Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Never Too Late

I'm a late bloomer.
~Frank McCourt

To the extent I bloomed, I'm a late bloomer.
~Lloyd Blankfein
I'm such a late bloomer.
~Ang Lee

To put it mildly, I was just a very late bloomer.
~Harry Dean Stanton
I was definitely a late bloomer.
~Clay Matthews III

I've always been what they call a late bloomer.
~Bill Pullman
I'm a late bloomer.
~Mary Steenburgen

Really, I was such a late bloomer, I really didn't learn how to be me until I was in my late '40s, which is when I started playing roles that were closer to me.
~Ron Perlman
I've always been a late bloomer, so I never feel like, 'Oh, I'm gettin' older; I guess everything is gonna stop.' I'm the opposite: 'Oh, I'm just getting started.'
~Megan Mullally

photo by Joanne Clifford

Were you a late bloomer? You're in good company. Still waiting to bloom? It's not too late! What are you interested in doing?

No one becomes a late bloomer doing something they hate.
~J.M. Orend

* Sylvester Stallone was 30 when he wrote and starred in Rocky.
* Danny Aiello did not start acting until he was 40.
* Anton Bruckner did not become a composer until his forties.
* Actor Alan Rickman got first real break into theatre in his forties.
* Singer K. T. Oslin released her first album at age 47 which was a major country music success.
* Eugène Ehrhart started publishing in mathematics in his forties, and finished his PhD thesis at the age of 60.
* BAFTA winning British actress Liz Smith did not become a professional actress until the age of 50.
* Richard Adams's first novel, the bestseller Watership Down, was published when he was in his fifties.
* Charles Bukowski wrote his first novel at age 51.
* Caspar Wessel published his only mathematics paper at the age of 54.
* Indian (Bengali) actor Paran Bandopadhyay started his acting career at the age of 60.
* Colonel Sanders began his franchise in his sixties.
* Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first novel in the Little House series of children's books in her sixties.
* Roger Apéry proved Apéry's theorem at the age of 63.
* The first volume of Flora Thompson's Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy was published when she was 63.
* Grandma Moses' painting career began in her seventies.
* Manoel de Oliveira became a full-time filmmaker at the age of 73.
* At the age of 74, Norman Maclean published his first and only novel, best-seller A River Runs Through It.
* Marjory Stoneman Douglas founded "Friends of the Everglades" at age 78, and she continued until she was over age 100.
* Bill Traylor who started drawing at age 83.
* Carmen Herrera sold her first artwork when she was 89 years old.

It's never too late to get your act together. It's never too late to be your authentic self. It's never too late to try something new.


Karen Eastlund said...

Thank you, Tabatha. I admire late bloomers. Maybe I'll be one !

Margaret Simon said...

Thanks, I'm counting on being a late bloomer. Here I am at 57 with my first book of children's poetry. Who knows what's in store for my 60's?!

HWY said...

And maybe late bloomers are better able to handle success? (Let's hear it for maturity and wisdom. :-)