Titanic (1997) was her second film that featured a doomed ship. One of her early films, Here Comes the Navy (1934), was filmed aboard the USS Arizona.
Although rumors circulated around the internet that she was buried at several well-known Hollywood cemeteries Gloria was, in fact, cremated and the urn containing her ashes are in the possession of family.
Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world (1998).
Following her husband's death she engaged in a 13-year relationship with printer Ward Ritchie, born in 1904. They first met 1930 when he was a best friend of first husband, sculptor Blair Gordon Newell. The two reacquainted in March 1983 and were lovers until his death in 1996.
Founding member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Grandchildren are David Oxley Thompson, born on January 15, 1957 in Berkeley, California; Benjamin Stuart Thompson, born on September 21, 1959 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; Dinah Vaughn Thompson, born on December 6, 1960 in Los Angeles, California; and Amanda Thompson, born on July 30, 1962 in Berkeley, California.
Helped form the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League in 1936.
Her daughter, Sylvia Sheekman Thompson, born June 19, 1935, was a cookbook author.
Her younger brother, Frank Finch, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, was born in 1911.
Her younger brother, Thomas Stewart, died in infancy in 1912 from spinal meningitis.
In Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935), Stuart played a young woman whose mother pushes her to marry an unlikable rich man, but the young woman falls in love with a poor man. In Titanic (1997), Stuart's character did all that, 84 years earlier.
Interviewed in "It Came from Horrorwood: Interviews with Moviemakers in the SF and Horror Tradition" by Tom Weaver (McFarland, 1996).
Lived directly opposite the house in Brentwood, California where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered.
Mother-in-law of television writer Gene Thompson.
Oldest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, 2/10/98.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.
She became a member of the Hollywood Democratic Committee and was on the executive board of the California State Democratic Committee.
She graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1927 and attended the University of California-Berkeley but dropped out.
She has four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.