Remember that old couple from the Titanic? Well, here is the true story of what really happened to them.
James Cameron’s film touched the hearts of audiences everywhere when the film was released in 1997, recounting the horrific events leading up to the sinking of the famous Titanic cruise ship. The couple seen in the scene lying next to each other are actually Isidor and Ida Straus.
The ship struck an iceberg on April 14th, 1912 and in the hours that followed, sunk into the Atlantic the the early hours of April 15th. Mr. and Mrs. Straus were first class passengers on the maiden voyage of the ship that to this day remains one of the worst sea voyage tragedies in history. Here is their tragic story.
Here is the couple as we remember it from James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster hit, Titanic, that still holds major box office records.
Here is a historical photograph of the couple Isidor and Ida Straus, who both died in the horrific tragedy. Isidor was actually the co-owner of Macy’s. He and his wife Ida were returning home to America after a trip to Europe.
According to witness reports, Ida refused to get onto one of the lifeboats without her husband Isidor, so she gave up her seat to one of her maids. This, in turn, would seal her fate along with her husband, which is both romantic, loyal, and tragic.
The couple had many children together, seen in this photo, and are survived by their generations thereafter.
An early photo here depicts the couple on their wedding day, during a much younger and carefree time of their lives.
There was an estimated total of 2,224 passengers and crew on the Titanic. Of these, only 705 passengers and crew survived. More than 1500 people died. One lifeboat, in particular, held only 28 people but could have carried 64. Everyone was wearing life jackets. The following morning, over 300 bodies were recovered from the sea. The rest went down with the ship.
A memorial for Ida and Isidor Straus is placed in Straus Park on Manhattan’s upper west side, honoring the late couple.
The wreck of the Titanic was first discovered in 1985, a good 70 years after the disaster. The ship remains there to this day.