Actress Gloria Stuart, best known as the woman who played the older version of Rose in Titanic, passed away yesterday at the age of 100. Her daughter, Sylvia Thompson, reported that she had been suffering from lung cancer for quite some time. She died in her sleep at her home.
Gloria was a popular actress in Hollywood in the 1930s, but she definitely gained a new level of fame when she threw the “Heart of the Ocean” diamond off the back of the boat in Titanic.
Here are five other things about the late Gloria Stuart that you may not know:
1. She was born in California in 1910, where she grew up and attended Santa Monica High School and also studied at the University of California at Berkeley.
2. She was married twice, first to sculptor Gordon Newell, and then to screenwriter Arthur Sheekman. They had one child together, daughter Sylvia.
3. She and Sheekman decided to travel the world after Sylvia was born, and tried to volunteer for the French Resistance, but were turned down. They returned to New York instead.
4. In 1954, Gloria and Arthur moved to the Italian Riviera since their daughter was away at college.
5. She took a hiatus from acting for 29 years, until Sheekman was diagnosed with dementia in a nursing home. She then fell in love with printer Ward Ritchie, whom she stayed with until his death in 1996.
6. She landed the role of Rose in Titanic shortly after Ritchie’s death and was nominated for an Oscar for the role. She was the oldest actress ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.