the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually still alive

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Who knew?

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 10:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(Richard Widmark)

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 10:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Saddam Hussein, obv

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 11:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Stanley Baxter

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(Inverting the question completely) Thora Hird.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

she was famous.

RJG (RJG), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 13:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Anita O'Day: though I had never heard of her until the time I also learned that she was still alive.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 13:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Clive Dunn is the obvious one.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dennis Hopper, every time.

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mickey Rooney

Bryan (Bryan), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

She was famous, yeah, but I thought she was alive and she's not.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

So I guess it's only half-inverted.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

J.D. Salinger, every time I hear it, I'm surprised.

Huckleberry Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm always vaguelly confused that he even exists.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

George Jones.

Carey (Carey), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Elvis Presley

jewelly (jewelly), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Joe Namath - I could have sworn he had a heart attack years ago!

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Red Auerbach, who I had to make sure was still alive by going to Dead or Alive?

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Wait, didn't Studs Terkel die? That site lists him as alive. Or am I thinking of Irv Kupcinet?

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

That guy from the Von Bondies

Lynskey (Lynskey), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I feel particularly bad for this, having been such a huge fan of his music, but only earlier in 2003 did I learn that Mr. Sly Stone in fact did not die sometime in the early 80s.

nickalicious at granny's crib, Thursday, 25 December 2003 17:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ursula Moray Williams

robin carmody (robin carmody), Thursday, 25 December 2003 20:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Reg Varney

Bob Six (bobbysix), Friday, 26 December 2003 19:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dave Allen

stevem (blueski), Friday, 26 December 2003 19:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I couldn't believe Christopher Lee was alive when I found out he was doing Saruman (and then the Star Wars dingus). He's like, 80!!!

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 26 December 2003 20:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oops: Kupcinet just kicked the bucket about a month ago. Studs is alive and well.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 26 December 2003 20:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Friday, 26 December 2003 20:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Reg Varney's still alive?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 27 December 2003 02:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

richard pryor.

cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 27 December 2003 02:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i read something saying Nina Simone only died this year. Can that be right?

isadora (isadora), Sunday, 28 December 2003 08:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Windsor Davies

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 28 December 2003 21:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

gene wilder recently had a bout with cancer, which thank god he survived.

s1utsky (slutsky), Sunday, 28 December 2003 21:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
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bosko, Monday, 14 June 2004 16:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 14 June 2004 16:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Telma Hopkins!

but that was last week.

today it was ARNOLD STANG!!!!

don't know why i though telma hopkins died.

tremendoid, Friday, 8 February 2008 06:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

Roz, Friday, 8 February 2008 07:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

abe vigoda

remy bean, Friday, 8 February 2008 07:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

nickn, Friday, 8 February 2008 07:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

doris day

Frogman Henry, Friday, 8 February 2008 08:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

tremendoid, Friday, 8 February 2008 08:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Shirley Temple

lol @ dog w/ sunglasses (Pillbox), Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

!!!

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Leonard skinner, but he's now dead.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

― Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, June 15, 2004 4:15 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark

dying here

had no idea Sam Beckett lived until 1989 until the other day

CharlieS, Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

j.d. salinger, but then he died not long after i found out

just1n3, Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Louie Anderson

Godzilla vs. Rodan Rodannadanna (The Yellow Kid), Friday, 18 February 2011 06:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

He was on Tim & Eric a year or two ago.

Wacky Way Lounge (Evan), Friday, 18 February 2011 06:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kenneth Mars, but once again after he was dead.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 February 2011 07:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

Jane Russell

Alba, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Clive Dunn

Alba, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

want to go to seder with Sandy Koufax

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:49 (three months ago) Permalink

(xp) At least one old geezer called Whitey has lived to see 90 without being beaten to death and having their tongue ripped out.

Alma Kirby (Tom D.), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Gangster boss Whitey Bulger now being wheeled out of sight of the cameras, pleading with the other inmates for...for some kind of sanity.

Uh oh and a barrage of locks now knocking Whitey unconscious.

Wow, this is...this is a great day for Boston.

omar little, Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Rod Laver

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Sunday, 4 November 2018 08:46 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

had him on my deadpool long list a few years back

adam the (abanana), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:43 (two months ago) Permalink

oh, that wasn't a new message i was replying to.

adam the (abanana), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Ed Meese

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 13:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Dušan Makavejev

flappy bird, Thursday, 22 November 2018 02:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Twenty One contestants Herbert Stempel and Charles Van Doren.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 22 November 2018 14:25 (two months ago) Permalink

cutty

old yeller-at-clouds (darraghmac), Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Kirk Douglas, when his son Michael had a recent photo of his 102 year old wheelchair bound self at a publilc event. MIchael Douglas getting a star or something?
MD was on Stephen colbert a couple of days ago.

Stevolende, Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Holland, Dozier and Holland are all still alive. they're not even that old.

Trϵϵship, Saturday, 24 November 2018 07:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Mr. Blobby

StanM, Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Stanley Baxter
― Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:21 (fourteen years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Still kicking around at 92.

Right... I've had to keep this under wraps for ages. We've just finished editing a Christmas special (90') on Stanley Baxter for C5 He;'s 92, on top form, and he allowed our cameras into his house. He's v.v. funny. Details closer to transmission. Press pls go to Mark Borkowski

— Victor Lewis-Smith (@TVOFFAL) November 25, 2018

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Sunday, 25 November 2018 11:28 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Clive James. Could have sworn he died a couple of years ago.

― suffeeciant attreebution (aldo)

he's been terminally ill for about 4 or 5 years and has been writing about his imminent death, in terms that make it seem like it's just round the corner, ever since. due to this ive assumed multiple times over recent years that he must have passed away.

― corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Thursday, August 6, 2015 10:33 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

He sounds a little embarrassed about it, to be fair

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 10:47 (one month ago) Permalink

I think if you still possess a sense of embarrassment then life really hasn't prepared you for death yet.

calzino, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 11:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Hugh Downs. He'll be 100 in 20...21.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 14:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Harriet Andersson

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:40 (one month ago) Permalink

He sounds a little embarrassed about it, to be fair

How embarrassed must he be in 2019?

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Thursday, 3 January 2019 08:30 (one month ago) Permalink

he's still writing (a long poem in September) : https://www.theguardian.com/profile/clive-james

StanM, Thursday, 3 January 2019 09:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Reading his Wiki page, it's probably not significant that the BBC interview where he said the disease "had beaten him" and that he was "near the end" came a couple of months after his wife had thrown him out after discovering he'd been having an affair with a model for 8 years - is it?

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Thursday, 3 January 2019 09:21 (one month ago) Permalink

she must have taken him back in then, that most recent article mentions her taking his temperature

StanM, Thursday, 3 January 2019 09:30 (one month ago) Permalink

It worked then.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Thursday, 3 January 2019 09:46 (one month ago) Permalink

who'd have thought some old twat whose career high was an 80's lol foreigns tv show would still have enough ego + self-regard to consider writing an Epic Poem with himself as the hero 🤢

calzino, Thursday, 3 January 2019 09:59 (one month ago) Permalink

When it comes to jawdropping once-seen-never-forgotten quintessentially Australian monuments and landmarks, Clive James's ego dwarfs Syndney Opera House AND Ayers Rock.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Thursday, 3 January 2019 10:07 (one month ago) Permalink

I like his LP with Pete Atkin, "Beware The Beautiful Stranger"

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 3 January 2019 10:29 (one month ago) Permalink

He's turned rightwing in his old age though just like his mates Amis, McEwen et al - the last thing I read of his was a review in the TLS where he praised Tony Abbott, Australia's very own Donald Trump

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 3 January 2019 10:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Lionel Blair, 90.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 19:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Gavin MacLeod

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 18:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

jonas mekas!

(rip since he actually isn't any more but blimey)

mark s, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 17:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Dušan Makavejev

― flappy bird, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 9:47 PM (two months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

RIP

flappy bird, Friday, 25 January 2019 17:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

what? RIP

macropuente (map), Friday, 25 January 2019 17:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

tweeted out by Janus an hour or so ago

flappy bird, Friday, 25 January 2019 18:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Damn he seemed like a cool guy

Josefa, Friday, 25 January 2019 18:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I was pretty sure one of Mandy Moore, Winona Ryder, or Mariah Carey was dead. I must be thinking of something else

Norm’s Superego (silby), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 07:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Brittany Murphy?

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 09:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe but probably not. It’ll probably remain a mystery

Norm’s Superego (silby), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

adam the (abanana), Sunday, 3 February 2019 08:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i-is the caterpillar still alive?

unregistered, Sunday, 3 February 2019 12:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(spoiler) it turned into a butterfly

adam the (abanana), Sunday, 3 February 2019 16:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Isn't there a larger than life museum dedicated to him in the Berkshires, with a very large Very Hungry Caterpillar?

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 February 2019 16:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pioneer Valley, not Berkshires! On the campus of my alma mater which just this week has decided that due to their weakening fiscal position will not admit a full entering class this year, which has me deeply depressed

Norm’s Superego (silby), Sunday, 3 February 2019 17:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Film producer Robert Evans.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 3 February 2019 22:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Was he young? Not anymore. Was he still active? Not as much as he’d like to be. But was he still spending his days on the right side of the dirt, entertaining old pals in his long-time residence, and toying with the notion of making one last hit? You bet your sweet bippy, baby.

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Sunday, 3 February 2019 23:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Juliette Greco turns 92 today!

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 7 February 2019 17:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Anna Karina

flappy bird, Saturday, 9 February 2019 20:31 (one week ago) Permalink

ken bruce

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 15 February 2019 21:32 (three days ago) Permalink

I could've swore Chuck Yeager had died.

― pplains, Friday, January 29, 2016 2:09 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Me too. He celebrated his 96th birthday on Wednesday.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 15 February 2019 21:36 (three days ago) Permalink


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