"An amazingly sweet person, a fantastic actress, and someone who always fought for what she believed in.She was one of the last great actresses from the Golden era of Hollywood. I was honored to have worked along side her. She will be missed," he added.
Beginning in the 1930s, Stuart starred in over 40 films, but semi-retired after A-list movie star status eluded her. Nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1998 for her Titanic turn, she became the oldest woman ever nominated for an Academy Award but lost to Kim Basinger.
She is survived by a daughter, four grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.