Katharine Ross

Born Jan 29, 1944

Katharine Juliet Ross is an American film and stage actress. Trained at the San Francisco Workshop, she came to prominence as Elaine Robinson in the 1967 film The Graduate, for which she won a Golden Globe award and received an Academy Award nomination. She then starred as Etta Place in 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and won a BAFTA for role in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here the same year.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Katharine Ross.


1940 Birth Ross was born in Hollywood, California, on January 29, 1940 (though many sources cite 1942 or 1943) when her father, Dudley Ross, was in the Navy. … Read More


1957 17 Years Old Her family later settled in Walnut Creek, California, east of San Francisco, and she graduated from Las Lomas High School in 1957. … Read More


1960 20 Years Old Ross has been married five times. Her first marriage was to actor Joel Fabiani from February 28, 1960, to 1962.
1962 22 Years Old She unsuccessfully auditioned for West Side Story (1961), then her first television role was in Sam Benedict in 1962.
1964 24 Years Old 1 More Event
She was picked up by agent Wally Hiller, and in 1964, Ross appeared in episodes of Arrest and Trial, The Virginian, Gunsmoke, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour ("Dividing Wall" episode, 1963).
1965 25 Years Old She screen tested for The Young Lovers and made her first film, Shenandoah, followed by a starring role opposite James Garner in Mister Buddwing with MGM in 1965.
1966 26 Years Old In 1966, she appeared in the episode "To Light a Candle" of Barry Sullivan's NBC Western The Road West. … Read More
1969 29 Years Old 1 More Event
She was dropped by Universal in the spring of 1969 for refusing to play a stewardess in Airport, another role that went to Jacqueline Bisset. … Read More


1975 35 Years Old 1 More Event
One of her best-known roles came in 1975's The Stepford Wives, for which she won the Saturn Award for Best Actress.
1976 36 Years Old She reprised the role of Etta Place in a 1976 ABC TV movie, Wanted: The Sundance Woman, and then won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her part in 1977's Voyage of the Damned;
1978 38 Years Old Ross is now married to actor Sam Elliott, whom she met when they co-starred in the 1978 film The Legacy (one of his first film roles was as "Card Player #2" in the opening scene of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). The couple married in 1984 and have a daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott, born in 1984.
1979 39 Years Old She starred in several television movies from the late 1970s, including Murder by Natural Causes in 1979 with Hal Holbrook, Barry Bostwick and Richard Anderson, Rodeo Girl in 1980, Murder in Texas in 1981, and the 1980s television series The Colbys opposite Charlton Heston as Francesca Scott Colby.


2001 61 Years Old She played Donnie's therapist in the 2001 film Donnie Darko.
2006 66 Years Old Her last acting role to date was as Carly Schroeder's grandmother in the 2006 independent film Eye of the Dolphin. … Read More
2011 71 Years Old In March 2011, Ross obtained a restraining order against Cleo after her daughter allegedly stabbed her repeatedly with a pair of scissors. … Read More
2015 75 Years Old In January 2015 she appeared at the Malibu Playhouse in the first of a series titled "A Conversation With", interviewed by Steven Gaydos. … Read More
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