Last Titanic survivor gets a little help from Titanic stars


The final survivor of the Titanic is getting some help from "Titanic" movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and the film's director James Cameron, after it was reported she was selling her autograph to pay her nursing home bills.

Millvina Dean, 97, was 9-weeks-old when her family traveled on the Titanic in hopes of beginning a new life in the United States, according to a Reuters story. Her father was one of 1,517 causalities after the ship hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

Dean lives in a nursing home in Southampton, the English city where the Titanic began its maiden voyage in 1912.

DeCaprio, Winslet and Cameron made their combined $30,000 donation after Irish author and photographer Don Mullan publicly challenged them to match his donation.

The 1997 movie "Titanic" made more than $1.8 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of all time in figures not adjusted for inflation.

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