’M too old to change. Like Popeye, ‘I yam, what I yam.’ Love me or hate me, just don’t be indifferent,” Kirk Douglas once said.
The cleft-chinned star of movies like Spartacus, Lust For Life and
The Vikings is 102 on December 9 and attended a ceremony last month honouring his actor son Michael Douglas with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in California.
Born Issur Danielovitch to Jewish immigrants from what is now Belarus, Kirk went on to make more than 90 films and once explained his success by saying: “I came from abject poverty. There was nowhere to go but up.”
Gone With The Wind’s Olivia De Havilland turned 102 on July 1.
She was born in Japan in 1916 to British parents and made her mark in films like Captain Blood and The Adventures Of Robin Hood.
She was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth last year for services to drama – the oldest woman ever to receive the honour – and is now the only surviving major cast member of Gone With The Wind.
Olivia, who lives in retirement in Paris, once declared: “I consider every birthday a victory.”
Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk film star Doris Day celebrated her 96th birthday on April 3 and says she still gets fan mail from all over the world.
Known as America’s Sweetheart, she was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in 1922 and said last year: “I’ve always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays.”
The animal lover set up the Doris Day Animal League in California in 2008 and her Doris Day Animal Foundation offers scholarships to veterinary students. She once said: “I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like – and I can’t say the same thing
Angela Landsbury in 1956 Dick Van Dyke as Bert in Mary Poppins, 1964