Rene Marie Russo (born February 17, 1954) is an American actress, producer, and model. Russo began her career as a fashion model in the 1970s, appearing on magazine covers such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She made her film debut in the 1989 comedy Major League, and rose to international prominence in a number of thrillers and action films throughout the 1990s, including Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), In the Line of Fire (1993), Outbreak (1995), Get Shorty (1995), Ransom (1996), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).After headlining the family comedy Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), Russo took a five-year break from acting. She returned to the screen as Frigga, the mother of the titular hero, in the superhero film Thor (2011), a role she reprised in Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). In 2014, Russo starred in the acclaimed crime thriller Nightcrawler, for which she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She has also appeared in The Intern (2015), Just Getting Started (2017), and Velvet Buzzsaw (2019).
Russo married screenwriter Dan Gilroy on March 14, 1992. They met while working on the film Freejack (1992). They have one daughter, Rose (born August 31, 1993), who has ventured into modelling, and live in Brentwood, California.Russo revealed during a 2014 taping of The Queen Latifah Show that she has bipolar disorder. While the condition has plagued her since childhood, an emotionally turbulent time prompted her to start taking medication, despite initial apprehension. She is a devout Christian.
Russo was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Shirley (née Balocca), a factory worker and barmaid, and Nino Russo, a sculptor and car mechanic who left the family when Russo was two. Her father was of Italian descent, while her mother had Italian, German, and English ancestry. Russo grew up with her mother and her sister, Toni (who was married to lyricist Bernie Taupin between 1979 and 1991), and attended Burroughs High School, where her classmates included director Ron Howard. She was plagued with scoliosis and had to wear a full-torso brace. Her tall height also earned her the nickname "Jolly Green Giant" from her classmates. In a 2019 interview with Financial Times, she indeed described herself as a "geek", and admitted that the bullying she endured during high school made her drop out in the tenth grade. Growing up, Russo did not have any "ambitions", remarking that she "was too busy just trying to survive, along with my sister and my mom —money was tight, my mom worked two jobs". She began taking a variety of part-time jobs to help her family, including working in an eyeglass factory and as a movie theater cashier. She eventually got scouted for modelling and went to New York City, which she described as a "scary place compared to where I grew up".
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Marvel Studios: Legends
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When art collides with commerce, big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price.
Just Getting Started
Duke Diver is the freewheeling manager of a luxurious resort in Palm Springs, Calif. He faces competition from a man who likes the same woman that Duke is interested in. When Diver's past catches up w...
Ben Whittaker discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site.
Frank and Cindy
G.J. Echternkamp tells the story of his relationship with his parents. OXO, a band from the '80s that scored with the song "Whirly Girl", used to be a part of Frank's life. Cindy thought life would be...
Lou Bloom was desperate for work and entered the world of L.A. He blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. A TV-news veteran is helping him.
Thor: The Dark World
The universe will be plunged back into darkness when the ancient race comes back. Faced with an enemy that even Asgard can't protect, and one that will force him to sacrifice everything to save us all...
Maximum Impact: The Legacy of 'Lethal Weapon'
This documentary showcases producer Joel Silver, Donner, Gibson, Glover, Rene Russo and other members of all four films' production teams as they examine the franchise, look at the various social issu...
The mighty THOR recklessly reignites an ancient war against his father's will. After being cast down to Earth, he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends the...
Yours, Mine & Ours
After a probable promotion to head the Guard, admiral Frank Beardsley will return to New London to run the Coast Guard Academy. A widower with eight children, he runs a tight ship. The kids want a per...
Two for the Money
A former college athlete is working with a sports consultant.
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The lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thug, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a toad are all changed by a suitcase. Dave Barry's first novel, "Big Troubl...
Two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V in a spoof of buddy cop movies. A cop show.
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
The finances were made from the reruns of their cartoon show. Boris andNatasha team up with an evil criminal turned media mogul who has some evil plans up his sleeve. They have to stop the three of th...
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The Free Willy Story - Keiko's Journey Home
The struggles of moving Keiko from Mexico City to a better place in the US.
The Thomas Crown Affair
A rich and successful playboy may have met his match in a seductive detective after stealing artwork.
Lethal Weapon 4
In the final part of the action franchise, maverick detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh square off against an Asian mobster who's up to his neck in slave trading and counterfeit currency. With ...
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A deadly airborne virus finds its way into the USA and starts killing off people at an epidemic rate. Col Sam Daniels' job is to stop the virus spreading from a small town, which must be quarantined, ...
Mad magazine inspired the creation of MADtv, an American sketch comedy television series. The show was on Saturdays on Fox.
Chili Palmer is a Miami mobster who gets sent by his boss, the psychopathic "Bones" Barboni, to collect a bad debt from Harry Zimm, a Hollywood producer who specializes in horror films. The sparks fly...
In the Line of Fire
Frank Horrigan was a Secret Service agent when he failed to save President Kennedy. Horrigan had to return to protection detail to confront the ghosts from his past after a man called himself "Booth" ...
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Time-traveling bounty hunters find a dying race-car driver in the past and bring him to New York, where his mind will be taken over by a dying billionaire.
HBO First Look
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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Lethal Weapon 3
Archetypal buddy cops Riggs and Murtaugh are back for another round of high-stakes action, this time setting their collective sights on bringing down a former Los Angeles police lieutenant turned blac...
One Good Cop
Artie Lewis becomes the legal guardian of his three orphans when his partner is killed in the line of duty. Lewis finds his life on the line during his investigation of the case. The guilty crime-lord...
He feels powerless over his life. Had he not missed that shot in a baseball game, he believes his life would have been different. He met a man who could change his fate by giving him an alternative li...
The Cleveland Indians will only be able to move to a warmer climate if they have a losing season, which should be easy given the misfits she's hired. Rachel thinks her dream will come true, but she do...
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A short-lived television program that aired on ABC during the 1987- 1988 season is based on a comic book by Mike Grell. There were seven episodes of the show. On January 2, 1988, the final episode of ...
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Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Produc...
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The film industry is honored at an annual American awards ceremony. The Academy Award of Merit is better known as the Oscar and is given to the various category winners.