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Theresa Russell



Discovered by a photographer at the age of 12, Theresa Russell was rapidly initiated into the world of child modeling, and was encouraged to leave public school in order to attend the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. At 19 years old, Russell made her film debut in The Last Tycoon (1976), one of prolific director Elia Kazan's final six films before his death in 2003. Though The Last Tycoon did not share the type of praise garnered for many of Kazan's other films, it nonetheless allowed the inexperienced actress an opportunity to work alongside Robert De Niro, Robert Mitchum, and Jack Nicholson.



In 1978, Russell found herself opposite Dustin Hoffman and a fledgling Kathy Bates in Straight Time, for which she earned no small amount of critical praise for her performance as Hoffman's steadfast love interest. Two years later, Russell took what turned out to be a fruitful risk starring in Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1980). Her first of over six experiences acting with Roeg, whom she would later marry, the erotic drama featured Russell opposite Harvey Keitel and Art Garfunkel as a sexually frank woman involved in a torrid affair with her psychiatrist. Though the film was initially rated X, the more explicit scenes were edited enough to appropriate an R rating. Bad Timing wouldn't be Russell's last sexually provocative role; in 1991, she starred in Ken Russell's Whore, an NC-17-rated prostitution drama, and she later took part in Britain's three-part television series A Woman's Guide to Adultery and participated in Erotic Tales II, which was co-directed by Roeg.



Interestingly enough, Russell also took on several pointedly feministic roles, such as her part as a young, idealistic lawyer in Physical Evidence (1989) with Burt Reynolds, and later played a proud, highly capable 19th century widow in The Proposition (1997). In The Razor's Edge, one of Bill Murray's first dramatic roles, Russell's performance as a painfully self-destructive alcoholic was lauded as one of her best yet. In 1998, she played a scorned wife in Wild Things with Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, and then "it" girls Neve Campbell and Denise Richards. In 2001, Russell was praised for her performance as co-leader of a skinhead sect in Henry Bean's The Believer, which also starred Billy Zane and Ryan Gosling. After several ill-advised film roles and relatively well-received, if short-lived, television appearances, Russell took part in the star-studded television movie Empire Falls (2004) opposite Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, Joanne Woodward, and Paul Newman.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet A Winter Rose
  • Rachal
2016
No Score Yet 1 Out of 7
  • Actor
2012
33% Liz & Dick
  • Sara Taylor
2012
No Score Yet The Legends of Nethiah
  • Nethiah's Mother
2012
50% Rid of Me
  • Mrs. Lockwood
2011
No Score Yet Born To Ride
  • Frances
2011
No Score Yet 16 To Life
  • Louise
2010
50% Jolene
  • Aunt Kay
2008
No Score Yet On the Doll
  • Actor
2007
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Emma Marko
2007
No Score Yet Empire Falls
  • Charlene
2005
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
  • Actor
2004
58% Passionada
  • Lois Rasuk
2003
No Score Yet The Box
  • Dora Baker
2003
No Score Yet Love Comes Softly
  • Sarah Graham
2003
No Score Yet Save It for Later (Water Under the Bridge)
  • Jackie O'Connor
2003
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Project Viper
  • Dr. Nancy Burnham
2002
82% The Believer
  • Lina Moebius
2002
No Score Yet The House Next Door
  • Helen Schmidt
2002
No Score Yet Earth vs. the Spider
  • Trixie Grillo
2002
17% Now & Forever
  • Dori
2001
No Score Yet Running Woman
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Luckytown
  • Stella
2001
64% Wild Things
  • Sandra Van Ryan
1998
No Score Yet Running Woman
  • Emily Russo
1998
No Score Yet The Proposition
  • Catherine Morgan
1997
No Score Yet Grave Indiscretion
  • Lady Harriet Coal
1995
No Score Yet Trade-Off
  • Jackie Daniels
1995
No Score Yet A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Morgan Le Fay
1995
50% Being Human
  • The Storyteller
1994
No Score Yet The Spy Within (The Flight of the Dove)
  • Alex
1994
No Score Yet Thicker Than Water
  • Debbie/Jo
1993
No Score Yet A Woman's Guide to Adultery
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Cold Heaven
  • Marie
1992
46% Whore
  • Liz
1991
57% Kafka
  • Gabriela
1991
No Score Yet If You Can't Say It, Just See It
  • Actor
1991
25% Impulse
  • Lottie Mason
1990
22% Physical Evidence
  • Jenny Hudson
1989
67% Track 29
  • Linda Henry
1988
50% Aria
  • King Zog
1988
44% Black Widow
  • Catharine
1987
73% Insignificance
  • Actress
1985
53% The Razor's Edge
  • Sophie
1984
No Score Yet Eureka
  • Tracy
1984
60% Bad Timing
  • Milena Flaherty
1980
100% Straight Time
  • Jenny Mercer
1978
44% The Last Tycoon
  • Cecilia Brady
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
92% Fringe
2008-2013
  • Rebecca
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Rachel Malone

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