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It may well be down to heavy celebrity attrition rate this year and last (you only need to look at the celebrity death threads this year and last being permanent fixtures in the first page of off-topic) but I'm increasingly finding celebrities I thought were dead having the audacity to still be living. 

Case in point; Dame June Whitfield, pictured today collecting something from the Queen:

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Eventually realised that I had confused her with Liz Smith from Royal Family, who did actually pass away the other year.

Does anyone else have any people of note they were surprised to still find going? Especially since the scorched celebrity earth that was 2016? 

 

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Olivia de Havilland is a perpetual one. Starred in Gone With The Wind, and still knocking about today at 101.

Kirk Douglas, too, 100 years old.

 

Doris Day is someone I'm genuinely surprised to see is still going.

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It always confuses me every time I remember Dame Vera Lynn is still alive.

She feels like an icon, thousands of years removed. It’s crazy she’s still kicking.

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13 minutes ago, BomberPat said:

Olivia de Havilland is a perpetual one. Starred in Gone With The Wind, and still knocking about today at 101.

It's the stats around people of that age I absolutely love. In this case, it's that Olivia de Havilland retired in nineteen eighty fucking nine, before a shit load of people on here were even born.

For one who isn't that old (only just turned 80), Jim Bowen is my go-to. Fucker looked about 90 during the original run of Bullseye. The fact that he was still in his 40's when that show started is absolutely astonishing. 

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2 minutes ago, BomberPat said:

Doris Day is somehow I'm genuinely surprise to see is still going.

That'll be the one then. Assumed she snuffed it well before Reagan decided he was going to invest billions into space lasers.

 

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For some reason I could have sworn I read that Ted Robbins had carked it a couple of years ago, so imagine my surprise when I popped in the chippy and saw some flyers for Aladdin at the Stockport Plaza, starring Ted Robbins. Must have got him mixed up with some other rotund Northern entertainer who died recently.

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1 hour ago, BomberPat said:

Kirk Douglas, too, 100 years old.

Y'know what the weirdest thing about this for me is? I could've sworn I read that he passed away only a couple of months ago. 

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26 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

For some reason I could have sworn I read that Ted Robbins had carked it a couple of years ago, so imagine my surprise when I popped in the chippy and saw some flyers for Aladdin at the Stockport Plaza, starring Ted Robbins. Must have got him mixed up with some other rotund Northern entertainer who died recently.

Ted Robbins had a heart attack on stage a few years back, probably what made you think he was dead. 

I'm always mildly surprised to hear that Ken Dodd is still going. And Rolf, considering his time at Her Majesty's Pleasure. 

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6 minutes ago, Grecian said:

Ted Robbins had a heart attack on stage a few years back, probably what made you think he was dead. 

That might be it. Bloody rough panto to take on though, at the Stockport Plaza, if you have a weak pumper.

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45 minutes ago, Carbomb said:

Y'know what the weirdest thing about this for me is? I could've sworn I read that he passed away only a couple of months ago. 

Same here. Clearly the Mandela effect in full swing.

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2 hours ago, Gus Mears said:

 

For one who isn't that old (only just turned 80), Jim Bowen is my go-to. Fucker looked about 90 during the original run of Bullseye. The fact that he was still in his 40's when that show started is absolutely astonishing. 

This is Jim on his wedding day...

 

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He's 22 in that photo!

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1 hour ago, Grecian said:

Ted Robbins had a heart attack on stage a few years back, probably what made you think he was dead. 

I'm always mildly surprised to hear that Ken Dodd is still going. And Rolf, considering his time at Her Majesty's Pleasure. 

Ken Dodd is still performing on a nightly basis as well, which is some achievement considering he is 90.

The other week me and my parents were talking bout Victoria Wood and I was certain her ex husband; Geoffrey Durham died about 10 years ago, so was quite surprised to see he was still alive and in fact had stepped back from performing in 2006.

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