Rutanya Alda

Rutanya Alda

Highest Rated: 94% The Long Goodbye (1973)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Oct 13, 1942

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Drawing on her youthful exposure to a fairy tale play put on while she was living in a displaced persons camp after World War II, Latvian-born actress Rutanya Alda took the escapist dream of acting to the American stage and screen, building a lengthy career of supporting parts. Born Rutanya Skrastina, she came to the United States after the war and made her first feature appearance in "Greetings," the Brian De Palma film featuring a young Robert De Niro. More small roles followed in notable 1970s films, including "The Panic in Needle Park" and "The Long Goodbye." Alda climbed the credits for the Oscar-winning 1978 Vietnam drama, "The Deer Hunter," playing the wife of Steven, John Savage's character. Her performance in two subsequent films, the abusive Hollywood upbringing tale "Mommie Dearest" and the horror sequel "Amityville II: The Possession" would earn her the dubious distinction of back-to-back nominations for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. This didn't slow down her steady career however; she continued to play in a wide variety of films and television shows. Until his death after being struck by a New York City tour bus in 2006, she was married to actor Richard Bright, a frequent crook, cop, or enforcer in such classic films as "The Getaway" and "The Godfather."

Highest rated movies

The Long Goodbye
Late Phases
Racing With the Moon
The Dark Half
Black Widow




No Score Yet 55% Split Melissa (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 78% Ovum Barbara (Character) - 2015
62% 44% Late Phases Gloria B. (Character) - 2014
83% 43% Return Mrs. Miller (Character) - 2011
0% 39% Stolen Old Sally Ann (Character) $7.3K 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Without Conviction Virginia McAlpin (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 87% Love Comes Softly Wanda Marshall (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 80% The Souler Opposite Thea's Mom (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Childhood Sweetheart? Maureen (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Jeopardy Gabriel Neuland (Character) - 1996
59% 38% The Dark Half Miriam Cowley (Character) $9.0M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet They Sue Madehurst (Character) - 1993
40% 68% Leaving Normal Palmer Hospital Nurse (Character) $1.4M 1992
30% 53% Gross Anatomy Mama Slovak (Character) $11.3M 1989
67% 58% Prancer Jessica's Aunt Sarah (Character) $18.1M 1989
No Score Yet 0% Defense Play Victoria Vandemeer (Character) - 1988
52% 41% Black Widow Irene (Character) $22.7M 1987
No Score Yet 23% Apprentice to Murder Elma Kelly (Character) $140.3K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotshot Georgia Kristidis (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 35% Rappin' Cecilia (Character) - 1985
60% 62% Racing With the Moon Mrs. Nash (Character) - 1984
20% 69% Vigilante Vickie Marino (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 26% Girls Nite Out Barney/Katie Cavanaugh (Character) - 1982
16% 36% Amityville II: The Possession Dolores Montelli (Character) - 1982
49% 72% Mommie Dearest Carol Ann (Character) - 1981
41% 49% When a Stranger Calls Mrs. Mandrakis (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Can Ellen Be Saved? Rachael (Character) - 1974
94% 87% The Long Goodbye Rutanya Sweet (Character) - 1973
88% 41% Greetings Linda (Character) - 1968


No Score Yet 88% Blue Bloods Mrs. Harton (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1992 2008
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
57% No Score Yet Gun Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet 35% JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 86% Beauty and the Beast Sarah (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Mrs. Degnan (Guest Star) 1973