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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By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: The biggest news in movies this week was made down in San Diego where Comic Con just completed another whirlwind fanboy convention and only one person got stabbed in the eye. Lots of big star power there including a much publicized appearance by fanboy fave Angelina Jolie who came by to plug her big weekend opener , “Salt” for the faithful.
Many boxoffice prognosticators including this one thought Jolie and her take-no-prisoners action flick, “Salt” would rule at numero uno when the final B.O. estimates came in on Sunday but it was no contest as last week’s champ, the complex Christopher Nolan mind-teaser “Inception” erased all doubts about its prowess with the mass moviegoing audience registering in the top spot for the second week in a row with an estimated $43.5 to “Salt’s” $36.5, not even close. Quite frankly much as I loved “Inception” I was one of the doubters, thinking it would have narrower appeal due to its brainy subject matter and complicated plotline but audiences (led by the younger quadrant) went against conventional industry wisdom to prove they want something challenging along with their popcorn and are turning this thoroughbred original into a true summer phenomenon. “Inception” dropped an almost unheard of 31% week to week, indicating customers are already going back for a second or third time (to figure out what they missed?) and taking its domestic total to an estimated $144 million in just 10 days. By the way “Inception” had its official Academy screening Saturday night at the Samuel Goldwyn theatre where it drew a huge crowd and lots of head scratching afterwards in the lobby according to one of my spies.
Don’t cry too many tears for Angie though. Although “Salt” came in second and couldn’t quite reach a “fresh” rating on the Rotten Tomatoes CriticMeter where it stalled at 57% positive reviews, its runner up showing is also great and with a B plus Cinemascore rating should insure a healthy run domestically and a bountiful take overseas. After this movie I predict Angie will be regarded as the number one action star in the world – male OR female. When I talked to director Philip Noyce after Monday’s big Hollywood premiere at the Chinese he indicated he was ready to dive into the inevitable sequel set up by the movie’s rather abrupt ending. Noyce did the red [...]
HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will honor Oscar®-nominated actress Gloria Stuart’s career in film and celebrate her 100th birthday with a program featuring film clips and an onstage conversation between Stuart and her longtime friend, film historian Leonard Maltin, on Thursday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m., at Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Born July 4, 1910, in Santa Monica, Stuart attended the University of California at Berkeley and began her acting career on the stage, making her movie debut in the 1932 pre-Code drama “Street of Women.” From the 1930s through the mid-’40s, her many appearances as a stunning blonde ingenue included roles in James Whale’s pioneering horror films “The Old Dark House” and “The Invisible Man.” She dabbled in musicals, appearing as Dick Powell’s love interest in “Gold Diggers of 1935” and as Queen Anne alongside The Ritz Brothers in the 1939 musical comedy version of “The Three Musketeers”; worked with director John Ford on “Air Mail” and “The Prisoner of Shark Island”; and played opposite Shirley Temple in “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”
Stuart joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1933, becoming member No. 843 and subsequently serving for several years on its national board. She is the sole surviving board member from the 1930s.
Stuart changed paths in the late 1940s to pursue a successful career in the fine arts, returning to acting in the 1970s. In 1997, at the age of 87, her memorable performance in “Titanic” as a centenarian survivor of the ship’s sinking endeared Stuart to a whole new generation of moviegoers and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Stuart remains the oldest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award®.
Tickets to “An Academy Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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