Rosalind Russell

American actress (1907–1976)

Rosalind Russell (4 June 190728 November 1976) was a four-time Academy Award nominated and Tony Award winning American film and stage actress, perhaps best known for her role as a fast-talking newspaper reporter in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy His Girl Friday.

Russell (c. 1955)


  • Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
    • Rosalind Russell, Life is a Banquet

Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies (2001 ed): Art. Rosalind Russell p. 383

  • At MGM there was a first wave of top stars, and a second wave to replace them in case they got difficult. I was in the second line of defence, behind Myrna Loy.
  • Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.

Quotes about

  • Roz Russell got so frightened at Cary's glibness that she told me she'd hired a gag writer on the side to interpolate bits for her.
    • Ralph Bellamy, speaking about His Girl Friday with James Bawden in either 1978, 1983 or 1988; as quoted in Classic Film Stars: Interviews from Hollywood's Golden Era (2016) by Bawden and Ron Miller, p. 36
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