Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Gloria Stuart (1910-2010) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Gloria Stewart in Santa Monica, CA, she later shortened her last name to Stuart for better balance on the marquee. Best remembered—and possibly only remembered by some—for her portrayal of "Old Rose" in Titanic (1997), a performance that earned Stuart an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress at age 87. But beyond that, she had already long ago played in two John Ford films, three James Whale films, and twice shared that marquee with child star Shirley Temple. Art and culture absorbed Stuart from the time she began acting and writing in high school. She was discovered by Hollywood performing Chekhov at the Pasadena Playhouse, and ultimately signed with Universal. She debuted in 1932, was named a WAMPAS Baby Star, and later that year appeared in the first of those Whale films, horror classic The Old Dark House (1932), though another for Whale was even more iconic: The Invisible Man (1933). Other notable early titles include The Girl in 419 (1933), Secret of the Blue Room (1933), Roman Scandals (1933) with Eddie Cantor, and Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) for Warner Bros. In 1933, she was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, and in 1936 she helped form the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League. She left Universal for Twentieth Century-Fox and appeared in Professional Soldier (1936), The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) for Ford, and Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) with Temple. When her contract wasn't renewed Stuart did some summer stock before returning for a few '40s entries including The Whistler (1944), but then she was off the screen for nearly thirty years. Stuart kept busy though, first as a serious découpage artist in the '40s, before moving on to finer art in the 1950s—several of her paintings hang in private collections and museums. In the mid-1970s she returned to the screen in a handful of TV appearances, then later made a theatrical cameo in My Favorite Year (1982). She made a few other film appearances following the massive swirl of accolades and publicity surrounding Titanic. Stuart died at age 100 in 2010.
Birthday: July 4