These Old Celebrities Are Still Alive and Kicking Hard
One of the pitfalls of stardom is that it is temporary. One minute, you may be at the top, while the next, you are all but forgotten. Very few live on to become legends, or even at the very least, achieve infamy. Most just fizzle away slowly, taking smaller and smaller roles until they drop out of the limelight altogether. More often than not, the public just assumes that these aging stars have passed away when really, some are just quietly settling into retirement, like the stars on our list!
Many of them are just happy living off the net worth they’ve amassed over the years and efficiently managed by financial advisors. However, there are also those who had no choice but to cash in their life insurance policies. And of course, there’s a select few that had to get legal advice from an attorney for a myriad of reasons. So read on to find out if your old favorite made the cut.
Angela Lansbury – 92 years old
Angela Lansbury has had a very long and distinguished career with several notable roles, but she is most well known for Murder, She Wrote. She is still active to this day, and it was recently announced that she will be in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns.
Although she was nominated for Academy Awards three times throughout her career, she never won a single one, which is a source of disappointment for the actress. However, her massive net worth speaks for her success much more effectively.
Johnny Crawford – 73 years old
You may not recognize his face now, but when he was younger Johnny Crawford would have been very familiar since he played Mark McCain in the famous Western TV series The Rifleman. Crawford played the son of Lucas McCain, who was portrayed by actor Chuck Connors.
Although his role in The Rifleman is his most famous, Crawford played an important role in the history of entertainment – he was one of The Walt Disney Company’s original Mouseketeers. Before there were Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, and Cristina Aguilera – all former Mouseketeers, there was Crawford first. The actor now enjoys a quiet semi-retired life in his Los Angeles home.
Diana Serra Cary – 99 years old
Better name by the screen name Baby Peggy, Diana Serra Cary officially the “last living star of the silent film era.” She started appearing on screen at only 18 months old, and by the time she was six years old in 1924, she was already earning a whopping $1.5 million a year.
Sadly, this all ended when her father, who controlled her salary, had a falling out with the studios. She then reverted to her real name and started working as a writer for radio shows. Later, she became an advocate for child performers and self-published a novel at age 99.
Chuck Yeager – 95 years old
Chuck Yeager became a household name in 1947 when he became the first man to officially break the sound barrier through his work as an Air Force test pilot. By the time of his retirement from the Air Force, he held the rank of Brigadier General. After the death of his first wife, he married an actress who was over 40 years his junior.
This has been a subject of contention among the war hero and his children, and he has had to employ an attorney to settle the family’s financial disputes.
Gladys Knight – 75 Years Old
Gladys Knight’s fame as a singer started way back in the ’60s. She enjoyed success with her group, Gladys Knight & the Pips, but also managed to establish herself as a solo artist. Over the years, her Grammy Award wins have amounted to seven already. Despite not releasing new material, the Empress of Soul is still making money from random tour performances and TV appearances. In 2019, the 75-year-old Knight was seen as one of the celebrity contestants of The Masked Singer wherein she ended up finishing in third place.
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