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, Louise Harington, Hildy Johnson, Sybil, Christine
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Film Adaptation, Musical, Adventure
Top TopicsBased on Play, Romance (Comic), Book-Based
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Producer), (Producer)
Shares birthday with Richard Shepherd, Clara Blandick, Russell Hicks  see more..

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.

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and Hayley Mills match wits in “The Trouble with Angels”

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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


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Rosalind Russell Quotes:

Walter Burns: Bruce, I, uh... let me get this straight. I must have misunderstood you. You mean you're taking the sleeper today and then getting married tomorrow?
Bruce Baldwin: Oh, well, it's not like that.
Walter Burns: Well, what's it like?
Hildy Johnson: Poor Walter. He'll toss and turn all night. Perhaps we better tell him Mother's coming along, too.
Walter Burns: [to Hildy] Mother? Why, your mother kicked the bucket!
Bruce Baldwin: No, my mother, my mother.
Walter Burns: Oh, your mother. Oh, well, that relieves my mind.
Hildy Johnson: [to Walter] It was cruel of us to let you suffer that way.
[to Bruce]
Hildy Johnson: Isn't Walter sweet? Always wanting to protect me.


Rose Hovick: Nothing is better than vaudeville!


Dr. Susan Lane: I happen to be a psychiatrist.
Michael Kent: No! A mental peeping Tom eh?
Dr. Susan Lane: Only by appointment!


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Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]

In 1970, she accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" on behalf of Helen Hayes, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony.

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).

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