Eva Marie Saint, Angela Lansbury and Mel Brooks are among the veteran stars still alive

Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North By Northwest. Picture: Supplied
Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North By Northwest. Picture: Supplied

The recent death of Olivia De Havilland meant one more veteran movie star was lost, but some are still alive (at time of writing) and worth remembering. (NB this list does not include stars predominantly known for television like the venerable Betty White).

Norman Lloyd: The 105-year-old actor is probably best remembered to many as the stern headmaster in Dead Poets Society (1989) but had a long career both on and off camera despite a period on the Hollywood blacklist. He was in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942) and Spellbound (1945) and became an associate producer and director on Hitchcock's TV series. His last screen role was in Trainwreck (2015).

Nehemiah Persoff: The 104-year-old actor played notable supporting roles in such films as Some Like It Hot (1959) as gangster Little Bonaparte and Yentl (1983) as Papa as well as voicing Papa Mousekewitz in An American Tail (1986) and its sequels.

Marsha Hunt: Another survivor of the blacklist, the 102-year-old actress was in Pride and Prejudice (1940), The Human Comedy (1943) and Johnny Got His Gun (1971), the last written and directed by the also blacklisted Dalton Trumbo.

Eva Marie Saint: The 96-year-old actress won a best supporting actress Oscar for her first film role in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954) and memorably co-starred as the mysterious woman who loves Cary Grant - or does she? - in Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Her other films include Raintree County (1957), Exodus (1960) and Superman Returns (2006).

Glynis Johns: The 96-year-old actress played Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins (1964) and also starred in The Court Jester (1956) and The Sundowners (1960).

June Lockhart: Although known for playing mothers in Lassie and Lost in Space on television, the 95-year-old was also in such films as Meet Me in St Louis (1944), Sergeant York (1941) and The Big Picture (1989).

Angela Lansbury: The 94-year-old star of film, stage and TV made her film debut in Gaslight (1944) and was also in National Velvet (1944) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and voiced Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast (1991).

Mel Brooks: The 94-year-old actor, writer, director and producer made a string of comedy films starting with The Producers (1968) - which won him an Oscar for best original screenplay. His other films include Blazing Saddles(1974). He is one of only 16 people to achieve EGOT status, having won at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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