Five famous people who found success later in life

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Toni Morisson

It may come as a surprise that the Nobel Prize-winning author hasn’t published her first novel, The bluest eye, until 1970, when she was 39. Later, Morrison came to national attention with 1977′s Song of Solomon and 1988 Beloved, which won him a National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize, respectively.

Julia Child

The world-renowned chef and cookbook author only achieved her legendary status at the age of 49, when she published her first cookbook, Master the art of French cuisine, in 1961. It would go on to become one of the most influential cookbooks of all time. His pioneering television show, The French cook, created when she was 50.

Bob Ross

Widely known for his idyllic natural landscapes and exceptionally chilled presence on television, legendary painter Bob Ross didn’t find his calling until he was 40 years old. After leaving the Air Force, where he painted to ease the stress of his job, he began hosting his PBS show, The pleasure of painting, in 1983.

Samuel L. Jackson

Jackson had acted in some films, but his acting career didn’t really take off until he was 40, when he landed roles in Spike Lee’s film. do the right thing and Jungle fever. He then starred in Quentin Tarantino pulp Fiction in 1994 – cementing his stature in Hollywood. Jackson’s more than 120 films have grossed over $13 billion worldwide.

Harry Bernstein

When the British-American writer retired from his career as a film script reader, trade magazine editor and freelance writer at age 62, Bernstein was just getting started. He achieved literary fame at 96 with his memoirs The invisible wall: a love story that broke down barriers. Other books followed, including The dream in 2008 and The Golden Willow: The Story of a Lifetime of Love in 2009, before his death in 2011.


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