Rosalind Russell

About Rosalind Russell

Catherine Rosalind Russell (June 4, 1907 – November 28, 1976) was an American actress, comedian, screenwriter, and singer, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in ‘His Girl Friday’, as well as for her portrayals of Mame Dennis in ‘Auntie Mame’ and Rose in ‘Gypsy’. A noted comedian, she won all five Golden Globes for which she was nominated. Russell won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1953 for her portrayal of Ruth in the Broadway show ‘Wonderful Town’ and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress four times throughout her career.

Under contract to MGM, Russell debuted in ‘Evelyn Prentice’; although the role was small, she received good notices, with one critic saying that she was “convincing as the woman scorned”. In the 1940s, she made comedies such as ‘The Feminine Touch’, ‘Take a Letter’, ‘Darling’ and ‘My Sister Eileen’. In addition to her acting career, Russell also wrote the story for the film ‘The Unguarded Moment’. Russell was again credited as screenwriter for adapting the novel ‘The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax’ into the screenplay for ‘Mrs. Pollifax-Spy’, in which she also starred – it was Russell’s last big screen role. Learn More…

Rosalind Russell