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'Titanic' Actress Gloria Stuart Dies


Gloria Stuart (file photo)

Gloria Stuart (file photo)

Gloria Stuart, the oldest actor ever to receive an Academy Award nomination, has died. She was 100 years old.

Her daughter says Stuart died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles.

Stuart was 86 when director James Cameron selected her for a major role in the 1997 epic Titanic. She played Rose Calvert, a 101-year-old survivor of the luxury passenger ship that sank in 1912. Titanic became the top grossing film of all time, until it was surpassed by last year's science-fiction tale Avatar, also directed by Cameron.

Stuart was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress.

Her career began during the so-called "Golden Age of Hollywood" in the 1930s and '40s. She appeared in such classics as The Old Dark House and The Invisible Man, and was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Stuart quit acting in the 1940s after being typecast in roles she described as "girl reporter, girl detective, girl overboard."

She spent the next several decades as a painter and printmaker, before resuming her acting career in film and television roles in the 1970s, including a small part in the 1982 comedy My Favorite Year starring Peter O'Toole.

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