Jeanne Calment


Birthday February 21, 1875

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace Arles, France

DEATH DATE Aug 4, 1997 (122)

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French supercentenarian who lived until age 122, which at the time was the longest verified human life span in history. 

Before Fame

She met Vincent Van Gogh at age 13 and found him to be "Dirty, badly dressed, and disagreeable."


She credited her extraordinary longevity to olive oil, which she used generously on her food and skin as well as a diet of port wine and about 1kg of chocolate a week.

Family Life

Her parents were Nicolas Calment and Marguerite Gilles. She and her husband, Fernand Nicolas Calment, welcomed a daughter named Yvonne Marie Nicolle Calment, in 1898.

Associated With

She sold colored pencils to the great artist Vincent Van Gogh.