Open Thread: Celebrity Quotes on Aging

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Now that I have ongoing back trouble, all my friends have been quoting Bette Davis’ famous (if politically incorrect) quote “Old age ain’t no place of sissies.” After hearing it for the millionth time, I’m looking for some new material.

Senior Planet to the rescue. Here are some thoughts about aging – with attitude – from just some of the celebrities we’ve interviewed. (To read the full interview, just click on the names.)

Zandra Rhodes

“I don’t think about my age and when people ask me I don’t lie. It comes on you so gradually. I don’t feel any older and I have lots of young friends. I go out and don’t realize that all the people with me are far younger. I employ a lot of young people and I take their advice on designs.”

Zandra Rhodes photo credit Simon Emmett

Diane Keaton 

I think there is nothing but attitude in life. Does that ever go away? I think we already have our attitude by time we are older and hopefully we continue to hang on to it.

Carol Kane

I don’t know if I have any secret. You get up, you get dressed and you show up!

PHOTO CREDIT: Terrence Hayes; courtesy of Giant Pictures; Copyright; H9 Films 2019

Talia Shire

“Growing older is wonderful, freeing and an opportunity to share your wisdom with your family and society.”

Lou Gosset, Jr.

I seek out the young folk and have a lot of stories to share with them. I try to tap into how we did it in the old days where people took care of one another. There’s no time for enmity or war, if we do that. It creates an energy which keeps us on the planet.

Photo: Louis Gossett Jr. as Luis in The Cuban, Courtesy of Brainstorm Media

Franco Nero

I’ve been working 55 years with a village of orphans in Rome. Working with these young people at the mission keeps me young and full of life and gives me purpose. It feels good to give back to youth.

Photo credit courtesy of Brainstorm Media for Recon.

Nick Nolte

More than ever, you’ve got to really pay attention to your habits and your health as you age.


These are just a few thoughts about aging. How about you? Do you have a favorite quote? Let us know in the comments!

Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send  Open Thread suggestions to

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