With all the fast & furious, transforming, star warring and avenging movies that we have out these days, full of young and hawt actors and actresses, it's easy to forget where it all came from. The golden age of hollywood gave us Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, Rita Hayworth...hell, let's just go over that verse from Madonna's song Vogue. You know the one...if you're lucky like me, your speech teacher made you memorize and recite it in front of the class, enunciating and pronouncing it as correct as possible!
Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine
Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rodgers, dance on air
They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you
Ladies with an attitude
Fellows that were in the mood
Don't just stand there, let's get to it
Strike a pose, there's nothing to it
Every once in a while, we'll hear about the last living actor or actress from one of the classics passing away. Alicia Rhett died in January of 2014 at the age of 98, and was one of the last surviving cast member from Gone with the Wind. And Ruth Duccini was one of the last two surviving Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz. He also died in January of 2014.
Here are some of the last survivors of some of the best movies ever made. Of course, some of the movies these actors appeared in will be instantly recognizable; others, however, you may have to Google. I know I had to on a few!
Olivia de Havilland
This lovely lady has been around since July 1, 1916, and has been acting since 1935. I'm sure there are quite a few movies that she is the last surviving cast member from, but the big one is most definitely Gone with the Wind.
Lassie Lou Ahern
Lassie is from the silent film era, and on a very short list of those who acted in those days. Born on June 25, 1920, she played a baby in Call of the Wild in 1923, and continued to act until 1975.
She then retired from acting to be a teacher, which she did until she was 85.
Born Gerald Marenghi on January 24, 1920, Jerry is the last surviving Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz.
Long live the Lollipop Guild!
Mary starred in Grand Hotel in 1932, from which she is the last surviving cast member. Like Olivia de Havilland, she starred in many movies before her famous role, so there are probably plenty of movies she's the last surviving actress from. She retired from acting in 1943, and is living in the Motion Picture Retirement Home.
Who knew there was such a place?
She starred alongside Shirley Temple in Bright Eyes, in 1934.
She's currently 90 years old, and her last work is the voice of Laverne in The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.
This French actress, having stopped appearing in films in 1970, doesn't seem to have an updated picture anywhere on the internet, at least one that I can find. She's the last surviving actress from Casablanca, having played Yvonne, after the death of Joy Page in 2008.
She played the role of “Dizzy” in Stage Door, in 1937, a movie with a HUGE list of HUGE names...Katherine Hepburn and Lucille Ball, to name two.
Jean has outlived them all!
The last survivor to appear in Gunga Din in 1939, Fay is also one of the last silent film stars that are still kicking. According to her IMDB page, Fay has many uncredited roles on her resume, but starred in a few Gene Autry films in the early 1940s.
What better way to end this list with a picture of the last surviving cast member from Vertigo, and the guy whose movie Interstellar gave me vertigo just trying to keep up with it...Matthew McConaughey!
Kim, born on February 13 1933, joined Matthew on stage at the 2014 Oscars to present the Best Animated Short Film and Best Animated Feature Film award.
It's hard to believe, but 40 years from now, when the now-47 year old McConaughey will be pushing 90, he might be the last living actor from Dazed and Confused!