Evelyn Prentice

The President Vanishes

Forsaking All Others



The Night Is Young

The Casino Murder Case

West Point of the Air


China Seas




It Had to Happen

Under Two Flags

Trouble for Two

Craig’s Wife



Night Must Fall

Live, Love and Learn




Four’s a Crowd

The Citadel




Fast and Loose

The Women



His Girl Friday

Hired Wife

No Time for Comedy

This Thing Called Love



They Met in Bombay

The Feminine Touch

Design for Scandal



Take a Letter, Darling

My Sister Eileen



Flight for Freedom

What a Woman!



Roughly Speaking

She Wouldn’t Say Yes



Sister Kenny



The Guilt of Janet Ames

Mourning Becomes Electra



The Velvet Touch



Tell It to the Judge



A Woman of Distinction



Never Wave at a WAC



The Girl Rush




Auntie Mame



A Majority of One



Five Finger Exercise




The Trouble with Angels



Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad




Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows



Mrs. Pollifax – Spy


She was nominated for four Best Actress In A Leading Role Academy Awards

1943 My Sister Eileen

1947 Sister Kenny

1948 Mourning Becomes Electra

1959 Auntie Mame

I’ll match my flops with anybody’s but I wouldn’t have missed ’em.  ~ Rosalind Russell  

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Biographies, Actress

After receiving a Catholic school education, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York, having convinced her mother that she intended to teach acting. In 1934, with some stock company work and a little Broadway experience, she was tested and signed by Universal. She also tested with MGM and they made her a better offer. When she plead ignorance of Hollywood, Universal released her and she signed a seven year contract with MGM. She made her on-screen debut in  Evelyn Prentice (1943).

Knowing she was right for comedy, she tested five times for the role of Sylvia Fowler in The Women (1939). George Cukor told her to “play her as a freak.” She did and got the part. Her “boss lady” roles began with the part of reporter Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940).

Russell earned Academy Award nominations for her roles in the comedy “My Cousin Eileen” (1942), for the historical biopic “Sister Kenny” (1946), and for “Mourning Becomes Electra” (1947), an adaptation of the grim Eugene O’Neill play that proved a disastrous for RKO-Radio Pictures.

Russell found greater job satisfaction by returning to the stage. She toured with a 1951 production of “Bell, Book and Candle” and won a Tony for starring in the 1953 Broadway production of “Wonderful Town” and George Abbott’s musical adaptation of “My Cousin Eileen.” She stayed with the hit show through 556 performances and reprised the role of Ruth Sherwood for a 1958 television adaptation broadcast by CBS. In the interim, the 47-year-old actress accepted a supporting role as a small town spinster in Joshua Logan’s “Picnic” (1955) but refused a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination when Columbia denied her top billing. In 1956, Russell returned to Broadway for the last time to star as the free-spirited “Auntie Mame,” another box office smash that ran for over 600 performances at the Broadhurst Theater.

Russell reprised her role as Mame Dennis in Morton DaCosta’s film adaptation of “Auntie Mame” (1958). The film garnered six Oscar nominations, among them one for Russell as Best Actress, but she did not win. After the diagnosis of breast cancer in 1959 required Russell to undergo a double mastectomy, she worked less often. She played Mama Rose to Natalie Wood’s budding burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy” (1962) and appeared as a Mother Superior in the convent comedy “The Trouble with Angels” (1966) and its sequel, “Where Angels Go, Trouble Follow” (1968).

Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1969, Russell refused to acknowledge her disability publicly and acted very little .She devoted herself to charity work, for which she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 1973 Academy Awards. The metastasis of her cancer brought about Russell’s death on Nov. 28, 1976. Her autobiography, Life is a Banquet (was published a year after her death). In 1978, the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis was founded at UCLA-San Francisco.

In 2000, “His Girl Friday” and “Auntie Mame” were included in the American Film Institute;s Top 100 comedies. In 2009, Jonathan Gruber’s documentary “Life Is a Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story” was exhibited at film festivals nationwide.