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The Women DVD Be careful what you say in private. It could become a movie. Some gossip... more info $7.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Where Angels Go...Trouble Follows... California or Bust: The Angels Ride Again!Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens and... more info $14.99was $14.99 Buy Now

Picnic DVD "One of the sexiest pictures I've ever seen." - Jack Moffitt, Hollywood... more info $14.99was $14.99 Buy Now

Gypsy DVD …the girl who became the greatest show in show business.Ringing with the... more info $5.99was $12.98 Buy Now

Auntie Mame DVD Ten-year old orphan Patrick Dennis has come to live with his nearest relative... more info $7.99was $14.98 Buy Now

The Citadel DVD Oscar-winners Rosalind Russell ("Auntie Mame") and Robert Donat ("Goodbye, Mr.... more info $17.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: C. A. Mcknight Died: November 28, 1976
Born: June 4, 1912 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Waterbury, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor

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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. If Russell's subsequent films rarely matched the quality of "His Girl Friday," she found greater 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...

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. If Russell's subsequent films rarely matched the quality of "His Girl Friday," she found greater 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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crooked Hearts, The (1972) Laurita Dorsey
2.
 Mrs. Pollifax--Spy (1971) Mrs. [Emily] Pollifax
3.
 Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows! (1968) Mother Simplicia
5.
 Rosie (1967) Rosie Lord
6.
 The Trouble With Angels (1966) Mother Superior
7.
 Gypsy (1962) Rose
8.
 A Majority of One (1962) Mrs. Jacoby
9.
 Five Finger Exercise (1962) Louise Harrington
10.
 Auntie Mame (1958) Auntie Mame [Dennis]
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1934:
Film debut, "Evelyn Prentice"
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Became typed by MGM in the mid and late 1930s as either classy Englishwomen ("Lady Mary" roles she would later call them) or as a rival to/substitute for Myrna Loy
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Enjoyed good leading roles in notable films including "Craig's Wife" (1936), "Night Must Fall" (1937) and "The Citadel" (1938)
1939:
Confirmed star status with her role in "The Women"
1941:
Opted not to renew her seven-year contract when it came time for renegotiation; began free-lancing
1953:
Enjoyed landmark stage success in the long-running musical version of her 1942 comedy "My Sister Eileen", "Wonderful Town"
1955:
Returned to films after a three-year absence with roles in "The Girl Rush" and "Picnic"
1958:
Played one of her most famous roles, the title heroine of "Auntie Mame"; received her fourth Oscar nomination for Best Actress
1970:
Last feature film, "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax"
1972:
Last film, the TV-movie, "The Crooked Hearts"
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Education

Marymount College: New York , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

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husband:
Frederick Brisson. Producer.

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Rosalind had one child, a son named Lance who was born in 1943.

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