NEW YORK (AP) _ When director James Cameron went looking for someone who could play the part of a 101-year-old Titanic survivor, he wanted an actress whose career hadn't become a disaster.

That meant someone who was ``still viable, not alcoholic, rheumatic or falling down,'' said Gloria Stuart, the 87-year-old actress who got the part in Cameron's epic ``Titanic'' and earned a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress.

Ms. Stuart said in Monday's New York Times she badly wanted the role of Rose Calvert, the woman who remembers the disaster and is portrayed as a young woman by Kate Winslet. When Cameron asked Ms. Stuart to read for the part without makeup, she joked, ``I'll read for him without clothes!''

Ms. Stuart, one of the founders of the Screen Actors Guild in 1933, said her role in the $200 million ``Titanic'' was the best of her 46-film career.