Rosalind Russell 
(June 4, 1907 – November 28, 1976) was an American actress of stage and screen, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson
in the Howard Hawks
screwball comedy His Girl Friday
(1940), as well as for her portrayals of Mame Dennis
in Auntie Mame
(1958) and Rose in Gypsy
(1962). A noted comedian, she won all five Golden Globes
for which she was nominated and was tied with Meryl Streep
for most wins until Streep won her sixth award in 2007. Russell won a Tony Award in 1953 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical
for her portrayal of Ruth
in the Broadway show Wonderful Town
(a musical based on the film My Sister Eileen
, in which she also starred). She was nominated for the Academy Award
for Best Actress
four times throughout her career.
Rosalind Russell 
June 4, 1907 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
November 28, 1976 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (br**st cancer)
Birth Name 
Catherine Rosalind Russell
5' 8" (1.73 m)
Mini Bio (1) 
The middle of seven children, she was named after the S.S. Rosalind at the suggestion of her father, a successful lawyer. 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. Simultaneously MGM tested her and made her a better offer. When she plead ignorance of Hollywood (while wearing her worst-fitting clothes), Universal released her and she signed with MGM for seven years.
For some time 
she was used in secondary roles and as a replacement threat to limit Myrna Loy's salary demands. 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), through whose male lead, Cary Grant, she met her future husband, Grant's houseguest at the time.
In her forties 
, she returned to the stage, touring "Bell, Book and Candle" in 1951 and winning a Tony for "Wonderful Town" in 1953. Columbia, worried the public would think she had the female lead in Picnic (1955), billed her "co-starring Rosalind Russell as Rosemary." She refused to accept an Oscar nomination as supporting actress for the part, an Oscar she would no doubt have won had she relented. "Auntie Mame" kept her on Broadway for two years followed by the movie version.
Oscar nominations: 
My Sister Eileen (1942), Sister Kenny (1946), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947), and Auntie Mame (1958). In 1972, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for contributions to charity.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan
Spouse (1)  Frederick Brisson
(25 October 1941 - 28 November 1976) (her death) (1 child) Lance Brisson
on May 7, 1943
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