The reception following the release of Titanic was immense to a scale that no one could possibly have anticipated. Not only did the movie gross a whopping $$2.194 billion, at the time the highest-grossing film in history, but it also won a staggering 11 Academy Awards.
But the biggest effect by far was the sheer unparalleled mania for Leonardo DiCaprio, who suddenly found himself the center of literally millions of obsessed fans’ attentions. Reporters at the time compared it to the hysteria surrounding The Beatles at the height of their fame.
The Ladies’ Man in the Iron Mask
1998 wasn’t just a great year for DiCaprio in terms of stepping up his search for true love. He also cemented his fame as not just a swoonsome romantic lead, but also a talented and versatile character actor.