Were you confused like Britney Spears when she tossed the Heart of the Ocean back into it in Titanic? Do you think Kate Winslet hopes to grow up to look just like her?
"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."Since Gloria is not the oldest living Oscar nominee, it's list time. Who's still with us? (If I forgot anyone, do let me know in the comments.)
The Oldest Living Oscar Nominees
- Robert F Boyle (Honorary Winner and 4 time nominee as Art Director Fiddler on the Roof) is nearing 101.
Update: August 1st, 2010 (RIP). What a career he had.
- Luise Rainer (2 time winner The Good Earth & The Great Ziegfield) is 100½.
- Gloria Stuart (nominee Titanic) is 100 exactly.Update Sept 26, 2010: (RIP). a long life well -travelled.
- Douglas Slocombe (3 time nominee) cinematographer of Raiders of the Lost Ark among other classics.
- Kevin McCarthy (nominee Death of a Salesman) is 96.
Update: Sept 11, 2010: RIP
- Olivia de Havilland (2 time winner The Heiress & To Each His Own) is 94. Yes, she still hopes to publish memoirs and no, she's not the only surviving Gone With the Wind cast member.
- Kirk Douglas (Honorary Oscar and 3 time nominee), Spartacus himself, is 93.
- Ernest Borgnine (winner Marty) is 93.
- Celeste Holm (winner Gentleman's Agreement) is 93.
- Joan Fontaine (winner Suspicion) is 92. Yes, it's true. She and sister Olivia de Havilland are still not speaking.
- Tom Daly (5 time nominee) this Canadian producer nominated in short film and documentary categories just turned 92.
- Joyce Redman (2 time nominee Tom Jones) is 91. [Trivia note: Tom Jones is the only film to have ever won three nominations in Supporting Actress. Pity that Robert Altman's Nashville didn't repeat the trick.]
- Dino de Laurentiis (Thalberg winner and a producing winner for La Strada) is almost 91.
- Michael Anderson (nominee, directed Around the World in 80 Days) is 90.
- Ravi Shankar (nominee, the co-composer for Gandhi) is 90.
- Ray Harryhausen (Gordon Sawyer Award recipient), the f/x legend, just turned 90.
- Mickey Rooney (Honorary Oscar and 4 time nominee) is 89.
- Joe Mantell (nominee Marty) is 89.
- Carol Channing (nominee Thoroughly Modern Millie) is 89. "Razzzzzbbberrries!"
- Hal David (winner "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) is 89.
- Deanna Durbin (Juvenile Award winner) is 88. She was only 18 when she won her Juvenile statue (shared with Mickey Rooney) but she retired from the screen just nine years later.
- Doris Day (nominee Pillow Talk) is 88. There's a few Facebook groups trying to get her an honorary Oscar. Filmmaker Douglas McGrath pushed for it, too. [Trivia note: There is some controversy about Doris Day's exact age. But most sources now claim she was born in 1922 so she would have turned 88 this past April.
- Mihalis Kakogiannis (3 time nominee, all nominations from Zorba the Greek) just turned 88.
- Eleanor Parker (3 time nominee Caged) just turned 88. She's best remembered today as the (not totally) wicked would be stepmother in The Sound of Music but that doesn't paint the whole picture at all. Isn't it time for renewed interest in her career? Smart cinephiles think so.
- Blake Edwards (Honorary Oscar and nominee for Victor/Victoria), aka Mr Julie Andrews, is almost 88.
- Norman Lear (television giant who was Oscar nominated for writing Divorce, American Style), one day younger than Blake Edwards, is also almost 88
- Jackie Cooper (nominee Skippy) is 87. Trivia note: He is the youngest Best Actor nominee of all time, having been up for the prize when he was but 9 years old. He's likely to keep that Oscar record. The closest anyone ever got was Mickey Rooney -- also on this list -- at the age of 19.
but I couldn't stop there. Partially because I missed a handful of people. Partially because I definitely have undiagnosed untreated OCD. Carpal tunnel syndrome here I come. It's a top 40!
- Arthur Penn (3 time nominee, directed Bonnie & Clyde) is 87. I know I've given this book a million plugs but you must read "Pictures at a Revolution" for a detailed fascinating account of how that landmark movie was constructed. Choosing a director wasn't the least bit simple. And directing Warren Beatty isn't so simple either. Penn did it twice.
- Juanita Moore (nominee Imitation of Life *see it* It's a beauty) is 87.
- Valentina Cortese (nominee Day for Night) is 87. She holds the extremely rare honor of a supporting acting nomination from a foreign language film. Those are so very infrequent.
- Franco Zeffirelli (2 time nominee, director of Romeo and Juliet), another Italian (!), is 87.
- Charles Durning (2 time nominee, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) is 87.
- Richard Attenborough (2 time winner, director of Gandhi) is 86.
- Cliff Robertson (winner Charly) is 86.
- Glynis Johns (nominee The Sundowners) is 86
We're glad she got that one last burst of mid 90s comedy gold in While You Were Sleeping and especially The Ref. Well done, Sister Suffragrette ♪ ! Unfortunately, she's been little seen since.
- Arthur Hiller (Hersholt Huminatarian winner, nominee for Love Story) is 86.
- Ron Moody (nominee Oliver!) is 86. For a recent article on this underappreciated sixties musical, click here.
- Stanley Donen (Honorary Oscar) is 86. He's one of the best musicals director, most famous for that thrilling barn sequence in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the entirety of Singin' in the Rain.
- Sidney Lumet (Honorary Oscar, plus 5 time nominee) just turned 86 last week. His classics include 12 Angry Men, Network, The Verdict and Dog Day Afternoon and he's also the man behind the extremely undervalued Running on Empty (1988). The best part is that he's still active. He recently made Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
- Eva Marie Saint (winner On the Waterfront) turned 86 today, so we'll bookend with this other birthday girl. Happy birthday, Eva! Don't forget your gloves when you leave the party tonight.
Carol Channing for Exit Music!
Further Reading? Try this substantial Gloria Stuart tribute at Ehrensteinland and if you're in LA, please note that AMPAS will be honoring Stuart's centennial at the Samuel Goldwyn theater on July 22nd.