Full Name: Rene Marie Russo
Birth Date: February 17, 1954
Birth Place: Burbank, California, USA
Height: 5' 8"
Quote: "It never really dawned on me that, gee, I'm 45 and I'm taking
off my clothes. For me it was a matter of living inside the character." -
discussing her nude scenes in The Thomas Crown Affair.
Rene Russo Biography
Rene Russo's glamour and success would fool many into thinking that her life
has been nothing but perfect, but Rene's early life was far from that. Born
on February 17, 1954, in a low-income neighborhood in Burbank, California,
Rene was raised by her single mother. Her starving artist father took off
when Rene was only 2 years old, leaving his wife and two daughters to fend
Already harboring feelings of loneliness, Rene's present insecurities grew
when she was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 10. Not only did she have
to wear a full-body cast during her developing years for her spinal condition,
but she was also insecure about her awkward height. Her nickname, "the Jolly
Green Giant," did not help her ever-present shyness.
A loner throughout her school years, Rene dropped out from Burroughs High
School during the tenth grade. Not only was she a social outcast, but she
also wanted to help her single mother who was already working two jobs to
support her family. Wanting to alleviate her mother's financial burden, Rene's
job at an eyeglass factory was one of the many full-time jobs she took on.
Her luck changed after she attended a Rolling Stones concert. When she was
leaving the concert, talent scout John Crosby was mesmerized by Rene's beauty
and wanted to meet with her to take snapshots. These pictures and her meeting
with John Crosby is what turned the once awkward girl into a glamorous model.
Rene's modeling career began with a move to New York and a contract with
the Ford Modeling Agency. Her first line of work was doing ads for Revlon
cosmetics, during which she still remained insecure. Soon becoming a cover
girl for fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Rene was one
of the top fashion models in the 1970's and early 80's. When she appeared
on the cover of Vogue at the age of 19, Rene's estranged father even tried
to come back into her life.
Her huge success prompted her to buy a house for her mother, in addition
to one for herself. Having the intelligence to know that a modeling career
does not last forever, Rene knew that she needed a career change when she
found herself doing a shoot for a maternity catalog.
In the tradition of models turning into actresses, Rene decided to pursue
an acting career after a lot of self-examination and becoming a devout Christian.
She regained contact with her former manager John Crosby who helped launch
her acting career. Her first role was a short time stint on the ABC series
Sable. She moved to the big screen for the first time in the film Major League,
as Tom Berenger's wife.
Roles as the wife of leading men quickly followed in films such as One Good
Cop and Mr. Destiny. Her role in the 1992 film Freejack can be considered
her life altering one, as it was where she met her future husband Danny Gilroy.
Then came the big budget films. Her role as the wise talking, kick boxing
detective opposite Mel Gibson opened the doors to other big time roles with
other big time actors. Roles in In the Line of Fire with Clint Eastwood, Outbreak
with Dustin Hoffman, a comedic turn in Get Shorty with John Travolta, and
Tin Cup with Kevin Costner soon filled up her resume.
After being reunited with Mel Gibson in Ransom and Lethal Weapon 4, Rene
co-starred with Pierce Brosnan in the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. Rene
then went on to film The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle with Robert De
Niro. Next, Rene can be seen in Big Trouble, including co-stars, Tim Allen,
Janeane Garofalo, and Sofia Vergara to name
a few. She presently lives with her husband Danny Gilroy and their daughter,
Rose, in Brentwood, California.
Rene Russo Filmography
Yours, Mine and Ours (2005) .... Helen North
Two for the Money (2005) .... Toni Morrow
Big Trouble (2002) .... Anna Herk
Showtime (2002) .... Chase Renzi
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) .... Natasha Fatale
... aka Abenteuer von Rocky und Bullwinkle, Die (Germany)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) .... Catherine Olds Banning
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) .... Lorna Cole
... aka Lethal 4 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Buddy (1997) .... Mrs. Gertrude 'Trudy' Lintz
Ransom (1996) .... Kate Mullen
Tin Cup (1996) .... Dr. Molly Griswold
Get Shorty (1995) .... Karen Flores
Outbreak (1995) .... Robby Keough
Major League II (1994) (uncredited) .... Lynn
In the Line of Fire (1993) .... Secret Service Agent Lilly Raines
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) .... Lorna Cole
Freejack (1992) .... Julie Redlund
One Good Cop (1991) .... Rita Lewis
... aka One Man's Justice (Europe)
Mr. Destiny (1990) .... Cindy Jo Bumpers
Major League (1989) .... Lynn Wells
Meanwhile in Santa Monica (1988)
"Sable" (1987) TV Series .... Eden Kendell
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