There was a real tale of love in the true story of what happened to the Titanic.
$2,516,000,000 million dollars of box office gross earnings were made worldwide from the story of a down and out gambler (Di Caprio) and an heiress (Winslet) finding love across the class divide in the midst of a shipwreck tragedy.
Yet the real story is just as heartbreaking, which is alluded to, momentarily, during the latter part of the film.
Spoiler: The Titanic sinks before it makes it to New York City.
As the ship is sinking, an elderly couple are shown laid together on a bed, refusing to abandon one another. (For thoughts on how much weight a floating door can actually take, click here).
They are based on a real couple, Isidor and Rosalie Ida Straus, who had been married 41 years by the time of their death.
Isidor was a former member of the US House of Representatives, and a co-owner of the department store Macy's.
According to the House's historians, Isidor took his wife to one of the lifeboats, which were only taking on women and children, but she refused.
A survivor of the sinking reportedly told the New York Times;
They were standing arm in arm as the last boat left.
She would not forsake her husband.
As she refused, she clung to him, and they went down arm in arm with the boat.
Their story was filmed and created for Titanic but was deleted for the cut.
Their bodies were recovered and interred in the family vault in Beth-El Cemetery, Brooklyn.
A monument to the Straus couple was dedicated in 1915, located at Broadway at 106th Street in New York.