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The woman who quit smoking at age 119

18. november 2007

Jeanne Louise Calment reached the longest confirmed lifespan in history at 122 years and 164 days (44,724 days in total). She was born on February 21, 1875 and died on August 4, 1997.

She was born and lived in France, and many of her close family members got quite old too. As she was married to a quite rich man she never had to work hard and was able to spend her entire life with sports and hobbies.

Jeanne was always a very active person, she adored tennis, cycling, swimming, rollerskating, playing piano and going to the opera. She took up fencing at age 85, and she was still riding a bicycle at 100. Aged 110, she moved into a nursing home after her cooking caused an accidental fire in her apartment. Aged 119 she finally quit smoking.

When asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she would expect to have, she answered "A very short one." Five months later she died. As of today, Jeanne Calmet is still the only person to have undisputedly lived at least 120 years.