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Rosalind Russell is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 4 june 1907 at Waterbury (USA)

Rosalind Russell

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Birth name Catherine Rosalind Russell
Nationality USA
Birth 4 june 1907 at Waterbury (USA)
Death 28 november 1976 (at 69 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)

Rosalind Russell (June 4, 1907 – November 28, 1976) was an American actress of stage and screen, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940), as well as for her portrayals of Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958) and Rose in Gypsy (1962). A noted comedian, she won all five Golden Globes for which she was nominated and was tied with Meryl Streep for most wins until Streep won her sixth award in 2007. Russell won a Tony Award in 1953 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Ruth in the Broadway show Wonderful Town (a musical based on the film My Sister Eileen, in which she also starred). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress four times throughout her career.

In addition to her fame as a comedian, Russell was known for playing character roles, exceptionally wealthy, dignified, ladylike women, as well as for being one of the few actresses of her time who regularly played professional women, such as judges, reporters, and psychiatrists. She had a wide career span from the 1930s to the 1970s, and attributed her long career to the fact that, although usually playing classy and glamorous roles, she never became a sex symbol.


On October 25, 1941, Russell married Danish-American producer Frederick Brisson, son of actor Carl Brisson. Cary Grant was responsible for the couple having met, and was the best man at Frederick and Rosalind's wedding. Brisson had been traveling from England to the United States by ship in 1939, and The Women was playing on an endless loop during the voyage. After hearing the audio for the film day after day while traveling, Brisson decided he had better sit down and watch the whole film. He became so enamored with Russell's performance as Sylvia Fowler that he turned to his friends and proclaimed: "I'm either gonna kill that girl, or I'm gonna marry her." (Or so he liked to say.)

Brisson stayed with Cary Grant in his guest house while Grant was filming His Girl Friday. Upon hearing that Grant was making the movie with Russell, Brisson asked his friend if he could meet her. Cary Grant then spent weeks greeting Russell each morning on set with the question, "Have you met Freddie Brisson?" in an effort to pique the actress's curiosity. One night, when Russell opened her door to let Grant in before they went dancing, as they often did, she found him standing next to a stranger. Grant sheepishly explained that the odd fellow was Freddie Brisson, the man whom he had mentioned so often, and they set off for dinner, with Freddie in tow. Russell and Brisson's marriage lasted 35 years, ending with her death. They had one child in 1943, a son, Carl Lance Brisson.

She was a Roman Catholic, and a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.

Russell was a staunch Republican who campaigned for Richard Nixon.

Best films

Picnic (1956)
The Citadel (1938)
A Majority of One (1961)

Usually with

Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(17 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(9 films)
Joseph Walker
Joseph Walker
(8 films)
Clark Gable
Clark Gable
(7 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Rosalind Russell (61 films)

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That's Entertainment! III, 1h53
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Documentary films about films
Actors Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Esther Williams
Roles (archive footage)
Rating74% 3.7389953.7389953.7389953.7389953.738995
Troisième volet de "Il était une fois Hollywood", "That's Entertainment III" nous propose un nouveau panorama de l'age d'or de la MGM mais aussi des chutes rarissimes, des séquences coupées lors de la sortie des films et des essais d'autres stars que celles qui furent finalement choisies.
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics, 1h29
Directed by Robert Markowitz
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror
Actors James Earl Jones, Amy Irving, Gary Cole, Patrick Bergin, Jack Palance, Julia Campbell
Roles Hildy Johnson (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating62% 3.1014553.1014553.1014553.1014553.101455
Deux histoires : Le cinéma : une jeune artiste, pour se détendre, va au cinéma qui programme un vieux film classique. Soudain à l'écran, elle se voit dans le film, ainsi que les récents faits marquants de son existence, la poussant aux limites de la folie... Où sont les morts : à la fin du siècle dernier, le Dr Ramsey cherche un moyen de vaincre la mort. L'arrivée d'un étrange patient l'amène sur une île où il cherche Weaton, un vieux savant qui aurait un sérum pouvant ramener les morts à la vie.
Cinema Paradiso, 1h58
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes L'adolescence, Films about films, Films about children, Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about disabilities, La cécité
Actors Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Brigitte Fossey, Antonella Attili
Roles Hildy Johnson (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating84% 4.2496354.2496354.2496354.2496354.249635
In Rome, in the 1980s, famous Italian film director Salvatore Di Vita returns home late one evening, where his girlfriend sleepily tells him that his mother called to say someone named Alfredo has died. Salvatore obviously shies from committed relationships and has not been to his home village of Giancaldo, Sicily in 30 years. As his girlfriend asks him who Alfredo is, Salvatore flashes back to his childhood.
Mrs. Pollifax — Spy, 1h50
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Actors Rosalind Russell, Darren McGavin, Nehemiah Persoff, Harold Gould, John Beck, Albert Paulsen
Roles Mrs. Pollifax
Rating56% 2.807972.807972.807972.807972.80797
Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the department needed (someone who looks and acts completely unlike a spy), she's assigned to simple courier duty to pick up a book in Mexico City. She finds this easier said then done. The film's tagline summizes the person of Pollifax: 'Before she joined the CIA, Mrs. Pollifax thought Red China was a set of dishes'.
Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, 1h33
Directed by James Neilson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about religion
Actors Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens, Binnie Barnes, Mary Wickes, Dolores Sutton, Milton Berle
Roles Mother Simplicia
Rating62% 3.1491153.1491153.1491153.1491153.149115
The story depicts the rivalry between the conservative Mother Superior (Russell) and the glamorous, progressive young Sister George (Stevens) as they shepherd a busload of Catholic high school girls across America to an interfaith youth rally being held in Santa Barbara, California. As they debate expressions of faith and role of the Church in the tumultuous America of the sixties, they must also contend with the antics of two rebellious, trouble-prone students, Rosabelle (Susan Saint James) and Marvel Anne (Barbara Hunter).
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad, 1h26
Directed by Richard Quiney, Alexander Mackendrick
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Films based on plays
Actors Rosalind Russell, Robert Morse, Barbara Harris, Hugh Griffith, Jonathan Winters, Lionel Jeffries
Roles Madame Rosepettle
Rating49% 2.4726552.4726552.4726552.4726552.472655
Described by the author as a "farce in three scenes", the story involves an overbearing mother who travels to a luxury resort in the Caribbean, bringing along her son and her deceased husband, preserved and in his casket.
Rosie! (1967)
, 1h38
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Rosalind Russell, Sandra Dee, Brian Aherne, Audrey Meadows, James Farentino, Vanessa Brown
Roles Rosie Lord
Rating67% 3.3877853.3877853.3877853.3877853.387785
Rosie Lord (Russell) is a widowed millionaire who, much to the dismay of her daughters Mildred (Meadows) and Edith (Brown), spends her money generously. When she announces to buy a $2.5 million closed theater in a run-down part of Los Angeles, because it's the location where her late husband proposed to her and it's now threatened to be turned into a parking lot, her daughters decide that they have had enough. Edith and her husband Cabot (Nielsen) complain that they are only granted $100.000 a year, and work together with cold-hearted and recently divorced Mildred to discourage Rosie from making the buy. They are unable to convince her and her legal advisor Oliver (Aherne) to let them take care of their money, and thus decide to try to declare her incompetent, thereby hoping to put her in an insane asylum. Edith and Cabot's young daughter Daphne (Dee) is appalled to overhear the scheme, and vows to help her grandmother.
The Trouble with Angels, 1h52
Directed by Ida Lupino
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about education, Films about religion
Actors Hayley Mills, Rosalind Russell, June Harding, Binnie Barnes, Marge Redmond, Camilla Sparv
Roles Mother Superior
Rating72% 3.645983.645983.645983.645983.64598
The movie is set at St. Francis Academy (also the name of the school in Sister Act 2), a fictional all-girls Catholic boarding school in Pennsylvania, operated by an order of nuns. Rosalind Russell plays the Mother Superior, who spends the movie at odds with Mary Clancy (Hayley Mills), a rebellious teenager, and her misery-loves-company friend Rachel Devry (June Harding). The episodic storyline follows the young women through their sophomore, junior and senior high-school years. After spending much of the film resenting the authority of the Mother Superior, Mary receives the "call" senior year and, after graduation, remains at the school in the novitiate of the order.
Gypsy (1962)
, 2h23
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Striptease
Actors Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Parley Baer, Morgan Brittany, Jack Benny
Roles Rose Hovick
Rating70% 3.5468353.5468353.5468353.5468353.546835
Determined to make her young, blonde, and beautiful daughter June a vaudeville headliner, willful, resourceful, domineering stage mother Rose Hovick will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. She drags the girl and her shy, awkward, and decidedly less-talented older sister Louise around the country in an effort to get them noticed, and with the assistance of agent Herbie Sommers, she manages to secure them bookings on the prestigious Orpheum Circuit.
Five Finger Exercise, 1h49
Directed by Daniel Mann
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Rosalind Russell, Jack Hawkins, Richard Beymer, Maximilian Schell, Lana Wood, Todd Armstrong
Roles Louise Harington
Rating63% 3.190563.190563.190563.190563.19056
It follows a few days in the lives of the Harringtons, who are at war. While the husband and wife fight each other, the son and daughter are on the same path. Then, when a music teacher comes in, things begin to change, until other things start to threaten the peace.
A Majority of One, 2h36
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, George Takei
Roles Mrs. Bertha Jacoby
Rating67% 3.392113.392113.392113.392113.39211
M Jacoby, une veuve originaire de Brooklyn dont le fils a été tué par les Japonais pendant la guerre, accepte à regret d'accompagner sa fille Alice et son gendre Jerry pour un voyage au Japon, où Jerry doit participer à la négociation d'un traité commercial. Lors de la croisière trans-pacifique, le ressentiment de M Jacoby à propos des jamonais est encore très fort lorsqu'elle encontre sur M. Asano, un industriel japonais dont la famille a elle aussi été beaucoup touchée par la guerre. Leur amitié naissante est malmenée lorsque Jerry suspecte M. Asano, lui-même un des négociateurs du traité, d'avoir cherché un gain politique dans cette relation. Bien que M Jacoby n'y croie pas vraiment, elle refuse de voir M. Asano lors de leur dernière soirée à bord. Une fois au Japon, Jerry offense sans le faire exprès M. Asano, et la conférence est annulée. M Jacoby se rend alors chez M. Asano. Après une soirée très agréable, il accepte de reprendre les négociations. Alors que les trois Américains se préparent à repartir, M Jacoby est surprise de recevoir une demande en mariage de M. Asano, mais aussi par la réaction négative d'Alice et Jerry. Mais en fait elle refuse surtout car elle considère que M. Asano et elle sont encore trop marqués par leurs histoires personnelles. Des mois plus tard, M. Asano arrive à New York comme délégué aux Nations unies. Il rencontre à nouveau M Jacoby, qui accepte désormais qu'il lui fasse la cour.
A Majority of One
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, Gary Vinson
Roles Mrs. Bertha Jacoby
Rating67% 3.392113.392113.392113.392113.39211
Bertha Jacoby (Rosalind Russell), a Jewish widow, is convinced by her daughter Alice Black (Madlyn Rhue) to move from Brooklyn, New York to Tokyo, in order for Bertha to be closer to her along with her husband, Jerry Black (Ray Danton), now stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Her feelings about the Japanese with regards to her son's death in World War II start to change on board the ship to Tokyo, where she meets Koichi Asano, a Japanese Buddhist businessman (Alec Guinness), who also lost a spouse and two children in the War. The two share a bond over lives, their families, and their faiths, which develops into a romance. When she announces to her family of Asano's courtship, her daughter and son-in-law object to the idea of an interracial marriage. The movie ends with the two enjoying a Sabbath dinner.
Auntie Mame, 2h23
Directed by Don Alvarado, Morton DaCosta
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about children, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Roger Smith, Peggy Cass, Joanna Barnes
Roles Mame Dennis
Rating78% 3.946053.946053.946053.946053.94605
Patrick Dennis (Jan Handzlik), orphaned in 1928 when his father unexpectedly dies, is placed in the care of Mame Dennis (Rosalind Russell), his father's sister in Manhattan. Mame is a flamboyant, exuberant woman, who hosts frequent parties with eclectic, bohemian guests. Patrick is quickly introduced to his aunt's free-spirited and eccentric lifestyle, including Vera Charles (Coral Browne), a Broadway actress, who spends many of her nights passed out drunk in Mame's guest room. Mame's frequently repeated motto is "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"