Actress. Best remembered for her Academy Award nominated role of the more mature, 'Rose Calvert ' in the multi-Academy Award winning motion picture, "Titanic" (1997). Stuart's film career spanned nearly seven decades. During the "Golden Age" of Hollywood she worked along side James Cagney, Claude Rains, Lionel Barrymore, Dick Powell, and Shirley Temple. She was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in drama and philosophy but dropped out in her junior year to wed Gordon Newell, a sculptor from San Fransisco. She would dabble in acting at local playhouses and would eventually return to the Los Angeles area and begin appearing at the Pasadena Playhouse. She was scouted by Universal Pictures and signed to a contract in 1932, appearing in the films, "The Old Dark House" (1932), "The Invisible Man" (1933), and "The Kiss Before the Mirror" (1933). When her option at Universal Pictures was up, she signed a deal at Twentieth Century Fox. At the time she divorced Gordon Newell, to marry screenwriter Arthur Sheekman, of whom she had a child, a daughter, Sylvia. After four years under contract to Fox, she and her husband retreated to New York were she enjoyed returning to the stage and he wrote plays. They returned to Hollywood, again, and Gloria appeared in her last film for Universal, "She Wrote the Book" (1946). She would briefly retire from acting to become an accomplished artist, painting and sculpting. She returned to acting in the mid-seventies, appearing in numerous television shows, she became widowed in 1978. In the late 1990s director James Cameron cast Gloria in the multi-million dollar epic, "Titanic" which thrust her career back into the limelight. She would also be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe, as well as her coveted Oscar nomination for her pivotal and memorable role. She continued acting until 2004, to retire a comfortable life in Beverly Hills, where she died of natural causes.
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