One of JAMES CAMERON’S most impressive accomplishments in bringing his epic blockbuster, TITANIC, to the screen was casting the lovely GLORIA STUART as the elder Rose, whose tortured on-board love affair with an unscrubbed Irish artist led to one of the silver screen’s greatest romances.
California-born, STUART started her acting career in the early 1930s as a Universal contract player who was quickly cast in a series of low budget pictures. A protege of the iconic director JAMES WHALE, she is probably best remembered from that era for her role in his 1932 horror film THE OLD DARK HOUSE. During an interview we did with the actress in December of 1997, STUART talked about the similarities between WHALE and CAMERON. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
A closeted homosexual until he retired from filmmaking, WHALE and STUART dated briefly and she assures us that she never had an inkling that the director was gay until it was revealed years later. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
One of our all-time favorite interviews, GLORIA STUART was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in TITANIC and yet another generation will get to know her with the film’s 3D re-release this week.
TITANIC 3D opens in theaters Wednesday