Kate Ward
September 27, 2010 AT 05:53 PM EDT

Image Credit: Everett CollectionGloria Stuart, the actress that portrayed an elderly Rose (Kate Winslet) in Titanic passed away Sept. 26. The Academy Award-nominated Stuart died in her Los Angeles home years after being diagnosed with lung cancer. “I am so saddened to hear of the loss of this remarkable woman,” Winslet says in a statement. “I feel blessed to have met her, known her, and to have acted alongside her. Anyone who spent time in her presence will know what an extraordinary shining light she truly was. She will be deeply missed.”

Prior to starring in James Cameron’s blockbuster, Stuart appeared in more than 40 films during the 1930s, such as 1932’s The Old Dark House, 1933’s The Invisible Man, and 1936’s Poor Little Rich Girl. Stuart is also the author of her 1999 memoir, I Just Kept Hoping.

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