At the time of its release, James Cameron’s 1997 epic Titanic was a blockbuster the likes of which the world had never before seen. But bringing the true story of the ill-fated RMS Titanic to life was an incredible, chaotic, often downright dangerous undertaking. Millions of dollars were spent, multiple grievances were created, and actors were pushed to their absolute limits. It may have all been worth it in the end, but these 20 true stories will make you see the film in a whole different light.
20. Kate Winslet begged James Cameron for the role of Rose
After Winslet read the Titanic script, she knew immediately that she wanted to play Rose. However, at that point in her life she was still an unknown actress. So what to do? She begged director James Cameron to give the part to her, even sending him roses (of course) after her audition. It all paid off and the rest is history.
19. Gloria Stuart was alive at the time of the real Titanic
Gloria Stuart, an actress from Hollywood’s Golden Age, played the elderly Rose in the film’s framing scenes. Stuart was born in 1910, making her two-years-old when the Titanic sank in 1912. She passed away in 2010 at the grand old age of 100 – the same age Rose was in the movie.