Jeanne Louise Calment – The oldest women who ever lived. 21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997)
The oldest women ever lived was a French super centenarian who has the longest confirmed human lifespan on record, living to the age of 122 years, 164 days.
She lived in Arles, France, for her entire life, outliving both her daughter and grandson by several decades.
Calment became especially well known from the age of 113, when the centenary of Vincent van Gogh’s visit brought reporters to Arles.
Her lifespan has been thoroughly documented by scientific study making her the oldest women who ever lived.
Calment’s remarkable health presaged her later record.
At age 85 (1960), she took up fencing, and continued to ride her bicycle up until her 100th birthday (1975)
Calment smoked cigarettes from the age of 21 (1896) to 117 (1992).
According to one source, she smoked no more than two cigarettes per day and it is not known whether she inhaled. After her operation, Calment needed to use a wheelchair.
In 1994, age 119, she weighed 45 kilograms (99 lb).
Calment ascribed her longevity and relatively youthful appearance for her age to a diet rich in olive oil (which she also rubbed onto her skin)], and ate nearly one kilogram (2.2 lb) of chocolate every week.
She also credited her calmness, saying, “That’s why they call me Calment.” Calment reportedly remained mentally intact until her very end.
On 4 August 1997, around 10 AM Central European Time, Calment died at age 122 of natural causes.
After her death, 116-year-old Marie-Louise Meilleur became the oldest recognized living person.
She is remembered as the oldest women who ever lived.