Rene Russo Biography

Birthday: 1954-02-17
Place of Birth: Burbank, California USA
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: Rene Russo grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Burbank, a Los Angeles suburb. Her father, a sculptor and mechanic, left the family when Rene was just two, leaving her mother, Shirly, as a single mom with two daughters. (Rene has one sister, named Toni). In junior high school, Rene was plagued with scoliosis and had to wear a full-torso brace. She was already a tall girl, which earned her the nickname "Jolly Green Giant" from her classmates. She entered Burroughs High School, along with classmate Ron Howard, and even though her brace had been removed, she was still somewhat of a loner. Unable to deal with academics and the school social scene, Rene dropped out of school in the tenth grade. Since money was tight, she began to take a variety of part-time jobs over the next 18 months, many for the free benefits. She sold refreshments at a movie theater, where she could see free movies; worked as a restaurant hostess, where her meals were free; and worked as a store cashier at Disneyland, where she had free admission. She often had two jobs at one time. Her last job, which was solely for the paycheck, was a full-time job at an eyeglass factory, inspecting contact lenses. In 1972, the 18-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 graced 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. She would define what a top fashion model was for years to come. By her 30th birthday, demand for her began to dwindle, as it did 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. Financially secure for the next several years, she began an intense period of literature and Christian theology. She also began to study theater and acting, and began appearing in theater roles at small regional theaters in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California. Her television series debut came in 1987 with a supporting part on the short-lived TV series "Sable" (1987). In 1989, at age 35, she made her motion picture debut with the part of the lead characters girlfriend in the film Major League (1989). Most of her subsequent roles were that of girlfriends and supportive wives in a few films until her breakthrough as an internal affairs detective in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992). She starred in a major studio film annually for the next decade, and was praised for her ability to hold her own against her major male costars (she has worked with Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, John Travolta, Kevin Costner, Tim Allen, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Keaton, and Dennis Quaid). Rene played a Secret Service Agent in In the Line of Fire (1993), a scientist trying to prevent an epidemic in Outbreak (1995), a mother grieving for her kidnapped son in Ransom (1996), and her best role to date - as an investigator who falls in love with the thief she is hired to trap in the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). She also reprised her role in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) and tried her hand at comedy with such films as Get Shorty (1995), Tin Cup (1996), The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000), Big Trouble (2002), and Showtime (2002). Her attempt to carry a film on her own, Buddy (1997), proved unsuccessful. In 2005, after a three-year hiatus, Rene appeared in Two for the Money (2005), a drama about sports gambling, and a remake of the family film Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), although she has not been seen in a film since then. Rene Russo is married to screenwriter Dan Gilroy and the couple has one daughter named Rose. They reside in Brentwood, California.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Sable Eden Kendell 1987 - 1988
The Rok Adventure Natasha 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Yours, Mine and Ours Helen North 1968 0, 0
The Thomas Crown Affair Catherine Banning 1968 0, Biography, Comedy
Big Trouble Anna Herk 1986 0
Major League Lynn Wells 1989 Comedy, Sport
Mr. Destiny Cindy Jo Bumpess 1990 Fantasy, Comedy
One Good Cop 1991 Action, Crime, Drama
Freejack 1992
Lethal Weapon 3 Lorna Cole 1992 Game Show, Comedy, 0
In the Line of Fire 1993 0, 0, Game Show
Get Shorty Karen Flores 1995 0, Game Show
Outbreak Robby Keough 1995 Game Show, 0, 0
Tin Cup Dr. Molly Griswold 1996 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Ransom! Kate Mullen 1996 Crime, Thriller
Ransom Kate Mullen 1996 Crime, Thriller
Lethal Weapon 4 Lorna Cole 1998 Action, Crime, Thriller
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Natasha 2000 Adventure, Comedy
Two for the Money 2005 0, Game Show, 0
Thor: The Dark World Frigga 2013 0
Frank and Cindy Cindy 2014 Comedy