Hol­ly­wood’s golden oldies

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Doris Day in Calamity Jane, 1953 about peo­ple.”

Amer­i­can com­edy star Betty White is also 96 and an an­i­mal lover, too. Sit­com The Golden Girls brought her in­ter­na­tional fame and she kept the laugh­ter com­ing as a cast reg­u­lar on Hot In Cleve­land.

She once joked: “I may be a se­nior, but so what? I’m still hot.”

Throaty-voiced ac­tress Gly­nis Johns played a mer­maid in 1948 movie Mi­randa, was mother-of-two Mrs Banks in Mary Pop­pins and ap­peared along­side San­dra Bul­lock play­ing granny Elsie in While You Were Sleep­ing.

She cel­e­brated her 95th birth­day in Oc­to­ber and now lives in re­tire­ment in Santa Mon­ica in Los An­ge­les.

Mur­der She, Wrote’s TV de­tec­tive An­gela Lans­bury turned 93 this year and is still work­ing. The Lon­don­born ac­tress, who was made a Dame in 1994, makes a cameo ap­pear­ance in the new Mary Pop­pins Re­turns movie and is still fondly re­mem­bered for her mag­i­cal film role in Bed­knobs And Broom­sticks.

She says: “Pro­vid­ing I can put one foot in front of the other, I will con­tinue to act.”

Ninety-two-year-old Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star Dick Van Dyke also ap­pears in Mary Pop­pins play­ing Bert and Mr Dawes Se­nior in the orig­i­nal 1964 movie with Julie An­drews. He once joked: “I’ve re­tired so many times now it’s get­ting to be a habit.”

Melvin Kamin­sky, bet­ter known as com­edy writer and ac­tor Mel Brooks, also turned 92 ear­lier this year and is still work­ing.

The Young Franken­stein and

The Pro­duc­ers writer is still work­ing and was the voice of Vlad in this year’s Ho­tel Tranyl­va­nia 3 movie A Mon­ster Va­ca­tion.

He also has three forth­com­ing projects on the go – Blaz­ing Samu­rai, Fairy Tale For­est and the as-yet-un­ti­tled Lani Pix­els projects.

He once pointed out: “You’re young for­ever when you write. Al­fred Hitch­cock di­rected un­til the day he died. As long as you don’t have any de­men­tia or Alzheimer’s, if you have your All-Bran every day and clear your­self out, I think your brains are gonna be all right.”

Heat Of The Night, Guess Who’s Com­ing To Din­ner and To Sir, With Love film star Sid­ney Poitier, who turned 91 in Fe­bru­ary, was the first African Amer­i­can to win the lead­ing ac­tor Os­car for Lilies Of The Field in 1963. He was pre­sented with his award by Mel Brooks’ wife ac­tress Anne Ban­croft.

Sid­ney once pointed out: “Far as I can tell, I still have most of my hair, my gut is not hang­ing over my belt and I still have all of my teeth.” Sid­ney Poitier in To Sir, With Love in 1967

Gly­nis Johns as a mer­maid in Mi­randa, 1948

Kirk Dou­glas in Spar­ta­cus in 1960

Mel Brooks in the 1960s Olivia De Hav­il­land in 1939

Betty White in 1950

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