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‘Titanic’ co-star Gloria Stuart dies of respiratory failure; she was 100

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment


The oldest Academy Award acting nominee and co-star of ‘Titanic’ Gloria Stuart died at her Los Angeles home on Monday of respiratory failure. She was 100.

Stuart’s daughter Sylvia Thompson said she beat breast cancer 20 years ago and was diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago.

“She did not believe in illness. She paid no attention to it, and it served her well,” Thompson said. “She had a great life. I’m not sad. I’m happy for her.”

“I am so saddened to hear of the loss of this remarkable woman,” Kate Winslet said. “I feel blessed to have met her, known her and to have acted alongside her. Anyone who spent time in her presence will know what an extraordinary shining light she truly was. She will be deeply missed

“The sparkle in her eye was as bright at her hundredth birthday party as it was when I first met her in 1996, and, I’m sure, as it was when she was a silver screen star in the early 30’s or a young girl running through the orange orchards of Santa Monica in 1920,” James Cameron said.

“An amazingly sweet person, a fantastic actress, and someone who always fought for what she believed in. She was one of the last great actresses from the Golden era of Hollywood,” DiCaprio said in a statement through his publicist. “I was honored to have worked along side her. She will be missed,” he said.

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