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Theresa Russell

Theresa Russell

Veteran screen star Theresa Russell began her film career the old fashioned way; she was discovered by a famous director.  Director Elia Kazan saw the teenage Russell in Lee Strasberg's acting class and promptly cast her as Robert Mitchum's daughter in THE LAST TYCOON, which also featured Jack Nicholson and Robert DeNiro.

Russell then landed the female lead opposite Dustin Hoffman in Ulu Grosbard's Straight Time.  She also earned wide acclaim and recognition portraying Mo Dean in BLIND AMBITION.   Shortly thereafter she began her long collaboration with Nicolas Roeg, whom she subsequently married.  Together they made several films including BAD TIMING, EUREKA, TRACK 29, and COLD HEAVEN.

After moving to London to raise a family and make films with her husband, Russell continued to work in the U.S.  She starred opposite Bill Murray in the remake of The Razor's Edge and starred opposite Debra Winger in the hit film BLACK WIDOW.  Over the course of her career, Russell has worked with some of the top actors of our time, including Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro, Gary Oldman, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Gene Hackman and Jeremy Irons. She has also worked with top directors including Steven Soderbergh, Bob Rafelson, Ulu Grosbard, Elia Kazan, Ken Russell and John McNaughton.

Russell recently completed work on the Bob Clark-directed feature film, NOW AND FOREVER, and she is currently starring in Kevin Williamson's new television series, Glory Days.

Russell resides in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Theresa Russell Facts

Birth NameTheresa Paup
BirthdayMarch 20, 1957 (65)
BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA
Height5' 6½" (1m69)  How tall is Theresa Russell compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Spider-Man 3
The Wiz
Wild Things
On Fire
The Razor's Edge
The Last Tycoon
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