Open Thread: Celebrity Generation Gap – Senior Planet from AARP

Open Thread: Celebrity Generation Gap – Senior Planet from AARP

Did you recognize more celebrities in the “In Memoriam” segment than during the Oscars awards ceremony? Welcome to the Celebrity Generation Gap.

I try to keep up but can’t shake the feeling that Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling are the same guy. I only recently became able to distinguish between Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslett.

The celebrity generation gap goes both ways, though.  My pal Chuck jokingly asked his building’s porter, a young guy of 23 with last name Loren, if he was any relation to Sophia.


And last year, I told a colleague how excited I was that Senior Planet get an interview with Ann-Margret.

“Who’s that?”

Color me astonished, but my younger friends probably feel the same way when I ask if that’s Kirsten Stewart or Jenna Malone.


But that’s me. How about you? What examples of the Celebrity Generation Gap have you encountered? Share your story in the comments!


Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at

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