Titanic Actress Stuart Dies Aged 100

September 28, 2010 by  
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The actress who earned an Oscar nomination playing the 100-year-old Rose in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic has died in her sleep. Gloria Stuart, who had taken a 30-year hiatus from acting before taking on the role of Rose, had been battling lung cancer and at aged 100, she certainly gave the disease an impressive run for its money.

Stuart’s death has prompted tributes from those she worked with, as well as the wider Hollywood community and she has been celebrated with that most modern of honours: becoming a trending topic on Twitter. Kate Winslet, who played the younger version of Rose Calvert in Titanic, stated that she was “so saddened to hear of the loss of this remarkable woman. I feel blessed to have met her, known her and to have acted alongside her. Anyone who spent time in her presence will know what an extraordinary shining light she truly was. She will be deeply missed.”

Meanwhile Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred alongside the two Roses in Titanic, described Stuart as “a force both on and off screen. An amazingly sweet person, a fantastic actress, and someone who always fought for what she believed in. She was one of the last great actresses from the Golden Era of Hollywood.” Stuart enjoyed Hollywood stardom spanning decades, after launching her career in the 1930s and she remains the oldest person ever to be nominated for an Oscar.

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