A French woman named Jeanne Calment lived until she was 122; she died in 1997 at 122 years and 164 days. She was the last living person to have met Vincent van Gogh. Calmet was not a health nut — she smoked from age 21 to 117, though a friend of hers claimed she smoked just two cigarettes per day. According to Calment, her longevity was attributed to olive oil and port wine, and she ate about 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of chocolate per week. She lived on her own until she was 110, when she started to lose her eye sight.
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