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‘Titanic’ Cast: Then and Now
More than 14 years after James Cameron’s blockbuster film hit theaters, the flick is being released in 3D. Take a look at the movie’s actors yesterday and today. – By Lizbeth Scordo, omg!
Kate Winslet was just 22 years old (and didn’t have a very good sense of style) when the much-anticipated “Titanic” was released at the end of 1997, catapulting the British beauty – who played the lead role of Rose in the film – to fame here in the U.S. and landing her an Oscar nomination. Tragedy struck just as the soon-to-be blockbuster opened when actor Stephen Tedre, whom Winslet had dated for several years, died of cancer. Though the couple had broken up two years prior, they had remained close, prompting Winslet to skip the premiere of “Titanic” in order to attend his funeral.
Today, at age 36, Winslet proves that some women do indeed get better with age! The stylish star recently stunned on the red carpet at the London premiere of “Titanic” in 3D. Since the film’s original release, the actress has gone on to star in a slew of acclaimed projects including “Little Children,” “The Reader,” “Revolutionary Road,” and the mini-series “Mildred Pierce,” which earned her an Emmy last year. Twice divorced (her ex-husbands include directors Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes), Winslet is the mom of two children and is currently dating Richard Branson nephew, Ned Rocknroll.
Leonardo DiCaprio already had a pretty good showbiz resume by the time “Titanic” came out, with flicks like “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “The Basketball Diaries,” and “Romeo + Juliet” under his belt by 1997 (not to mention a stint on the sitcom “Growing Pains” in the early ’90s). But once the world got to see DiCaprio as the poor-but-charming Jack who gives his life in the name of love, he shot to international superstardom at age 23.Like his “Titanic” leading lady, DiCaprio, now 37, has achieved plenty of critical and box-office success over the last 14 years, with lead roles in films like “Catch Me if You Can,” “Revolutionary Road” (which reunited him with Winslet), “Shutter Island,” “Inception,” and the biopic J. Edgar, which got him his most recent Golden Globe nomination. He’s also dedicated plenty of time and money to his other passion, the environment. As for his personal life, the perennial bachelor has dated the likes of models Gisele Bundchen and Bar Refaeli and actress Blake Lively. He remains single.Kathy Bates gave the film a boost of humor with her portrayal of the crass socialite Molly Brown. Though the then-49-year-old already had a successful film career going at the time, “Titanic” put her on the radar of a new generation. “I go to buy cosmetics the little girls are lining up, and I know it´s not for my autograph. I just want you to know it´s only because I was on the boat with [Leonardo DiCaprio],” she said on “Inside the Actors Studio” the year after the film came out. “I’m convinced that’s it.”Bates went on to receive a slew of critical acclaim for her role in the politically focused film “Primary Colors,” loosely based on the Clinton administration. While she still plays standout supporting roles in movies , with memorable parts in recent films like “The Blind Side” and “Midnight and Paris,” Bates focuses most of her time on television both acting and directing these days. She’s been nominated for an Emmy for her lead role in the legal drama “Harry’s Law” and has had comedic guest spots on sitcoms like “The Office.” She may have her most interesting role ahead of her, however. The 63-year-old will soon star as the reincarnation of Charlie Sheen’s character on “Two and a Half Men.”No stranger to big-budget action films with roles in “Aliens” and “True Lies,” Bill Paxton lent his acting talents to the hit film at age 42 as the modern-day treasure hunter Brock Lovett, who never does get to hand his son that precious stone.Paxton, now 56, most recently stayed busy with five seasons as polygamist patriarch Bill Henrickson on HBO’s “Big Love,” which ended its run last year. The actor, a friend of director James Cameron, has visited the real Titanic wreck four times.Though he’d had a few big-screen roles in “Back to the Future” and its first sequel, as well as the Nicole Kidman thriller “Dead Calm,” actor Billy Zane got a boost of fame at age 31 thanks to his “Titanic” role as Rose’s unlikable millionaire fiance Caledon Hockley.Zane hasn’t kept up with his co-stars career-wise, starring in mostly obscure films like “Landspeed,” Dead Fish,” “Big Kiss,” and “Flutter.” He’s had a bit better luck on the small screen, however, with parts in “Charmed” and “Samantha Who?” The 46-year-old also became a first-time parent to a daughter last year with his girlfriend, model Jasmina Hdagha.One-time soap opera actress Frances Fisher (who was considered for the part of Tim Allen’s wife in “Home Improvement” back in 1991) was cast as Rose’s controlling mother Ruth. The British-born actress was 45 when the film was released.Since “Titanic,” Fisher – who has an 18-year-old daughter with ex-boyfriend Clint Eastwood – has done some films including “House of Sand and Fog” and “A Single Woman,” but has done more on television, with guest parts on series like “The Mentalist,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “CSI,” and “Two and a Half Men.”