Rosalind Russell

Catherine Rosalind Russell (1907 - 1976)

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Catherine Rosalind (Rosalind) Russell
Born in Waterbury, CTmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Died in Beverly Hills, CAmap
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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 <>


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Images: 5
publicity photo for General Electric Theatre
publicity photo for General Electric Theatre

Rosalind and husband Frederick Brisson
Rosalind and husband Frederick Brisson

with Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford from the movie The Women
with Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford from the movie The Women

as Auntie Mame
as Auntie Mame

auntie mame title opening film
auntie mame title opening film


On 21 Nov 2015 at 04:08 GMT Cathleen Bachman wrote:

During the filming of The Women (1939), Rosalind Russell actually bit Paulette Goddard in their fight sequence. Despite the permanent scar the bite left Goddard, the actresses remained friends

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