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Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
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Beverly Hills, California, USA
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The Women, Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Writer
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Tall brunette leading lady who hit her stride in the 1940s playing wisecracking, no-nonsense career women in a string of breezy comedies. Entering films in 1935, she was briefly typecast as upper crust, sometimes British "other women", but quickly established herself in leading roles (especially with her performances in such fine films as Dorothy Arzner`s "Craig`s Wife" 1936 and King Vidor`s "The Citadel" 1938). She really achieved full star status, though, with her memorable turn as the sly, bitchy girlfriend of Norma Shearer in the all-star, all-female catfight, "The Women" (1939), as ringmastered by George Cukor. A highly talented, charismatic and appealing actress, she excelled in Howard Hawks` rapid-fire "His Girl Friday" (1940), opposite Cary Grant, and in "My Sister Eileen" (1942), in a role she would later reprise on the musical stage. Her straight dramatic roles were generally less successful, though two of her four Oscar nominations were in very serious if not entirely successful "prestige" films for screenwriter-director Dudley Nichols: "Sister Kenny" (1946) and "Mourning Becomes Electra" (1947).
Russell made fewer films during the 1950s, but kept busy with her huge success in the musicalized "Eileen", renamed "Wonderful Town". Not really a singer, Russell nevertheless bowled audiences over by sheer force of personality, capturing practically every award the theater community had to offer. She later tried a variety of semi-character roles in film which generally relied on the aggressiveness and exuberance of her established star persona. In a number of leading ("Auntie Mame" 1958) and supporting ("Picnic" 1955) roles tinged with seriocomic eccentricity she was quite successful, but her turn as the domineering mother in "Gypsy" (1962) received a split verdict from critics. She continued making films into the early 70s and devoted much of her time to charity work, for which she was awarded a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Russell was long married to producer Frederick Brisson, who helped manage her career.
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Catherine Rosalind Russell
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Pink, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow
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Rosalind Russell (June 4, 1907 – November 28, 1976) was an American actress of stage and screen, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940), as well as for her portrayals of Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958) and Rose in Gypsy (1962). A noted comedian, she won all five Golden Globes for which she was nominated and was tied with Meryl Streep for most wins until Streep won her sixth award in 2007. Russell won a Tony Award in 1953 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Ruth in the Broadway show Wonderful Town (a musical based on the film My Sister Eileen, in which she also starred). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress four times throughout her career.
Marymount School, Tarrytown, NY, American Academy of Dramatic Art, New York City
(1938) Magazine ad: 1847 Rogers Bros. (silver cutlery)., (1942, 1948) Print ads: Chesterfield cigarettes
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==Rosalind Russell== (June 4, 1907 – November 28, 1976) was an American actress of stage and screen, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter [[Hildy Johnson]] in the [[Howard Hawks]] screwball comedy [[His Girl Friday]] (1940), as well as for her portrayals of [[Mame Dennis]] in [[Auntie Mame]] (1958) and [[Rose in Gypsy]] (1962). A noted comedian, she won all five [[Golden Globes]] for which she was nominated and was tied with [[Meryl Streep]] for most wins until Streep won her sixth award in 2007. Russell won a Tony Award in 1953 for [[Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical]] for her portrayal of [[Ruth]] in the Broadway show [[Wonderful Town]] (a musical based on the film [[My Sister Eileen]], in which she also starred). She was nominated for the [[Academy Award]] for [[Best Actress]] four times throughout her career.
==Rosalind Russell== Actress - ===Born=== June 4, 1907 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
===Died=== November 28, 1976 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (breast cancer)
===Birth Name=== Catherine Rosalind Russell
===Height=== 5' 8" (1.73 m)
===Mini Bio (1)=== The middle of seven children, she was named after the S.S. Rosalind 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 to teach acting. In 1934, with some stock company work and a little Broadway experience, she was tested and signed by Universal. Simultaneously MGM tested her and made her a better offer. When she plead ignorance of Hollywood (while wearing her worst-fitting clothes), Universal released her and she signed with MGM for seven years.
===For some time=== she was used in secondary roles and as a replacement threat to limit Myrna Loy's salary demands. Knowing she was right for comedy, she tested five times for the role of Sylvia Fowler in The Women (1939). George Cukor told her to "play her as a freak." She did and got the part. Her "boss lady" roles began with the part of reporter Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940), through whose male lead, Cary Grant, she met her future husband, Grant's houseguest at the time.
===In her forties===, she returned to the stage, touring "Bell, Book and Candle" in 1951 and winning a Tony for "Wonderful Town" in 1953. Columbia, worried the public would think she had the female lead in Picnic (1955), billed her "co-starring Rosalind Russell as Rosemary." She refused to accept an Oscar nomination as supporting actress for the part, an Oscar she would no doubt have won had she relented. "Auntie Mame" kept her on Broadway for two years followed by the movie version.
===Oscar nominations:=== My Sister Eileen (1942), Sister Kenny (1946), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947), and Auntie Mame (1958). In 1972, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for contributions to charity.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan
===Spouse (1)=== [[Frederick Brisson]] (25 October 1941 - 28 November 1976) (her death) (1 child) [[Lance Brisson]] on May 7, 1943
Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City
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