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Kate Winslet “saddened” at news of Gloria Stuart’s passing


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: They both played Rose DeWitt Bukater in James Cameron’s Oscar-sweeping masterpiece. Now Kate Winslet has said she is “saddened” to hear that fellow actress Gloria Stuart has died at the age of 100.

“I am so saddened to hear of the loss of this remarkable woman. I feel blessed to have met her, known her, and to have acted alongside her. Anyone who spent time in her presence will know what an extraordinary shining light she truly was. She will be deeply missed,” Winslet said in a statement released this afternoon.

Stuart was a Hollywood veteran with credits that included “The Invisible Man” and “My Favorite Year.” She earned her first Oscar nomination for “Titanic.” She died Sunday evening.

“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 earlier out of two life size merry go round horses,” Stuart’s family said in a statement. “She was attended by her daughter Sylvia Vaughn Thompson and her extended family.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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