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Millvina Dean was the youngest of the 705 survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and lived to be the last survivor.
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It was not until she was 8 years old, and her mother was planning to remarry, that Dean found out she had been a passenger on the Titanic.
Millvina never married. She worked for the British government during World War II by drawing maps. Later Dean worked in the purchasing department of a Southampton engineering firm until she retired in 1972.
Dean has achieved a level of fame from her association with the storied shipwreck. For years, she shied away from the attention,
but in her later years embraced her part in the story of the Titanic. Dean traveled extensively to attend Titanic related events. And she proved that she had no fear of the sea in 1997, when she was invited to cross the Atlantic on another famous vessel, the Queen Elizabeth 2.
Also that year, James Cameron released his Academy Award-winning film on the 1912 sinking, starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet. But given that her father had died in the disaster, Milliva Dean reportedly never saw the movie in its entirety.
Ironically, her older brother died April 14, 1992, exactly 80 years after the Titanic struck the iceberg.
With the pain of her father's death still fresh her in mind at age 95, Millvina openly criticized the BBC for "poking fun" at the Titanic tragedy during a Doctor Who Christmas special in December 2007. "The Titanic was a tragedy which tore so many families apart," she said from her nursing home. "I lost my father and he lies on that wreck. I think it is disrespectful to make entertainment of such a tragedy."
Millvina became the last living survivor on October 16, 2007, when Barbara West Dainton of Truro, England, died at age 96. The last American survivor, Lillian Gertrud Asplund, died in Massachusetts on May 6, 2006, at age 99.
Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the Titanic died on May 31, 2009 at the age of 97 at a nursing home near Southampton, England. Coincidently, the day of her passing was the 98th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic's hull on May 31, 1911.
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