'Titanic' actress Gloria Stuart dies at 100
Tuesday 28 September 2010
Gloria Stuart, who earned an Oscar nomination for playing an older version of Kate Winslet's character in the blockbuster "Titanic," has died at the age of 100, her family said Monday.
Stuart, who played centenarian Old Rose recalling her youthful amorous adventures depicted by Winslet and Leonard DiCaprio in James Cameron's 1997 movie, died Sunday at her Los Angeles home.
As a glamorous young blond she had been a leading lady in the 1930s, but took a long break from movies after the early 1940s and became an accomplished painter, according to the IMDb industry database, in an online obituary.
She returned to TV and the the silver screen in the 1970s and 1980s, but it was her role in the epic film version of Titanic's final hours which shot her to global fame.
At the age of 87 she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the 101-year-old Rose Calvert, remembering her torrid below-stairs love affair with DiCaprio's Jack Dawson as the stricken ship went down.
"I knew the role I had wanted and waited for all these many years had arrived! I could taste the role of Old Rose!" she said in her 1999 autobiography, "Gloria Stuart: I Just Kept Hoping."
Stuart was diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago, and had survived breast cancer, her daughter Sylvia Thompson was cited by the Los Angeles Times as saying, adding: "She was a very strong woman."
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