Look Who's Over 100 ... and Still Working

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The last surviving Ziegfeld girl—Doris Eaton Travis, 106 and one month—and the oldest living Oscar winner (who won the first of her two Oscars as the first Mrs. Ziegfeld)—Luise Rainer, two months into her 100th year—have spring bookings.


A seasonal fixture at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition since 1998 (when she hit the stage of the New Amsterdam where, 80 years earlier, she had performed the 1918 edition of Ziegfeld's Follies), Travis is working up a new soft-shoe for this year's Competition—her 12th stint here— April 26 at 4:30 PM and April 27 at 2 PM at the Minskoff.

Rainer, the first person to win two Oscars and the first person to win them consecutively (as Anna Held in "The Great Ziegfeld" of 1936 and as O-Lan in "The Good Earth" of 1937), is winging from London to Los Angeles to participate in TCM's first-ever Classic Film Festival April 22-25 held in Hollywood at Grauman's Chinese and Egyptian theatres. On April 25 at 2:45 PM, she will introduce a restored print of "The Good Earth," which will then unreel at the Egyptian Theatre.

There are more senior celebs where these came from: singer Dolores Hope, 100.8; "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart, 99.8; conductor-arranger Mitch Miller, 98.8; Fiddler on the Roof book writer Joseph Stein, 97.8; TV host Art Linkletter, 97.7; mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens, 96.8; crooner Tony Martin, 96.3; actor Kevin McCarthy, 96.1; entertainment reporter James Bacon, 95.8; songwriter Hugh Martin, 95.6; fitness guru Jack LaLanne, 95.5; Mercury Players actor Norman Lloyd, 95.3; actor Harry Morgan, 95.0; singer-actress Patricia Morison, 95.0; actor Eli Wallach, 94.7; actor Frank Cady, 94.5; "Leave It to Beaver" actress Barbara Billingsley, 94.3; former U.S. Attorney General William B. Saxbe, 93.8; actress Olivia de Havilland, 93.8; critic-playwright Eric Bentley, 93.5; former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, 93.4; TV producer Sherwood Schwartz, 93.3; actor Kirk Douglas, 93.3; actor Ernest Borgnine, 93.2; actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, 93.1; singer Vera Lynn, 93.0; actress Celeste Holm, 92.9; actor George Gaynes, 92.8; singer Lena Horne, 92.8; comedienne Phyllis Diller, 92.7; voice actress June Foray (Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Cindy Lou Who, among others) ,Marsha Hunt, 92.4; actress Joan Fontaine, 92.4; senator Robert Byrd, 92.3; singer Patty Andrews, 92.2; actor Allan Arbus, 92.1; radio-TV announcer Don Pardo, 92.1; former First Lady Betty Ford, 91.9; TV newsman Mike Wallace, 91.8; movie producer A.C. Lyles, 91.8; advice columnist Abigail Van Buren, 91.8; writer-director Arthur Laurents, 91.7; singer-actress Joan Roberts, 91.7; former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, 91.7; actress Marjorie Lord, 91.7; actress Helen Wagner, 91.6 and evangelist Billy Graham, 91.3.

— Harry Haun

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