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Calment was born in Arles in 1875.[1] Her father, Nicolas, was a shipbuilder, and her mother, Marguerite, was from a family of millers. Her close family members also lived to an advanced age: her older brother, François, lived to the age of 97, her father to 93, and her mother to 86. Calment claimed to have met Vincent van Gogh.[4][5] In 1896, at the age of 21, she married her second cousin (grandson of her great-uncle) Fernand Calment,[3] a wealthy store owner. His wealth made it possible for Jeanne never to have to work; instead she led a leisured lifestyle, pursuing hobbies such as tennis, cycling, swimming, rollerskating, piano and opera.[1] Her husband died in 1942 at the age of around 73 or 74 after eating a dessert prepared with spoiled cherries.[6] Their only child, a daughter named Yvonne, was born in 1898 and produced a grandson, Frédéric, born in 1926.[3] Calment outlived Yvonne, who died at age 36 in 1934 from pneumonia.[7] Frédéric became a doctor, and she outlived him as well, as he died in an automobile accident in 1960.[1] In 1965, aged 90 years and with no heirs, Calment signed a deal to sell her former apartment to lawyer André-François Raffray, on a contingency contract. Raffray, then aged 47 years, agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs until she died. Raffray ended up paying Calment the equivalent of more than $180,000, which was more than double the apartment's value. After Raffray's death from cancer at the age of 77, in 1995, his widow continued the payments until Calment's death.This Story, bar none, is one of my favorite all time examples of how God’s wit far surpasses people’s  deviant ways. The Powers which Rules our Universe are absolutely the ‘Best’ stand-up Comediennes. Check this out!

In 1965, without any steady income and at age 90 years and, with no heirs, Mme. Jeanne Calment was forced to sign a deal to sell her apartment she lived in for decades, to lawyer André-François Raffray, based on a sort ofReverse Mortgage‘. The agreement was contingency based and devised by Monsieur Raffray. Mr. Raffray, then aged 47 years, agreed to pay Mme. Calment, a monthly sum of 2,500 francs until Mme. Calment’s death. Raffray figured on Mme. Calment, maybe having a few years left to live. But, as fate would have it, Raffray ended up paying Calment the equivalent of more than $180,000, which was more than double the apartment’s value. After Raffray’s death from cancer at the age of 77, in 1995, his widow continued the payments of Mme. Calment’s Agreement with her Husband until the Death of Mme. Calment, at the tender age of 122 years old in 1997.  Hummm …!

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