Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Whatever Happened To...?

Rene Russo

I was watching The Thomas Crown Affair again on television the other day and it got me wondering where has Rene Russo gone? Like any actor, Russo has had her ups and downs in regards to quality of films she has been in, but she has always shown that she is a capable actress. While Hollywood is notoriously unkind to women of a certain age, Russo is one of those women who gets better looking with age. If Darren Aronofsky can resurrect Barbara Hershey’s career imagine what he could do with Russo’s.

Career Highlights: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999); Get Shorty (1995); In the Line of Fire (1993); Ransom, (1996); Tin Cup (1996); Major League (1989); One Good Cop (1991); Leathal Weapon 4 (1998).

Low Points: Buddy (1997); Outbreak (1995); The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000); Mr. Destiny (1990); Lethal Weapon 3 (1992); Big Trouble (2002); Freejack (1992);Showtine (2002).

Last Seen On The Big Screen: Yours, Mine and Ours (2005).

Where You Will See Her Next?: In Marvel’s next big franchise film, Thor.


  1. Russo has always made me think of her as a less eclectic mix of Joan Allen and Michelle Pfeiffer, but I do like her. She has a definite charisma about her and is quite charming, but then there are sooooooooooo many charming actors who get forgotten. Shame, though, she never got the chance to give that one great performance she seems capable of.

  2. @Andrew - Very interesting comparison, Andrew. I can see the hints of Pfeiffer, but not Joan Allen. I guess I always saw Allen as a far better actress than both Pfeiffer and Russo.

  3. She is SO an actress of the '90s.

    And I'll disagree with you on one of your lowpoints: "Buddy" was one of my FAVORITE movies when I was 5. Don't hate.

  4. @Marshall - LOL. Buddy was the last film I would ever expect people to take issue with. I was positive that the Outbreak lovers would be calling for my head. Though I am pretty sure my 5 year-old self would have hated Buddy...or at least that is what I would like to believe.

  5. Harvey12:37 am

    A pitch-perfect movie, total joy. And Russo never hotter. I wrote a piece on this movie (so much do I adore it):


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