Rutanya Alda Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in Riga, Latvia
Birth NameRutanya Skrastina

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Family (1)

Spouse Richard Bright (11 June 1977 - 18 February 2006)  (his death)  (1 child)

Trivia (8)

Is no relation to two more famous Aldas, father and son: Robert Alda (born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo) and Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo).
Rutanya Alda broke into films via Brian De Palma's experimental movies of the late 1960s.
Alda's husband of almost 30 years, actor Richard Bright was tragically killed after being hit by a tour bus in Manhattan. The couple had one child, a son, Jeremy Bright (born 1988).
Alda won a Clio Award for Best Actress for a John Hancock Commercial.
Andrew Saris of the Village Voice voted Rutanya Alda best supporting actress for Mommie Dearest (1981).
Doubled for Anne Francis in Funny Girl (1968), for Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby (1968), and Barbra Streisand in Hello, Dolly! (1969).
James Cagney said to Rutanya, "You got moxie, kid.".
Quentin Tarantino told Rutanya "you are in the greatest scene in film history! The be black baby scene in Hi Mom.".

Personal Quotes (4)

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.
Quentin Tarantino told Rutanya " you are in the greatest scene in film history! The Be Black Baby scene in Hi Mom.
James Cagney said to Rutanya on the phone, "you got moxie kid."
You're funny...Neil Simon

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