Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jeanne Louise Calment age 122 years

Jeanne Louise Calment 21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997 was a French woman with the longest confirmed lifespan in history at age 122 years 164 days (44,724 days in total). She lived in Arles, France, for her entire life, and outlived both her daughter and grandson. Because her husband was a bourgeois, she never worked, instead living a comfortable lifestyle. She became well-known from the age of 113, when the centenary of Vincent van Gogh brought reporters to Arles, as she was the last person living to have met the artist. She entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1988, and in 1995 was declared the oldest person who had ever lived, having surpassed Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan. Her lifespan has been thoroughly documented by scientific study, with more records having been produced to verify her age than for any other case.

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