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) link

(Richard Widmark)

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

Saddam Hussein, obv

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

Stanley Baxter

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

(Inverting the question completely) Thora Hird.

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

she was famous.

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

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) link

Clive Dunn is the obvious one.

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

Dennis Hopper, every time.

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

Mickey Rooney

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

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) link

So I guess it's only half-inverted.

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

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

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

I'm always vaguelly confused that he even exists.

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

George Jones.

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

Elvis Presley

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

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

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

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) link

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) link

That guy from the Von Bondies

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

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) link

Ursula Moray Williams

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

Reg Varney

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

Dave Allen

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

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) link

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) link

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

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

Reg Varney's still alive?

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

richard pryor.

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

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) link

Windsor Davies

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

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

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

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

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 14 June 2004 16:15 (fifteen years ago) link

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) link

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

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

abe vigoda

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

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

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

doris day

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

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

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

two years pass...

Shirley Temple

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

!!!

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

Leonard skinner, but he's now dead.

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

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 (nine years ago) link

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

just1n3, Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:24 (nine years ago) link

four months pass...

Louie Anderson

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

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

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

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) link

Jane Russell

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

Clive Dunn

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

Hey okay how about

Bob Barker

― ed.b, Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:44 PM (two years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Apprentice Taintjazzler (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:40 (three months ago) link

he died

flappy bird, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:34 (three months ago) link

omg wtf he didn't!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:35 (three months ago) link

Right?!

Apprentice Taintjazzler (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:36 (three months ago) link

She’s not famous herself exactly, but Serge Gainsbourg’s twin sister Liliane Ginsburg is still alive at 91 as far as I can tell.

similarly in the not famous stakes: lucette destouches (mrs l-f céline) recently had her 107th birthday

no lime tangier, Friday, 2 August 2019 11:13 (three months ago) link

Lloyd Price!

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 11 August 2019 00:05 (three months ago) link

Norman Lear

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Sunday, 11 August 2019 05:15 (three months ago) link

Not only Norman Lear, but also Bill Macy from Maude!

Michael Jones, Sunday, 11 August 2019 10:26 (three months ago) link

joe's sister:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41%2B3qWeSPSL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

(i mean i didn't really even know she existed till i saw a tweet earlier that you could win a nice supper with her in some joe-related thing)

mark s, Sunday, 11 August 2019 10:50 (three months ago) link

she was played by Julie Walters in Prick up your Ears.

calzino, Sunday, 11 August 2019 10:56 (three months ago) link

excellent memoir title

seven against feebs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 August 2019 11:00 (three months ago) link

"Julie Walters as Elsie Orton"

or maybe I'm wrong, she played his other sister?

calzino, Sunday, 11 August 2019 11:00 (three months ago) link

it was Frances Barber that played Leonie.

calzino, Sunday, 11 August 2019 11:03 (three months ago) link

elsie is his mum, his other sister was called marilyn (i just looked this up)

i dimly remember a fond sister being part of the story: i probably remember the john lahr book better than the film, which i haven't seen since it came out

john lahr maybe belongs on this thread also, in that i'd assumed he was long-dead (fact fans: he's the son of the cowardly lion in the wizard of oz)

mark s, Sunday, 11 August 2019 11:29 (three months ago) link

I've half read the book a long time ago and seen the movie umpteen times. Barber is only 7 years younger than Walters is my excuse for the mixup

calzino, Sunday, 11 August 2019 11:42 (three months ago) link

Jeffrey Epstein

Trump, two days ago (Mark G), Sunday, 11 August 2019 12:02 (three months ago) link

i have some bad news for you, you might want to sit down

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 11 August 2019 13:02 (three months ago) link

whatta tube

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 11 August 2019 13:32 (three months ago) link

Spookily, Joe Orton’s sister is on the Antiques Roadshow tonight.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 11 August 2019 19:24 (three months ago) link

Not as an item being valued obviously.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 11 August 2019 19:24 (three months ago) link

:D

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 11 August 2019 19:45 (three months ago) link

just popping in to say that accusations of soup-taking would see blades drawn round my way, not sure whether ranking it vis a vis domestic violence is what id call an appropriate spend of anyone's time or w/e

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 12 August 2019 00:43 (three months ago) link

What kind of soup is it

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Monday, 12 August 2019 15:57 (three months ago) link

not esp interested in defending Sean Connery, but did he beat women, or just say it wasn't so bad (like Sam Kinison)?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 August 2019 16:01 (three months ago) link

Diane Cilento said he beat her.

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 12 August 2019 16:08 (three months ago) link

Jeffrey Epstein

― Trump, two days ago (Mark G), Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:02 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

i have some bad news for you, you might want to sit down

― Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, August 11, 2019 1:02 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Uh, the display name

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:25 (three months ago) link

Just watching Mark Eden in "Séance on a Wet Afternoon", still alive at 91.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5gpHqdmK2ac/T_a02yahrgI/AAAAAAAAC-Y/yOcxhX46MNc/s1600/Mark+Eden+Seance+on+a+wet+afternoon.JPG

... also it seems he's married to Sue Nicholls (Audrey in Coronation Street), so could also go in the Old Time Actors You're Surprised to Find Out Are/Were Married to One Another thread.

Euripedes' Trousers (Tom D.), Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:41 (three months ago) link

... his first wife ended up marrying John Le Mesurier.

Euripedes' Trousers (Tom D.), Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:43 (three months ago) link

Was checking out the different Little Women films on IMDB, and saw that Margaret O'Brien is not only still alive, but also still working!

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:47 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

She's not famous - well, she probably is in France - but Catherine Deneuve's mother, Renée Simonot, is still alive at 108!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Simonot

Surely the oldest yet itt.

The Inner Mounting Phlegm (Tom D.), Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:24 (two months ago) link

... just turned 108 on Tuesday, in fact.

The Inner Mounting Phlegm (Tom D.), Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:27 (two months ago) link

... also she was the French dubbing voice for Olivia de Havilland, a mere slip of a girl at 103.

The Inner Mounting Phlegm (Tom D.), Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:29 (two months ago) link

maybe I'll watch The Heiress tonight... but I don't want to jinx Olivia...

flappy bird, Thursday, 12 September 2019 20:47 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Silent film star ‘Baby Peggy’, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Serra_Cary

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 29 September 2019 16:59 (one month ago) link

wow that's wild to contemplate

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Monday, 30 September 2019 23:44 (one month ago) link

She went into residential care a couple years ago, but there's been no news since.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:13 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Julie Andrews

flappy bird, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:11 (one month ago) link

Tom T. Hall

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 17 October 2019 03:43 (one month ago) link

Martin LaSalle.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:57 (one month ago) link

Andre Gregory. For some reason I thought he died 15-20 years ago.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 17 October 2019 23:00 (one month ago) link

If I weren't such a fair-weather basketball fan I'd have known this, but I didn't realize Oscar Robertson was still alive (discovered while looking up the Kansas City Kings after buying my goddaughter's daughter a Kings hat). Actually just turned 80.

clemenza, Saturday, 19 October 2019 17:13 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Gorbachev

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 4 November 2019 14:49 (two weeks ago) link

woah

Number None, Monday, 4 November 2019 17:14 (two weeks ago) link

he always looked a bit older than he really was

Josefa, Monday, 4 November 2019 17:39 (two weeks ago) link

Norman Lloyd, 105 today. (Not a surprise in the parts of the Internet I frequent.) Surprise: He is reported to be attached to a pilot in development for ABC.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:41 (one week ago) link

Mário Zagallo. Only 88, mind you, I thought he was older.

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:00 (one week ago) link

Dick Cavett. 82 but I would have thought older.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Saturday, 9 November 2019 03:14 (one week ago) link

Pete Doherty

StanM, Saturday, 9 November 2019 03:36 (one week ago) link

... 83.

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Saturday, 9 November 2019 13:11 (one week ago) link

Vera Miles, 90.

flappy bird, Friday, 15 November 2019 20:28 (four days ago) link


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