a living legend

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a living legend

A person who has an extraordinary reputation or level of fame while they are still alive. The singer has made such a huge impact on the world of blues that she's come to be a living legend.
See also: legend, living

a living ˈlegend

(also a ˌlegend in your own ˈlifetime) a person who has become famous while still alive: Her 30-year study of chimpanzees made her a living legend.
See also: legend, living