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Gloria Stuart


Born - 4 July 1910, Santa Monica, California, USA
Died - 26 September 2010

Fluffily blonde, poised, vulnerable-looking American star of 1930s' films, now best remembered as the oldest Oscar nominee, for her performance in Titanic (1997). Born Gloria Stewart, she later incorporated her stepfather's name and became Gloria Stewart Finch. After a debut in Street of Women (1932), she made three films for director James Whale: The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933). Otherwise, her talents were largely confined to mid-budget movies, among them Beloved (1934), Laddie (1935), 36 Hours to Kill (1936), Island in the Sky (1938) and Winner Take All (1939). She did better with The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) and there were two with Shirley Temple: Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938). In the 1940s and 1950s, she devoted more time to the stage and to her painting hobby, finding time for just the odd film: Here Comes Elmer (1943), The Whistler (1944), She Wrote the Book (1946) and Valentino (1951). After the death of her second husband, she returned to acting in her seventies: The Legend of Lizzie Borden (TV film, 1976), My Favorite Year (1982), Wildcats (1985), Shootdown (1988), The Love Letter (1999) and Land of Plenty (2004), her last fictional feature, although she also made the documentaries Buzz (2005) and Karloff and Me (2006). At the time of her Oscar nod, she said: 'At college I was voted the girl most likely to succeed. I just didn't realise it would take so long.' Some sources give her year of birth as 1909, but it would be nice to think she was exactly 100. She died from lung cancer.