Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Celebs You Thought Were Dead, But Aren't

Which Celebs Are Alive That You Thought Were Dead? Celebrities who were famous long ago usually step away from the limelight to lead quiet, peaceful lives. As a result, the public sometimes erroneously assumes that they passed away long ago!

Roger Moore
Many of you might not remember, but Sir Roger Moore was the face of secret agent James Bond from 1973-1985. He starred in seven different Bond films, including 'Live and Let Die,' 'The Man with the Golden Gun,' and 'Moonraker.' When his time as James Bond had ended, Moore became heavily involved in humanitarian work through UNICEF. He hasn't done much acting since then, but he is still alive! In fact, he appeared in a video for London's 2012 Olympic bid.

Shirley Temple
The child star Shirley Temple, now known by her married name Shirley Temple Black, was born in 1928 and made a name for herself in the film business with her youthful charm and musical abilities. She appeared in her final film in 1949 and has mostly stayed out of the public eye ever since, aside from a few television appearances and her career in politics.

Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, and retired from playing, managing, and coaching for good in 1989. Though he has remained mostly out of the spotlight since that time, Yogi Berra is still very much alive!

Angela Lansbury
Born in 1925, British actress Angela Lansbury has had quite a career throughout her lifetime, winning five Tony Awards and receiving nominations for five Emmy Awards and three Academy Awards! Nowadays, she still performs in award-winning Broadway productions and continues to play roles in movies, such as 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' and 'Adaline.' Jessica Fletcher may have retired years ago, but Angela Lansbury is still going strong!

Chuck Berry
Musician Chuck Berry was born in 1926, and after decades of success, he is still making music today! He reportedly performs live once a month at a restaurant/bar in St. Louis called Blueberry Hill. If seeing Chuck Berry live is on your bucket list, you've still got a chance to make it happen!

Zsa Zsa Gabor
Depending on your age or interests, you may have no idea who Zsa Zsa Gabor is; but you've probably heard her name once or twice and assumed that she was a celebrity from a past generation who passed on long ago. Your assumption would be incorrect! The actress, who was born on February 6, 1917, is still with us! She retired from acting in 1997 and, unfortunately, has suffered many health problems in recent years. Her right leg was amputated in 2011 to save her from an infection, and she suffered multiple strokes in 2005 and 2007.

Dick Van Dyke
Did you know that Dick Van Dyke is alive and well? It's true! The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actor, who was born in 1925, continues to appear on television in guest spots and release music albums like 2010's 'Rhythm Train.' He even wrote a book that released in 2011: 'My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.'

B.B. King
B.B. King, who is often nicknamed the "King of Blues," has won 15 Grammy Awards throughout his career, and he has performed over 15,000 times in a period of 63 years. He still plays live concerts to this day!

Doris Day
Did you know that Doris Day is still alive? The singer and actress, who was born in 1924, now resides in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and goes by the nickname Clara Kappelhoff. Though she hasn't appeared in any films since 1968, she released an album called 'My Heart' in the United Kingdom in 2011. The album debuted at number nine on the Top 40 Official UK Album Chart, making Day the oldest female artist to make the top ten.

Maureen O'Hara
If you have seen the original 1947 version of 'Miracle on 34th Street,' the original 1961 version of 'The Parent Trap,' or possibly the 1963 John Wayne film 'McLintock!' you are familiar with actress Maureen O'Hara! Though O'Hara, who was born in 1920, performed her last on-screen role in 2000, she is still alive. The actress is retired, spending time in her homes in Arizona, the Virgin Islands, and Glengarriff, County Cork, occasionally making public appearances.

Dean Jones
Remember the man who played the lead in Disney's 'The Love Bug' and 'That Darn Cat!' movies in the 1960s? That man was Dean Jones, and he is still alive today! He is currently retired and lives in California with his wife, Lory Patrick.

Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno, the Academy Award-winning actress who played Anita in the classic musical film 'West Side Story,' is alive and well, still actively performing to this day. She currently plays Dori Newman, Fran Drescher's character's mother on the TV Land series 'Happily Divorced.'

Kenny Baker
Kenny Baker, who operated/worked inside the beloved character R2-D2 in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, is still alive today! He lives in Preston, Lancashire with his wife and two sons.

Devon Sawa
If you're anything like me, you heard somewhere along the line that actor Devon Sawa had taken his own life not too long after starring in 'Casper' alongside Christina Ricci. Thankfully, that story couldn't be further from the truth! Sawa is still 100% alive, and even starred in the CW series 'Nikita.'

Carol Channing
Legendary comic actress Carol Channing, who is famous for her performances in popular musicals including 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,' 'Hello, Dolly,' and the film version of 'Thoroughly Modern Millie,' is over 90 years old, but she is still alive today!

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