Gloria Stuart, who played the older version of Kate Winslet‘s character Rose in 1997’s blockbuster Titanic, died at the age of 100 Sunday at her Los Angeles home, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Her daughter Sylvia Thompson told The Washington Post that Stuart had been diagnosed with lung cancer years ago.
In 1998, Stuart, then 87, became the oldest Oscar nominee ever for her role in the James Cameron-directed film. She also earned a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, as well as a spot in People‘s Most Beautiful issue in 1998 as she basked in the light of the smash hit film.
She appeared in more than 40 feature films in the 1930s before retiring, and reappeared in the 70s and 80s, but never broke the barrier of worldwide fame and exposure until receiving the role in Titanic.
“Old Rose in the Titanic script grabbed me instantly,” she wrote in her 1999 book, I Just Kept Waiting. She said upon being recruited to play the older incarnation of Rose, she “knew that evening the role [she] wanted and waited for all these many years had arrived!”
The veteran actress said following her 1998 nomination: “All these years — I’ve been waiting for this a long, long time.”