Gloria Stuart, a beloved Hollywood actress who is best known for her portrayal of older version of Kate Winslet's Rose DeWitt Bukater in "Titanic", has died at the age of 100, Associated Press reported. On Monday, September 27, Gloria's daughter, Sylvia Thompson, confirmed that the star passed away of respiratory failure at her Los Angeles home on Sunday night, September 26.
Sylvia shared, "She also was a breast cancer survivor. She did not believe in illness. She paid no attention to it, and it served her well. She had a great life. I'm not sad. I'm happy for her." "Poor Little Rich Girl" actress Gloria fought off the breast cancer 20 years ago and was diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago.
Gloria turned 100 on July 4 and celebrated the birthday at the "Academy Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart" with a party hosted by "Titanic" director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis. Gloria was 87 years old when she starred in the 1997 hit film. Because of the movie, she became the eldest person nominated for Oscar although she had to let go the golden statue to Kim Basinger.
"The Invisible Man", "The Prisoner of Shark Island", "Roman Scandals", "Gold Diggers of 1953", "Here Comes the Navy" and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" were among the movies Gloria had starred in. She last appeared on the big screen in Wim Wenders' "Land of Plenty" in 2004. Gloria had also published an autobiography called "Gloria Stuart: I Just Kept Hoping" in 1999.
Personally, Gloria married twice. She was first wed to Blair Gordon Newell from 1930 to 1934. In the same year she divorced from Blair, she wed Arthur Sheekman, to whom she stayed married until he died in 1978. Gloria is survived by daughter Sylvia, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Following her death, Kate Winslet sent her condolence, "I am 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, another "Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio released a statement through his publicist, "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. I was honored to have worked along side her. She will be missed."