Gloria Stuart, who played the elderly Rose Dawson on the movie “Titanic” has died at the age of 100. Stuart earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 87 for 1997’s movie that broke every box office record known to mankind.
Born in 1910, Gloria Stuart acted from 1932 until 1946. She came out of retirement in 1975 with many guest roles on television shows. Stuart was a living time capsule of Hollywood as she acted with the Marx Brothers and was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild.
Gloria Stuart was truly a living legend. Her best-known classic movies include “The Invisible Man” and “This Old Dark House.” Stuart changed her name from “Stewart” because it seemed to her would look better on a theater marquee.
Gloria Stuart’s passing happens just a week after other news about the famous ship that became a huge part of her life. The granddaughter of the second office revealed in an interview that a steering error alone sank the Titanic instead of just the iceberg hit.
Had the Titanic been steered properly nothing would have happened and 1,500 people would have been saved. The Titanic disaster changed modern history and shipping.
Gloria Stuart will always be known as the Rose Dawson who told the story of her younger self. The movie “Titanic” was her swan song that was a perfect bookend and tribute to an actress that Hollywood owes so much. Stuart acted in a few other movie roles before she passed away. Gloria Stuart’s biography is entitled “I Just Keep Hoping” that chronicles her life in Hollywood.
An era has truly come to an end as one of the legendary leading ladies of early Hollywood has passed. The Internet Movie Database and Entertainment Weekly provided information for this article.