Rosalind Russell (I) (1907–1976)


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The middle of seven children, she was named, not for the heroine of "As You Like It" but for the S.S. Rosalind on which her parents had sailed, at the suggestion of her father, a successful lawyer. After receiving a Catholic school education, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York, having convinced her mother that she intended... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Auntie Mame Mame Dennis
(1958)
His Girl Friday Hildy Johnson
(1940)
Gypsy Rose Hovick
(1962)
The Women Mrs. Howard Fowler (Sylvia)
(1939)

Filmography

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 1972 The Crooked Hearts (TV Movie)
Laurita Dorsey
 1971 Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
Mrs. Pollifax
 1968 Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!
Mother Superior
 1967 Rosie!
Rosie Lord
 1966 The Trouble with Angels
Mother Superior
 1962 Gypsy
Rose Hovick
 1962 Five Finger Exercise
Louise Harington
 1961 A Majority of One
Bertha Jacoby
 1958 Auntie Mame
Mame Dennis
 1958 Wonderful Town (TV Movie)
Ruth Sherwood
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Cynthia
- The Night Goes On (1956) ... Cynthia
 1955 Picnic
Rosemary, the School Teacher
 1955 The Girl Rush
Kim Halliday
 1953 Never Wave at a WAC
Jo McBain
 1951 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1950 A Woman of Distinction
Susan Manning Middlecott
 1949 Tell It to the Judge
Marsha Meredith
 1948 The Velvet Touch
Valerie Stanton
 1947 Mourning Becomes Electra
Lavinia Mannon
 1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames
Janet Ames
 1946 Sister Kenny
Elizabeth Kenny
 1945 She Wouldn't Say Yes
Dr. Susan A. Lane
 1945 Roughly Speaking
Louise Randall Pierson
 1943 What a Woman!
Carol Ainsley
 1943 Flight for Freedom
Tonie Carter
 1942 My Sister Eileen
Ruth Sherwood
 1942 Take a Letter, Darling
A.M. MacGregor
 1941 Design for Scandal
Judge Cornelia Porter
 1941 The Feminine Touch
Julie Hathaway
 1941 They Met in Bombay
Anya Von Duren
 1940 This Thing Called Love
Ann Winters
 1940 Hired Wife
Kendal Browning
 1940 No Time for Comedy
Linda Paige Esterbrook
 1940 His Girl Friday
Hildy Johnson
 1939 The Women
Mrs. Howard Fowler (Sylvia)
 1939 Fast and Loose
Garda Sloane
 1938 The Citadel
Christine
 1938 Four's a Crowd
Jean Christy
 1938 Man-Proof
Elizabeth Kent
 1937 Live, Love and Learn
Julie Stoddard
 1937 Night Must Fall
Olivia GHRayne
 1936 Craig's Wife
Harriet Craig
 1936 Trouble for Two
Miss Vandeleur
 1936 Under Two Flags
Lady Venetia Cunningham
 1936 It Had to Happen
Beatrice Newnes
 1935 Rendezvous
Joel Carter
 1935 China Seas
Sybil
 1935 Reckless
Josephine (Jo) Mercer
 1935 West Point of the Air
Dare Marshall
 1935 The Casino Murder Case
Doris Reed
 1935 The Night Is Young
Countess Zarika Rafay
 1934 Forsaking All Others
Eleanor
 1934 The President Vanishes
Sally Voorman
 1934 Evelyn Prentice
Mrs. Nancy Harrison
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She wrote the screenplay for Esther Williams' The Unguarded Moment (1956) - she rarely acknowledged her scripting efforts. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 7 Interviews | 32 Articles | 32 Pictorials | 33 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Rosalind Russell Brisson | C.A. McKnight

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Frederick Brisson  (her death)  (1 child)

Parents:

James Edward Russell | Clara A. Russell
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

It's fine to have talent, but talent is the last of it. In an acting career, as in an acting performance, you've got to have vitality. The secret of successful acting is identical with a woman's beauty secret: joy in living. See more »

Trivia:

Russell wanted the role of Sylvia Fowler in The Women (1939) so much that she did five screen tests. On the fifth one, she burlesqued the role, which pleased director George Cukor and won her the role. During filming, Russell actually bit Paulette Goddard in their fight sequence. Despite the permanent scar the bite left Goddard, the actresses remained friends. See more »

Nickname:

Roz

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