Catherine Rosalind Russell, an acclaimed winner of ‘Tony Award,’ ‘Golden Globe Awards’ and nominations for ‘Academy Award,’ was renowned for her comedic and dramatic roles. She initially worked as model and performed in Summer Stock Company.
Russell made her film debut in crime-drama film ‘Evelyn Prentice’ (1934). The same year she appeared in romantic-comedy-drama ‘Forsaking All Other’, followed by 1935’s adventure-film ‘China Seas,’ spy-film ‘Rendezvous,’ and drama-film ‘West Point of the Air’ which brought critical acclaim.
Further, Russell starred as a domineering wife in film version of Broadway play ‘Craig’s Wife’ (1936), an aristocratic lady in hit adventure-romance film ‘Under Two Flags’ (1936), mystery-film ‘Trouble for Two’ (1936), film adaption of play ‘Night Must Fall’ (1937).
Next, Russell starred in romantic-comedy ‘Four’s a Crowd’ (1938), drama-film ‘The Citadel’ (1938), then as gossipy ‘Sylvia Fowler’ in major hit comedy-drama ‘The Women’ (1939), which brought her recognition as comedienne and star.
Russell starred as sharp, impetuous, and brilliant reporter ‘Hildy Johnson,’ (a role that was rejected by many A-list stars) in zany comedy ‘His Girl Friday’ (1940) earning critical and popular acclaim.
Russell’s further starrers included several romantic-comedies such as ‘Hired Wife’ (1940), ‘No Time for Comedy’ (1940), ‘This Thing Called Love’ (1940), ‘The Feminine Touch’ (1941), Oscar-nominated ‘Take a Letter, Darling’ (1942). She played a ‘Judge’ in ‘Design for Scandal’ (1941).
Russell received ‘Academy Award’ nomination for her role in successful comedy ‘My Sister Eileen’ (1942), and won a ‘Tony Award’ for reprising the role in the film’s Broadway musical version ‘Wonderful Town’ (1953). She earned further ‘Academy Award’ nominations and also ‘Golden Globe Awards’ for her titular role in biopic ‘Sister Kenny’ (1946), and for her role as ‘Lavinia Mannon’ in film adaption of play ‘Mourning becomes Electra’ (1947).
Russell’s performance in film adaption of play ‘Picnic’ (1955) garnered praise. She is most identified with her role as ‘Mame Dennis’ in 1958 comedy ‘Auntie Mame’ which won her ‘Oscar’ and ‘BAFTA’ nominations and ‘Golden Globe Award’. She received ‘Golden Globe Award’ for her role ‘Rose Hovick’ in musical-comedy ‘Gypsy’ (1962). She then starred in drama-film ‘Five Fingers Exercise’ (1962), ‘Trouble with Angels’ (1966), its sequel ‘Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows’ (1968).
With pen-name ‘C.A. McKnight’ Russell wrote story of film-noir ‘The Unguarded Moment’ (1956) and screenplay for her last film ‘Mrs. Pollifax-Spy’ (1971). Her last screen-appearance was in TV-film ‘The Crooked Hearts’ (1972).
This romantic comedy drama film tells the story of Walter, editor of a newspaper, who becomes furious after learning that Hildy, his ex wife and star reporter, is soon going to get married to Bruce Baldwin, an insurance man. In an attempt to break Hildy’s relationship with Bruce, and win her back, Walter sends her to cover one more story.
Mary Haines lives a wealthy and happy life with her wealthy financier husband Stephen and their little daughter Molly. But her life takes a turn after her friend finds out that Stephen is having an affair.
Gypsy is a musical comedy drama film which tells the story of an aggressive and domineering woman named Rose Hovick, who will stop at nothing to turn her beautiful and gifted daughter June into a vaudeville star. Eventually, after some years, June feels tired of being controlled by her mother, and she elopes with a guy named Gerry. Rose is devastated, and she pours all her energy into her older daughter Louise, despite the fact that she is not as skilled as June.
After losing her father at an early age, Louise was left with her mother and her sisters in the middle of financial problems. Determined to find success in a man’s world, she enrolls at a business college, but her plans for her career change when she falls for a handsome man named Rodney Crane, despite the fact that the two have very little in common.
Picnic is a romantic drama film which tells the story of Hal Carter, who arrives in a small town in Kansas, to meet his friend Alan. Alan promises Hal a job, and invites him to the town’s Labor Day picnic. Things get complicated when Hal is attracted to Alan’s girlfriend.
Bertha Jacoby, a widow who lost her son in World War II hates the Japanese. But while relocating to Tokyo, she meets Japanese Buddhist and businessman Koichi Asano on the ship. As her views change, she falls in love with Asano and plans to marry him much to the dismay of her daughter and son-in-law.
A struggling painter takes up a job as a secretary to a female advertising executive. He soon realizes that his job involves more than just mailing letters. While working hard to obtain an account from a tobacco company, they start finding themselves in love with each other.
When widowed millionaire Rosie, a generous giver, decides to buy a closed theater where her late husband had proposed her, Rosie’s mercenary daughters, Mildred and Edith, worried about their inheritance, plan to institutionalize her and declare her insane. As Rosie’s loving granddaughter, Daphne, learns about the wicked plan, she, along with Rosie’s lawyer friend Oliver Stevenson, helps Rosie win in the court.
Evelyn Prentice is a romantic crime drama film which tells the story of a woman named Evelyn, who loves her husband John Prentice, a high profile attorney, but she feels neglected due to his busy schedule. She soon gets involved in a relationship with an unscrupulous womanizer, which turns her life upside down, involving her in blackmail and murder.
During the WWI, a day before William Gordon is about to set off for France, he meets socialite Joel Carter and spends a day with her, revealing that he has written a valuable book on cryptology.. The very next day, he is assigned to the code breaking division and while working there comes in contact with beautiful Olivia, making Joel jealous.
Susan Middlecott, who is the dean of a college, feels that there is no room in her life for romance. However, things take a turn when she meets a charming British professor of astronomy named Alec Stevenson. However, she still resists being paired with him, but things don’t go as planned.
Gerald and Anya are jewel thieves in British occupied India, planning separately to steal the priceless diamond ‘Star of Asia’. They are forced to team up when a police inspector starts to hunt them down. As they fall in love and escape to Hong Kong, the Japanese invade China, and Gerald becomes a war hero.
In order to escape his past, Sergeant Victor joins the French Foreign Legion. He is sent to Africa and placed under the charge of a cruel officer named Major Doyle. When the woman Doyle loves, falls for Victor, Doyle decides to send the Victor on a dangerous mission in order to get him killed.
An author is convinced that his agent is in love with him after selling the movie rights of his book. Their relationship makes headlines as the literary agent finds herself torn between living a lie and losing her client.
Louise and Philip Harrington have been married for a long time, but they are going through problems in their relationship. Philip remains busy with his work, and therefore he remains distant and disconnected with his family, while Louise is somewhat self-deluded. When Walter, a charming young tutor arrives, it further complicates their troubles.
Jeff Williams has been in love with his best-friend Mary Clay ever since they were children. But Mary is marrying their other best friend Dill Todd. When Dill runs away the night before the wedding and marries Connie Barnes, Jeff finally has a chance of winning Mary’s heart. But Mary still has feelings for Dill.
Musical on-stage star, Mona Leslie. marries Bob Harrison Jr., the president of S.A.M.L. or the Society for the Admiration of Mona Leslie, and gets embroiled in scandal after Bob’s suicide. Mona’s friend Ned Riley who is in love with her stands by her through everything.
After the Civil War ends, the Mannons, a wealthy family in New England, await the return of Ezra, their patriarch, who was the General of the Union Army, and Orin, his son. However, their daughter, Lavina, is shocked when her mother kisses another man named Adam Brant, on whom she has a crush herself. Eventually, she learns that her mother has never loved Ezra since the day they had got married.
Professor of psychology, John Hathaway, who doesn’t believe in jealousy, moves to New York with wife Julie to publish his book on jealousy. They meet publisher Elliot Morgan who totally falls for Julie, while John’s working with Elliot’s assistant, Nellie, irks Julie. She wants John to get jealous and teach Elliot a good lesson. Will John feel what he thinks doesn’t exist?
Realizing that Pat Buckley, owner of the paper, is planning to close it down, reporter Jean Christy suggests that he hire former employee, Robert Lansford, now in public relation business, to improve the paper’s circulation. Initially unwilling, Robert agrees to take up the assignment only after he learns that Pat is dating Lorri, whose grandfather is a millionaire.
This drama film tells the story of Janet Ames, a bitter war widow, who meets one of the five men whom her husband died to save. The man tries to convince her that the sacrifice was necessary, but she believes that her husband died unnecessarily to save lives which are worthless.
Gaylord is a reporter who starts writing plays. After his most recent hit, he meets Amanda Swift at a party. She feels that his talents are being wasted in writing comedies, and urges him to write a tragedy about immortality. Soon, Gaylord finds himself attracted to Amanda, and divorces his wife Linda. However, after his play turns out to be unintentionally funny, Amanda leaves him.
Michael Kent, a comic strip writer for a newspaper, bumps into a gifted psychiatrist named Susan, and instantly falls for her. He also manages to convince her father for their marriage, but Susan is not interested. She comes up with a plan to get rid of him, with a patient’s help.
Live, Love and Learn is a love story between a heiress and an artist who struggles to make ends meet. They manage to live a peaceful life and strive for an idyllic relationship despite poverty.
Flight for Freedom is a fictionalized account of the disappearance of a pioneer aviatrix. She sacrifices her life to make way for the US Navy to fly over the Pacific in 1937 to search for some Japanese installations on the nearby islands.
West Point of the Air is a drama film which tells the story of an army sergeant who wants his son to become an ace flyer.
A widowed woman in New Jersey volunteers for spy duty for the CIA. They agree to accept her, and she is sent to Mexico, for an important assignment. However, things get complicated when she ends up in Eastern Europe instead.
The Girl Rush is a comedy film which tells the story of a gambler’s daughter, who visits Las Vegas along with her aunt after learning that she has inherited 50% interest in a hotel-casino owned by her late uncle. However, when she arrives, she sees that the place is a total mess, and her partner is also in debt.
Rosalind Russell Awards
|Gypsy||Best Actress - Comedy or Musical||1963|
|A Majority of One||Best Actress - Comedy or Musical||1962|
|Auntie Mame||Best Actress - Comedy or Musical||1959|
|Mourning Becomes Electra||Best Actress||1948|
|Sister Kenny||Best Actress||1947|