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 (seventeen years ago) link

(Richard Widmark)

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

Saddam Hussein, obv

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

Stanley Baxter

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

(Inverting the question completely) Thora Hird.

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

she was famous.

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

Clive Dunn is the obvious one.

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

Dennis Hopper, every time.

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

Mickey Rooney

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

So I guess it's only half-inverted.

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

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

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

I'm always vaguelly confused that he even exists.

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

George Jones.

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

Elvis Presley

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

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

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

That guy from the Von Bondies

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

Ursula Moray Williams

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

Reg Varney

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

Dave Allen

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

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

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

Reg Varney's still alive?

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

richard pryor.

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

Windsor Davies

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

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

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

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

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

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

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

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

abe vigoda

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

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

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

doris day

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

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

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

two years pass...

Shirley Temple

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

!!!

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

Leonard skinner, but he's now dead.

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

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

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

four months pass...

Louie Anderson

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

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

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

Jane Russell

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

Clive Dunn

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

not surprised he's alive, but I was recently surprised to find out Gene Hackman is 91.

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Monday, 8 November 2021 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

Kyoko Kagawa, who delivered the "Isn't life disappointing" line in Tokyo Story, is not only still alive at 89 but still acting.

Kim Kimberly, Monday, 8 November 2021 22:25 (two weeks ago) link

Folk singer and broadcaster, Jimmie Macgregor, 91.

(He joins Stanley Baxter, Glen Michael, Una McLean and John Cairney in the 90+ Scottish celebrity club).

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Monday, 8 November 2021 23:52 (two weeks ago) link

I was looking up the best selling book of the 1970s for a trivia contest and: Xaviera Hollander, 78.

clemenza, Wednesday, 10 November 2021 03:58 (two weeks ago) link

FW de klerk

conrad, Thursday, 11 November 2021 13:55 (two weeks ago) link

Monica Vitti - aged 90!

Second behind Gina Lollabrigida, 94. Just ahead of Sophia Loren, 87. Bringing up the rear, the baby of the bunch, Claudia Cardinale, 83.

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Saturday, 13 November 2021 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

Lea Massari, Vitti’s co-star in L’Avventura, also still going at 88.

Alba, Saturday, 13 November 2021 13:11 (two weeks ago) link

Starring in L'Avventura is a good portent of a long life, and as I've mentioned before, so is starring in 8 1/2 which gives us the octogenarians Anouk Aimée (89), Sandra Milo (88), Claudia Cardinale, and Barbara Steele (83).

Josefa, Saturday, 13 November 2021 14:36 (two weeks ago) link

Susan George, only 71 though. (Had been trying to find out the name of the film "Fright" today)

Chicks and Ducks and Geese better scurry (Ste), Monday, 15 November 2021 14:02 (one week ago) link

tbh not really sure why i would be surprised at that, maybe cos not heard about her since the 70's

Chicks and Ducks and Geese better scurry (Ste), Monday, 15 November 2021 14:03 (one week ago) link

Starring in L'Avventura is a good portent of a long life, and as I've mentioned before, so is starring in 8 1/2 which gives us the octogenarians Anouk Aimée (89), Sandra Milo (88), Claudia Cardinale, and Barbara Steele (83).

Barbara Steele (83).

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Monday, 15 November 2021 14:14 (one week ago) link

Bob Carolgees (and by extension, his dog Spit) (73)

Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jack (Willl), Monday, 15 November 2021 15:24 (one week ago) link

that extension feels a little shaky

mark s, Monday, 15 November 2021 15:52 (one week ago) link

Folk singer and broadcaster, Jimmie Macgregor, 91.

(He joins Stanley Baxter, Glen Michael, Una McLean and John Cairney in the 90+ Scottish celebrity club).

And, apropos of a conversation I was having with some friends at the weekend, Gudrun Ure is still with us at the age of 95.

ailsa, Monday, 15 November 2021 16:05 (one week ago) link

Spit is 73?

Dan Worsley, Monday, 15 November 2021 18:14 (one week ago) link

In puppet dog years.

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Monday, 15 November 2021 18:16 (one week ago) link

Starring in L'Avventura is a good portent of a long life

Unfortunately Monica Vitti has apparently been suffering from Alzheimers for quite a few years

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 15 November 2021 18:46 (one week ago) link

Armin Mueller-Stahl, 90.

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 22:07 (one week ago) link

... and Mario Adorf, also 90.

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 22:09 (one week ago) link

Wow, excellent scores. So were you recently watching Lola?

Sterl of the Quarter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 22:15 (one week ago) link

I was about to but decided to not to.

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 22:16 (one week ago) link

Have you seen it before?

Sterl of the Quarter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 22:29 (one week ago) link

She's dead now, but if you'd told me a week ago that the wife of Anthony Eden was still alive I'd have found that pretty surprising

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 22:30 (one week ago) link

(xp) Yes. It was just too late to start watching a two hour film.

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 22:31 (one week ago) link

Kim Novak!

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:46 (one week ago) link

Marina Nikolayevna Oswald Porter, widow of Lee Harvey Oswald - just 80 years old

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 18 November 2021 23:29 (one week ago) link

Actress Neile Adams, who was married to Steve McQueen from the 1950s to early '70s. Enrique Iglesias is her great-nephew. 89 years old.

Josefa, Thursday, 18 November 2021 23:40 (one week ago) link

Frank Serpico, 85 and active on Twitter

Josefa, Friday, 19 November 2021 01:44 (one week ago) link

Frederic Raphael, 90.

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Sunday, 21 November 2021 21:15 (six days ago) link

He’s someone who I have a personal interest in and I wonder how his death will be reported, whether it will be just on the obituaries page a few days later or as news reports on the day.

Alba, Monday, 22 November 2021 12:21 (five days ago) link

Not sure he's that well known anymore.

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Monday, 22 November 2021 12:26 (five days ago) link

shouldn't have crossed kubrick, been totally eyes wide shat

mark s, Monday, 22 November 2021 12:53 (five days ago) link

I think he is now best known for co-writing Eyes Wide Shut; this piece he wrote for the film's 20th anniversary a couple of years ago reads like parody ("How come Eyes Wide Shut seems, as the cant says, ‘more relevant’ after 20 years?")

https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/features/frederic-raphael-reflects-writing-eyes-wide-shut-with-stanley-kubrick

and for always appearing in Private Eye's yearly literary review round-up, claiming the prize for the most obscure/high-toned/expensive book review of the year.

I would be surprised if his death made the television news. Perhaps there should be a remake of 'Glittering Prizes'...

Ward Fowler, Monday, 22 November 2021 13:03 (five days ago) link

Oh, it looks like that was Freddy in conversation - a bracing experience, I would imagine.

Ward Fowler, Monday, 22 November 2021 13:05 (five days ago) link

Perhaps there should be a remake of 'Glittering Prizes'...

They could at least air it again on BBC Four or iPlayer. And maybe ITV could do the same for his follow-up After the War (fat chance).

Alba, Monday, 22 November 2021 13:13 (five days ago) link

it's true that only a cant would think EWS is relevant, it sucks and is dumb (sorry morbs)

Andrew Loog Oldham (in fact he's only 77 but somehow I'd assumed all those uppers and downers would have taken their toll already)

mark s, Monday, 22 November 2021 13:36 (five days ago) link

After the War is on the youtube :)

conrad, Monday, 22 November 2021 14:54 (five days ago) link

Needs more promotion!

Alba, Monday, 22 November 2021 15:00 (five days ago) link

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0924916/

Actress Jacqueline White (best known for The Narrow Margin (1952)), 99.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:05 (four days ago) link

Ooh, that's a good one.

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:36 (four days ago) link

Retired for 70 years! Love it. Although... five kids

Josefa, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:44 (four days ago) link

Narrow Margin? With Marie Windsor?

Sporting with the Fbclid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 13:54 (three days ago) link

H. Rap Brown (78)

mark s, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 14:24 (three days ago) link

Johnny Ball, 83. It'd somehow completely escaped my attention that he's Zoe Ball's dad! Wonder if he's still a climate change denier?

procter and gamble and huff (Matt #2), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 14:42 (three days ago) link

Detroit bop pianist Barry Harris, still teaching workshops, will be 92 in a couple of weeks.

Briania, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 16:17 (three days ago) link

every time I realise Tom Lehrer is still with us, I wonder if we will truly all go together when we go...

imago, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 16:34 (three days ago) link

William Klein, 93.

When Smeato Met Moaty (Tom D.), Thursday, 25 November 2021 22:15 (two days ago) link

#OneThread

Duck and Sally Can't Dance (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 November 2021 22:58 (two days ago) link


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