We know them today as some of the most revered and experienced stars in the world, but once upon a time these famous faces were just beginning their careers without knowing how long they would last. Fortunately, some of our favorite celebrities are still thriving in their 90s. Some are retired, others are still working, but they all have one thing in common: they used to have to make a name for themselves. So read on to see these ninety year olds then and now.
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Clint Eastwood: Then
Seen here in 1955 at 25, Clint Eastwood was a few years away from his breakthrough role in the western series Rawhide.
Clint Eastwood: Now
At 91, Eastwood is still an active actor and filmmaker. His next film, Cry Macho, in which he also stars, is slated to hit theaters on September 17th.
Betty White: Then
1954 when this portrait of the 32 year old Betty White was taken, she starred in the sitcom Life with Elizabeth, which was created by a production company she co-founded. White made history as the first woman to produce a sitcom and received her first Emmy nomination for her work on the show.
Betty White: Now
Now 99, White is a popular comedy icon with five Emmys on her name. Her last roles were in two animated films from 2019: Trouble and Toy Story 4.
James Earl Jones: Then
James Earl Jones, Seen here in 1960 at the age of 29, was one of the most famous stage actors in the United States before venturing onto the big screen. His first film role was in 1964 in Dr. Strangelove.
James Earl Jones: Now
Jones is 90 now and still working. In 2019 he took on the role of Mufasa in the live-action remake of Lion King and in 2020 he returned to the role of King Jaffe Joffer in Coming 2 America.
Mel Brooks: Then
1965, 39 years old Mel Brooks was a sought-after author. That was the year his hit spy comedy series Get Smart premiered.
Mel Brooks: Now
Today, the 95-year-old Brooks is also famous as a director, actor and writer of musicals, including the stage adaptations of his own films The Producers and Young Frankenstein.
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Angela Lansbury: Then
Angela Lansbury When she was still a teenager, she started working as an entertainer. This perfume advertisement was filmed in 1940 when she was just 15 years old.
Angela Lansbury: Now
Lansbury is now 95 years old and has had success on both the big and small screens and on stage. Her last film roles, including a cameo in Mary Poppins Returns, were in 2018.
Dick Van Dyke: Then
Dick Van Dyke was 35 years old in 1960 and a year before the debut of his own sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show, which would run for five years.
Dick Van Dyke: Now
Van Dyke is one of this year’s Kennedy Center winners at the age of 95. Recent projects include singing and dancing in Mary Poppins Returns and a voice on Kidding.
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Sidney Poitier: Then
1950 when he was 23 years old Sidney Poitier played his first credited film role in No Way Out, starting a legendary career. Eight years later, he was the first black nominee for an Oscar for best actor for his work on The Defiant Ones.
Sidney Poitier: Now
Poitier is now 94 and has not appeared in a movie or TV show since 2008. He has six children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Gena Rowlands: Then
1955 25 year old Gena Rowlands had starred on stage and appeared on several television shows including Top Secret and Robert Montgomery Presents. She got married the previous year Johannes Cassaveteswho would direct them in 10 films.
Gena Rowlands: Now
At 91, Rowlands is basically retired from acting. Her last role was in the comedy Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks in 2014. The next year she was awarded an honorary Oscar for her achievements.
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Eva Marie Saint: Then
1955, at the age of 31, Eva Marie Saint just came across from her film debut role Marlon Brando in On the waterfront.
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Eva Marie Saint: Now
Today Saint is 97 and has retired from acting. Her last role was in the 2014 film adaptation of Winter’s Tale. And one of her most recent public appearances was receiving an Oscar at the 2018 awards ceremony.
Tony Bennett: Then
Seen here in 1950 at the age of 24 Tony Bennett was just starting out as a pop singer, targeting mostly teenage audiences.
Tony Bennett: Now
Bennett has just turned 95 and despite the recent announcement of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, he continues to perform and record. He has a new album with duets with Lady Gaga en route, and the two performed two nights in August at Radio City Music Hall.
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Barbara Walters: Then
1964, Barbara Walters was 35 and had worked as Reporter-at-Large on The Today Show. Ten years later, she became a co-host.
Barbara Walters: Now
At 91, Walters spent the last phase of her career before retiring, co-hosting the daytime talk show The View, which she also created, and on special reports for ABC News. Her last on-air interview was with the then candidate Donald Trump in 2015.
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