ROSALIND RUSSELL


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Rosalind Russell (born Catherine Rosalind Russell) was an actress from the 1930s to the 1970s. Her middle name, which she used when she performed, came from the name of a ship! She was far from an overnight success. She did not start acting in movies until she was 27, and for several years, she was used by MGM to keep Myrna Loy from demanding more money! She mostly had secondary parts. In 1939, her skill at comedy was discovered when she played one of the leads in The Women, and that led to her starring role in His Girl Friday, playing a part written for a man. She alternated between making movies and appearing on the stage, and she had great success on both with Auntie Mame (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film). Some of her other movies include: Sister Kenny (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), My Sister Eileen (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), and Mourning Becomes Electra (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film). She passed away in 1976 at the age of 69.
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