Connie Sawyer, Oldest Working Actress, Dead At 105

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Legendary actress Connie Sawyer, known as the oldest working actor in Hollywood, died at the age of 105 at her California home.

Sawyer, a native of Pueblo, Colorado, died peacefully in her home after a remarkable career in the entertainment industry that spanned up until late 2017. Sawyer was born on Nov. 27, 1912, and began her career in vaudeville shows when she was a child.

She worked professionally for almost six decades, accruing over 140 credits -- including shows like "The Way West," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Hawaii Five-O," "ER," "The Office," "Ray Donovan," "Home Improvement" and more.

A rep for the veteran actress called her life "a hell of a run."

"In the old-fashioned sense of the phrase a ‘Great Broad,'" the rep told People.

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Sawyer's first film role came in the '50s when Frank Sinatra's manager saw her perform in a Broadway play called "A Hole in the Head." Other films included "Pineapple Express," "Ada" and "When Harry Met Sally."

The actress' most notable and recognizable casting was her role as the woman who stole Jim Carrey's wallet in the comedy "Dumb and Dumber."

In a previously published interview, Sawyer acknowledged her lengthy career and impressive lifespan.

"There aren’t that many people around who are 105," she told People in an interview in November 2017.

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"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."

Sawyer added that she felt her long life could be attributed to decent DNA.

"My parents lived a long time. Papa died at 91 and my mama was 89, so I had good genes too. That’s the reason," she said at the time.

The legendary actress also spoke of her time living at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's retirement community in Los Angeles, a community for people in the industry.

"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 added. "Sometimes I’ll see movies twice to make sure I want to vote for them, I’m very serious about it."

Sawyer, Deadline reported, is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was featured in two documentaries and also published an autobiography titled "I Never Wanted To Be a Star -- And I Wasn't."

Sources: Deadline, People / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: John Mejia/Deadline, Pexels

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