Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Rosalind Russell (1907-1976) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles
Born in Waterbury, CT, Russell received four Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her work in My Sister Eileen (1943), Sister Kenny (1946), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947), and, her most beloved feature, Auntie Mame (1958), before being awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1973. She started acting during her sophomore year at Marymount College, and progressed from there to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, which she graduated in 1929. After seven months in stock and a stopover with a Boston repertory company, Russell debuted on Broadway in October 1931 in the short-lived Garrick Gaieties. She went west and became a contract player with Universal, but after they failed to use her in any films, Russell escaped her contract to sign with MGM and debuted in Evelyn Prentice (1934). She spent her first few years playing society women, but had a chance to expand her range in Craig's Wife (1936), and followed with impressive performances in Night Must Fall (1937) and The Citadel (1938), before really coming into her own in The Women (1939). Despite all of the aforementioned Oscar nominations, Russell's best performance comes opposite Cary Grant in His Girl Friday (1940), a part that solidified her place in the movies as the strong, wisecracking, career woman. Russell made a triumphant return to Broadway in the 1950s, capturing a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Wonderful Town in 1953, and was Tony nominated in 1957 for Auntie Mame, the same part that brought that final Academy Award nomination for the film just a couple of years later. Other notable classics featuring Russell include Picnic (1956), Gypsy (1962), and The Trouble with Angels (1966). I'd also recommend Roughly Speaking (1945) from among her lesser-known titles.
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