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Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell

Highest Rated: 100% Craig's Wife (1936)

Lowest Rated: 50% Picnic (1955)

Birthday: Jun 4, 1907

Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, USA

She was born into wealth and privilege but for Golden Age moviegoers, Rosalind Russell represented the epitome of the working woman. Warehoused as a Universal acquisition and underutilized at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the lanky, dark-eyed actress tested her comic chops in George Cukor's "The Women" (1939) before coming into her own as Cary Grant's co-star in Howard Hawks' "His Girl Friday" (1940) - a role refused by almost every A-list actress in Hollywood. Tailoring the script to the talents of his stars, whom he encouraged to ad lib for the camera, Hawks delivered the rare Hollywood hit to please critics and audiences alike, while Russell made of her brassy distaff journalist Hildy Johnson a role model for American women braving the male-dominated workforce. Russell also found satisfaction on stage, winning a Tony for "Wonderful Town" in 1953 and reprising her 1956 Broadway success as "Auntie Mame" in Warner Brothers' lavish Technicolor film adaptation. The four-time Academy Award nominee transitioned deftly to middle-age, playing a small town spinster in "Picnic" (1955) and mentoring Natalie Wood's budding burlesque star in "Gypsy" (1962). Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, Russell threw herself into charity work, for which she received the 1973 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award only a few years before breast cancer robbed Hollywood of one of its most unique talents, a glamorous leading lady with the soul of a vaudevillian.

Highest rated movies

100% Craig's Wife
99% His Girl Friday
94% The Women
89% The Citadel
88% Auntie Mame
80% My Sister Eileen
80% China Seas
75% The Trouble With Angels

Photos

SISTER KENNY, Rosalind Russell, 1946 NEVER WAVE AT A WAC, Rosalind Russell, 1952 AUNTIE MAME, Rosalind Russell, in a suit by Orry-Kelly, 1958 AUNTIE MAME, Rosalind Russell, 1958 A WOMAN OF DISTINCTION, Rosalind Russell, 1950 WHAT A WOMAN!, Rosalind Russell, 1943 AUNTIE MAME, Rosalind Russell, 1958 WHAT A WOMAN!, from left, Willard Parker, Brian Aherne, Rosalind Russell, 1943 AUNTIE MAME, Rosalind Russell, 1958 THE WOMEN, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, 1939 WHAT A WOMAN!, Rosalind Russell, being told a shocking joke by Brian Aherne, on-set, 1943 CRAIG'S WIFE, Rosalind Russell, John Boles, 1936 WHAT A WOMAN!, from left, Willard Parker, Rosalind Russell, 1943 CRAIG'S WIFE, Rosalind Russell, John Boles, 1936 WHAT A WOMAN!, from left, Rosalind Russell, Willard Parker, 1943 WHERE ANGELS GO TROUBLE FOLLOWS!, from left, Robert Taylor, Binnie Barnes, Rosalind Russell, 1968 THE VELVET TOUCH, Rosalind Russell, 1948 UNDER TWO FLAGS, Rosalind Russell, 1936. ©20th Century Fox-Film Corporation, TM & Copyright THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS, Rosalind Russell, 1966 THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS, Rosalind Russell, 1966

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crooked Hearts Laurita Dorsey (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 33% Mrs. Pollifax: Spy Mrs. Pollifax (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1971
No Score Yet 57% Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows Mother Simplicia (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 45% Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad Madame Rosepettle (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad Madame Rosepettle (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rosie! Rosie Lord (Character) - 1967
75% 85% The Trouble With Angels Mother Superior (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Finger Exercise Louise Harington (Character) - 1962
64% 74% Gypsy Rose Hovick (Character) - 1962
67% 63% A Majority of One Mrs. Bertha Jacoby (Character) - 1961
88% 93% Auntie Mame Mame Dennis (Character) - 1958
50% 54% Picnic Rosemary (Character) $24.0K 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Rush Kim Halliday (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 38% Never Wave at a WAC Jo McBain (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 33% A Woman of Distinction Susan Manning Middlecott (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 30% Tell It to the Judge Marsha Meredith (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 68% The Velvet Touch Valerie Stanton (Character) - 1948
67% 45% Mourning Becomes Electra Lavinia Mannon (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guilt of Janet Ames Janet Ames (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 72% Sister Kenny Elizabeth Kenny (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 64% Roughly Speaking Louise Randall Pierson (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 46% She Wouldn't Say Yes Dr. Susan A. Lane (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 40% Flight for Freedom Tonie Carter (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 50% What a Woman! Carol Ainsley (Character) - 1943
80% 65% My Sister Eileen Ruth Sherwood (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 14% Take a Letter, Darling A.M. MacGregor (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 78% The Feminine Touch Julie Hathaway (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Design for Scandal Judge Cornelia C. Porter (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 64% They Met in Bombay Anya Von Duren (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 50% No Time for Comedy Linda Paige Esterbrook (Character) - 1940
99% 90% His Girl Friday Hildegard "Hildy" Johnson (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hired Wife Kendal Browning (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Thing Called Love Ann Winters (Character) - 1940
94% 88% The Women Sylvia (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 50% Fast and Loose Garda Sloane (Character) - 1939
89% 72% The Citadel Christine Barlow Manson (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 57% Four's a Crowd Jean Christy (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 33% Man-Proof Elizabeth Kent Wythe (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 77% Night Must Fall Olivia (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 27% Live, Love and Learn Julie Stoddard (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 38% Trouble for Two Miss Vandeleur (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 50% Under Two Flags Lady Venetia Cunningham (Character) - 1936
100% 56% Craig's Wife Harriet Craig (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Had to Happen Beatrice Newnes (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 44% Rendezvous Joel Carter (Character) - 1935
80% 74% China Seas Sybil (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 44% Reckless Josephine "Jo" Mercer (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet West Point of the Air Mrs. Dare Marshall (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 25% Casino Murder Case Doris Reed (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night Is Young Countess Zarika Rafay (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 49% Forsaking All Others Eleanor (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 60% Evelyn Prentice Mrs. Nancy Harrison (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet The President Vanishes Sally Voorman (Character) - 1934

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1953