It’s hard to believe twelve years have come and gone since Titanic sailed into movie theaters. At the time of its release, most moviegoers were unfamiliar with Gloria Stuart, who played “Old Rose” in the story’s modern-day scenes, but movie film buffs knew it was the same actress who’d been a leading lady in such 1930s pictures as The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House, John Ford’s Airmail and The Prisoner of Shark Island, and two Shirley Temple vehicles, Poor Little Rich Girl and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Gloria earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Titanic and subsequently published an autobiography, I Just Kept Hoping. Readers who were unfamiliar with her story learned that acting was only a small part of her long and productive life; she has an artistic soul and has been a successful painter and creator of limited-edition books for many years.
Suzy Amis, who played Gloria’s granddaughter in the framing scenes of Titanic, went on to marry the film’s director, James Cameron, and retire from acting to raise a family. She has remained close to Gloria ever since their working experience, and was one of the many friends who attended a party in her honor at Buckwild gallery in Santa Monica in late November.
The occasion was the completion of one of Gloria’s extraordinary art projects, the Flight of Butterfly Kites. Here are some images from that gallery show, and a picture of the two Titanic stars twelve years after making movie history. P.S. Gloria Stuart is now 99 years old.