D.O.B.: June 4, 1912 (Waterbury, CT)
D.O.D.: November 28, 1976 (Beverly Hills, CA)
Cause of Death: Cancer
Location: Holy Cross; Section M; Lot 536; #2
She was named after the S.S. Rosalind at the suggestion of her father, a successful lawyer.
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. Pleading 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.
Oscar nominations included: "My Sister Eileen", "Sister Kenny, " "Mourning Becomes Electra", and "Auntie Mame".
In 1972 she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for contributions to charity.
Among her 50+ movie roles, Ms. Russell played the wry Mother Superior in "The Trouble With Angels" (1966), the eccentric "Auntie Mame" (1958), and the pushy stage mother in "Gypsy" (1962).
It is a fitting memorial to her brassy screen persona that she lies beneath one of the most ostentatious of monuments: a giant, life-size, white crucifix near the top of the park's eastern slope.
Perhaps out of discretion, the bronze marker contains the date of her death (1976) but not of her birth.
"Gypsy" (1962) Movie
"Auntie Mame" (1958) Movie
"His Girl Friday" (1940) Movie
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