Los Angeles: The Oscar Academy is celebrating the 100th birthday of Gloria Stuart, known for her memorable performance as the centenarian survivor in `Titanic`, with a special programme later this month.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will honour Stuart with the program featuring film clips and an onstage conversation between the Oscar-nominated actress and her longtime friend, film historian Leonard Maltin, on July 22 at the Academy`s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Born on 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 ingenue included roles in James Whale`s pioneering horror films `The Old Dark House` and `The Invisible Man`.
Stuart joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1933 and 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 the 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.