Mary Granville Delany was born to the upper crust, married to a ogre, and was left almost penniless. Yet she found the love of her life at age 43 and began her life’s work at age 72, when she invented the art of mixed-media collage.
In 1942, the U.S. Army called up a skinny California boy barely out of his teens. At 5’9’’ and 125 lbs, Pfc Glenn Eve was then deemed unfit for combat.
Dad might have spent World War II at a desk, but the Army needed his field skills. He was a gifted artist and photographer who’d trained four years with Walt Disney Co. You can see his poignant image collection here.
Randy Cooper took his first sculpture class in his 40s and knew he’d found his life’s work. Since then, he’s become famous for his wire mesh creations, which include a chocolate dress and yes, a sea cow!
Franklin’s achievements still electrify. He was a printer, statesman, activist, inventor and diplomat. By 26, he was a best-selling author. But when he came to following his life’s calling, you might consider him a late bloomer.
The next time you see a Mercedes on the highway, think of Bertha Benz, the daring woman who, at age 39, saved her husband’s radical invention by making the world’s first road trip when no roads existed!