Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet Donate to Titanic Survivor

By: Celebuzz / May 11, 2009

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet didn’t manage to keep the boat afloat in their 1997 smash hit Titanic, but they are helping the last living survivor of the original crash to keep her head above water.

Irish newspaper The Independent reports that DiCaprio and Winslet, along with Titanic director James Cameron, have made a “considerable donation” to 98-year-old Titanic survivir Millvina Dean, who’s been besieged by nursing-home bills.

The donations—which go toward the Millvina Fund, which has collected $30,000 to secure Dean’s financial future—came at the urging of photographer Don Mullan, who challenged the actors and directors to match his donation. Mullan has been selling limited-edition copies of a photo that he’d taken of Dean and donating the proceeds to her cause.

“I figured that if the edition sold out, it would secure Millvina for a full year,” Mullan recalls.  “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.”

Mullan is still hopeful that 20th Century Fox and Dion—who sang the theme to the movie—will come through similarly.

Dean was just nine weeks old during the 1912 wreck, and currently lives in Southampton, England.