Flash! Gloria Stuart reported dead
F. Scott Fitzgerald may said “there are no second acts in American life”, but Gloria Stuart proved him wrong.
When you say Gloria Stuart, most people would recognize her as the older version of Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997). My first thought is The Invisible Man directed by James Whale (1933).
While there are a surprising number of people with sixty years or more on the silver screen, not many of them have about a thirty-year intermission in the middle.
Gloria Stuart made her first movie appearance in 1932.
By the end of 1933, she had appeared in no fewer than fourteen movies. James Whale cast her in The Old Dark House…and of course, with Claude Raines in The Invisible Man. By 1946, she had been in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Three Musketeers with Don Ameche, and Roman Scandals with Eddie Cantor.
Then, nothing…until 1975. Oh, like many creative people, art had never left her. She did theatre, decoupage, and entertained the troops.
Her return to acting was on television: The Waltons; Enos; Murder, She Wrote…and Manimal.
In 1997, she appeared it what would be the biggest movie of all time (until Avatar)…Titanic. She was even more luminous there than she had been in the 1930s. Her performance was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
In 2001, she made a nod to her 1933 movie when she appeared on the Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy) TV series, The Invisible Man.
Gloria Stuart celebrated her 100th birthday on July 4 of 2010.
It is never too late to live the best part of your life.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.