Beatrice Wood: The real Rose of the Titanic


91mqE2RIOHL._SL1500_On the 3rd of March 1893, the American artist and studio potter, Beatrice Wood, was born in San Francisco, California. Her eventful and 105-years-long life would later serve as an inspiration for the character of ‘Rose’ in James Cameron’s 1997 film, Titanic. Rebellious, uncompromising and ever so romantic, she lived her life to the fullest, avidly pursuing her childhood dream of becoming an artist.

Born into a wealthy blue-blooded family, Beatrice’s highly individual character shone through since early childhood, often colliding with the expectations of her dominating and conservative mother. According to her, Beatrice “wasn’t like the rest of them” (Beatrice Wood, I Shock Myself). Despite her parents’ initial opposition, Beatrice eventually left New York, where the family moved from San Francisco, for Paris to study acting at the Comédie-Française and art at the prestigious Académie Julian. Her stay in France provided her with many inspirational and…

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