Gloria Stuart, a blond movie bombshell of the 1930s who resurfaced a half century later as the sentimental heart of the blockbuster Titanic, died Sunday at the age of 100.
She left acting after World War II and turned to painting, where she adopted a primitive style reminiscent of Grandma Moses. She later developed a line of blank artists' books.
In the 1997 film, Stuart played the older incarnation of Kate Winslett's Rose Calvert - the character who turned the movie from a tragedy in which 1,490 people died into a bittersweet tale where a single locket showed love could endure.
At the end of 2002, the actress appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL in a special Roaring '20s episode.
She celebrated her 100th birthday July 4 at a lavish Hollywood party attended by, among others, Titanic director James Cameron.