Famous Late Bloomers

Have you ever imagined yourself playing the guitar, learning to speak Italian, writing a novel, running a marathon, or starting your own business? Well what’s really stopping you?

These famous individuals were all late bloomers:

  • Actor Alan Rickman (of Die Hard and Harry Potter fame) didn’t begin his acting career until he was 28. He didn’t get his first real break into theatre until he was in his 40s.
  • Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen did not release his first album until he was 32.
  • Anthony Burgess, the novelist best known for A Clockwork Orange, published his first novel at age 39.
  • Clint Eastwood, the oldest person to win the Academy Award for Best Director, directed his first film at 41.
  • Writer Laura Ingalls Wilder became a columnist in her forties, but did not publish her first novel in the Little House series of children’s books until her 60s.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken icon Colonel Sanders began his franchise in his 60s.
  • Frank McCourt didn’t publish his first book Angela’s Ashes (which he later won the Pulitzer Prize) until he was 66.
  • The classic late bloomer is American folk-artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses (better known as Grandma Moses) whose painting career began in her 70s after abandoning a career in embroidery because of arthritis.

Remember, it’s never too late to start living your dream.

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