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HALL OF FAME

Noted Nonagenarians & Centenarians Through the Years

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

 ― Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) ―

  George Abbott
American theatrical director, producer, and playwright
06/25/1887 – 01/31/1995
  John Adams
American president (1797-1801)
10/30/1735 – 07/04/1826
  Konrad Adenauer
German chancellor (1949-1963)
01/05/1876 – 04/19/1967
  George Biddell Airy
English astronomer
07/27/1801 – 01/02/1892
  Marian Anderson
American contralto
02/27/1897 – 04/08/1993
  Norman Angell
English economist, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and writer, The Great Illusion
12/26/1872 – 10/07/1967
  Sofonisba Anguissola
Italian painter
c. 1532 – 1625
  Gene Autry
American actor and singer, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
09/29/1907 – 10/02/1998
  Emily Greene Balch
American sociologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
01/08/1867 – 01/09/1961
  Roger Nash Baldwin
American civil rights activist, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union
01/21/1884 – 08/26/1981
  Balthus
French painter
02/29/1908 – 02/18/2001
  George Bancroft
American historian and statesman
10/03/1800 – 01/17/1891
  Djuna Barnes
American writer, Nightwood
06/12/1892 – 06/18/1982
  Natalie Clifford Barney
American writer and salonnière
10/31/1876 – 02/02/1972
  Clara Barton
American humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross
12/25/1821 – 04/12/1912
  Bernard Baruch
American financier and presidential adviser
08/19/1870 – 06/20/1965
  Henry Beachell
American plant breeder, developed high-yielding "miracle rice"
09/21/1906 – 12/13/2006
  Milton Berle
American actor and comedian, known as "Mr. Television"
07/12/1908 – 03/27/2002
  Irving Berlin
Russian-born American songwriter, "God Bless America", "White Christmas"
05/11/1888 – 09/22/1989
  Hans Bethe
German-born American Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist
07/02/1906 – 03/06/2005
  Antoinette Brown Blackwell
American social reformer and minister, first U.S. clergywoman
05/20/1825 – 11/05/1921
  Eubie Blake
American ragtime pianist and songwriter, "I'm Just Wild About Harry"
02/07/1887 – 02/12/1983
  Victor Borge
Danish-born American pianist and comedian
01/03/1909 – 12/23/2000
  Nadia Boulanger
French composer, conductor, and music teacher
09/16/1887 – 10/22/1979
  Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
English royal, spouse of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II
08/04/1900 – 03/30/2002
  William Brennan
American Supreme Court justice (1956-1990)
04/25/1906 – 07/24/1997
  Robert Bresson
French motion picture director and screenwriter, Diary of a Country Priest
09/25/1901 – 12/18/1999
  Ferdinand Buisson
French statesman, educator, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
12/20/1841 – 02/16/1932
  George Burns
American actor and comedian, stage partner and spouse of Gracie Allen
01/20/1896 – 03/09/1996
  Jeanne Calment
French supercentenarian, record-holder for longest validated human lifespan
02/21/1875 – 08/04/1997
  Frank Capra
Italian-born American motion picture director, It Happened One Night, It's a Wonderful Life
05/18/1897 – 09/03/1991
  Benny Carter
American jazz musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader
08/08/1907 – 07/12/2003
  Henri Cartier-Bresson
French photographer
08/22/1908 – 08/03/2004
  Barbara Cartland
English romance novelist
07/09/1901 – 05/21/2000
  Pablo Casals
Spanish cellist
12/29/1876 – 10/22/1973
  Marc Chagall
Russian-born French painter
07/07/1887 – 03/28/1985
  Gustave Charpentier
French composer, Louise
06/25/1860 – 02/18/1956
  Jules Chéret
French illustrator and graphic designer, known as the father of the modern poster
05/31/1836 – 09/23/1932
  Michel Eugène Chevreul
French chemist
08/31/1786 – 04/09/1889
  Julia Child
American culinary writer and television personality, The French Chef
08/15/1912 – 08/13/2004
  Winston Churchill
English prime minister (1940-1945, 1951-1955) and Nobel Prize-winning writer
11/30/1874 – 01/24/1965
  Cassius Marcellus Clay
American antislavery leader
10/19/1810 – 07/22/1903
  Imogene Coca
American actress and comedienne, TV's Your Show of Shows
11/18/1908 – 06/02/2001
  Claudette Colbert
French-born American actress, It Happened One Night
09/13/1903 – 07/30/1996
  Alistair Cooke
English-born American journalist and television host, Masterpiece Theatre
11/20/1908 – 03/30/2004
  Aaron Copland
American composer, Appalachian Spring
11/14/1900 – 12/02/1990
  Quentin Crisp
English raconteur and writer, The Naked Civil Servant
12/25/1908 – 11/21/1999
  Fanny Crosby
American poet and hymn writer, "Blessed Assurance"
03/24/1820 – 02/12/1915
  Michael DeBakey
American cardiovascular surgeon and medical researcher
09/07/1908 – 07/11/2008
  Willem de Kooning
Dutch-born American painter
04/24/1904 – 03/19/1997
  Sonia Delaunay
Russian-born French painter, illustrator, and textile designer
11/14/1885 – 12/05/1979
  Deng Xiaoping
Chinese communist leader
08/22/1904 – 02/19/1997
  Madeleine de Scudéry
French writer and salonnière
11/15/1607 – 06/02/1701
  Éamon de Valera
American-born Irish president (1959-1973)
10/14/1882 – 08/29/1975
  John Dewey
American philosopher and educator
10/20/1859 – 06/01/1952
  Marlene Dietrich
German-born American singer and actress, The Blue Angel, Morocco
12/27/1901 – 05/06/1992
  Jimmy Doolittle
American aviator and Army general, led the 1942 air raids on Japan
12/14/1896 – 09/27/1993
  Marjory Stoneman Douglas
American conservationist, champion of the Florida Everglades
04/07/1890 – 05/14/1998
  W. E. B. Du Bois
American civil rights activist, co-founded the NAACP
02/23/1868 – 08/27/1963
  Katherine Dunham
American dancer and choreographer
06/22/1912 – 05/21/2006
  Will Durant
American philosopher and historian, author or co-author of The Story of Civilization series
11/05/1885 – 11/07/1981
  Gertrude Ederle
American athlete, first woman to swim the English Channel
10/23/1905 – 11/30/2003
  Gustave Eiffel
French civil engineer, designed the Eiffel Tower
12/15/1832 – 12/27/1923
  Alfred Eisenstaedt
German-born American photographer
12/06/1898 – 08/24/1995
  Erik Erikson
German-born American psychoanalyst
06/15/1902 – 05/12/1994
  Erté (aka Romain de Tirtoff)
Russian-born French fashion designer and artist
11/23/1892 – 04/21/1990
  Lynn Fontanne
English-born actress, stage partner and spouse of Alfred Lunt
12/06/1887 – 07/30/1983
  Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
French writer, Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds
02/11/1657 – 01/09/1757
  Gerald R. Ford
American president (1974-1977)
07/14/1913 – 12/26/2006
  E. M. Forster
English writer, Howards End, A Passage to India
01/01/1879 – 06/07/1970
  Viktor Frankl
Austrian psychiatrist and psychotherapist
03/26/1905 – 09/02/1997
  Milton Friedman
American Nobel Prize-winning economist
07/31/1912 – 11/16/2006
  John Kenneth Galbraith
Canadian-born American economist and diplomat
10/15/1908 – 04/29/2006
  John Gielgud
English actor and director
04/14/1904 – 05/21/2000
  Lillian Gish
American actress, Way Down East, Orphans of the Storm
10/14/1893 – 02/27/1993
  Samuel Goldwyn
Polish-born American motion picture producer, Wuthering Heights, The Best Years of Our Lives
08/27/1882 – 01/31/1974
  François-Joseph Gossec
Belgian-born French composer, Te Deum
01/17/1734 – 02/16/1829
  Martha Graham
American dancer and choreographer
05/11/1894 – 04/01/1991
  Robert Graves
English poet and prose writer, The White Goddess, I, Claudius
07/24/1895 – 12/07/1985
  Alice Guy-Blaché
French filmmaker, first female motion picture director
07/01/1873 – 03/24/1968
  Sarah Josepha Hale
American editor, novelist, and poet, "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
10/24/1788 – 04/30/1879
  Alice Hamilton
American industrial toxicologist, known as the mother of occupational medicine
02/27/1869 – 09/22/1970
  Knut Hamsun
Norwegian Nobel Prize-winning writer, Hunger
08/04/1859 – 02/19/1952
  Helen Hayes
American actress, known as "The First Lady of the American Theatre"
10/10/1900 – 03/17/1993
  Katharine Hepburn
American actress, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen
05/12/1907 – 06/29/2003
  Caroline Herschel
German-born English astronomer
03/16/1750 – 01/09/1848
  Al Hirschfeld
American caricaturist
06/21/1903 – 01/20/2003
  Thomas Hobbes
English philosopher and writer, Leviathan
04/05/1588 – 12/04/1679
  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
American Supreme Court justice (1902-1932)
03/08/1841 – 03/06/1935
  Joseph Dalton Hooker
English botanist
06/30/1817 – 12/10/1911
  Herbert Hoover
American president (1929-1933)
08/10/1874 – 10/20/1964
  Bob Hope
English-born American comedian, actor, and humanitarian
05/29/1903 – 07/27/2003
  Julia Ward Howe
American social activist and poet, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
05/27/1819 – 10/17/1910
  Edmond Hoyle
English writer on the rules and play of card games
1672 – 08/29/1769
  Anna Hyatt Huntington
American sculptor
03/10/1876 – 10/04/1973
  William Henry Jackson
American painter and photographer
04/04/1843 – 6/30/1942
  Lady Bird Johnson
American First Lady (1963-1969) and environmentalist
12/22/1912 – 07/11/2007
  Philip Johnson
American architect
07/08/1906 – 01/25/2005
  Mother Jones
Irish-born American social activist
08/01/1837 – 11/30/1930
  Tamara Karsavina
Russian-born prima ballerina
03/10/1885 – 05/26/1978
  Yousuf Karsh
Turkish-born Canadian photographer
12/23/1908 – 07/13/2002
  Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
American political matriarch, mother of President John F. Kennedy
07/22/1890 – 01/22/1995
  André Kertész
Hungarian-born American photographer
07/02/1894 – 09/28/1985
  Eva Le Gallienne
English-born American actress, director, and producer
01/11/1899 – 06/03/1991
  Leo XIII
Italian pope (1878-1903)
03/02/1810 – 07/20/1903
  Beatrice Lillie (aka Lady Peel)
Canadian comedienne and actress
05/29/1894 – 01/20/1989
  Anne Morrow Lindbergh
American aviator and writer, A Gift from the Sea
06/22/1906 – 02/07/2001
  Astrid Lindgren
Swedish children's writer, the Pippi Longstocking series
11/14/1907 – 01/28/2002
  Alice Roosevelt Longworth
American socialite, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt
02/12/1884 – 02/20/1980
  Anita Loos
American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
04/26/1889 – 08/18/1981
  Al Lopez
American baseball player and manager
08/20/1908 – 10/29/2005
  Esther Pohl Lovejoy
American public health reformer
11/16/1869 – 08/31/1967
  Auguste Lumière
French inventor, pioneer of filmmaking technology
10/19/1862 – 04/10/1954
  Connie Mack
American baseball player and manager
12/22/1862 – 02/08/1956
  Harold Macmillan
English prime minister (1957-1963)
02/10/1894 – 12/29/1986
  Mike Mansfield
American politician, Senate Majority Leader (1961-1977)
03/16/1903 – 10/05/2001
  W. Somerset Maugham
English writer, Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge
01/25/1874 – 12/16/1965
  Ernst Mayr
German-born American evolutionary biologist
07/05/1904 – 02/03/2005
  Barbara McClintock
American Nobel Prize-winning cytogeneticist
06/16/1902 – 09/02/1992
  Gian Carlo Menotti
Italian composer and librettist, Amahl and the Night Visitors
07/07/1911 – 02/01/2007
  James Michener
American writer, Hawaii, Centennial
02/03/1907 – 10/16/1997
  Czesław Miłosz
Polish-born American Nobel Prize-winning poet and prose writer, The Captive Mind
06/30/1911 – 08/14/2004
  Joan Miró
Spanish painter and sculptor
04/20/1893 – 12/25/1983
  Ludwig von Mises
Austrian-born American free-market economist and social philosopher
09/29/1881 – 10/10/1973
  Jean Monnet
French political economist and diplomat
11/09/1888 – 03/16/1979
  Helen Wills Moody
American tennis player
10/06/1905 – 01/01/1998
  Henry Morgenthau, Sr.
German-born American diplomat
04/26/1856 – 11/25/1946
  Grandma Moses
American painter
09/07/1860 – 12/13/1961
  Scott Nearing
American social activist and writer, The Good Life
08/06/1883 – 08/24/1983
  Pola Negri
Polish-born American silent film actress, Forbidden Paradise
12/31/1894 – 08/01/1987
  Florence Nightingale
English nursing pioneer, known as "The Lady with the Lamp"
05/12/1820 – 08/13/1910
  Hermann Oberth
Romanian-born German rocket scientist, known as the father of space travel
06/25/1894 – 12/28/1989
  Georgia O'Keeffe
American painter
11/15/1887 – 03/06/1986
  Rosa Parks
American civil rights activist
02/04/1913 – 10/24/2005
  Maxfield Parrish
American painter and illustrator
07/25/1870 – 03/30/1966
  Louella Parsons
American gossip columnist
08/06/1881 – 12/09/1972
  Alice Paul
American suffragist leader
01/11/1885 – 07/09/1977
  Linus Pauling
American Nobel Prize-winning chemist and peace activist
02/28/1901 – 08/19/1994
  Norman Vincent Peale
American minister and writer, The Power of Positive Thinking
05/31/1898 – 12/24/1993
  Marius Petipa
French-born dancer and choreographer, known as the father of classical ballet
03/11/1818 – 07/14/1910
  Pablo Picasso
Spanish painter and sculptor
10/25/1881 – 04/08/1973
  Karl Popper
Austrian-born English philosopher
07/28/1902 – 09/17/1994
  William Powell
American actor, The Thin Man, My Man Godfrey
07/29/1892 – 03/05/1984
  Willard Van Orman Quine
American philosopher and logician
06/25/1908 – 12/25/2000
  A. Philip Randolph
American civil rights activist and labor leader
04/15/1889 – 05/16/1979
  Jeannette Rankin
American suffragist, pacifist, and politician, first female member of Congress
06/11/1880 – 05/18/1973
  Ronald Reagan
American actor and president (1981-1989)
02/06/1911 – 06/05/2004
  Leni Riefenstahl
German documentarian, Triumph of the Will, and photographer
08/22/1902 – 09/08/2003
  Hal Roach
American motion picture producer and director, the Our Gang film series
01/14/1892 – 11/02/1992
  John D. Rockefeller
American industrialist and philanthropist
07/08/1839 – 05/23/1937
  Peter Mark Roget
English lexicographer, author of Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases
01/18/1779 – 09/12/1869
  Elihu Root
American statesman and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
02/15/1845 – 02/07/1937
  Arthur Rubinstein
Polish-born American pianist
01/28/1887 – 12/20/1982
  Helena Rubinstein
Polish-born American entrepreneur, founded Helena Rubinstein cosmetics
12/25/1870 – 04/01/1965
  Bertrand Russell
Welsh-born English philosopher, social reformer, and Nobel Prize-winning writer
05/18/1872 – 02/02/1970
  Frederick F. Russell
American physician, developed first successful typhoid fever vaccine
08/17/1870 – 12/29/1960
  Bernardino de Sahagún
Spanish missionary and Aztec archaeologist
c. 1499 – 10/23/1590
  Colonel Harland Sanders
American entrepreneur, founded Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain
09/09/1890 – 12/16/1980
  Gene Sarazen
American golfer
02/27/1902 – 05/13/1999
  Max Schmeling
German boxer
09/28/1905 – 02/02/2005
  Albert Schweitzer
German-born French physician, theologian, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
01/14/1875 – 09/04/1965
  Andrés Segovia
Spanish classical guitarist
02/21/1893 – 06/03/1987
  Irena Sendler
Polish humanitarian, smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto
02/15/1910 – 05/12/2008
  Artie Shaw
American clarinetist and bandleader
05/23/1910 – 12/30/2004
  George Bernard Shaw
Irish-born English Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Major Barbara, Pygmalion
07/26/1856 – 11/02/1950
  Jean Sibelius
Finnish composer, Finlandia
12/08/1865 – 09/20/1957
  Mimar Sinan
Ottoman architect
c. 1490 – 07/17/1588
  Upton Sinclair
American writer, The Jungle, Oil!
09/20/1878 – 11/25/1968
  Margaret Chase Smith
American politician, Maine representative (1940-1949) and senator (1949-1973)
12/14/1897 – 05/29/1995
  Mary Somerville
Scottish scientist and mathematician
12/26/1780 – 11/28/1872
  Soong Mei-ling (aka Madame Chiang Kai-shek)
Taiwanese First Lady (1948-1975)
03/05/1897 – 10/23/2003
  Philippe Soupault
French poet and novelist, co-founded the Surrealism movement
08/02/1897 – 03/11/1990
  Benjamin Spock
American pediatrician, author of Baby and Child Care
05/02/1903 – 03/15/1998
  Edward Steichen
Luxembourgian-born American photographer
03/27/1879 – 03/25/1973
  Leopold Stokowski
English-born American conductor
04/18/1882 – 09/13/1977
  Antonio Stradivari
Italian luthier, manufactured Stradivarius violins
c. 1644 – 12/18/1737
  Edward Teller
Hungarian-born American physicist, known as the father of the hydrogen bomb
01/15/1908 – 09/09/2003
  John Tenniel
English satirical artist and illustrator, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
02/28/1820 – 02/25/1914
  Mary Church Terrell
American suffragist and civil rights activist
09/23/1863 – 07/24/1954
  Thomas à Kempis
German clergyman and mystic, author of The Imitation of Christ
c. 1380 – 1471
  Virgil Thomson
American composer, Four Saints in Three Acts
11/25/1896 – 09/30/1989
  Sybil Thorndike
English actress, Saint Joan
10/24/1882 – 06/09/1976
  Strom Thurmond
American politician, South Carolina governor (1947-1951) and senator (1954-2003)
12/05/1902 – 06/26/2003
  P. L. Travers
Australian-born English children's writer, the Mary Poppins series
08/09/1899 – 04/23/1996
  Harriet Tubman
American abolitionist, "conductor" on the Underground Railway
c. 1820 – 03/10/1913
  Henry van de Velde
Belgian architect and interior designer, co-founded the Art Nouveau movement
04/03/1863 – 10/25/1957
  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
Dutch naturalist and microscopist
10/24/1632 – 08/30/1723
  Alfred Russel Wallace
Welsh-born English naturalist, co-founded the theory of evolution
01/08/1823 – 11/07/1913
  Raoul Walsh
American motion picture director, What Price Glory?, White Heat
03/11/1887 – 12/31/1980
  Ernest Walton
Irish Nobel Prize-winning physicist, co-developed the first nuclear particle accelerator
10/06/1903 – 06/25/1995
  Izaak Walton
English writer, The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation
08/09/1593 – 12/15/1683
  Eudora Welty
American writer, The Optimist's Daughter
04/13/1909 – 07/23/2001
  Rebecca West
English journalist, novelist, and feminist
12/21/1892 – 03/15/1983
  Richard Widmark
American actor, Kiss of Death
12/26/1914 – 03/24/2008
  Simon Wiesenthal
Ukrainian-born Austrian Nazi-hunter
12/31/1908 – 09/20/2005
  Billy Wilder
Austrian-born American motion picture director and screenwriter, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot
06/22/1906 – 03/27/2002
  Laura Ingalls Wilder
American children's writer, the Little House on the Prairie series
02/07/1867 – 02/10/1957
  P. G. Wodehouse
English-born American writer, the Jeeves canon
10/15/1881 – 02/14/1975
  Fay Wray
Canadian-born American actress, King Kong
09/15/1907 – 08/08/2004
  Christopher Wren
English architect
10/20/1632 – 02/25/1723
  Frank Lloyd Wright
American architect
06/08/1867 – 04/09/1959
  Adolph Zukor
American film studio mogul, founded Paramount Pictures
01/07/1873 – 06/10/1976
  Vladimir Zworykin
Russian-born American electronic engineer and inventor, pioneer of television technology
07/30/1889 – 07/29/1982

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