She Wasn't Really On The Titanic
In her youth, Stuart was a blond beauty who starred in "The Invisible Man," "Gold Diggers of 1935" and two Shirley Temple movies.
She resumed acting in the 1970s, but Stuart's later career would have remained largely a footnote if James Cameron had not chosen her for his 1997 epic about the doomed luxury liner that struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.
Stuart co-starred as Rose Calvert, the 101-year-old survivor played by Kate Winslet as a young woman. Both earned Oscar nominations. It was the first time in Oscar history that two performers were nominated for playing the same character in the same film, and it made the 87-year-old Stuart the oldest acting nominee in history.
Cameron wanted an actress who was "still viable, not alcoholic, rheumatic or falling down," Stuart once said. Then in her mid-80s, Stuart endured hours in the makeup chair so she could look 15 years older.
She said she quit the business because she was tired of playing "girl detective, girl reporter and Shirley Temple's friend." [legacy.com]