In 1932, when James Whale cast her as a white flame, "young and handsome, silly and wicked!", she was twenty-two years old.
She was one hundred years old this July.
She died on September 26th, having long since seen and heard everything it was possible to see and hear.
.Now, we have only her shadow, or rather her shadows - in Roman Scandals and The Invisible Man and Gold Diggers of 1935 and The Secret of the Blue Room and Prisoner of Shark Island and The Old Dark House.
Find a large white space, pass a beam of light through her shadow, and nothing will have changed.
Reality is no substitute for this.
When the model for Da Vinci's Mona Lisa died, did her friends say, "now all we have left is that inadequate, ephemeral painting..."?
Farewell, Gloria Stuart (1910 - 2010)