Jeanne Calment21st February 1875 – 4th August 1997
The maximum human lifespan possible is considered to be 123 – 125 years of age, Jeanne made it to 122! She had a full life indeed; she was the last person living to have personally met the great Vincent Van Gogh. At 100 years of age, she was still riding her bicycle, but was never a health fanatic by any means. She attributes her longevity to olive oil–she drank it, rubbed it on her skin, cooked with it, etc. Seems simple enough. With the occasional cigarette, regular port wine & chocolate consumption, she epitomized what we consider an important component to survival in today’s world: engage your vices with pride, never to hide. Long live original tomboys.