Monday, September 27, 2010
Gloria Stuart (1910-2010)
Bad news just in: one of the last links to the classic era of Universal Horror, but best known for her late-life return to celebrity in James Cameron's Titanic after taking a role Fay Wray had turned down, Gloria Stuart has succumbed to lung cancer not long after celebrating her centennial. Stuart was the female lead in James Whale's The Old Dark House and The Invisible Man and appeared in numerous films for other studios in the 1930s. She followed her Oscar-nominate performance in Titanic with several appearances in film and TV, including two Wim Wenders movies. Her last performance, in a sense, was an interview she gave a few weeks after her 100th birthday, when reporters noted that her voice was just about gone, though she appears to have kept her mind clear to the end. Given what that interview must have taken out of her as a centenarian dying of cancer, she was certainly a trouper to the end. Ave atque vale.