Born in Taos, New Mexico and raised in Marin County, California, Ruthanna is the daughter of award-winning actor Dennis Hopper and celebrated dancer and actress Daria Halprin. She began her career by studying the Meisner technique at the William Esper Studio in New York. During a trial month in Los Angeles, she landed roles in the independent films "Dancing at the Blue Iguana," "Buying the Cow" and "Crossing Cords," and decided to relocate to the West Coast.On the set of "Crossing Cords," Ruthanna met Kevin Noland, who was producing the film for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street. Kevin shared his script AMERICANO with Ruthanna and offered her the role of Michelle. In the summer of 2000, they traveled to Spain, and shot some of the original draft. Ruthanna is the only actor to appear in both the initial research footage and the film, and has been instrumental in getting the independent picture made.