Sunday, April 15, 2012
The first film treatment, however, featured Dorothy Gibson, an actress who had been traveling first class on the ship and who survived to play herself on screen.
Denver native Margaret ("Molly") Brown survived as well, to be played by Tammy Grimes in a musical, Debbie Reynolds in a film, and Kathy Bates in the James Cameron blockbuster (the biggest grossing and most expensive film of all time, when Titanic came out it was seen again within two weeks by half of the female viewers under 25).
The Titanic sank two hours and forty minutes after hitting the iceberg, and it took an hour and a half after that before a rescue ship arrived to pull the pitifully few survivors out of the lifeboats and the 28-degree water.
Below: the most famous song about the disaster, "Wreck of the Titanic."