Leonardo DiCaprio: Titanic's Gloria Stuart Was "a Force"

Entertainment Sep. 27, 2010 AT 8:32PM
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Leonardo DiCaprio is remembering Gloria Stuart, his costar in Titanic who passed away Sunday at the age of 100.

"Gloria Stuart was a force both on and off screen," DiCaprio says in a statement. "An amazingly sweet person, a fantastic actress, and someone who always fought for what she believed in."

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As the 1997 smash's narrator, Stuart played the older version of Kate Winslet's character Rose, a Titanic survivor who fell in love with Jack (DiCaprio) before tragedy struck on the cruise ship.

DiCaprio continues: "She was one of the last great actresses from the Golden era of Hollywood. I was honored to have worked along side her. She will be missed."

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Beginning in the 1930s, Stuart starred in over 40 films, but semi-retired after A-list movie star status alluded her.

Nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1998 for her Titanic turn, she became the oldest woman ever nominated for an Academy Award. (She lost to Kim Basinger.)

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She is survived by a daughter, four grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

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