Oldest Working Actress of Hollywood, Connie Sawyer, Dies at 105 at Her LA Home; Sawyer Had a Career of NINE Decades!

by Ammar Nasir

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!

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“The Sweatmobile” – Season Four – 10/9/78, Vinnie (John Travolta) talked to his Aunt Josephine (guest star Connie Sawyer) about purchasing a used car from his uncle. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

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!

Actress Connie Sawyer attends the Theatre West 50th anniversary gala at Taglyan Cultural Complex on September 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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!

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“Itwas the Flight Before Christmas” – Airdate: December 12, 1995. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

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.

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Storyteller Anna Faris and honoree Connie Sawyer speak onstage at The Motion Picture (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Motion Picture & Television Fund)

Her other notable film appearances include Ada, The Man in the Glass Booth and The Way West.

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(L-R) Host Russell Brand and honoree Connie Sawyer speak onstage at The Motion Picture & Television Fund Presentation of “Reel Stories Real Lives” at Milk Studios (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Motion Picture & Television Fund)

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.

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Actresses Lee Meriwether and Connie Sawyer attend the Theatre West 50th anniversary gala at Taglyan Cultural Complex on September 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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. 

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Actress Connie Sawyer attends Theatre West’s 50th Anniversary Gala (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Sawyer had a one of a kind career; she was even highlighted in some documentaries, including Troupers and Showfolk.

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(L-R) Ruthie Thompson, Connie Sawyer, director Ned McNeilage, Shirley Toodie Wieberg and Monica Lewis attend the Shorts Program 2 during the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Zane Roessell/WireImage)

Sawyer also wrote an autobiography with a very interesting title: ‘I Never Wanted To Be a Star – And I Wasn’t.

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Working actress Connie Sawyer, 103, displays some of her headshots during an interview with AFP at her home in the retirement community of the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF), (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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.”

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Connie Sawyer rides her scooter to an exercise class on the Wasserman campus at the retirement community of the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

“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.

(l-r) Host Jay Leno greets Actress Connie Sawyer on May 8, 2013 (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

The star also told that she regularly takes exercise classes and attends all the parties her friends and colleges throw!

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Actress Connie Sawyer dances during a commercial break on May 8, 2013 (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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.

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Connie Sawyer during an interview with host Jay Leno on May 8, 2013 (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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.

Actress Connie Sawyer at her cottage at the Motion Picture House in Woodland Hills. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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(L-R) Ruthie Thompson, Connie Sawyer, Shirley Toodie Wieberg and Monica Lewis attend the Shorts Program 2 during the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Zane Roessell/WireImage)

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!”



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