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Rene Russo


Birth name:

Rene Marie Russo




Burbank, California, USA



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Sexual orientation:



Actress, Model


United States

Executive summary:



5' 8" (1.73 m)


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Rene Russo - Biography


Rene Marie Russo (born February 17, 1954) is an American film actress.
Russo, an Italian American, was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Shirley (née Balocca), a factory worker and barmaid, and Nino Russo, a sculptor and car mechanic who left the family when Rene was two. Russo grew up with her sister, Toni, and their single mother. She attended Burroughs High School (where her classmates included director Ron Howard), but eventually dropped out in the tenth grade. Due to financial constraints within the family, she began taking a variety of part-time jobs including working in an eyeglass factory, and as a movie cashier.

In 1972, the 17 year old was attending a Rolling Stones concert when she was approached by John Crosby, a scout and manager from International Creative Management. He told her she should be a model and had test photos made of her. Within a few months, Rene signed a contract with Ford Modeling Agency and within a year had become a successful print and photographers model. Soon her modeling breakthrough came when she appeared on the cover of Vogue. By 1975, she had appeared on numerous magazine covers, was one of the most successful models in America, and was also starting to be seen in several TV commercials through the 1980s.

By her 30th birthday, demand for her began to dwindle, as it does for most models at that age. She did a few more commercials and then turned her back on modeling and show business for a while. She began to study theater and acting, and began appearing in theater roles at small regional theaters in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California.
Russo made her television series debut in 1987, with a supporting role in the TV series Sable. Two years later, she made her debut in film as the girlfriend of the Tom Berenger character in Major League. Her breakthrough role is generally considered to be her part as internal affairs detective Lorna Cole in Lethal Weapon 3 (and again in Lethal Weapon 4) opposite Mel Gibson.
Throughout the 1990s, Russo appeared in a number of high-profile thrillers that were hugely successful at the box office, including In the Line of Fire with Clint Eastwood, Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman, Ransom (directed by high school classmate Howard) and The Thomas Crown Affair.
She also tried her hand at comedy in Tin Cup with Kevin Costner, Get Shorty with John Travolta and as Natasha Fatale in the live-action film version of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. She starred in at least one major studio film per year from 1992 to 2002.
Russo more recently co-starred with Al Pacino in Two for the Money and with Dennis Quaid in Yours, Mine and Ours. She has not appeared in a film since 2005.
Russo recently joined the cast of the upcoming film, Thor, in which she will play Frigga, the mother of the titular hero.

Russo has been married to screenwriter Dan Gilroy since 1992. They have one daughter, Rose (born August 31, 1993), and the family currently lives in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Her sister Toni was married to lyricist Bernie Taupin in the 1980s, and Rene appeared alongside her sister in the 1987 video for Taupin's solo song, "Citizen Jane."


Rene Russo - Personal Quotes


On her nude scenes in The Thomas Crown Affair (1999): "It never really dawned on me that, gee, I'm 45 and I'm taking off my clothes. For me it was a matter of living inside the character."

"All of us are broken - some of use more than others. It might be a nurturing, mother thing. I do think there is that, "Oh my God, you're hurting. I know what that feels like and I'd like to be there and support you in that.""

"That's a really good question - what is it like living with a writer? I guess it depends on the writer. You know what? They live in a fantasy world a lot of the time. My husband lives in a fantasy world. It's really hard for him to be in the world, because if his head isn't in a script, I guess to write what he does, he has to sort of twist the world a little bit and live in a fantasy. And I think he doesn't live in reality - in my reality, let's put it that way. He's much more "Everything's fine fine fine and everything's good good good," and I'm like, "What, are you nuts? Everything's rotten and sucks.""


Rene Russo - Filmography


Thor (2011) .... Frigga
Frank and Cindy (2010) .... Cindy
... aka The Mighty Thor (International: English title: copyright title)
Yours, Mine and Ours (2005) .... Helen North
... aka Yours, Mine & Ours (USA: promotional title)
Two for the Money (2005) .... Toni Morrow
Big Trouble (2002) .... Anna Herk
Showtime (2002) .... Chase Renzi
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) .... Natasha
... aka Die Abenteuer von Rocky und Bullwinkle (Germany)
... aka The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (Australia)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) .... Catherine Banning
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) .... Lorna Cole
... aka Lethal 4 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Buddy (1997) .... Mrs. Gertrude 'Trudy' Lintz
Ransom (1996) .... Kate Mullen
Tin Cup (1996) .... Dr. Molly Griswold
Get Shorty (1995) .... Karen Flores
Outbreak (1995) .... Robby Keough
Major League II (1994) (uncredited) .... Lynn
In the Line of Fire (1993) .... Secret Service Agent Lilly Raines
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) .... Lorna Cole
Freejack (1992) .... Julie Redlund
One Good Cop (1991) .... Rita Lewis
... aka One Man's Justice (Europe)
Mr. Destiny (1990) .... Cindy Jo Bumpers / Burrows
Major League (1989) .... Lynn Wells
Meanwhile in Santa Monica (1988)
"Sable" (1987) TV series .... Eden Kendell (unknown episodes)


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