Rosalind Russell has been one of my favorite actresses ever since I first saw her in THE WOMEN and HIS GIRL FRIDAY. I love the verve, energy, wit, and confidence that she expresses on screen in all her films. She was a talented actress who could perform well in all genres, though comedy was hr undeniable forte. Below is a list of the Rosalind Russell films I would recommend for any classic movie fan. What are your favorite Rosalind Russell movies and how would your list compare to mine?
(In reverse chronological order)
1.) MRS. POLLIFAX, SPY (Leslie H. Martinson, 1971)
2.) THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS (Ida Lupino, 1966)
3.) GYPSY (Mervyn LeRoy, 1962)
|Natalie Wood and Rosalind Russell as Mama Rose|
4.) AUNTIE MAME (Morton DaCosta, 1958)
"Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
"That's a B. It's the first letter of a seven-letter word that means your father."
"She's not English, darling. She's from Pittsburgh." "She sounded English." "Well, when you're from Pittsburgh, you have to do something."
"Please dear, your Auntie Mame's hung."
5.) PICNIC (Joshua Logan, 1955)
6.) WONDERFUL TOWN (Mel Ferber and Herbert Ross, 1958) and MY SISTER EILEEN (Alexander Hall, 1942)
|"Some interesting people live on Christopher Street!"|
7.) HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks, 1940)
8.) THE WOMEN (George Cukor, 1939)MARY POPPINS)! The dialogue is fast and brilliantly witty. The characters are drawn with a lot of depth. The plot has a great deal of intelligent complexity. Russell's performance in particular is worth noting - she is possibly the worst character in the film, and yet she plays it with an amazing dexterity. Another film I cannot recommend enough.
Not only was Rosalind Russell an amazing actress, she was also very involved in charitable causes in Hollywood, throwing herself into humanitarian efforts in and around Hollywood. Below is a video of her receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from Frank Sinatra at the 1973 Academy Awards.
I would like to leave you with this clip of Roz on the wonderful 1950s/60s TV show "What's My Line." She's one of the funniest mystery guests I've seen on the show, so I hope you enjoy it and her!