Millvina Dean

When she attended her first Titanic Historical Society convention, in 1988, Millvina Dean, who died May 31 at 97, had never flown in a plane or stayed in a hotel. But her quiet life turned into one of celebrity, as she was soon traveling the world to speak about surviving the Titanic disaster as an infant. Fans and reporters flocked to her bungalow in Britain's New Forest for tea and homemade sloe gin. They quickly discovered she was full of humor, charm and vitality--qualities that made her an interviewer's dream.

Her sudden fame was a lifetime away from the dark hours...

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