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Titanic's star Gloria Stuart dies at 100

Last updated on: September 28, 2010 16:24 IST

Titanic's star Gloria Stuart dies at 100

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Veteran Hollywood actress Gloria Stuart, best remembered as the elderly Kate Winslet in Oscar-winning superhit Titanic died at 100.

Stuart had been diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago. A founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, Stuart died Sunday night at her West Los Angeles home. The actress had also survived breast cancer 20 years ago.

"She just paid no attention to illness. She was a very strong woman and had other fish to fry," said Stuart's daughter Sylvia Thompson. Stuart had won an Oscar nomination for her role as Rose Calvert, the 101-year-old survivor in the James Cameron directed Titanic.

A 1930s Hollywood leading lady, Stuart acted in movies like The Invisible Man, The Prisoner of Shark Island. She also appeared in Roman Scandals, Here Comes the Navy and Poor Little Rich Girl.

She featured in 42 films between 1932 and 1939 under her contract with Universal Studios and 20th Century Fox. Stuart later retired from the screen in 1946. In Gloria Stuart: I Just Kept Hoping, her 1999 autobiography written with her daughter Sylvia Thompson, Stuart said that after reading the Titanic script, "I knew the role I had wanted and waited for all these many years had arrived. I could taste the role of Old Rose."

At 87, Stuart became the oldest actress ever nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Titanic. Winslet was also nominated for her role and it was the first time in Oscar history that two performers were nominated for playing the same character in the same film.

In 2000, a star in her honour was unveiled at the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles' Hollywood Boulevard.

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Image: Gloria Stuart and James Cameron at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood
Photographs: Fred Prouser/ Reuters
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Actress Emily Deschanel, best known for playing the anti-social forensic expert Temperance 'Bones' Brennan in the hit TV series Bones, has tied the knot.

The 33-year-old wed writer-actor David Hornsby tied the knot in a quiet evening ceremony in front of family and friends in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on Saturday, reported People online.

Deschanel is currently starring in the sixth season of Bones, while Hornsby is best known for his work on the show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.


Image: Emily Deschanel
Photographs: Phil McCarten/ Reuters
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Lindsay Lohan goes to church from jail

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After two prison stints and a confession to drug addiction, Hollywood beauty Lindsay Lohan is finally making an effort to clean up her image.

Just hours after being released from a 14-hour prison spell, the 24-year-old visited a church near downtown Los Angeles which specialises in caring for the city's homeless.

The Mean Girls star was accompanied by her mum Dina, her sister Ali and her new manager Lou Taylor, as she spent an hour talking to some of the centers residents and signing autographs on Saturday, reported TMZ online.

Lohan who is reportedly heading back to rehab within the next few days, then took to micro-blogging website Twitter to share her experience. "What a great place The Dream Center is here in LA. Had a nice time there today, it's so important to give back. I feel blessed," she tweeted.

The visit occurred just hours before shocking photographs surfaced showing Lindsay back in 2007 using a syringe to inject herself with what is believed to be heroin. The pictures show a very thin looking Lohan posing with the syringe with a tourniquet wrapped around her arm and injecting the substance into her left wrist. In another photograph an unknown person injects Lohan in her lower back.

The former child star was remanded to jail at the Lynwood County Correctional Facility on Friday after she failed two court ordered drugs tests that were part of her probation terms from a 2007 drink driving case. Judge Elden Fox initially refused Lohan bail, meaning she could have stayed in jail until her next court hearing on October 22nd, but the stars lawyer Shaun Chapman Holley appealed the decision and got the ruling overturned allowing her to post a USD 300,000 bail and be released from jail.

Lohan is now free until the next court date but has been ordered to wear a scram device, which she was hiding under long boots, and avoid any location where alcohol can be purchased. It is believed at the October court hearing Lohan will be ordered to serve 30 days in jail for every individual probation violation.


Image: Lindsay Lohan
Photographs: Ho New/ Reuters
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Fans will get to witness the re-union of the cast of Oscar-winning movie The Sound Of Music in the late October 29th episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, according to reports.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Julie Andrews, who had the starring role of Maria, and Christopher Plummer, who played her boss turned husband Captain von Trapp in the 1965 film, will be present in addition to the actors and actresses who played the seven Von Trapp children.

The now 80-year-old Plummer has expressed his disgust with being typecast after playing the memorable role of Captain von Trapp.

'I was a bit bored with the character (of Captain von Trapp). Although we worked hard enough to make him interesting, it was a bit like flogging a dead horse. And the subject matter is not mine. I mean it can't appeal to every person in the world. It's not my cup of tea,' the New York Post quoted Plummer from an interview with The Boston Globe.

The Canadian actor said he disliked almost every aspect of the project, except working with the English actress Andrews, now aged 74.


Image: A scene from The Sound of Music

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