Titanic is without a doubt one of the greatest movies ever made. It has been nearly two decades now, but the cinematic effects, heartwarming love story and most importantly the sinking of the ship was depicted with perfection. But, the most significant thing which I always wanted to know was how many characters shown in the movie were actually present on RMS Titanic? Well, Director James Cameron and his crew were incredible in creating the on-screen Titanic as they used both the real characters from history and introduced some of their new fictional characters.
Well, we have tried to gather all the necessary details of the real and created characters that were the part of the film. So, sit back and know about the characters who were real and the ones that popped in the mind of movie's scriptwriter.
Rose DeWitt Bukater, the female lead of the movie was not the real passenger on RMS Titanic that sank in 1912. Rose is just the refraction of an American artist Beatrice Wood, and she did not have any connection with the real ship.
Jack Dawson was also not the part of the actual ship. He was completely the creation of James Cameron and has no reference to anyone. Though a person named J. Dawson was a part of the ship, and his J stood for Joseph. He was just a coal trimmer who became the part of ship's crew.
The arrogant fiance of Rose also did not belong to the real Titanic. He was portrayed as the son steel tycoon of Pittsburgh, and there's no connection between him or the ship.
I think this man had the best name in the movie and that's Spicer Lovejoy. He was portrayed as the right-hand of Caledon and just like him; he did not have any existence in reality.
I think we have talked enough about the characters who don't exist. So, let us talk about the ones who did.
Margaret Brown portrayed by Kathy Bates was the character inspired from the real person of the same name. In reality, she was also called as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" because she survived and later died in 1932.
Captain Edward John Smith's character that was portrayed by Bernard Hill existed in real as Mr Edward was actually the captain of the ship. He was not able to survive and went down with the ship.
Eric Braeden portrays John Jacob Astor IV. He was an American businessman, real estate builder, and writer. During the real Titanic voyage, he was married to 18-year-old girl despite being 41. It was considered a scandal at that time that was shown in the film.
Victor Garber also portrayed a real man named Thomas Andrews in the movie. In reality, Thomas died when the Titanic sunk in 1912.
Jonathan Hyde played the character of real-life English businessman, J. Bruce Ismay who survived the Titanic disaster. He died on 17 October 1937 due to a stroke.
The sixth and final person who was real in the movie was Archibald Gracie. Bernard Fox portrayed his character and did it with perfection. He was also one of the survivors but died after five months.
This is the picture of Mrs. Harvey Collyer, and her daughter Marjorie who were the survivors of RMS Titanic disaster. Her husband died in this disaster. They were the second class passengers on the ship.
The Goodwin Family were also the part of Titanic's maiden and final voyage. The entire family became the victim of the disaster and only the body of baby Sidney was recovered.
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