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Success At Any Age: Notable Seniors In History


In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve compiled a list of accomplished women who mastered their crafts and discovered their passions as seniors.

Noted author Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t begin writing the famed Little House On the Prairie book series until she was 65. Her Little House In the Big Woods has remained in circulation since 1932 and has been translated into 40 different languages.

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, began painting at age 78. Her folk art has exhibited in several major museums across the country and have been featured on postcards, greeting cards and other merchandise. Her painting Sugaring Off sold for $1.2 million.

Golda Meir was 70 when she became Israel’s first female prime minister. She was a champion of the working class and went on to receive the Israel Prize for her special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

Roman Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa was 69 when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. By the time of her death, Mother Teresa had established more than 500 missions in some 100 countries.

Actress Jessica Tandy was 80 when she won the Best Actress Academy Award for her pivotal role in Driving Miss Daisy, making Tandy the oldest award winner in that category. During her 67-year career, she appeared in more than 100 theatre productions and had more than 60 movie and television roles.

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