Gloria Stuart

Actor, Painter, Printer
An elegant if underutilized leading lady of 1930s Hollywood, Gloria Stuart was best remembered for two classic horror films she made amid a great deal of routine studio product. She had brief experience on the stage ... Read more »
Born: 07/04/1910 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Buzz 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

General Hospital 1974 - 1975, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miracles 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1974 - 1975, 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Invisible Man 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

GQ Men of the Year Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Love Letter 1999 (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Bogart: The Untold Story 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

Old Rose Calvert (Actor)

Unscripted Hollywood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Here He Is... The One, The Only... Groucho 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

Mrs. Connoly (Actor)

Mass Appeal 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Curry (Actor)

My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

Mrs Horn (Actor)

The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Glitter Palace 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Waltons 1974 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lady Objects 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gold Diggers of 1935 1934 (Movie)

Amy Prentiss (Actor)

The Invisible Man 1932 (Movie)

Flora Cranley (Actor)

The Kiss Before the Mirror 1932 (Movie)

Lucy Bernsdorf (Actor)

The Old Dark House 1931 (Movie)

Margaret Waverton (Actor)

Adventures of the Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Air Mail (Movie)

Ruth Barnes (Actor)

Flood! (TV Show)

Actor

Fun and Games (TV Show)

Actor

Here Comes the Navy (Movie)

Dorothy Martin (Actor)

Laddie (Movie)

Pamela Pryor (Actor)

Life Begins in College (Movie)

Janet O'Hara (Actor)

Maybe It's Love (Movie)

Bobby Halevy (Actor)

My Mother the Spy (TV Show)

Actor

Private Jones (Movie)

Mary Gregg (Actor)

Professional Soldier (Movie)

Countess Sonia, Governess (Actor)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Movie)

Gwen Warren (Actor)

Roman Scandals (Movie)

Princess Sylvia (Actor)

She Wrote the Book (Movie)

Phyllis Fowler (Actor)

Street of Women (Movie)

Doris Baldwin (Actor)

The Best Place to Be (TV Show)

Actor

The Crime of Dr. Forbes (Movie)

Ellen Godfrey (Actor)

The Girl in 419 (Movie)

Mary Dolan (Actor)

The Horror of It All (TV Show)

Actor

The Lady Escapes (Movie)

Linda Ryan (Actor)

The Legend of Lizzie Borden (TV Show)

Actor

The Poor Little Rich Girl (Movie)

Margaret Allen (Actor)

The Prisoner of Shark Island (Movie)

Mrs. Peggy Mudd (Actor)

The Whistler (Movie)

Alice Walker (Actor)

There Were Times, Dear (TV Show)

Actor

Time out for Murder (Movie)

Margie Ross (Actor)

Universal Horror (TV Show)

Actor

Winner Take All (Movie)

Julie Harrison (Actor)

Biography

An elegant if underutilized leading lady of 1930s Hollywood, Gloria Stuart was best remembered for two classic horror films she made amid a great deal of routine studio product. She had brief experience on the stage before being courted by several major studios, and made her debut in 1932. Stuart soon became an in-demand female lead in all manner of genres, from dramas and light comedies to musicals and costume adventures. However, her most enduring films were two horror efforts for "Frankenstein" (1931) director James Whale - 1932's "The Old Dark House" and "The Invisible Man" (1933). Stuart abandoned acting in the late 1940s to pursue a successful career in art, but made sporadic returns in the mid-1970s. In 1997, some 60 years after her film debut, she earned her greatest critical praise and an Oscar nomination as the elderly Rose in James Cameron's epic, "Titanic." Stuart credited her late-inning stardom to patience, but clearly, her enduring talent and screen presence could claim equal responsibility.

Relationships

Fred Finch

Step-Father

Patricia Finch

Half-Sister

Blair Newell

Husband

Ward Ritchie

Companion
First met in 1930 was best friend of Blair Gordon Newell became reacquainted in March 1983 lived together until his death in 1996

Arthur Sheekman Screenwriter

Husband
Married July 29, 1934 in Mexico; married until his death Jan. 12, 1978 from complications of Alzheimer's disease and arteriosclerosis

Alice Stewart

Mother

Frank Stewart

Father
Represented many of the Chinese Tongs in San Francisco was appointed a judge and was about to take the bench when he was hit by a car and died c. 1919

Frank Stewart

Brother

Thomas Stewart

Brother
Died in infancy

Sylvia Thompson

Daughter
Born June 19, 1935 father, Arthur Sheekman

EDUCATION

Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica , California 1927

University of California, Berekley

Berkeley , California
Dropped out in her junior year to marry Gordon Newell

Milestones

2004

Final film appearance was in Wim Wenders' "Land of Plenty"

2001

Made guest appearance as the title character's grandmother on the Sci-Fi Channel series "The Invisible Man"

2000

Portrayed a retired CIA operative in the Lifetime movie "My Mother the Spy"

2000

Played a foul-mouthed bag lady in Wim Wenders' "Million Dollar Hotel"; screened at the Berlin Film Festival; released theatrically in 2001

2000

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September 27)

1999

Published her autobiography, I Just Kept Hoping

1999

Co-starred as Kate Capshaw's grandmother in "The Love Letter"

1997

Received critical notice for her most prominent film role in over 50 years, playing the elder Rose in "Titanic"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1982

Returned to feature film acting with a small role in "My Favorite Year"

1961

Had a one-woman show exhibiting her paintings in New York

1946

Retired from screen acting; last feature film for 36 years, "She Wrote the Book"

1942

Returned to films to act in "Enemy of Women"

1939

Last film role for several years, playing the Queen in an adaptation of "The Three Musketeers"

1935

Worked foremost for Twentieth Century-Fox

1934

Primary association with Universal Studios ended

1934

Appeared in the film "Here Comes the Navy"

1932

Made feature film debut in "Street of Women"

1932

Made first of three key films with director James Whale, "The Old Dark House"

Was absent from feature film work; worked occasionally as a stage actress in New York

Signed to movie contract after appearing on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse

Resumed acting career with TV appearances in the late 1970s

Took up painting

Movie contract was the subject of dispute between Paramount and Universal Studios; arbitration by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America settled it in Universal's favor

Began career as a stage actress

Bonus Trivia

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Stuart was one of the founding member of the Screen Actors Guild in 1933.

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In 1998, at age 87, Stuart became the oldest actress ever to receive an Oscar nomination.

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In 1946, Stuart turned her talent to art. She had discovered decoupage and soon opened a small shop called Décor, Ltd, where she sold the lamps, tables, chests and other objets d'art of decoupage she created.

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While filming "Here Comes the Navy" (1934), Stuart and company filmed aboard the USS Arizona, only seven years before the ship was tragically sunk at Pearl Harbor.

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