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Women in Film oral history interview, 2001 October 11 : Gloria Stuart

Author: Gloria Stuart; Bobbi Frank; Women in Film (Organization); Women in Film Foundation.
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : English
Publication:Women in Film Foundation Legacy Series.
Database:WorldCat
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Gloria Stuart (1910- ) discusses her interest in acting from the age of six, taking drama classes in high school, and her years in theater while attending the University of California, Berkeley. She continues with the impact of her father's death on her and her mother, her liberal outlook, and her brief work as a reporter for the Santa Monica Outlook and the Daily Californian. She continues with her interest in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral history
Interviews
Named Person: Gloria Stuart; James Cagney; Melvyn Douglas; John Ford; Groucho Marx; Gordon Newell; Claude Rains; Ward Ritchie; Ritz Brothers.; Arthur Sheekman; Shirley Temple; James Whale
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Gloria Stuart; Bobbi Frank; Women in Film (Organization); Women in Film Foundation.
OCLC Number: 423617424
Notes: 1.7-hour interview completed under the auspices of the Women in Film Foundation.
Materials not viewed. Length of interview and summary based on transcript.
Responsibility: interviewer, Bobbi Frank.

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Gloria Stuart (1910- ) discusses her interest in acting from the age of six, taking drama classes in high school, and her years in theater while attending the University of California, Berkeley. She continues with the impact of her father's death on her and her mother, her liberal outlook, and her brief work as a reporter for the Santa Monica Outlook and the Daily Californian. She continues with her interest in theater, her marriage and divorce from sculptor, Gordon Newell (1913-1998), and her marriage to screenwriter, Arthur Sheekman (1901-1978), who was best friends with Groucho Marx (1891-1977). She then talks about her role as one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, as a contract player at Universal, and quitting the business in 1939. She continues with her typical day at the studio when she was in the film industry, her memories of the actors she worked with, her impressions of James Whale (1889-1957) and Claude Rains (1889-1967) while working on The invisible man (1933), and the difficulty of getting roles on Broadway when labeled a movie actress. She continues with what life was like at the Garden of Allah, where she lived for a time with Sheekman while raising her children. She then discusses her career as an artist, which began in 1955, and her career as a book artist, which began in 1983 after graphic artist Ward Ritchie (1905-1996) taught her how to create hand-pressed books. She continues with how her role in Titanic (1997) changed her life from one of contemplative peace and joy to a life that is one big brouhaha, an experience she admits she has enjoyed. She continues with how women helped pave the way in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s, her role in The old dark house (1932), and the influence of her co-star, Melyvn Douglas (1901-1981), on her decision to join the Screen Actors Guild. She continues with her work in The invisible man (1933), Airmail (1932), Here comes the Navy (1934), and Golddiggers of 1935, and working with director John Ford (1894-1973). She then talks about her move from Universal to 20th Century Fox and working with Shirley Temple (1928- ) and the Ritz Brothers. She continues with her Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Titanic (1997), attending the Oscar ceremony, her interest in poetry, kites, and her advice to budding film actresses. She then talks about visiting the White House and meeting the President and Mrs. Clinton and attending the Kennedy Honors to support her friend, Angela Lansbury, a Kennedy Honor recipient. She continues with her weekly Saturday night poker games, publishing her twelfth book at 91 years of age, and her desire to travel around the world--again.

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