[3][4] Stuart's father, a native of The Dalles, Oregon, was of Scottish descent, and studied law in San Francisco. Although Screen Play magazine had called Ms. Stuart one of the 10 most beautiful women in Hollywood, she was more than a pretty face. "I'm fed up with venal and avaricious forestry people, mining people, oil people, gas people. She recognized that the symmetry of the six letters of (Gloria) Stuart would look better on a marquee than the seven letters of Stewart. Gloria Stuart(1910 - 2010) . LOS ANGELES Gloria Stuart, the 1930s Hollywood beauty who gave up acting for 30 years and later became the oldest Academy Award acting nominee as the spunky survivor in "Titanic," has died. [95] In the following years, Stuart exhibited her primitive-style paintings in many shows, including at the Bianchini Gallery in New York, the Simon Patrich Galleries and The Egg and the Eye in Los Angeles, the Galerie du Jonelle in Palm Springs and the Staircase Gallery in Beverly Hills. She got an agent and was immediately cast in a small role as a woman customer in a store in the ABC television film The Legend of Lizzie Borden starring Elizabeth Montgomery. Laughter in Hell: "Gloria Stuart appears as Lorraine ...";[39] Sweepings: "... played by the comely Gloria Stuart ...";[40] Private Jones: "Gloria Stuart is charming ..."[41], James Whale called Stuart back for just one scene in The Kiss Before the Mirror, but the critic Hall wrote, "There are those who may think that it is too bad to introduce as one of the players the dainty Gloria Stuart and have her killed off in the first episode of the narrative. What did give the actress space in the movie pages the previous November was the story: "Gloria Stuart Quits Fox ... Gloria Stuart has terminated her contract with Fox ..."[68] In fact, Darryl Zanuck did not renew Stuart's contract.[69]. [61], Stuart later appeared in The Lady Escapes, Life Begins in College and Change of Heart, which did not merit space in the New York Times movie pages. Her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination, for best supporting actress. "[52], Stuart's daughter, Sylvia – named after Princess Sylvia, Stuart's character in Roman Scandals – was born in June 1935. After living in rented spaces for ten years, Stuart and husband Sheekman bought an old craftsman-style house, where she redesigned the interior, supervised the remodeling, designed all the furniture and had it custom made. Ms. Stuart and Mr. Ritchie also began an autumn romance that lasted until Mr. Ritchie’s death in 1996 at the age of 91. Nugent, Frank S. The Girl on the Front Page (1936) Notes in Passing on 'The Girl on the Front Page,' at the Roxy. "Showbiz stalwart Stuart gets SAG honor". Her body was cremated. Stuart wrote, "I was not the least bit nervous. Stuart co-starred with James Cagney and Pat O'Brien, the first of nine films featuring this male team. [8] Hard-pressed to support two small children, her mother soon accepted the proposal of local businessman Fred J. Gloria Stuart, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Drama, Musical or Comedy, for her role in "Titanic," is greeted by the children's character "Barney," as she arrives at the 55th Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998. [90] The Sheekmans were on their way to Italy. "[45]) After having appeared in several of Whale's films, Stuart became friends with him and his partner, David Lewis. [131] On June 19, 2010, despite her illness, Stuart appeared in person to be honored by the Screen Actors Guild for her years of service. [140], For her contributions to the film industry, Stuart has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "[23], Stuart's performance in the theatre in Carmel brought her to the attention of Gilmor Brown's private theater, The Playbox, in Pasadena. "Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton and Raymond Massey in a Film of Priestley's "The Old Dark House. She attended the Finch School in New York and spent two years studying drama at a dramatic school.. Biography - A Short WikiActress whose career began in the 1930s and who later played Rose in the blockbuster film Titanic. In 1983 the master printer Ward Ritchie taught her to print, and she started a fresh career as a respected designer of hand-printed artists’ books and broadsides. 'Joker Opening Canceled on Tour'. "[4], After tasting Stuart's goose in Kirschwasser aspic, the writer Samuel Hoffenstein composed a poem, which he comically said was inspired by "hearing the wings of all the poets brush thro' Gloria's kitchen. Personal life First marriage. [91] Sheekman was now very successful. View Article. Shaking hands with an admirer, who has painted her name and her portrait on his breast. I said, 'Oh wonderful,' because I was getting up at five every morning; in makeup at seven, in hair at eight, wardrobe at quarter of nine, and then sometimes if production wanted you to, you worked until four or five the next morning. In 1961 she had her first one-woman show, at Hammer Galleries in New York. She was also expelled from grade school after kicking her teacher ("to be honest, she deserved it" she recalled). Besides her daughter, Ms. Thompson, Ms. Stuart is survived by four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her style is based on the intricacies of composition. Six movies followed in 1936. "I belong to every organization that has to do with saving the environment," said Stuart. [97], Stuart had been painting for nearly thirty years when, as she noted in her book, "... the challenges to me of painting as a primitive had been wearing a little thin, and I had become fascinated by the complex art form of serigraphy—silk screening." [B], While a student at UC Berkeley, Stuart wanted to join the Young Communist League. [103] With his commercial Ward Ritchie Press and private Laguna Verde Imprenta press, Ritchie produced distinguished books on the arts, poetry, cookery and the American West. Stuart died of respiratory failure Sunday night at her Los Angeles home, her daughter, Sylvia Thompson, said Monday. "Gloria Stuart: From Silver Screen to Canvas" (thesis proposal), CUNY Graduate Center, 2013. In October 1999, Stuart's native Santa Monica issued a Commendation signed by the mayor recognizing Gloria Stuart "... for many contributions world-wide and her inspirational message to always keep hoping. An elegant if underutilized leading lady of 1930s Hollywood, Gloria Stuart was best remembered for two classic horror films she made amid a great deal of routine studio product. Ms. Stewart in “Gold Diggers of 1935” (1935). [73], On March 8, 1998, the Screen Actors Guild awarded Stuart its Founders Award. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she met her first husband, the sculptor Gordon Newell. Stuart was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 94, many decades after she had quit smoking. "[55] In 1936, John Ford chose Stuart to co-star with Warner Baxter in The Prisoner of Shark Island. “Gloria Stuart Sheekman expired in her sleep shortly after 8 PM in the evening Sunday September 26th, 2010, in the bed she had built decades […] [73] "I wanted to be a theater actress," she said, "but I thought it would be easier to get to New York and the theater if I had a name than if I just walked the streets as a little girl from California. Several of her books took her years to complete. Gloria Stuart. Gloria Stuart, the 1930s starlet who became the oldest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award with her career-making turn in Titanic, has died.She was 100. [130], In 2006, Stuart donated her screen printing equipment to Mills College, where an exhibition of her work was held. Stuart's paintings are in numerous private collections and the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum,[96] the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[96] the Victoria and Albert Museum,[96] the Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe), the Desert Museum of Palm Springs and the Belhaven Museum (Jackson, Mississippi). Playing the wife of the doctor who treated Lincoln's assassin, Stuart felt privileged to work again with Ford,[56] although the New York Times Frank S. Nugent wrote of Stuart's "... helpful performance ..."[57] In Poor Little Rich Girl, Stuart again was asked to support a child star: this time, Shirley Temple. [132] On July 22, 2010, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Stuart's career with a program featuring film clips and conversations between Stuart and film historian Leonard Maltin, portrait artist Don Bachardy and David S. Zeidberg, the Avery Director of the Huntington Library. Follow the Blog! [29] Stuart's career advanced when English director James Whale chose her for his film The Old Dark House (1932), playing the glamour role of a sentimental wife who winds up stranded among strangers at a spooky mansion, among the ensemble cast (Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Eva Moore and Raymond Massey). "[114] The next morning, Finn brought over James Cameron and his video camera. Stuart wrote: "On April 7, 1997, the publicity blitz for Titanic kicked off...  From that point on, the deluge of publicity never stopped. The malignancy continued to spread, but slowly due to her age. There was no overtime. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Gloria Stuart (4 Jul 1910–26 Sep 2010), Find a Grave Memorial no. Perhaps it is, but a pretty girl was needed for the part and Mr. Whale obviously did not wish to weaken his production by casting an incompetent actress or an unattractive one for this minor role. [104] When Stuart first followed Ritchie into his studio and watched him pull a printed page from his 1839 English iron Albion hand press, she wanted to do it, too. Nugent, Frank S. "The Palace Takes 'Time Out for Murder' at the Palace". [135] She underwent radiation treatment, but in time the cancer returned and she underwent a shorter course of radiation. Stuart's father, a native of The Dalles, Oregon, … According to Stuart, she began her film career by playing an ingénue confronting her father's mistress in the Warner Bros. film Street of Women, a Pre-Code fallen-women film for which she was loaned by Universal. [119] She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Paul Lukas shooting Gloria Stuart in The Kiss Before the Mirror. It is located on the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard. "Jane Withers, Gloria Stuart and Henry Wilcox Are In 'Keep Smiling' at The Globe.". [A][9] Stuart attended her schooling using the name Gloria Fae Finch. [107], In the late-1980s, Stuart began experimenting making Artist's books. Born Gloria Hatrick in Larchmount, New York, she became a model and gave it up to marry and raise a family. As when she first saw découpage, Stuart wanted to do it too. Eventually Stuart's collection numbered over one hundred miniature trees.[100]. Stuart made her debut at The Hollywood Bowl on July 19, 1998 reading the poem, Standing Stone, Paul McCartney's oratorio for orchestra and chorus. Bio: Golden Age, Death, Salary, Daughter, Wiki Hollywood, 20th Century Fox, Titanic, Earnings. She also played Claude Rains’ love interest in The Invisible Man. [22] Stuart would later reflect on this period of her life as "wonderfully bohemian. [14] After high school, Stuart enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in philosophy and drama. [37], Stuart was given her first co-starring role by director John Ford in her next film, Air Mail, playing opposite Pat O'Brien and Ralph Bellamy. 12B, line 52. [101] Her friend, director Nancy Malone, gave her a leading role in Merlene of the Movies, a quirky film for television, and other friends gave her parts in their shows. In 1932 Mr. Ritchie, who was Mr. Newell’s best friend, drove her to Pasadena, where she had been offered a role at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse. Ms. Stuart was so viable that it took an hour and a half each day to transform her youthful 86-year-old features into the face of a 101-year-old woman. [92] For the next eighteen months, Stuart painted and Sheekman worked on his play. "[124] Also in May, Stuart was guest of honor at the Great Steamboat Race between the Belle of Louisville and the Delta Queen and then was Grand Marshal of the 1998 Kentucky Derby Festival's Pegasus Parade. Not to be confused with Gloria Stewart (James Stewart’s wife) Film Deaths [edit | edit source]. Mr. Sheekman died in 1978. [110], Through Ritchie, Stuart was introduced to prestigious librarians and bibliophiles from San Francisco to Paris. Summary. In the eight years since returning from New York, he had been on fourteen movies, mostly writing the screenplays. The movie actress Gloria Stuart died at the age of 100. [93], Sheekman's comedy about a sorrowful comic, The Joker, had Tommy Noonan for its star and was booked into The Playhouse Theater in New York to open April 5, 1957. [47] In 1933 (on the set of her film Roman Scandals, a comedy starring Eddie Cantor), Stuart met Arthur Sheekman, one of the movie's writers. One day, Melvyn said to me, `Are you interested in forming a union together?' Ms. Stuart and Boris Karloff in “The Old Dark House” (1932). She abandoned movies, she said, after growing tired of being typecast as “girl reporter, girl detective, girl overboard.”, “So one day, I burned everything: my scripts, my stills, everything,” she told The Chicago Tribune in 1997. [84] In The Whistler (1944)—an early directing credit of the horror specialist, William Castle—Stuart co-starred with Richard Dix. She took classes from Frank Nagata, colleague of John Naka, a bonsai master in Los Angeles,[99] joined Nagata's bonsai club, Baiko-En, and became one of the first Anglo members of the California Bonsai Society. She signed a film contract with Universal Pictures in 1932, and acted in numerous films for the studio, including the horror films The Old Dark House (1932) and The Invisible Man (1933), followed by roles in the Shirley Temple musicals Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938). Her social circle included Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and other New York intellectuals who had settled at the Garden of Allah hotel while writing and acting in movies. It was really very, very hard work. (Mordaunt Hall's review of Stuart's work was a temperate, "Miss Stuart also does well by her role. "Fifteen Screen Debs Are Elected 1932 Baby Stars By WAMPAS". "Claude Rains Makes His Film Debut in a Version of H.G. In addition to her acting and art careers, Stuart was a lifelong environmental and political activist, who served as a co-founding member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League. In 1938, Zanuck again insisted Stuart support Shirley Temple in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938). The Gloria Stuart who died on September 26, 2010, was far more than just Old Rose in James Cameron's Titanic. Dated this 16th day of October, 1999. Actress. Although Stuart's scene lasted moments and she had no lines, she was dancing with Peter O'Toole. Both came backstage to arrange a screen test, both studios claimed her. Confidential). Stuart was born Gloria Stewart at 11:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July, 1910 on the family's kitchen table in Santa Monica, California, the first child of Alice (née Deidrick) and Frank Stewart. Pam O'Connor, Mayor. [78] In August 1940, she starred as Emily Webb, opposite Thornton Wilder—under Wilder's own direction—in his play Our Town,[79] which was staged at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "[66] It Could Happen to You, "a quasi-comedy"[67] co-starring Stuart Erwin, finished the eight years. Frank S. Nugent noted: "There is a minor romance along the way between Gloria Stuart, the king's noble governess, and Michael Whalen, the professional soldier's part-time assistant, but no one should take it seriously. They lived in a shack in the middle of a wood yard as night watchmen. [109] One of them, completed in 1996 with artist Don Bachardy, is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her first assignment from the studio head, Darryl F. Zanuck, was in Professional Soldier supporting the child star Freddie Bartholomew and Academy Award winner Victor McLaglen (the year before, McLaglen won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in John Ford's The Informer). [C] She was survived by her daughter, Sylvia Vaughn Thompson. In 2004, she appeared in Wenders' Land of Plenty, her final film. [18] The Newells moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea where there was a stimulating community of artists such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Robinson Jeffers and Lincoln Steffens and his wife Ella Winter. [32], After filming completed, Stuart began canvassing for supporters; she became one of the union's first founding members. Staff. In New York, Stuart sought to return to stage acting, hoping to star on Broadway. He wanted to try another play. After she left Hollywood, Ms. Stuart taught herself to paint. Gloria Stuart's 2004 day book, September 24, 2004. Rains was a celebrated import from the London stage and this was his first Hollywood film. [136], Stuart, still in decent health, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 4, 2010, hosted by James Cameron and Suzy Amis as well as family and friends at the ACE Gallery in Beverly Hills. "For Fisher, gay friends are 'Normal". The rest of it is synthetic and disappointing ... More fitting title would be Rebecca of Radio City. Stuart was 100. [2], As a child, Stuart attended a Church of Christ with her mother, and subsequently attended a Catholic school. I said, 'What's a union?' [49], In 1934, Universal loaned-out Stuart to Warner Brothers for Here Comes the Navy. She was initially known for her roles in Pre-Code films, though she would garner renewed fame later in life for her portrayal of Rose Dawson Calvert in James Cameron's disaster romantic drama Titanic (1997), the highest-grossing film of all time to that point. She was James Cagney’s girlfriend in “Here Comes the Navy” (1934), Warner Baxter’s faithful wife in John Ford’s “Prisoner of Shark Island” (1936), Shirley Temple’s cousin in “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” (1938) and the spoiled rich girl who falls in love with penniless Dick Powell in “Gold Diggers of 1935.”, “Few actresses were so ornamental,” John Springer and Jack Hamilton wrote in “They Had Faces Then,” a book about the actresses of the 1930s. Zolotow, Sam. If she had been more famous as an actress, Ms. Stuart might never have won the role of Rose Calvert; Mr. Cameron wanted a lesser-known actress for the part, one who, as Ms. Stuart said in a 1997 interview, was “still viable, not alcoholic, rheumatic or falling down.”. [138] In 1938, as a member of the Hollywood Democratic Committee, Stuart was on the Executive Board of the California State Democratic Committee. [95] Nearly all of her forty canvases sold. In 1984, Stuart was diagnosed with breast cancer, but successfully treated the disease with a lumpectomy followed by radiation. [10] She had not been given a middle name by her parents and so adopted one, Frances, the feminine of Frank, her father's name. "[83], Stuart asked her former agents to get her work. B.R.C. Ritchie had become a celebrated printer, book designer and printing historian. [111] Imprenta Glorias books can be found in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Huntington Library, J. Paul Getty Museum, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library & Museum, the New York Public Library, the Occidental College Library, the Princeton University library, the UCLA Clark Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as private collections. Dastin, Elizabeth. “The morning after I opened in Chekhov’s ‘The Sea Gull,’ ” Ms. Stuart remembered, “I signed a seven-year contract with Universal.”. "[42], After good notices in The Girl in 419, (Mordaunt Hall mentions "... the pleasing acting of the attractive Gloria Stuart),[43] and Secret of the Blue Room ("Miss Stuart gives a pleasing performance. [102] Five years later, Ward Ritchie, a close friend of Stuart's first husband, Gordon Newell, sent Stuart one of his books. Gloria Stuart was an American film actress whose career spanned over 70 years. In their review of the film, Variety wrote: "Shirley Temple proves she's a great little artist in this one. "[139], Stuart died in her sleep of respiratory failure on the afternoon of September 26, 2010. Gloria was born on March 10, 1918 to Edgar B. Hatrick of Larchmont, New York.Her family spent the summers at The Broadmoor hotel and resort. The actors get together and work for better working conditions.' [10] She loved writing as much as acting, and spent her last two summers in high school taking short story and poetry writing classes[12] and working as a cub reporter for the Santa Monica Outlook. "The Girl in 419 In an Emergency Hospital. ", Hall, Mordaunt. Half-sister Patricia Marie Finch was born in 1924. [53][54], In that same year, Stuart left Universal and joined Twentieth Century-Fox. This is positively killing. Wells's Novel, 'The Invisible Man. "Private Jones (1933) A Bucking Private. Gloria Stuart, Actress: Titanic. [80], To help with the war effort in the 1940s,[81] Stuart took singing and dancing lessons, then the USO teamed her with actress Hillary Brooke. Stuart had one younger brother, Frank Jr., born eleven months later, and another younger brother Thomas (born two years after Frank Jr.), however he died due to spinal meningitis at age three. She was interviewed on television, invited to Russia for the opening of the movie there and chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. Hall, Mordaunt. ", Program: "An Academy Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart. [13], While a teenager, she had a tumultuous relationship with her stepfather, and sought to attend college in order to leave home. [86] With Sheekman's encouragement, she opened a shop on Los Angeles's decorators' row, named it Décor, Ltd.[87] Stuart created découpaged lamps, mirrors, tables, chests and other one of a kind objets d'art. Archerd, Army. That appealed to me. She was 86 at the time. Her print work is in the collections of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. A native of Santa Monica, California, Stuart began acting while in high school. In the best of her early movies, Ms. Stuart, a petite and elegant presence, was forced to seek shelter with Boris Karloff in James Whale’s classic horror film “The Old Dark House” (1932) and was horrified when Claude Rains, her mad-scientist fiancé, tampered with nature in “The Invisible Man” (1933), also directed by Whale. Gloria Stuart appeared in more than forty films during the 1930s and early 1940s, most of which have been forgotten. In 1975, after nearly thirty years out of the business, Stuart decided to return to acting. Stuart met with the fan and was photographed with him for a Life magazine profile in the fall of 1937. [27] Stuart's second film, again playing an ingénue, was in the football-hero film, The All-American.[28]. Much like her Titaniccharacter, Rose, Gloria died months after becoming a centeranian. Ms. Stuart had long since moved on from Hollywood when James Cameron, the director of “Titanic,” rediscovered her for the role of Rose Calvert, a 101-year-old survivor of the ship’s sinking. After Air Mail, Mordaunt Hall's notices for Gloria Stuart came down to a few words. "[81] After that, Stuart was in Jack Lemmon's drama Mass Appeal and Goldie Hawn's comedy Wildcats, then more bits and pieces in television. Gloria Frances Stewart was born in Santa Monica, Calif., on July 4, 1910, two years before the Titanic sank. Beginning in 1940, Stuart slowed her film career, instead performing in regional theater in New England. She was nominated for best supporting actress for “Titanic.”. In fact, ever since 1986, she was "Great Gloria" to her entire family. Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, Outstanding Female Actor in Supporting Role, "Gloria Frances Stuart, actress. 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