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Jeanne Calment, World's Longest Lived Person

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Updated November 02, 2008

While there are many legends and claims about people living extraordinary long lives, the person with the longest lifespan that is well-documented is Jeanne Calment of France. She lived from 1875 to 1997 and died when she was 122 years old. She lived in Arles, France, and met Vincent Van Gogh at age 14.

The evidence supporting Jeanne Calment’s birth date is well documented and undisputed. Other supercentarians often have controversy, missing records and other problems documenting their age claims.

Ms. Calment longevity established the outer limit of the human life span - 122 years.

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