Titanic stars help last Titanic survivor

Millvina DeanLeonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, who co-starred in the 1997 film Titanic, have joined with director James Cameron to donate $30,000 to the last Titanic survivor so that she can pay her nursing home fees. Millvina Dean, 98, who at nine weeks old was the youngest passenger on board the ship, was struggling financially. In order to pay for her $4,600 per month care, she’s already auctioned personal belongings and memorabilia associated with the disaster. Photographer Don Mullan, who is selling limited edition photographs of Dean to raise money, made an appeal “I figured that if the edition sold out, it would secure Millvina for a full year,” he told the Irish Independent. “My plan, however, was to double the impact and thereby secure her for two years. I decided, therefore, at the opening of the exhibition, to publicly challenge James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, 20th Century Fox and Celine [Dion] to match me dollar for dollar.”

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  1. Spidey • May 12, 2009 @ 10:13 AM

    GREAT STUFF!!!…way to help out someone, who is part of a history. KUDOS go out to Don Mullan!!!

  2. Nancy • May 12, 2009 @ 10:24 AM

    Very nice of all of them to help this lady. Hopefully, they will pay yearly for her entire stay at the nursing home. She is the last survivor after all.

  3. Andres • May 12, 2009 @ 1:19 PM

    Yep. And after making 1.8 billion dollars on this historical idea, they better give something back.

  4. demigod • May 13, 2009 @ 4:06 AM

    Yea, we don’t want to see her ‘drowning in debt’ lol

  5. tributegirl • May 13, 2009 @ 10:41 AM

    This is really nice, I remember reading about her a while ago and thinking it was such a shame. At 98 years old, we shouldn’t have to be worrying about where we are going to live and how we are going to pay for it, we should be able to relax and live out our days comfortably.

  6. Carol • May 13, 2009 @ 5:57 PM

    I think it is awesome they do that. Giving back is important, and it’s nice to see them do this, a true act of kindness.

  7. Cosmic Obamo • May 14, 2009 @ 11:59 AM

    «Interesting,lovely news,of course. 🙂

  8. Mary • May 14, 2009 @ 4:28 PM

    Where does she live? At $4600. per month the yearly cost is $55,200. per year x 2 years comes to $110,400. WOW, I hope she has her own room.All our grandmothers should be that lucky.With all the money they made on the film there’s no reason they can’t all chip in and cover her costs.

  9. mandee • May 17, 2009 @ 10:39 PM

    its too bad that none of these stars do this for people that ARENT related to history. what about the senior men and women everywhere else that cant afford their rent? still, its a lovely thing to do.

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