WOMAN of ACTION – Gloria Stewart (Stuart) *Tribute

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is very excited to share with the Women of our World this perfect example of perseverence, strength leading to fulfillment of a dream.

…hers, making History in a Role for the movie: Titanic. A GEM!


Gloria Stewart (Stuart)

{July 4, 1910 – July 4, 2010}


Gloria Stuart (born July 4, 1910) is an American actress. Over a Hollywood career that has spanned more than 70 years,Stuart appeared on stage, in television and film, and is best known for her roles as:

Claude Rains’ sweetheart in The Invisible Man

and as the 100-year-old Rose in her Academy Award nominated role in the film Titanic.

Early life and career

Born as Gloria Frances Stewart in Santa Monica, California to Frank Stewart, an attorney, and Alice Deidrick Stewart, a homemaker. She had one brother, Thomas, who died as an infant in 1912 from meningitis. Her father died from complications of an automobile accident in 1919, and her mother remarried, to Fred Finch, a banker. Finch’s son, Frank Finch, became Gloria’s stepbrother and later a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times.

Alice Finch later claimed Gloria’s father was descended from the Royal Stuarts of Scotland, but in fact Stuart changed the spelling of her last name herself, when she began her acting career, because she reportedly felt ‘Stuart‘ fit better on a theater marquee.

Gloria Stuart with the rest of the 1932 WAMPAS Baby Stars

She attended Santa Monica High School and graduated in 1927; she enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley but dropped out before she married Blair Gordon Newell, a sculptor, on June 21, 1930.

Stuart was discovered at the Pasadena Playhouse,

signed to a contract by Universal Studios,

and was selected as one of the thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1932.

As a glamorous blonde, she was quickly cast in a variety of films and became a favorite of

director James Whale,

Gloria Stuart (born 1910), a leading film star in the 1930s came to visit us at the Fire Station and is seen here discussing her memories of working with the director James Whale. Gloria told us she was signed to appear in a forthcoming Titanic film.

starring in The Old Dark House,

The Invisible Man,

The Kiss Before the Mirror

and Secrets of the Blue Room.

Stuart was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, but her career with Universal failed to gain momentum. She moved to 20th Century Fox, and by the end of the decade she had starred in more than forty films, including Roman Scandals, the Busby Berkeley spectacular Gold Diggers of 1935 and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

Some of her co-stars during the 1930s included Don Ameche, Lionel Barrymore, Dick Powell, Kay Francis, Raymond Massey, Paul Lukas, John Boles, John Beal, and Shirley Temple.

Stuart was always a “female lead” rather than a major star.

In 1934, Stuart divorced Newell,

then married screenwriter Arthur Sheekman,

who was Groucho Marx’s closest friend and a writer of many Marx Brothers movies,

on July 29 of that year.

Their daughter, Sylvia, was born in 1935. The couple took a trip around the world in 1939, and returned to California at the outbreak of World War II. Stuart worked for the war effort in and around Los Angeles and made a few more films, but her career was slowing down. She retired from filmmaking in 1946 to turn her energies to decorating and art.

She opened a shop called Décor where she sold the découpage furniture she created, including lamps, frames, tables, and globes. In 1954, when she was living in Rapallo on the Italian Riviera, she took up oil painting.

Stuart had her first one-woman show at the Hammer Galleries in New York City and became respected as an artist and craftsperson.

Return to acting – 1970s to 2000s

After a thirty-year break from acting, Stuart appeared on television for the first time in the 1975 television movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden.

Her husband Arthur died in 1978, and over the next few years Stuart kept busy and appeared regularly on the small screen.

She made her first film appearance in almost forty years when she had a small role in My Favorite Year. The 1982 film contained one of her favorite scenes in all her movies, a dance with Peter O’Toole, but she had no lines.

In 1983, Stuart became involved with Ward Ritchie, a printmaker and a close friend of her first husband, Blair Gordon Newell. The couple became reacquainted after more than 40 years and soon developed a romantic relationship. Ritchie taught her to print on his hand press, and Stuart soon became a fine printer and founded a private press under the name “Imprenta Glorias“.

Imprenta Glorias is the imprint of film and television actress Gloria Stuart (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, 1938; My Favorite Year, 1982; Titanic, 1997). Ward Ritchie taught her how to print on his hand press when she was in her mid-seventies. She founded Imprenta Glorias in 1984, and produced books under its imprint for more than twenty years before retiring from printing in 2006.

Gloria Stuart. Eve, Venus, and Others. N.p.: Imprenta Glorias, 1990. Texts by William Blake, Sappho, Anacreon, Milton, and Baudelaire. Illustrated, embellished, printed, and designed by Gloria Stuart.

Under her own imprint, Stuart has created several artist’s books that are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Library of Congress, The Getty Research Institute, the Morgan Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and various private and university collections. She has bequeathed her press and collection of rare metal type to Mills College.

Stuart and Ritchie lived together from 1983 until his death in 1996.

Stuart achieved a level of Celebrity she had never experienced during her years as a Hollywood contract player when she was cast in Titanic as 100-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater.

She received her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Photo: LIFE Magazine

At age 87, Stuart became the oldest nominee ever for a competitive, non-honorary Oscar. Although the Oscar and the Golden Globe were won by Kim Basinger, Stuart tied with Basinger for the SAG Award.

At the 70th Annual Academy Awards, she was one of only four actresses from the 1930s who attended. The other actresses were Shirley Temple, Fay Wray, and Luise Rainer.

She found herself in some demand after Titanic, and had steady work. In 1998, she appeared with Weird Al Yankovic as Rose DeWitt Bukater in Hanson’s music video for the song “River” that parodied Titanic. She published her autobiography, I Just Kept Hoping, in 1999, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. Stuart’s last appearance on film was a role in Wim Wenders’ Land of Plenty in 2004, although she has given filmed interviews and audio commentaries as herself in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

She remains close to longtime friend Olivia de Havilland.

She attended the 100th birthday of Dolores Hope in May 2009.

Today is Gloria’s turn at Centenarian, July 4, 1910 -2010.

On June 21, 2010 Stuart was honored by the Screen Actors Guild for her seventy years of service. She was given the Ralph Morgan Award by Titanic co-star Frances Fisher and in response to receiving this accolade Stuart replied by saying,

“I’m very, very grateful.

I’ve had a wonderful life of giving and sharing”.


@ Wikipedia

Gloria’s Memoires……..

Gloria’s Book: I Just Kept Hoping:


Chris Pizzello/Associated Press
Gloria Stuart at the Academy Awards in 1998. She was nominated for best supporting actress for “Titanic.”

Are you ready to journey back to heartache, icebergs and seasickness circa 1997? Grab your life jacket because Titanic 3D has officially sailed into cinemas. Although the film has enjoyed a little cosmetic enhancement, star Kate Winslet is none too pleased about seeing her then-21-year-old self in 3D.

The down-to-earth actress says she’s horrified by her nude scenes, haunted by Titanic jokes and wants to vomit every time she hears Celine Dion’s ballad “My Heart Will Go On.” We’re getting the impression that Winslet isn’t a fan of her big screen appearance.

But that’s OK. Despite their sometimes inflated egos, not all actors love every movie they appear in, and some will even go so far as to publicly diss their own projects. Let’s see what they have to say in our gallery of “Actors who hate their own films.”

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