Gloria Stuart: what a dish! I’ll admit it: I’m no fan of the movie Titanic. While everyone around me was swept up into its spell, I made barfing noises at the very sound of the opening notes of “My Heart Will Go On.”
But that doesn’t mean I’m not pro-Gloria! I love that the actress who played “old Rose” was an old-school glamorous Hollywood actress having an unexpected swan song. She was the oldest person ever to be nominated for (and win) an Oscar, was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People, and got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But did you know …
- She made 42 feature films with 20th Century Fox in the 1930s.
- She helped to found the Screen Actors Guild, the union that handles movie actors.
- She also started the League to Support the Spanish War Orphans with snarky writer Dorothy Parker.
- She beat breast cancer before she got the lung cancer that eventually ended her life.
- Just last July, the Academy honored her with a Centennial Celebration.
- Her birthday was July 4th.
- After she left acting, she started painting. She had her first show at a gallery in New York in 1961, and went on to exhibit in major galleries.
- She also became a champion bonsai artist. You know, the tiny trees?
- She also created letter-press books that are in the permanent collections of the J.Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
- She got the call to audition for Rose just four months after her husband’s death.
How many of these fun facts did you know? Tell us in the comments!
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