An Academy Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart
Hosted by Leonard Maltin
With special guest Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart’s acting career has straddled two centuries, and bridged an impressive creative life that has also seen her receive wide acclaim as a painter and book artist.
The Academy honored Ms. Stuart’s career in film and celebrated her 100th birthday with a program featuring film clips and an onstage conversation between Stuart and her longtime friend Leonard Maltin.
Born July 4, 1910, in Santa Monica, Stuart attended the University of California at Berkeley and began her acting career on the stage, making her movie debut in the 1932 pre-Code drama “Street of Women.” From the 1930s through the mid-40s, her many appearances as a stunning blonde ingénue included roles in James Whale’s pioneering horror films “The Old Dark House” and “The Invisible Man.” She dabbled in musicals, appearing as Dick Powell’s love interest in “Gold Diggers of 1935” and as Queen Anne alongside The Ritz Brothers in the 1939 musical comedy version of “The Three Musketeers,” worked with director John Ford on “Air Mail” and “The Prisoner of Shark Island,” and played opposite Shirley Temple in “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”
Stuart was among the first members of the Screen Actors Guild in 1933, becoming member No. 843 and subsequently serving for several years on the National Board. She is the sole surviving board member from the 1930s.
Stuart changed paths in the late 1940s to pursue a successful career in the fine arts, returning to acting in the 1970s. In 1997, at the age of 87, her memorable performance in “Titanic” as a centenarian survivor of the ship’s sinking endeared Stuart to a whole new generation of moviegoers and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Stuart remains the oldest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award.
- Thursday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Actresses Gloria Stuart, Carla Laemmle and Pauline Wagner, all of whom are 100 years of age.
Gloria Stuart and host Leonard Maltin.