Fast Facts

  • Gave backyard performances as a child during World War I; money collected from sales of hand-knit wash rags and homemade cakes was donated to the war effort.
  • Left college to perform at the Pasadena Playhouse, where she was eventually discovered by talent agents from Universal.
  • Changed the spelling of her last name because she wanted six letters to balance out her first name on marquees.
  • Was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild in 1933.
  • Semi-retired from acting after WWII.
  • Created hand-printed art books and learned oil painting while living in Italy in 1954; had a successful one-woman show at Manhattan Hammer Galleries in 1961.
  • Returned to acting for a desired cameo role with Peter O'Toole in the 1982 film My Favorite Year.
  • At 87, became the oldest Academy Award nominee for her supporting role in Titanic (1997).
  • Published her memoirs in the 1999 book I Just Kept Hoping.
  • Passed away in September 2010, just two months after she turned 100.

Awards

  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Ward Ritchie — Ex-significant Other
  • Sylvia Sheekman Thompson — Daughter
  • Blair Gordon Newell — Ex-husband
  • Arthur Sheekman — Husband (deceased)
  • Thomas Stewart — Brother
  • Fred Finch — Stepfather
  • Alice Deidrick Stewart — Mother
  • Frank Stewart — Father

College

  • Attended University of California, Berkeley, CA

Details

  • Birth Name: Gloria Frances Stewart
  • Birth Place: Santa Monica, CA
  • Birthday: July 4, 1910, Cancer
  • Died: September 26, 2010
  • Profession: Actor
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