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5 Movie Actors Who Were Late Bloomers
Posted By Patrick Kiger On April 10, 2013 @ 5:37 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
Besedka Johnson proved that it’s never too late  to become a movie actor. She began at age 85, and won praise for last year’s Starlet, her first and only film.
The Detroit native, who passed away on April 4 at age 87  in Glendale, Calif., moved to Los Angeles as a teenager to pursue a modeling career  and then became a successful dressmaker. She took an acting class in her 30s, but never seriously considered striving for a Hollywood career.
She was exercising at a YMCA when she was discovered by independent filmmaker Shih-Ching Tsou, who recognized “star quality” and asked Johnson to audition for Starlet. She portrayed a cranky octogenarian widow  who reluctantly becomes friends with an adrift young slacker played by Dree Hemingway.
The late critic Roger Ebert gave  the film three stars, in part because of Johnson’s performance; New York Times reviewer Manohla Dargis praised  Johnson’s “piercing screen debut.” Watch the trailer here. 
Johnson was one of numerous cinematic late-bloomers. Here are four others:
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 never too late: http://lifereimagined.aarp.org/
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 passed away on April 4 at age 87: http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-besedka-johnson-20130410,0,5482098.story
 modeling career: http://www.aarp.org/personal-growth/transitions/info-06-2011/is-gray-the-new-blonde-video-mygen.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 cranky octogenarian widow: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-02-2013/saturday-night-widows-triumph-after-loss.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 gave: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/starlet-2012
 praised: http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/movies/starlet-with-dree-hemingway.html?_r=0
 Watch the trailer here.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JHszQynTPY
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdCot34--pc
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYP0avQ2utU
 always dreamed of being an actress: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/29/age-wave-creates-new-jobs-work-opportunities-for-boomers-50-careers/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xZPvjORU0o
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