Hollywood's oldest working actress Connie Sawyer dies at 105 at her LA area home... after career that nearly spanned NINE DECADES
Connie Sawyer, a woman hailed as the oldest working actress in Hollywood, has died at 105.
Sawyer died at her home in Woodland Hills Monday.
Sawyer spent more than 87 years in show business, as she began her career as a teen, and got cast in a number of memorable TV and films over the years.
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Gone but not forgotten: Connie Sawyer, a woman hailed as the oldest working actress in Hollywood has died at 105
Sawyer - who was born in Pueblo, Colorado on November 27, 1912 - began performing vaudeville at the age of 18, according to Deadline.
Her TV resume reads like a Who's Who of the genre, as shows she appeared on included 60s classics such as The Fugitive, The Andy Griffith Show and Bonanza; 70s staples such as All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, Welcome Back, Kotter and Starsky & Hutch; 80s programs such as Laverne & Shirley, Silver Spoons and Dynasty; 90s shows like Seinfeld, Home Improvement and ER; and recent era shows including Ray Donovan, 2 Broke Girls and The Office.
Among the notable motion pictures she appeared in included 1979's ...And Justice For All, 1989's When Harry Met Sally..., 2008's Pineapple Express and 1994's Dumb and Dumber, in which her character had a memorable exchange with Jim Carrey's Lloyd Christmas.
Memorable: Many moviegoers remember Sawyer for her exchange with Jim Carrey's Lloyd Christmas in the 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber
Not having it: Sawyer's character winds up robbing Carrey's dimwitted Lloyd after he insults her
Many mediums: Connie was seen in this shot from the short-lived 1989 series The People Next Door
Speaking with People to commemorate her 105th birthday this past November, Sawyer attributed her longevity to an active lifestyle.
She said, 'There aren’t that many people around who are 105. I always say you have to move, you have to get off the couch. I used to swim, play golf, tap dance, line dance - I was always moving and I was lucky.'
She noted that both of her parents 'lived a long time,' adding, 'Papa died at 91 and my mama was 89, so I had good genes too. That’s the reason.'
Steady: The veteran performer was seen on the 2008 series Worst Week
Indefatigable: Sawyer continued working well into old age, including the pictured guest shot on a Home Improvement episode that aired when she was 83
Later life: She lived at the communal home for the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retired workers; she is pictured there during an AFP interview
She told the magazine that she was very engaged in activities at the communal home she lived at for the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retired workers. She said, 'I go to exercise class, I go to all the parties that they throw, I go to all the dinners, I go to all the shows.'
She was the oldest working person with membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and approached her duties in a 'very serious' manner.
'Sometimes I’ll see movies twice to make sure I want to vote for them,' she said.
On the go: Sawyer told People she was very engaged in activities at the communal home, which she is pictured outside in May of 2016 at the age of 103
Pep in her step: In May of 2013, when she was 100 years old, she put in an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
She told the magazine that her advice to aspiring entertainers was to 'never, never give up.
'I never gave up,' she said. 'Hang in there, do the work and eventually it will come to you.'
The entertainer is survived by her two daughters Lisa Dudley and Julie Watkins; four grandkids, named Sam Dudley, Hannah Stubblefield and Emily and Carrie Watkins and three great-grandkids, named Adam, Sebastian and Maya, Deadline reported.
Throwback: Shows she appeared on included 1970s staples like Welcome Back, Kotter; she is seen here with John Travolta on a 1977 episode of that series
Right in the center: Connie is pictured here on the set of the 1979 film Fast Break, flanked by Randee Heller and Gabe Kaplan
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