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Old Broads Get Naked for Charity Calendar

May 22, 2003 - The Great Old Broads, as they are now known, produced a 2003 calendar, "A Celebration of Mature Women," for LifeSpan Services Inc., a nonprofit senior services organization. In the above cover photo, they were all nude.

"We were having a ball," Rose Marie Krantz, 67, told the Los Angeles Times. The widowed former bus driver is third from the left. She also posed in a bathtub for another shot but confessed to wearing a bathing suit.

There have been some negative reactions. "Some people were offended because they thought an older woman's body is ugly," said Evan Mendelson, LifeSpan executive director.

"I thought that was too bad. They look appropriate for their age."

Many younger women bought calendars to send to their mothers, he said. "They wanted to show them what we can do at this age," Krantz said.  "And that you can't sit home and moan and groan."

The calendar, photographed by Russell Fish grew out of the "senior prom" the San Luis Obispo, California, women have held to raise funds for various senior programs. This year they decided to publish a calendar picturing the candidates. The oldest, 100 years old, was Lia Butner, who was a German pole vaulter in the 1929 Olympics.

Information on buying the $12.00 calendars can be found on the Lifespan Website at  Or, you can order direct through these contacts:

Call: (805) 782-0844 - Fax: (805) 782-0792 - E mail:

Updates on This Story


This story in 2003 helped create a new trend in U.S. fund raising - the nude calendar.

The group was inspired by the "Ladies of Rylstone" in England, the 40-to-60 something women whose nude calendar sold hundreds of thousands of copies in 1999 and created quite a stir both in Europe and the U.S. Their story became a movie.

Here are some of the stories we have carried since this story first ran.

Nude Calendars Now Have Their Own Web Page

May 10, 2005 - It was female senior citizens that started the craze, now nude calendars have proliferated so that there is a Web page just to keep up with the latest editions. Click Here

Latest Senior Nudie Calendar Features Women 75 to 94

Jan. 19, 2005 – Ranging in age from 75 to 94, the 17 ladies from the Atwood Senior Housing Center, decided to copy the “Calendar Girls” and do a semi-nude calendar for 2005. "We're just as good looking as them, so why not do it? And we're older, so it makes it more unique," said Lu Porter, 75, who is Ms. January. "We're a lot older than them," she added. Read, see more...

Racy Calendar by Older Women Gets Extinguished in Carmel

Oct. 10, 2004 – The promotion of calendars featuring nearly-naked older women has been a growing fund-raising technique, but in California’s Carmel-by-the Sea a local effort to fund a firehouse has been extinguished. More... 10/10/04*


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