As David Seidler , in his 70s, collected the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The King’s Speech, I’m sure he struck a chord with many baby boomers as he said ‘My Mother always said I was a ‘Late Bloomer’’! Obviously delighted with his success at what could be described as the autumn of his life, his achievement must surely inspire other ‘late bloomers’ to follow their dreams.
No ‘invisible woman’ status
Helen Mirren was 62 and Judi Dench 64 when winning their first Oscars. Even this year’s best supporting actress Melissa Leo is 50 (although history may yet remember her for uing the ‘f’ word in her acceptance speech). All are far from accepting of the ‘invisible woman status’ attributed to women over 50.
I have been privileged to meet some wonderful women as part of my Fabafterfifty activities, all of whom have followed their dreams later in life, often finding themselves empty nesters with time to focus on themselves for the first time in their adult lives. From having a first novel published at the age of 72 to attending university at 60, retraining as a pilates instructor at 50, setting up a skincare company mid 50s, these fabulous women have shown that ‘late bloomers’ really can celebrate the best half of their lives. I even met Betty at a language class, who at the age of 100 was learning French. No excuses!
Oscar winners live longer
Interestingly , it seems that people who live their lives with passion and recognition may live longer too, with Oscar winners on average living three years longer than their non-winning co-stars! (according to Dr. Redelmeier). That’s an extra 3 years for ‘ late bloomer’ David Seidler to win his second !