Hollywood’s oldest working actress, Connie Sawyer, has peacefully passed away at the age of 105 at her LA Home.
The actress has worked in more than 140 TV shows and films up to 2017, and had a career of nine decades!
Connie Sawyer was born in Pueblo, CO, on 27th November, 1912. Her career in the entertainment industry started when she won a talent contest in Oakland. At the time, the actress was only 8 years old!
At the age of 18, Sawyer bagged her first role in the vaudeville show in Santa Cruz. The actress has more than 140 TV credits in her prolific career!
Connie Sawyer was mentored by the amazing singer, actress and comedian, Sophie Tucker, before she went on to Broadway where she played the role of Miss Wexler in A Hole in the Head. She later took the same role in the film adaption starring the legendary Frank Sinatra.
Her other notable film appearances include Ada, The Man in the Glass Booth and The Way West.
She has also appeared in When Harry met Sally, The Pineapple Express and in Dumb and Dumber as a woman who stole the wallet of Jim Carrey’s character.
Connie Sawyer’s TV career of nearly six decades has many credits attached to her name, including Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, ER, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, The Office, Ray Donovan and Archie Bunker’s Place.
Sawyer had a one of a kind career; she was even highlighted in some documentaries, including Troupers and Showfolk.
Sawyer also wrote an autobiography with a very interesting title: ‘I Never Wanted To Be a Star – And I Wasn’t.‘
In November 2017, the actress revealed the secrets to her long life to PEOPLE.
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.”
“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 continued.
The star also told that she regularly takes exercise classes and attends all the parties her friends and colleges throw!
Sawyer also said that she takes her work very seriously.
“Sometimes I’ll see movies twice to make sure I want to vote for them, I’m very serious about it,” she said.
The actress who made the audience laugh even before the television was invented was full of life and was undoubtedly one of the most amazing actors. Connie has left behind two daughters, Lisa Dudley and Julie Watkins, and four grandchildren.
While Connie Sawyer has left us after a fulfilling life, she has left behind some important advice for aspiring performers:
“Hang in there, do the work and eventually it will come to you, never, never give up!”