Katharine Juliet Ross (born January 29, 1940) is an American film, stage, and television actress. Her accolades include one Academy Award nomination, one BAFTA Award, and two Golden Globe Awards.
Katharine Juliet Ross was born January 29, 1940, in Hollywood, CA, to Katherine (née Washburn) and Dudley Tying Ross. Her father, who also worked as a reporter for the Associated Press, was away in the US Navy when she was born. His navy career shuttled the family around to Virginia, then Palo Alto, and finally to Walnut Creek, outside of San...
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Katharine Juliet Ross was born on January 29, 1940 in Hollywood, California, to Katharine W. (Hall) and Dudley T. Ross. Her father, who also worked for the Associated Press, was away in the US Navy when she was born. His navy career shuttled the family around to Virginia, then Palo Alto, and finally to Walnut Creek, outside of San Francisco, where Ross grew up. Katharine's ancestry includes Scottish, German, Channel Islander (Guernsey), and English.
Ross graduated from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek in 1957 and attended Diablo Valley College in the Bay Area, where she took part in her first onscreen work in a student film. Moving to San Francisco, into an apartment on Stockton Street above a grocery store, she began her acting career as an understudy in Actor's Workshop productions, and was soon auditioning for roles.
Work came quickly for Ross, at first mainly in television westerns, and indeed Westerns would make up the majority of her best-known work, her natural beauty being a strong asset in that genre. Her first film role was in the Civil War era Shenandoah (1965) starring James Stewart. Ross's career as a leading actress began in earnest in 1967, with her strong turn co-starring with James Caan and Simone Signoret in Games (1967), and with The Graduate (1967). Ross's performance as Elaine earned her a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.
A disappointing, formulaic John Wayne vehicle, Hellfighters (1968), followed but she soon returned to form with two films with Robert Redford. As Etta Place in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Ross was part of the most memorable scene from that hit film, precariously perched barefoot on the bumper of that newfangled contraption, the bicycle, as Paul Newman's Butch Cassidy takes her for a ride. The compelling Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) was less of a box office success but more highly regarded by the critics, and Ross won a BAFTA Award for her work as Lola, a Paiute Indian who flees with her boyfriend, played by Robert Blake, after he kills her father in self-defense.
Swept up into a whirlwind of fame, widely idealized as the symbol of beauty for the Woodstock generation, Ross had accomplished so much so quickly that it seemed her entire career had happened almost all at once, in that frenzy of activity between 1967 and 1969. Sure enough, there followed a long dry spell in which she was mostly cast in forgettable roles; her next strong film wasn't for another six years. In The Stepford Wives (1975), an intriguing black comedy-cum-horror film, Ross plays a independent, free-spirited wife newly relocated to a suburb where the other wives all seem to be just a little too perfect, too submissive; it was arguably her strongest performance to date, but Stepford Wives would prove to be but a temporary resurgence for Ross, and her work in the decade and a half to follow would include such star-studded duds as The Betsy (1978), and a return to TV, including a part in primetime soap opera The Colbys (1985). Along the way, however, Ross found love. After four failed marriages, she met her present husband Sam Elliott, while working on The Legacy (1978). The two actors married in 1984, and in the same year had a daughter, Cleo.
In 1991, Ross and Elliott adapted the Louis L'Amour novel, Conagher (1991), for television in a remarkably affecting Western tale which showcases both actors' remarkable talents. Ross continues to take roles on occasion and, as usual, her work is strong -- something that was sometimes overlooked in her youth due to her famous beauty. For instance, Ross turned up in Donnie Darko (2001), in a solid performance as Donnie's psychiatrist.
One of the most influential actresses of this era, Ross’s achievements cannot be easily put into few words. She is an American film, stage, and television actress. In her entire prolific career she has won many accolades such as- one BAFTA Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. She was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Francisco Bay area.
Actress Katharine Ross has obtained a restraining order against her daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott, after the young woman repeatedly stabbed her in the arm with scissors, according to court documents.
- Howard Breuer
Jan 11, 2019 · Born on January 29, 1940, in Hollywood, California, United States, Katharine Juliet Ross is the daughter of Dudley Ross, a former Navy who also served as associated press. She was raised in Walnut Creek, California, east of San Francisco. She belongs to Scottish, German, Channel Islander (Guernsey), and English dysentery.
Oct 04, 2018 · Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross met in 1978 and were married in 1984. They met while filming the horror movie, The Legacy. It was Ross’s fifth marriage, and Elliott’s first. They have one daughter, Cleo Rose, who is now 34.
Jun 29, 2020 · In March 2011, Katharine Ross filed for a restraining order against her own at the time 26-year-old daughter. According to the court documents, Cleo, the red carpet couple’s not so little girl, had “suddenly lost her temper and began to threaten [Katharine],” allegedly telling The Graduate star, “I want to kill you.”
Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross have a Hollywood love story that has held the test of time. They are one couple who has proved to be an exception in Hollywood, where many couples break up. They have been married for 34 years and their love story is adorable. Then and now photo of Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross in 1978 and in 2019.
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