Nothing against online journalism; don’t you just love following news-filled websites like The Examiner? But how many still prefer holding hard-copy print media in your hands? From The New York Times to Time Magazine to People to even The Hollywood Reporter and many more. To many, staying up-to-date with all the news that’s fit to print means mail-delivered printed media.
And yes, many do admit that they enjoy keeping up with the latest show business comings and goings and gossip news in publications like The Hollywood Reporter. A recent issue focused on TV’s new discoveries, specifically, the up-and-coming 35 and under industry leaders who are “poised to cut through the clutter” in the years to come.
But that’s not the big story that piqued the interest of many. Buried deep in the back pages of The Hollywood Reporter was a story by Scott Feinberg titled “How to Still Work When You’re 100,” with a subtitle “Health Secrets of Hollywood’s Centenarians.” The story showcased a centenarian threesome including 102 year old Connie Sawyer. Talk about career longevity: Ms. Sawyer is a comedian who actually was the opening act for legendary singer Sophie Tucker when she performed at Grossinger’s in the Catskills! Just last year, Connie Sawyer appeared on the popular TV series “Ray Donovan.” In between, she has also been seen on the Fox situation comedy “New Girl, “ and appeared in the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy “Pineapple Express.” Talk about typecasting—she was cast as the “Old Lady” in a Seinfeld episode, the “elderly lady in TV’s “2 Broke Girls,” and as the Nana in “How I Met Your Mother.” Her career spans everything from The Milton Berle Show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Archie Bunker’s Place to The Jackie Gleason Show. She was even in the very popular film “When Harry Met Sally.”
Not bad for a nice Jewish girl born Rosie Cohen in 1912 to immigrant Orthodox parents from Romania. She now lives and is an active resident at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. So how does she maintain her get up and go at 102? Mr. Feinberg’s article in The Hollywood Reporter quotes Connie Sawyer saying “I’ve always danced played golf and swam. The other day we had a jazz band, and I danced all afternoon.” She adds that she is a proud Jew, saying “I’ve always been spiritual,” and attends services on Saturdays and the holidays.
She should live and be well. Connie Sawyer has no plans to retire. Why should she when she turns a remarkable 103 years old this month (November 27th) and still answers the fan mail she gets and the callbacks that still come for film, TV and commercial work.
How to still work when you’re over 100? When the small but active group of 100 year old plus Hollywood performers got together recently, they joked whether there could be a TV series about their centennial lifestyle. Hmm. Maybe it’s not such a joke! There certainly wouldn’t be any shortage of “health improving advertisers” that would support a long-running TV series like this. Stay tuned.