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Also Known As: Theresa Paup Died:
Born: March 20, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: actor, model

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Theresa Russell made an auspicious debut as the daughter of a movie studio head in Elia Kazan's "The Last Tycoon" (1976). Trained in the Method at the Lee Strasberg Institute, she proved effective in her early film roles, especially opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Straight Time" (1978). Russell was first directed by her future husband, Nicolas Roeg, in "Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980), which cast her in the role of a young patient who falls under the sway of a psychiatrist. Perhaps the actress' most notorious role was the titular "Whore" (1991) in Ken Russell's examination of the world's oldest profession. She was teamed with Jacqueline Bisset in "Once You Meet a Stranger" (CBS, 1996), a remake of Hitchcock's 1951 classic "Strangers on a Train." Russell also played the formidable mother of Denise Richards in the campy/sultry neo-noir "Wild Things" (1998). Russell continued to work steadily, balancing a career in feature films--including "Luckytown" (2000), "The Believer" (2001) and "Passionada" (2002)--with TV movies--from the genre-minded "Earth Vs. The Spider" (2001) to the exceptional HBO miniseries "Empire Falls" (2005)--to occasional series work--including guest roles on "Nash Bridges" and...

Theresa Russell made an auspicious debut as the daughter of a movie studio head in Elia Kazan's "The Last Tycoon" (1976). Trained in the Method at the Lee Strasberg Institute, she proved effective in her early film roles, especially opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Straight Time" (1978). Russell was first directed by her future husband, Nicolas Roeg, in "Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980), which cast her in the role of a young patient who falls under the sway of a psychiatrist. Perhaps the actress' most notorious role was the titular "Whore" (1991) in Ken Russell's examination of the world's oldest profession. She was teamed with Jacqueline Bisset in "Once You Meet a Stranger" (CBS, 1996), a remake of Hitchcock's 1951 classic "Strangers on a Train." Russell also played the formidable mother of Denise Richards in the campy/sultry neo-noir "Wild Things" (1998). Russell continued to work steadily, balancing a career in feature films--including "Luckytown" (2000), "The Believer" (2001) and "Passionada" (2002)--with TV movies--from the genre-minded "Earth Vs. The Spider" (2001) to the exceptional HBO miniseries "Empire Falls" (2005)--to occasional series work--including guest roles on "Nash Bridges" and "G vs E" (as a character cheekily named Rheesa Tussel) and a regular stint on The WB's short-lived soapy mystery "Glory Days" (2001) as Hazel, owner of the titular small town's diner and aging bombshel. Russell was poised for a major career comeback when she was cast at the wife of Flint Marko (Thomas Hayden Church), the villainous Sandman in the highly anticipated sequel "Spider-Man 3" (lensed 2006).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Winter Rose, A (2016)
2.
 Liz & Dick (2012)
3.
 Born to Ride (2011)
4.
 Rid of Me (2011)
5.
 16 to Life (2010)
6.
 Dark World (2008)
7.
 Jolene (2008)
8.
 Baby-O (2007)
9.
 On the Doll (2007)
10.
 Spider-Man 3 (2007)
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At age 16, dropped out of high school and moved in with her 28-year-old boyfriend, a primal scream therapist
2005:
Co-starred in the HBO mini-series "Empire Falls"
2002:
Had regular role as the town tramp on the midseason replacement series "Glory Days" (The WB)
1983:
Had strong role as a Marilyn Monroe-like actress in "Insignificance"
1998:
Had supporting role as Denise Richards' mother in "Wild Things"
1979:
Portrayed Maureen Dean in the CBS miniseries "Blind Ambition"
2001:
Appeared in the controversial "The Believer", as a supporter of neo-Nazis; screened at Sundance; aired on Showtime in 2002 before theatrical release
1996:
Cast as Ma Barker in "Public Enemy No 1" (HBO)
1987:
Cast in the leading role of a serial killer in "Black Widow"
1990:
Delivered a strong performance as a narcotics officer in "Impulse"
1991:
Had title role in Ken Russell's "Whore"
1992:
Played Jeremy Irons' co-worker in "Kafka"
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Began modeling career at age 12
1980:
First film with Nicholas Roeg, "Bad Timing"
1994:
Had dual role as telepathic twins in "Thicker Than Water" (aired in the USA on A&E)
1978:
Starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Straight Time"
1996:
Appeared opposite Jacqueline Bisset in "Once You Meet a Stranger", a loose, distaff remake of "Strangers on a Train"
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Began studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute
1976:
Film acting debut in "The Last Tycoon"
1984:
Portrayed the prostitute Sophia in the remake of "The Razor's Edge"; Gene Tierney played the role in the 1946 version
2007:
Portrayed the wife of Flint Marko, a.k.a. the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) in "Spider-Man 3"
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Education

Burbank High School: Burbank, California -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: Los Angeles, California -

Notes

"I'm not all that well-educated or well-read, and I always feel a little intimidated about that. I perceive things on a much more instinctive level instead of intellectualizing things." --Theresa Russell to AMERICAN FILM, April 1989

"I'm sure I have regrets. But I don't think about them. Onward is the cry." --Russell to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, March 14, 1997

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husband:
Nicolas Roeg. Director, director of photography. Married in 1985.

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son:
Statten Roeg. Born c. 1983.
son:
Maxim Roeg. Born c. 1985.

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