Jeanne Louise Calment (February 21, 1875 - August 4, 1997) had the longest (reliably reported) lifespan for any human being in history. Her lifespan has been thoroughly documented by scientific study. She married her second cousin Fernand Calment in 1896, and survived her only child and only grandchild. She died at the age of 122 years 164 days in Arles, France, having lived there all her life. She said that in her younger years, she met Vincent van Gogh, later describing him as "dirty, badly dressed and disagreeable."
At the age of 114, she appeared briefly in the film Vincent and Me as herself. A French language documentary film about her life, entitled Beyond 120 Years with Jeanne Calment, was released in 1995. In 1996, she released a CD Time's Mistress. It featured her reminiscing, set to rap and other tunes.
Following her death, Marie-Louise Meilleur of Canada became the oldest recognized person in the world.
I've been forgotten by God
I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky