A new documentary airing on HBO demonstrates an optimistic vision of aging as Carl Reiner interviews his contemporaries in entertainment including Mel Brooks, Norman Lear and Betty White, all in their nineties and still working. The documentary attributes a passion for hobbies and maintenance of close friendships as why they have reached their ages. For the entire article follow this link
For Carl Reiner and His Fellow Nonagenarians, Death Can Wait
By Dan Hyman | New York Times
The title of Carl Reiner’s most recent book is “Too Busy to Die,” and this 95-year-old comedy legend can thank his vivid dreams for inspiring many of the (sometimes wacky) ideas that keep him going.
There was the “selfish-y,” a self-indulgent selfie he introduced on “Conan” in which the photographer blocks the other person in the picture from view. And “Gnarly Carly,” the rap alter ego he debuted on “The Queen Latifah Show.” His nighttime reveries also spawned the concept of his next book, his 22nd, a compendium of the films that enraptured him growing up, including “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Mark of Zorro.”
“My mind keeps popping,” Mr. Reiner, who created “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and directed the movies “Oh, God!,” “The Jerk” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” said in a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles. “So I’ll keep going as long as it lets me.” [read entire article]