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Rutanya Alda

Rutanya Alda was born on October 13, 1942 in Riga, Latvia as Rutanya Skrastina. She is known for her work on The Deer Hunter (1978), Mommie Dearest (1981) and Amityville II: The Possession (1982). She was previously married to Richard Bright. See full bio »
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The Deer Hunter
Mommie Dearest
Mommie Dearest Carol Ann
Amityville II: The Possession
The Dark Half
The Dark Half Miriam Cowley


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 2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Patrice Conaway
 2017 The Four Letter Word (TV Series)
 2017 Rose's Children (Short)
Grandma Rose
 2014-2016 Old Dogs & New Tricks (TV Series)
Barbara Fierce
 2016/II Split
 2015 High Falls (TV Short)
 2015 High Falls (TV Series)
 2015 Ovum
 2014 Late Phases
Gloria Baker
 2013 Degrees of Delusion (Short)
 2012 The Hierarchy (Short)
Aunt Ariel
 2011/I Birthright (Short)
Grocery Store Woman
 2011 Mia (Short)
Mrs. Basiev
 2011 Joe Zaso's Cafe Himbo (TV Series)
Guest star
 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie)
Admiral Evans
 2011 The Onion News Network (TV Series)
Dr. Holbrook
 2011 Return
Mrs. Miller (uncredited)
 2010 Unring the Bell (Short)
 2010 You Don't Know Jack (TV Movie)
 2009 Stolen
Older Sally Ann
 2009 Handsome Harry
Mrs. Schroeder
 1992-2008 Law & Order (TV Series)
Ruth Devon / Sara Cheney
 2007 The Onion News Network (TV Series)
Dr. Holbrook
 2006 Cold Case (TV Series)
Jenny (2006)
 2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Faye Matthews
 2005 Detective (TV Movie)
Judge Beatrice Agannis
 2005 Mystery Woman: Snapshot (TV Movie)
 2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
 2004 Murder Without Conviction (TV Movie)
Virginia McAlpin
 2003 Love Comes Softly (TV Movie)
Wanda Marshall
 2002 John Doe (TV Series)
Cassie Barker
 2001 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Celia Loomis
 2001 The Glass House
Vice Principal
 2001 My First Mister
Woman at Apartment
 1999 Wirey Spindell
Coach's Wife
 1998 To Have & to Hold (TV Series)
Ms. McDougall
 1998 The Souler Opposite
Thea's Mom
 1997 Steel
Mrs. Hunt
 1997 American Perfekt
 1997 Gun (TV Series)
Clara Munday
 1997 Childhood Sweetheart? (TV Movie)
 1997 JAG (TV Series)
Elaine Harridan
 1996 Double Jeopardy (TV Movie)
Gabriel Neuland
 1996 Innocent Victims (TV Movie)
Lorraine Taylor
 1995 Silk Stalkings (TV Series)
Jennifer Atkins
 1994 Safe Passage
 1994 The Ref
 1993 Children of the Mist (TV Movie)
Sue Madehurst
 1993 Zelda (TV Movie)
 1993 The Dark Half
Miriam Cowley
 1992 Leaving Normal
Palmer Hospital Nurse
 1992 Article 99
Ann Travis
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
 1990 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Mabel Beaufort
 1990 Rainbow Drive (TV Movie)
Marge Crawford
 1989 Prancer
Aunt Sarah
 1989 Gross Anatomy
Mama Slovak
 1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn
Georgette's Mother
 1988 Winnie (TV Movie)
Mrs. Paretti
 1988 Defense Play
Victoria Vandemeer
 1988 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Sarah / Mary
 1988 Apprentice to Murder
Elma Kelly
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
 1987 Laguna Heat (TV Movie)
Dr. Kroyden
 1987 Black Widow
 1987 Hotshot
Georgia Kristidis
 1986 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Mrs. Linderman
 1985 The Stuff
 1985 Rappin'
 1984 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Miss Davis
 1984 Racing with the Moon
Mrs. Nash
 1982 Amityville II: The Possession
Delores Montelli
 1982 Vigilante
Vickie Marino
 1982 Girls Nite Out
Barney / Katie Cavanaugh
 1981 Mommie Dearest
Carol Ann
 1980 Christmas Evil
Theresa (as Ratanya Alda)
 1979 When a Stranger Calls
Mrs. Mandrakis
 1979 Rocky II
Doctor Cooper (uncredited)
 1978 The Deer Hunter
 1978 Battered (TV Movie)
 1978 The Fury
 1976 The Last Tycoon
Monroe stahrs secretary (uncredited)
 1976 Swashbuckler
Bath Attendant
 1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1975 Deadly Hero
 1974 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Eileen Parker
 1974 Can Ellen Be Saved? (TV Movie)
 1973 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (TV Series)
 1973 Executive Action
Assasination Team B (uncredited)
 1973 Cannon (TV Series)
Mrs. Degnan
 1973 Blume in Love
Welfare Client (uncredited)
 1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Ruthie Lee
 1973 Scarecrow
Woman in camper
 1973 The Long Goodbye
Rutanya Sweet
 1972 To Find a Man
Abortion clinic advisor (uncredited)
 1971 The Panic in Needle Park
Admitting Nurse (as Ruth Alda)
 1970 The People Next Door
 1970 Hi, Mom!
'Be Black Baby' Audience (as Ruth Alda)
 1969 Hello, Dolly!
Townsperson (uncredited)
 1968 Greetings
Linda (Shoplifter) (as Ruth Alda)
 1968 Rosemary's Baby
Dr. Hill's Answering Service (voice, uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Ratanya Alda | Ruth Alda

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Growing up in a displaced persons camps after World War II, I saw my first play, a fairy tale, done in the camps. It showed a better life than I was living in, it was magical and I said to myself then and there, that's what I want to do ... My favorite role is the one I'm currently working on, whatever it may be.


Doubled for Anne Francis in Funny Girl (1968), Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby (1968), and Barbra Steisand in Hello Dolly! (1969). See more »

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