé of actress and comedian Lucille Ball, and often appeared on The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy. In fact, Ball was the maid of honor at Cook’s wedding to actor Tom Troupe in 1964.

Cook has had a long career in both film and television, with her last acting credit in the 2018 movie Still Waiting in the Wings.

6. Leslie Phillips – 97 years, 4 months

Leslie Phillips

Leslie Phillips in 1974 (left) and Leslie Phillips in 2007 (Photo Credit: Fairfox Media Archives/ Getty Images and Wikimedia Commons)

Leslie Phillips is the oldest non-American actor on this list. Phillips was born on April 20, 1924, in Tottenham, North London, England. He made his first film appearances in the 1930s when he was still a child, and is the only person still alive who performed at Pinewood Studios in its first week of opening in 1936.

In 1957, Phillips starred in the Gene Kelley musical Les Girls but decided to not pursue a career in Hollywood because he considered himself to be a theatre actor. He is best known for his role in the British comedy series Carry On, but also has worked on the long-running BBC radio comedy series The Navy Lark. He also provided the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter franchise.

7. Eva Marie Saint – 97 years, 2 months

Actress Eva Marie Saint circa 1945 (left), and Eva Marie Saint in 1990 (right). (Photo Credit: John Springer Collection/ Getty Images and Wikimedia Commons)

Actress Eva Marie Saint circa 1945 (left), and Eva Marie Saint in 1990 (right). (Photo Credit: John Springer Collection/ Getty Images and Wikimedia Commons)

Actress Eva Marie Saint is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema and is the oldest living Academy Award winner. She was born on July 4, 1924, and began her career as a television and radio actress in the late 1940s. Her most notable role came in 1954 in On the Waterfront, where she starred opposite Marlon Brando.

Her performance in this film earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in 1959 with Carey Grant and James Mason.

8. Jimmy Carter – 96 Years, 11 months

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter’s official portrait, 1977 (left) and Jimmy Carter in 2014 (right). (Photo Credit: Department of Defence/ Wikimedia Commons and Lauren Gerson/ Wikimedia Commons)

Although technically not a celebrity, Jimmy Carter is widely known throughout the world. Born on October 1, 1924, Carter was the 39th President of the United States.

Jimmy Carter is still active in public life and enjoys hobbies that include painting, woodworking, and winemaking.

9. June Lockhart – 96 years, 2 months

June Lockhart

June Lockhart and her dog circa 1948 (left), and June Lockhart in 2009 (right). (Photo Credit: Bettmann/ Getty Images and Mathew Imaging/ NASA/ Wikimedia Commons)

June Lockhart was born on June 25, 1925, and is best known for playing mother roles in the 1950s and 1960s. She played Ruth Martin, the mother of Timmy, in the 1950s series Lassie, and played Dr. Maureen Robinson in Lost in Space, which ran from 1965 to 1968 on CBS.

Lockhart made a cameo appearance in the 1998 film Lost in Space, which was based on the original television show in the 1960s.

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10. Angela Lansbury – 95 Years, 11 Months

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury circa 1945 (left) and Angela Lansbury in 2013 (right). (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection/ Getty Images and Eva Rinaldi/ Wikimedia Commons)

Angela Lansbury was born on October 16, 1925, and has had a career that has spanned almost eight decades. Like Eva Marie Saint, she is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. She received two Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe Award for her work in the 1945 film The Picture of Dorian Gray. She also has provided voice work for a number of different Disney films, including Mrs. Potts in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. 

She has received an Honorary Academy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BAFTA. In 2014 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.