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Gloria Stuart, actress in 'Titanic,' dies at 100. Veteran of Hollywood's golden era, Gloria Stuart experienced a revival in her career when she was cast in James Cameron's Titanic as the older version of Kate Winslet's character Rose. posted by chillmost (27 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Holy crap is that an awesome acting career. And Titanic.
posted by Artw at 11:17 AM on September 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


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posted by zizzle at 11:19 AM on September 27, 2010


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posted by Iridic at 11:22 AM on September 27, 2010


One thing that I always fidn interesting when you look back at the careers of older people on IMDb - how much *denser* peoples careers were back then. 10 movies in 1933.
posted by Artw at 11:23 AM on September 27, 2010


Stuart was an activist and became a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild

Wow, how about taht!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:25 AM on September 27, 2010


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posted by brundlefly at 11:29 AM on September 27, 2010


One thing that I always fidn interesting when you look back at the careers of older people on IMDb - how much *denser* peoples careers were back then.

I think entertainers in general had more taxing schedules in previous decades.

The first season of 30 Rock had 21 episodes. The first season of I Love Lucy had 35.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:42 AM on September 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


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posted by jquinby at 11:46 AM on September 27, 2010


One thing that I always fidn interesting when you look back at the careers of older people on IMDb - how much *denser* peoples careers were back then. 10 movies in 1933.

True, but there was no TV industry then. Today's actress or actor might work 5-10 guest spots in a season and a bit part in a movie or two.

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posted by ZeusHumms at 11:47 AM on September 27, 2010


The first season of 30 Rock had 21 episodes. The first season of I Love Lucy had 35.

I recently learned that classic Sesame Street (say, the early 1970s) filmed over 100 episodes per season (Season 5 -1973/74, for example had 130 eps). The upcoming season 41 will have 26.
posted by anastasiav at 11:51 AM on September 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


In his New Yorker review of Titanic, Anthony Lane described Ms. Stewart as "ever blooming."

A very graceful and apt description.
posted by Danf at 11:56 AM on September 27, 2010


A quote from her after she turned 100:

"I think that's the important thing: if you're full of love, admiration, appreciation of the beautiful things there are in this life, you have it made, really. And I have it made."

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posted by notion at 11:57 AM on September 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Heart of the Ocean. May she ℜest in Peace.
posted by nickyskye at 12:12 PM on September 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


how much *denser* peoples careers were back then.

Actors and actresses also used to be under contract to studios so would do as many films as the studios said they would. Options were, I suppose, to stand in a soup line somewhere.

She was a dish, though.

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posted by Man with Lantern at 12:25 PM on September 27, 2010


My heart will go on.
posted by Ratio at 12:27 PM on September 27, 2010


Ms. Stuart wrote a memoir, "I Just Kept Hoping" (1999), in which she said of her late blooming career, "When I graduated from Santa Monica High in 1927, I was voted the girl most likely to succeed. I didn't realize it would take so long."

I think I need to quit indulging in the belief that I'm not going to accomplish anything significant because I haven't done it by age 37.

Thanks for everything, Gloria.
posted by orange swan at 1:04 PM on September 27, 2010 [5 favorites]


My heart will go on.

Is quoting Celine Dion grounds for reporting abuse? I think it should be grounds for reporting abuse.

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posted by dry white toast at 1:34 PM on September 27, 2010 [4 favorites]


Is quoting Celine Dion grounds for reporting abuse? I think it should be grounds for reporting abuse.

Only if the poster is also pounding your chest.
posted by orange swan at 1:52 PM on September 27, 2010


Is quoting Celine Dion grounds for reporting abuse?

I can beat that.

"But I thought the old lady threw it into the ocean at the end!"
posted by Artw at 1:53 PM on September 27, 2010


This lady totally outclassed the rest of Titanic, which I still think was grossly overrated.

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posted by kinnakeet at 2:49 PM on September 27, 2010


Thanks for this post. As one of the (few?) MeFis who loved Titanic, her performance was one of the strong points. And what a career.

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This is probably a derail, but did any of you ever figure out why her Titanic character threw the diamond overboard? An over the top tribute to her lost love? (I always thought her granddaughter might have appreciated the legacy more . . .)
posted by bearwife at 3:03 PM on September 27, 2010


If I can be forgiven a small Flickr self-link here, I think some of you might appreciate this today: Gloria's page in Favorite Foods of Famous Stars, a 1934 cookbook issued to promote Norge refrigerators.

Maybe I'll bake the brownies this week in her honor.
posted by litlnemo at 4:48 PM on September 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


I thought she threw it overboard because it was theirs, and she didn't want no money-grubbing treasure hunters to have it. But that still doesn't explain why Bill Paxton didn't ask, "Hey lady, do you know where that necklace is?"
posted by planetkyoto at 5:42 PM on September 27, 2010


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posted by sabira at 7:04 PM on September 27, 2010


If I can be forgiven a small Flickr self-link here, I think some of you might appreciate this today: Gloria's page in Favorite Foods of Famous Stars, a 1934 cookbook issued to promote Norge refrigerators.

I'm gonna need that recipe for Spinach Ring with Fresh Mushrooms and Whole Beets, though.
posted by padraigin at 8:38 PM on September 27, 2010


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posted by New England Cultist at 8:55 PM on September 27, 2010


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posted by halonine at 9:42 PM on September 27, 2010


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