Gloria Stuart, the actress who portrayed old Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic and arguably the most famous old person in the world that year, passed away recently, just days after celebrating her 100th birthday.
IMDB has a nice, thorough rundown of her pre- and post-Titanic career that I’ll link here and post an excerpt of here:
It was her role in James Cameron’s 1997 epic Titanic, however, that gained her massive stardom, with her portrayal of the 101-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater remembering the final hours of the Titanic as intertwined with meeting her first love, captured the public’s imagination and affection. Her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. At the age of 87, the nomination – her first – made her the oldest person ever nominated for an Oscar. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000, and detailed her more than 70 years in the film industry in her biography “I Just Kept Hoping”.