September 18, 2011 |
Manoel de Oliveira, the director of "The Strange Case of Angelica" (out on DVD this week from Cinema Guild), is himself -- to say the least -- something of a strange case. He turns 103 this December and, having gotten his start in the age of silent cinema, has had a career trajectory unlike any other. "The Strange Case of Angelica," a critical hit at last year's Cannes Film Festival, is a film that the Portuguese director had planned to make half a century ago. Written in 1952, it would have been his second feature, but the Antonio Salazar dictatorship, which he staunchly opposed, derailed his career.
September 5, 2010 |
It all started with the case of Sogen Kato. At 111 years old, Kato was thought to be one of the oldest people in a country that venerates the elderly and boasts a life expectancy that is among the highest in the world. But in late July, police found Kato's mummified corpse in a bed at the home where he died — more than three decades ago. His 81-year-old daughter hadn't reported his death, and allegedly had pocketed more than $100,000 in pension payments, authorities said.
May 1, 2010 |
Once a screen legend, always a screen legend. Luise Rainer, who turned 100 in January, is not only the oldest living performer to win an Academy Award, she was the first to win back-to-back Oscars for best actress for 1936's "The Great Ziegfeld" and a year later for "The Good Earth." The German-born actress' stint in Hollywood, though, was short-lived. She chafed under the strict contract system at MGM and was at loggerheads with famed studio boss Louis B. Mayer. Her subsequent handful of films for MGM after her second Oscar didn't impress critics or audiences.
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January 4, 2009 |
On her first day as the oldest person on Earth, 114-year-old Gertrude Baines of Los Angeles, spent Saturday resting under the covers in her pajamas -- unfazed and most likely unaware of her new world status. "She has a little cold," said her social worker, Linda Bell, after making her morning rounds at Western Convalescent Hospital west of USC. "I don't think anyone has told her the news, and she hasn't mentioned it all day."
August 15, 2008 |
As China held the biggest coming-out party of the century last week, one of its citizens had quite a celebration of his own. Lu Xiangwu turned 100 the day the Olympics began, and he had one wish for his centennial: to come to Beijing to watch the Games. The great-great-grandfather with a wispy white beard and barely a wrinkle did make it to Beijing, after riding 20 hours on a train from central China.
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May 9, 2008 |
By the time Bill Hargrove was recognized last year as the nation's oldest league bowler, his eyesight had deteriorated so much that he could hardly see the pins. But he kept at it, armed with a mental image of them. He was still bowling last week, just before he was hospitalized with pneumonia at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. Hargrove died of congestive heart failure Monday -- four days shy of turning 107. A native of Eatonton, Ga.