Titanic Star Gloria Stuart Dies

The oldest Oscar nominee recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Posted 28th September 2010, 7:27pm in Leonardo DiCaprio, James Cameron, News
Titanic Star Gloria Stuart Dies

Titanic actress Gloria Stuart has died at the grand old age of 100.

In 1998 she became the oldest person to be nominated for an Oscar, for playing the older version of Kate Winslet's Rose. It was also the first time two actors had been nominated for an Academy Award for playing the same role.

She recently celebrated her 100th birthday with director James Cameron and Suzy Amis, who shared her scenes in the epic drama. After starting out on stage in the 1930s she became James Whale's actress of choice, but success eluded her until her comeback following three decades off the screen.

Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio gave a statement about the passing of Stuart, who died in her sleep after a battle with lung cancer. "Gloria Stuart was a force both on and off screen," he said. "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."