We are in good company…

What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.            –Bridget Bardot, 82

good company

Beloved Florence Henderson passed away last week at the age of 82.  I grew up knowing her as Carol Brady, the mom, from The Brady Bunch.  I don’t think I ever missed an episode!  Recently, I saw her on Dancing with the Stars and she looked as if she had not aged much at all since playing the role of Carol in the 60’s and 70’s.

In light of her passing, I thought it might be interesting to see how old some of our other favorite celebrities are.  Their words of wisdom came from either imdb.com or brainyquotes.com.

  • Mary Tyler Moore, 79 “Take chances, make mistakes.  That’s how you grow.  Pain nourishes your courage.  You have to in order to practice being brave.”
  • Carol Burnett, 83 “The best advice that I could give is be kind.”
  • Betty White, 94 “Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff.”
  • Jane Fonda, 78 “Don’t give up no matter how hard it is. Try to make the best of who you are.”
  • Shirley MacLaine, 82 “You are the architect of your personal experience.”
  • Clint Eastwood, 86 “Society has made us believe you should look like an 18-year-old model all your life. But I figure I might as well just be what I am.”

  • Robert Redford, 80 “Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.”
  • Raquel Welch, 76 “I take a multivitamin, I take extra C, I take chondroitin and glucosamine for my joints, I take calcium for my bones. And by the way, weight-bearing exercises can help ward off osteoporosis and yoga helps ward off arthritis.”
  • Goldie Hawn, 70 “We can’t hold on to our youth, but what you can hang on to is all the things we’ve been told a zillion times: you have to find the light in your life that you had when you were a little girl or little guy that made you happy.”
  • Morgan Freeman, 79 “So how do you be good to life?  You live it.”
  • Julie Andrews, 81 “I play with my grandchildren. I tend to my garden, which I love. Of course, I love to read, and family is really what it’s all about.”
  • Dick Van Dyke, 90 “I’m really in retirement. My career is over. I’m just playing now and having a great time. I like to keep busy, and I’m doing what’s fun for me.”
  • Cloris Leachman, 90 “Why can’t we build orphanages next to homes for the elderly? If someone were sitting in a rocker, it wouldn’t be long before a kid will be in his lap.”
  • Barbra Streisand, 74 “I like simple things. Elastic waists, so I can eat.”

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