Gloria Stuart, a 1930s Hollywood leading lady who earned an Academy Award nomination for her first significant role in nearly 60 years — as Old Rose, the centenarian survivor of the Titanic in James Cameron’s 1997 Oscar-winning film — has died. She was 100.
Stuart, a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild who later became an accomplished painter and fine printer, died Sunday night at her West Los Angeles home, said her daughter, writer Sylvia Thompson.
Her career in Hollywood began in the 1930s, when she was under contract with Universal and 20th Century Fox and starred in films like “The Invisible Man” with Claude Rains, “Here Comes the Navy” opposite James Cagney and two Shirley Temple films. She appeared in 42 features before 1939, when her studio contract was not renewed. She struggled to find work and retired from film in 1946.
Cameron resurrected Stuart’s career in 1997, when he cast her as Rose Calvert, the older version of Kate Winslet’s character in “Titanic.” At 87, Stuart became the oldest actress ever nominated for an Academy Award for her role in James Cameron’s ‘Titanic.’
Stuart had been diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago. In July the actress was honored at an “Academy Centennial Celebration With Gloria Stuart” at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
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