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Older stars were 2020 social media triumphs

Adam White on how elderly celebs have shown up the younger names

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Instagram hit: veteran star Judi Dench

Instagram hit: veteran star Judi Dench

Instagram hit: veteran star Judi Dench

On an average day in 2020, you could find Sir Anthony Hopkins dancing to Drake on TikTok, Dame Judi Dench dressed as a dog on Instagram, and Dionne Warwick using Twitter to mock young rappers.

By the time James Caan went viral this winter for tweeting vintage photographs of his movie career, signing off every message with a characteristically cool declaration of ‘end of tweet’, there was little left to debate: the elderly and famous had discovered social media, and they weren’t letting go. That they’ve used it so well was one of the year’s few pleasant surprises.

Celebrities tend not to understand the internet, or its specific rhythms.


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