Countess actress is excited about journal

Rochelle Rose
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THE actress who played the Countess of Rothes in ‘Titanic’ is looking forward to reading her character’s real-life account of the disaster, reports MIKE DELANEY.

And Rochelle Rose has also said the exhibition being mounted in Glenrothes to mark the centenary of the ‘unsinkable’ liner’s demise will be a great event for the town.

The 38 year-old was hand-picked to play the part of the local noblewoman in the 1997 movie by superstar director James Cameron.

But, sadly, many of her scenes were left on the cutting room floor as studio chiefs slashed the length of the film - much to Cameron’s displeasure.

Indeed, it wasn’t until a director’s cut was issued several years later that they were restored, while a 3D version of the blockbuster - at one point the biggest grossing film of all time - is scheduled for release soon.

Rochelle now lives in Los Angeles where she works for the Screen Actors Guild’s charitable foundation and is also a television presenter.

The Glenrothes Area Heritage Centre-organised exhibition will include the first public showing of the journal the Countess wrote aboard the rescue ship which had picked her up from the lifeboat she took refuge in after the ship hit an iceberg and slipped beyond the North Atlantic waves on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912.

The Countess - who lived at Leslie House after marrying into the landlowning family - was praised for her courage during the ordeal she and other survivors endured.

Rochelle described the first public appearance of the journal - which is being loaned by the Leslie family - as “fascinating”.

She added: “What a coup - I would love to see the Countess’ memoirs/diary from the ‘Carpathia’.

“It sounds like quite an event locally.”

Meanwhile, organisers are putting the finishing touches to their plans for the exhibition, which will open on April 7 for a two-month run in the Kingdom Centre unit where GAHC staged a highly-successful ‘pilot’ almost two years ago.

That attracted around 12,000 visitors and was intended to show what a permanent centre might have to offer the town.

Founder Linda Ballingall has been in negotiations with the mall’s management to secure a permanent base and sees the exhibition as another step along the road to making that a reality.

And she has also appealed for more ‘deckhands’ to come on board with the exhibition, which will also feature a vast array of ‘Titanic’ related material, including rarely seen photographs and films.

She said: “We got into the unit on Monday to start the set-up.

“The one thing we urgently do need is more volunteers.”

Anyone interested in signing-up to volunteer should telephone Jim Mitchell on 581595, or e-mail: