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Old 09-27-10, 02:33 PM
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"Titanic" star Gloria Stuart dies (100 years old)

Gloria Stuart, the elegant actress who found fame late in her seven decade Hollywood career when she earned an Oscar nomination for her role as the elderly Rose in 1997's Titanic, passed away on Sunday in her West Los Angeles home. She was 100 years old.

Born Gloria Frances Stewart on July 4, 1910 in Santa Monica, California, she grew up in southern California and attended Santa Monica High School and the University of California at Berkeley, where she first became interested in acting. After dropping out of college and marrying Blair Gordon Newell in 1930, she continued to explore acting in productions at the Pasadena Playhouse. Hollywood studios began to take notice of the petite blonde actress, and she soon signed a contract with Universal Studios, but not before changing her surname from "Stewart" to "Stuart" as she believed it would look better on a theater marquee.

Her first appearance at Universal was in 1932's Street of Women, the same year in which she was named one of WAMPAS Baby Stars (young women the industry believed had the most potential for movie stardom.) She appeared in varied roles assigned to her by the studio, but it was her new friendship with director James Whale that led to her most memorable roles from this era, in the horror/thrillers The Old Dark House, Kiss Before the Mirror and The Invisible Man. Underutilized at Universal, she moved on to Warner Brothers, where she would work regularly through the end of the decade, with notable movies including Gold Diggers of 1935 and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

In 1934, she divorced Blair Gordon Newell, and in the same year married screenwriter Arthur Sheekman, who wrote movies for the Marx Brothers. It was at dinner one evening with Harpo and Groucho Marx that Ms. Stuart learned about a new group that they and other actors were forming - the Screen Actors Guild. She believed actors needed protection from working too many long hours and joined their cause, becoming one of SAG's founding members. In 1935, Gloria and Arthur welcomed a daughter, Sylvia, and in 1939 the family left on a tour around the world, only returning home to California when World War II began. It was during this time in Europe that Ms. Stuart became interested in art, and in the years that her acting career waned she focused instead on creating furniture, decoupage, painting and eventually fine art printing.

Ms. Stuart retired from acting in 1946, and remained so until 1975, when she resumed her career with a role in the TV movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden. After the death of her husband Arthur in 1978, she appeared in a variety of roles through the remained of the 1970s and 1980s, including "Murder, She Wrote", "The Waltons", My Favorite Year, Mass Appeal, and Wildcats.

It was her role in James Cameron's 1997 epic Titanic, however, that gained her massive stardom, with her portrayal of the 101-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater remembering the final hours of the Titanic as intertwined with meeting her first love, captured the public's imagination and affection. Her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. At the age of 87, the nomination - her first - made her the oldest person ever nominated for an Oscar. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000, and detailed her more than 70 years in the film industry in her biography "I Just Kept Hoping". Her work in Titanic was followed by a steady stream of roles in TV and film, most notably two films with director Wim Wenders: The Million Dollar Hotel in 2000, and Land of Plenty in 2004.



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Re: "Titanic" star Gloria Stuart dies (100 years old)

And I just watched the Invisible Man this weekend

RIP
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awwww RIP
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For the love of...pics in obit threads, people!

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I like her in Old Dark House. Wish there were better prints/better DVD of that one.
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awwww RIP
I know...
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Insert 1st Officer Murdoch joke here...
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I believe that her heart will go on
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Rip.
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Such a shame but at least she lived a good long life.
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What an amazing life she led. I'll have to check out her bio that she wrote.
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LOOOONNNG career!

I loved Titanic, and she was the emotional center of it. I figured she was a lock to win an Oscar, but she lost to Kim Fucking Basinger. What b.s. that was then, and still is today.
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I heard that I read in my homepage. Goooooood film in Titanic (1997)

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Interesting blurb about her changing the spelling of her last name.
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Interesting blurb about her changing the spelling of her last name.
Yeah, I bet in 1930 she thought that Jimmy Stewart guy was a fucking amatuer whose career was going nowhere.
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Yeah, I bet in 1930 she thought that Jimmy Stewart guy was a fucking amatuer whose career was going nowhere.
Ummm, SHE was a star long before James Stewart was. In fact, her star had begun to fade when his began to rise.

According to the Times, the "u" in Stuart made her first and last name the same size on the marquee, whereas a "w" would have made her last name wider.
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Ummm, SHE was a star long before James Stewart was. In fact, her star had begun to fade when his began to rise.

According to the Times, the "u" in Stuart made her first and last name the same size on the marquee, whereas a "w" would have made her last name wider.
Well it would have one additional letter as well.
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Insert 1st Officer Murdoch joke here...
It's the curse of 1st Officer Murdoch. First he tracked down each and every survivor of the Titanic, and killed them (eventually), now he's tracking down everybody who was in the movie Titanic. Gloria Stuart is the first that we have heard of, but I'm sure he started with some of the lesser known actors / extras.

RIP Gloria, sorry about the curse.

I just checked a dozen actors from A Night To Remember (about the Titanic), 8 out of 12 of them have died since filming the movie. Damn you Murdoch!
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Ummm, SHE was a star long before James Stewart was. In fact, her star had begun to fade when his began to rise.
Ummm, The only way my post would be a joke is if I knew that. But thanks for helping.
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UPDATE: Still dead.

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