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Holiday Cheer: 90+ and Still Entertaining

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2016 brought us some sad deaths, from David Bowie to Muhammad Ali, but The Hollywood Reporter is ending the year with a happier feature: Entertainers who are still going strong at 90+ years.

Creative Until You Die puts the spotlight on Dick Van Dyke, Cloris Leachman, Stan Lee and others who have just kept acting, hoofing, writing, joking and hamming it up as their contemporaries have retired or (more often) passed away.

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Some of them go back unbelievably far. Dick Van Dyke was in Mary Poppins, yes, but actor Norman Lloyd starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller Saboteur in *1942.*  Last year, at age 101, he played an assisted living resident in the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck. (“‘Little Amy Schumer — oh God, what a mouth on her,’ says Lloyd with a laugh.”)

The only real grump in the group is — surprise! — Jerry Lewis, whose irritable 7-minute interview went viral. But The Hollywood Reporter takes a generous tack even on that:

“As awkward and funny — and it’s pretty funny — as the interview is, it weirdly proves the point of the entire package: 90-year-old Jerry Lewis is vital and completely engaged. He’s just engaged — almost happily so — in being difficult.”

Overall, a wonderful way to end the year: may we all be so active and upbeat as these lucky entertainers in 2017. (Except for Jerry Lewis.)

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