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Gloria Stuart, the 1930s starlet who became the oldest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award with her career-making turn in Titanic, has died. She was 100.

Stuart died Sunday night at her West Los Angeles home, her daughter, Sylvia Thompson, told The Los Angeles Times. Stuart was diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago.

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After 30 years, Stuart returned to acting, taking bit parts in films, including 1982's My Favorite Year, in which she had no lines, but danced with Peter O'Toole. More than a decade later, she was asked to audition for Titanic.

In her 1999 autobiography, Gloria Stuart: I Just Kept Hoping, Stuart said that after reading the 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!"

Her last screen appearance was in the 2004 Michelle Williams drama Land of Plenty.

Stuart was married twice, first to sculptor Blair Gordon Newell from 1930-34, and then to screenwriter Arthur Sheekman, who penned Roman Scandals, from 1934 until his death in 1978.

In addition to her daughter, from her marriage to Sheekman, Stuart is survived by four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.