Job Actress, singer, screenwriter
Years active 1929-1972
Known for Wealthy, dignified ladylike women; professional women such as judges, reporters, and psychiatrists
Top Roles Susan Manning Middlecott, Mother Superior, Josephine 'Jo' Mercer, Elizabeth Kenny, Hildy Johnson
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Film Adaptation, Musical, Adventure
Top TopicsBased on Play, Romance (Comic), Book-Based
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Producer), (Producer)
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Rosalind Russell Overview:

Legendary character actress, Rosalind Russell, was born on Jun 4, 1907 in Waterbury, CT. Russell appeared in over 55 film and TV roles. Her best known films include The Women (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), My Sister Eileen (1942), Auntie Mame (1958), Gypsy (1962), The Trouble with Angels (1966) and Where Angels Go Trouble Follows (1968). Russell died at the age of 69 on Nov 28, 1976 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA.

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Regal Rosalind Russell seemed most at home in tweeds or silk evening gowns, and was often cast as a brisk businesswoman. After her success as reporter Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday, she was able to exercise her own choice of dominant leading roles but did not pull out any real plums for herself until Auntie Mame and Gypsy. She was given a special Academy Award in 1972 for her charity work.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Russell was nominated for four Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award. However she won one Honorary Oscar Award in 1972 Rosalind Russell .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1942Best ActressMy Sister Eileen (1942)Ruth SherwoodNominated
1946Best ActressSister Kenny (1946)Elizabeth KennyNominated
1947Best ActressMourning Becomes Electra (1947)Lavinia MannonNominated
1958Best ActressAuntie Mame (1958)Auntie Mame DennisNominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
1972JEAN HERSHOLT HUMANITARIAN AWARDRosalind Russell

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Rosalind Russell's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #115 on Feb 19, 1959.

BlogHub Articles:

Classic Movie Travels: ?

By Annette Bochenek on Jun 14, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Classic Movie Travels: [ Throughout her career, portrayed a wide range of strong female characters. From her witty performance as Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940) to Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958) and so many more, Russell enjoyed muc... Read full article


THE BLOGATHON: Craig's Wife (1936)

on Jun 4, 2019 From Caftan Woman

Crystal of In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood is celebrating the great with a blogathon running on June 4th to the 6th. John Boles, After two years of marriage, Walter Craig played by John Boles is still besotted with his lovely wife Harriet played by... Read full article


On Blu-ray: as Auntie Mame (1958)

By KC on Dec 22, 2017 From Classic Movies

Auntie Mame (1958) is an outrageously charming film. It insists on your love. Against all odds it even charmed my Taylor Swift-loving skeptical tween. As she sat there howling at attempting and failing to master the complexities of a telephone switchboard I felt the awe of a true cl... Read full article


What a Woman! (1943) with and Brian Aherne

By Greg Orypeck on Feb 11, 2016 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! She’s the Smartest Woman Who NEVER Got Kissed. One can wonder what there is about What a Woman! that deserves mention, certainly on any extended level, a review, say.? Not very much, really.? That it might provide, under the proper conditions, some degree of entertainment on a cold... Read full article


“Jejum de Amor / His girl Friday”: em seu melhor momento

By L? on Jun 28, 2013 From Critica Retro

“Jejum de Amor / His girl Friday”: em seu melhor momento Melhor que uma boa comediante, s? uma boa atriz dram?tica que tamb?m atua em excelentes com?dias. Exemplos n?o faltam: Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Hepburn, Sophia Loren ou mesmo Myrna Loy e Carole Lombard, q... Read full article


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Rosalind Russell Quotes:

Mother Superior: Evidently Sister Ursula's German accent amuses you.
Mary Clancy: I didn't know she was German, Reverend Mother.
Mother Superior: Then surely you didn't know that during the war Sister Ursula kept 34 Jewish children hidden for more than two years in the cellar of a destroyed convent outside of Munich. And that when this was finally discovered she was imprisoned. She suffered untold indignities and she... she...
[nearly choking up, then turning away to pray]
Mary Clancy: Are we dismissed, Reverend Mother?
Mother Superior: [quietly] Yes.


Mother Superior: [after breaking up a dance party in the bathroom] As you're all such music lovers, I'm sure you'll be delighted to know that you're going to spend the next two weekends cleaning out the music room.
[nods at a girl who fainted]
Mother Superior: Get Devon off the floor.


Hildy Johnson: Walter, you're wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way.


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Won Broadway's 1953 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Wonderful Town," a musical based on the same source as her film My Sister Eileen (1942), for which she received an Oscar nomination playing the same character. She also received a 1957 Tony Award nomination as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "Auntie Mame," a part she recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in the film version Auntie Mame (1958).

She refused to be placed in the "best supporting" category when Columbia Pictures wanted to promote her for an Academy Award nomination for her role in Picnic (1955). Many felt she would have won had she cooperated.

She died after a long battle with breast cancer in 1976 at the age of 69, although initially her age was misreported because she had shaved a few years off her true age.

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