Age fabrication, or more simply put, lying about one's age, is usually practised with the intent to garner privileges or status that would not otherwise be available to the individual. The phenomenon has achieved particular notoriety among actresses seeking to retain the marketability that comes with their association with youth.
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- I shaved two years off. But I couldn't keep track. Different magazines said I was 30, 35. Then I was asked to play at Gloria Steinem's 60th birthday party and I realized it was time to cut the bullshit and tell the truth.
- I believe in loyalty. When a woman reaches a certain age she likes, she should stick with it.
- Eva Gabor, as quoted in Funny Ladies : The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women (2001) by Bill Adler, p. 18.
- Dr. Foreman: Ten year olds do not have heart attacks. It's gotta be a mistake.
Dr. House: Right. The simplest explanation is she's a forty-year-old lying about her age. Maybe an actress trying to hang on.
- House (season 1, episode 16).
- Howard Hughes, according to his own account, was born in Houston, Texas, on December 24, 1905. The vaguely biblical feel of the date was probably intentional, because it wasn't true. Baptismal records show he was actually born in September of that year in a small Texan town called, ironically, Humble.
- David Thomson in "The High Flyer" in The Age (29 January 2006).
- It's a sad state of affairs in the music business when a 22-year-old feels compelled to pass herself off as 19.