Kate and Leo help last Titanic survivor
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, together with director James Cameron, have donated $30,000 to help pay the nursing home fees of Millvina Dean,the last survivor of the Titanic.
The Titanic stars reached out to the 98-year-old after an appeal was made by Don Mullan, an author and photographer.
Mullan had been selling a limited-edition shot, entitled Still Surviving, of Millvina’s hands signing an autograph in order to raise funds for her nursing home bills. He then decided to ask help from the people who worked on the Titanic film.
“If we cannot take care of this gracious and very special lady, now in her 98th year, then all our concern about the Titanic is but a sham,” Mullan told the Irish Independent. “Millvina Dean must be allowed to live out the remainder of her days without any worry or concern about meeting the costs of her welfare.”
He added: “There are people including director James Cameron and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and Canadian singer Celine Dion who have made enormous profits from the Titanic story and I believe they can and, morally, should help.”
Dean was only nine weeks old and the youngest passenger of the ill-fated ship that set sail for America from Southampton, England in 1912.