How long did Jeanne Calment live? She lived to be 122 years old! Jeanne was born on February 21, 1875 and passed on August 4, 1997 [1].

Where did she live?  Arles, France [1].

What did she eat? Over 2 pounds of chocolate a week and the occasional glass of wine. She cooked with olive oil and also applied it to her skin.

So, nicotine is not a food group, but I figured I’d mention it considering Jeanne smoked from the age of 21 years old to 117 years old [1].

What did she look like? She was beautiful at a young and old age. See figures 1,2, 3, and 4.

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Figure 1. Did I mention that she took up fencing at 85 years old? Because she did.
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Figure 2. Jeanne Calment in her early years.
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Figure 3. She was born 14 years before the Eiffel Tower was built.
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Figure 4. I would not shove a microphone into the face of a woman that learned to fence at 85 years old.

What was her personality like? She was laid back with a good sense of humor. Jeanne’s brain never bowed to senility and she was said to be mentally quick until her death [1].

How do people know how old she was? Her age was verified (multiple times) by census documents [1].

Fun Facts:  At 114 years old Jeanne became the oldest film actress when she took a role in the film Vincent et moi [1].

I highly recommend that you visit the Guinness Book of World Records website to read more about this entertaining woman.

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Figure 5. Something tells me Jeanne would have loved these.
  1. Guinness Book of World Records. Oldest Peron Ever. Accessed 11/7/2016.  http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/oldest-person.