When regular working folks get to age 65, they retire. On the other hand, we can appreciate the fact that many show biz stars just keep entertaining us for another 25 years or more. I can relate as I will be 90 next year. After formally retiring at age 65, I spent ten additional years as public relations director of a city community center, and continue as a freelance writer and popular travel blogger.
Here are five stars who continue to work past their 90th birthdays:
Betty White, 92: Possibly today’s most famous active nonagenarian entertainer, she says she has to keep performing. She’s only half-joking when declaring she needs the money to continue her volunteer work and significant financial donations in animal charities. The star of TV, both classic, and the current “Hot In Cleveland”, has been on the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association for the past 40 years.
Marty Allen, 92: Already a stand-up comedy star, he appeared on the same Ed Sullivan Show 60 years ago featuring the Beatles’ first American appearance. He still performs in Las Vegas, and was asked recently by USA Today why he keeps working. His response was, “I love entertaining people. What else would I do?”
Carl Reiner, 92: Winner of nine Emmys in his long career, he starred in TV’s “Your Show Of Shows”, as well as writing, directing and acting in “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. This year, among other TV and movie appearances, he’s in episodes of “Two And A Half Men”. In a recent interview with PBS, Reiner observed about growing old, “Mentally you can do more. You have more thoughts and you have more experience.”
Kirk Douglas, 97: The star of Spartacus and a score of other great films, he last appeared in a film in 2008. He continues to be active in awards ceremonies, charitable activities and events at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles. He suffered a severe stroke in 1996, and still speaks with difficulty. However, his thoughts were still on his profession when he joked, “What does an actor who can’t talk do? Wait for silent pictures to come back?”
Olivia de Havilland, 97: The winner of two Academy Awards may be best known as Melanie in Gone With The Wind, as well as the nine action movies she made with Errol Flynn. Her most recent role was in a 2011 French TV series.