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Also Known As: Rene Marie Russo Died:
Born: February 17, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, model

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

With sparkling blue eyes, exquisite cheekbones and a sassy, down-to-earth attitude, Rene Russo has parlayed a successful modeling career into an equally prosperous acting one. While still a high school student, she caught the attention of agent John Crosby who arranged a contract with modeling diva Nina Blanchard. Russo was an immediate success and became one of the top models of the 1970s and early 80s, appearing on the covers of many fashion magazines including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Russo moved to the Eileen Ford Agency where she worked with top photographers like Richard Avedon and Francesco Scavullo and went on to be featured prominently in a series of print ads and commercials for Revlon.

With sparkling blue eyes, exquisite cheekbones and a sassy, down-to-earth attitude, Rene Russo has parlayed a successful modeling career into an equally prosperous acting one. While still a high school student, she caught the attention of agent John Crosby who arranged a contract with modeling diva Nina Blanchard. Russo was an immediate success and became one of the top models of the 1970s and early 80s, appearing on the covers of many fashion magazines including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Russo moved to the Eileen Ford Agency where she worked with top photographers like Richard Avedon and Francesco Scavullo and went on to be featured prominently in a series of print ads and commercials for Revlon.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Intern, The (2015)
2.
 Frank and Cindy (2014)
3.
4.
 Thor (2011)
5.
 Yours, Mine & Ours (2005) Cast
6.
 Two for the Money (2005) Toni Morrow
7.
 Big Trouble (2002) Anne Herk
8.
 Showtime (2002) Chase Renzi
9.
 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, The (2000) Natasha Fatale
10.
 Thomas Crown Affair, The (1999) Catherine Banning
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Milestones close milestones

1972:
Began modeling after being spotted at a Rolling Stones concert
:
Appeared in layouts and on the covers of several fashion magazines in the 1970s and 1980s
1987:
TV acting debut in "Sable" (ABC)
1989:
Film acting debut, "Major League"
1992:
Breakthrough film appearance, "Lethal Weapon 3"
1993:
Starred opposite Clint Eastwood in "In the Line of Fire"
1995:
Earned plaudits for her turn as B-movie actress in Barry Sonnenfeld's "Get Shorty"
1996:
Played a woman torn between Don Johnson and Kevin Costner in "Tin Cup"
1997:
First film lead, the family picture "Buddy"
1999:
Won rave reviews for her performance in the remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair"
2000:
Cast as Natasha to Jason Alexander's Boris in the mixed live action-animated feature "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"
2005:
Co-starred with Dennis Quaid in the remake of "Yours, Mine and Ours," a comedy about a blended family
2005:
Portrayed Pacino's muse and wife in D.J. Caruso's "Two for the Money"
2011:
Portrayed the wife of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) in Kenneth Branagh's big screen adaptation of "Thor"
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Education

Burroughs High School: Burbank , California -
Jordan Middle School: Burbank , California -

Notes

"I've been around, and I know the ups and downs of business. In this business I have the turn of the century looming, I have that long. So I'm going to be a smart businesswoman and make as much money as I can for the short amount of the ride that I have here, and then I'm out. That sounds cold, in a way, but it's because there are no guarantees, especially for a woman in this business." --Russo quoted in New York Newsday, March 5, 1995.

"I'd rather play a girlfriend in a good movie than the lead in a mediocre movie" --Russo quoted in Daily News, October 22, 1995,

"I have days when I'm completely in control, a warrior, strong, full of faith, knowing where I'm going. And then I have days when I say to my husband . . . I feel like I'm having a panic attack. I work on it day by day." --Rene Russo quoted in Newsday, August 1, 1999.

John McTiernan had to fight to cast Russo in the remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair" because MGM executives were doubtful that the actress would be able to appear sexy enough. As McTiernan explained to Los Angeles (August 1999): "They wanted Sharon Stone. And I said, 'It's a thousand times easier to make Rene Russo sexy than it is to make Sharon Stone trustworthy.'"

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Dan Gilroy. Second husband; father of Rose.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Nino Russo. Sculptor. Abandoned family when Russo was two years old; reportedly contacted her after she began her modeling career; had a total of eight children by four different women; died of congestive heart failure in 1996 at age 74.
mother:
Shirley Russo. Raised Russo; Russo revealed in a March 14, 2002 "Good Morning America" interview that her mother raised her with a lesbian partner.
sister:
Toni Russo. Born in April 1956.
half-brother:
David Russo. Writer. Born c. 1957.
daughter:
Rose Gilroy. Born on August 23, 1993.
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