• Katharine Ross is an actress, author, and Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winning star
• She is best known for her roles in films such as 'The Graduate', 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', and 'Voyage of the Damned'
• She has been married to actor Sam Elliott since 1984 and they have one daughter together
• She has an estimated net worth of over $5 million
• She is 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm) tall and her weight is around 121 lbs (55 kgs)

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Short Info

Date Of BirthJanuary 29, 1940
SpouseSam Elliott, Gaetano Lisi, Conrad Hall, John Marion, Joel Fabiani
FactFormer stepmother of cinematographer Conrad W. Hall, Kate Hall and Naia Hall.

Who is Katharine Ross?

Katharine Juliet Ross was born on the 29th January 1940, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California USA, and is an actress, probably best recognized for starring in the role of Elaine Robinson in the film “The Graduate”, playing Etta Place in the film “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid”, and as Mira Hauser in the film “Voyage Of The Damned”. She is also known as an author.

Early Life and Education

Katharine Ross spent her early childhood in her hometown, until she moved with her family to Walnut Creek, California, east of San Francisco, as her father, Dudley Ross served in the US Navy and then worked for Associated Press. She attended Las Lomas High School and after matriculating in 1957, she enrolled in Santa Rosa Junior College. She studied there for one year, during which she was introduced to acting via a stage production of the musical “The King And I”, after which she decided to quit her education to move to San Francisco and study Acting. There, she joined The Actors Workshop, one of southern California’s oldest film acting programs, and remained an active entrant for three years. During that period, she appeared in such productions as “The Balcony” and “King Lear”, among others.

Career Beginnings

At the beginning of her acting career, Katharine appeared in minmor roles in several television series, until she was spotted and introduced to Hollywood by Metro, and then taken on by Universal. Her debut appearance was in 1962, when she appeared in the role of Teresa Parrelli in the TV drama series “Sam Benedict”, after which she was cast in such TV series as “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” (1963), “Arrest And Trial” (1964) and “Gunsmoke” (1964-1965), among many others. She eventually made her debut film appearance as Ann in the 1965 film entitled “Shenandoah”, which was followed by her portrayal of Nicole Arlien in Henry Koster’s film “The Singing Nun”, and as Janet in the film “Mister Buddwing” opposite James Garner, both in 1966.

Rise to Fame

Katharine’s rise to stardom began in 1968 with her breakthrough role in the film “The Graduate”, in which she portrayed Elaine Robinson opposite Dustin Hoffman, winning a Golden Globe Award in the category for New Star of the Year – Actress as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Afterwards, she managed to win the role of Etta Place in the iconic 1969 film “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid”, alongside Paul Newman and Robert Redford, which was followed by her portrayal of Lola in Abraham Polonsky’s film “Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here” in 1970; both of these roles earned her a BAFTA Award for Best Actress.

Her next major role came in 1972, when she featured as Kate Bingham in the film entitled “They Only Kill Their Masters”, directed by James Goldstone, after which she starred in one of her best known roles to date, playing Joanna Eberhart in the science-fiction horror film “The Stepford Wives” (1975), which brought her the Saturn Award in the category for Best Actress, and added a considerable amount to her net worth. In the following year, Katharine reprised the role of Etta Place in the TV film “Wanted: The Sundance Woman”, which was followed by her starring as Mira Hauser in the film “Voyage Of The Damned” (1977). By the end of the decade, she was also cast in such TV and film titles as “The Legacy” (1978) along with Sam Elliott, “Murder By Natural Causes” (1979) and “The Final Countdown” (1980).

Later Career

In the first half of the 1980s, Katharine appeared in the role of Ann Kurth Hill in the TV film “Murder In Texas” (1981) along with Sam Elliott, played Sally Blake in the 1982 film “Wrong Is Right” directed by Richard Brooks, and as Ava Pryce in the film entitled “Secrets Of A Mother And Daughter” (1983). Two years later, she was chosen to portray Francesca Colby in the TV series “The Colbys”, which lasted until 1987, after which she became less active in the world of acting.

However, during the 1990s she featured as Evie Teale in the TV film “Conagher”, and as Grace Hines in the film “A Climate For Killing”, both in 1991, and was also cast in the role of Rose in the film entitled “Home Before Dark”.

The 2000s

Katharine’s first role in the new millennium was as Dr. Lilian Thurman in the science fiction thriller “Donnie Darko” (2001), which was followed by her portrayal of Charlene Stevens in the 2002 film “Don’t Let Go”. By the end of the decade, she featured only in one title, “Eye Of The Dolphin” (2007), starring as Lucy.

Recent Years

To speak further about her acting career, Katharine also starred in the role of Charlene Stevens in the 2015 film “Slip, Tumble & Slide”, directed and written by Max Myers, after which she did  voice-overs in the TV series’ “Family Guy” and “American Dad!”, both in 2016. Most recently, she featured as Valarie Hayden in the film entitled “The Hero” (2017), and it is announced that she will play Eileen in the film “Attachments”, scheduled for a 2018 release.

Children’s book author

Apart from being recognized as an accomplished actress, Katharine Ross is also known as a children’s book author, who has published more than ten books, including “The Baby Animals’ Party” (1986), “Twinkle, Twinkle The Little Bug” (1991) together with Tom Cooke, “The Story Of The Pilgrims” (1995) and “The Little Ballerina” (1996), among many others.

Katharine Ross Net Worth

Her career started in 1962, and since then she has been an active member of the entertainment industry, primarily known for being a professional actress. Thus, according to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Katharine’s net worth is over $5 million, with another source of her net worth coming from her successful career as an author.

Life behind the Scene and Body Measurements

Regarding her personal life, Katharine Ross has been married to actor Sam Elliott since 1984. They have a daughter together, Cleo Rose Elliott, against whom Katharine has obtained a restraining order, after Cleo attacked her mother with scissors, according to court documents.
She was previously married four times, firstly to actor Joel Fabiani (1960-1962), and then she to John Marion from 1964 to 1967. Two years later she married to cinematographer Conrad Hall (1969-1973), then Gaetano Lisi from 1975 to 1979.

Speaking about her appearance, Katharine is 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm) tall and her weight is reputed to be around 121 lbs (55 kgs). Her current residence is in Malibu, California.

General Info

Full NameKatharine Ross
Date Of BirthJanuary 29, 1940
Height1.66 m
ProfessionAuthor, Actor
EducationLas Lomas High School, Santa Rosa Junior College


SpouseSam Elliott, Gaetano Lisi, Conrad Hall, John Marion, Joel Fabiani
ChildrenCleo Cole Elliott
ParentsDudley Ross, Katharine W. Hall


AwardsBAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
MoviesThe Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Stepford Wives, The Legacy, Donnie Darko, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, Shenandoah, Conagher, Hellfighters, The Swarm, The Final Countdown, The Shadow Riders, The Betsy, Murder in Texas, They Only Kill Their Masters, Eye of the Dolphin, Mister Bu...
TV ShowsThe Colbys

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1[on meeting 'The Graduate" co-star, Dustin Hoffman] He looked about three feet tall, so dead, serious, so humorless, so unkempt. [I thought] this is going to be a disaster.
2[in 1974, about a film she shot in France, Le hasard et la violence (1974)] What the hell, I got a trip to the French Riviera out of it. It was shot in Nice. I have no idea how good it is. I spoke English and [Yves Montand] spoke French and the whole thing was dubbed.


1For her work in Voyage of the Damned (1976), she's one of only 4 actresses to win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture without receiving an Oscar nomination for the same performance. The other 3 are, in chronological order: Katy Jurado in High Noon (1952), Hermione Gingold in Gigi (1958) and Karen Black in The Great Gatsby (1974).
2Her paternal great-grandfather, Finlay Ross, was from Inverness-shire, Scotland, and her paternal great-grandmother, Marguerite Le Cocq Houguez, was from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Katharine's ancestry also includes English, German, and other Scottish roots. Some of her recent ancestors were Canadian.
3Turned down Jacqueline Bisset's roles in Bullitt (1968) and Airport (1970).
4Ross married cinematographer Conrad L. Hall the year Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) were released. Both movies featured Ross and were filmed by Hall. Ross would later marry Sam Elliott who made his feature debut in 'Butch Cassidy'.
5Former stepmother of cinematographer Conrad W. Hall, Kate Hall and Naia Hall.
6Arguably the three best known roles of her career were consecutive roles in consecutive years, The Graduate (1967), Hellfighters (1968), and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
7Katharine Ross (born January 1940) is only 10 years and 5 months younger than Vera Miles (born August 1929), who portrayed her mother in Hellfighters (1968).
8Both she and husband Sam Elliott appeared in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), although they had no scenes together and did not meet until 1978. Elliot, had a bit part as a card player in the opening scene, while Ross portrayed Etta Place, the female lead role, along side male leads Robert Redford and Paul Newman.
9Was at one point going to star in The Public Eye (1972).
10Was only 8 years younger than Anne Bancroft, who played her mother in The Graduate (1967).
11Has remained good friends with Dustin Hoffman, her co-star from The Graduate (1967).
12Has lived in Malibu, CA since the late 1960s.
13Her father was in the Navy when she was born.
14Gave birth to her daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott, with Sam Elliott, on 17 September 1984.
15Her favorite fragrance is "Rive Gauche", by Yves Saint-Laurent.
16Also an accomplished children's book author, who has written the books "Little Ballerina" and "My Favorite Things".




The Hero2017post-productionValarie
Family Guy2016TV SeriesMayor West's Mother
American Dad!2016TV SeriesSickly Lady
Wini + George2013ShortWini
Eye of the Dolphin2006Lucy
Capital City2004TV Movie
Don't Let Go2002Charlene Stevens
Donnie Darko2001Dr. Lilian Thurman
Home Before Dark1997Rose
A Climate for Killing1991Grace Hines
Conagher1991TV MovieEvie Teale
ABC Afterschool Specials1988TV SeriesMaggie's Mother
The Colbys1985-1987TV SeriesFrancesca Colby
Houston: The Legend of Texas1986TV MovieSusannah Dickinson (uncredited)
Red Headed Stranger1986Laurie
Secrets of a Mother and Daughter1983TV MovieAva Pryce
Travis McGee1983TV MovieGretel Howard
The Shadow Riders1982TV MovieKate Connery / Sister Katherine
Wrong Is Right1982Sally Blake
Marian Rose White1982TV MovieNurse Bonnie MacNeil
Wait Until Dark1982TV MovieSuzy Hendrix
Murder in Texas1981TV MovieAnn Kurth Hill
Rodeo Girl1980TV MovieSammy Garrett
The Final Countdown1980Laurel Scott
Murder by Natural Causes1979TV MovieAllison Sinclair
The Legacy1978Margaret Walsh
The Swarm1978Captain Helena Anderson
The Betsy1978Sally Hardeman
Voyage of the Damned1976Mira Hauser
Wanted: The Sundance Woman1976TV MovieEtta Place / Mrs. Sundance / Annie Martin / ...
Alle origini della mafia1976TV Mini-SeriesRosa Mastrangelo
The Stepford Wives1975Joanna Eberhart
Le hasard et la violence1974Docteur Constance Weber
They Only Kill Their Masters1972Kate Bingham
Get to Know Your Rabbit1972Terrific-Looking Girl
Fools1970Anais Appleton
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here1969Lola
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid1969Etta Place
Hellfighters1968Tish Buckman
The Graduate1967Elaine Robinson
Games1967Jennifer Montgomery
The Longest Hundred Miles1967Laura Huntington
The Road West1966TV SeriesRachel Adams
Preview Tonight1966TV SeriesAsenath
Mister Buddwing1966Janet
The Singing Nun1966Nicole Arlien
The Wild Wild West1965TV SeriesSheila Parnell
The Loner1965TV SeriesSue Sullivan
The Big Valley1965TV SeriesMaria
Run for Your Life1965TV SeriesLaura Beaumont
Gunsmoke1964-1965TV SeriesLiz Beaumont / Susan
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1965TV SeriesGloria
Wagon Train1965TV SeriesBonnie Brooke
Mr. Novak1965TV SeriesMrs. Bellway
The Virginian1964TV SeriesJenny Hendricks
Ben Casey1964TV SeriesMarie Costeau
Arrest and Trial1964TV SeriesMarietta Valera
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1963TV SeriesCarol Brandt
The Lieutenant1963TV SeriesElizabeth Sharp
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963TV SeriesJanet Bollington
Sam Benedict1962TV SeriesTeresa Parrelli


Conagher1991TV Movie teleplay


Fools1970performer: "If You Love"


We Grew Wings2012Documentary voice
Actor's Day in LA2012TV SeriesHerself
All of What Follows Is True: The Making of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'2006Video documentary shortHerself
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary2004Video documentaryHerself
Bravo Profiles2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Film Genre2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The Android Prophecy2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Stepford Life2001Video documentary shortHerself
Biography1995-2000TV Series documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Dustin Hoffman1999TV Special documentaryHerself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Graduate at 251992Documentary shortHerself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Breastfeeding Your Baby: A Mother's Guide1987Video documentaryHerself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Program
Inside 'The Swarm'1978TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards1977TV SpecialHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Good Morning America1976TV SeriesHerself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 45th Annual Academy Awards1973TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
The Making of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'1970Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role & Best Adapted Screenplay, and Accepting Original Screenplay Award for William Goldman
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Searchers for a Special City1965Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

No Sleep TV32015TV SeriesJoanna Eberhart
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryElaine Robinson
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHerself
House of Harrington2008Documentary short
20 to 12007TV Series documentaryElaine Robinson
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHerself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryEtta Place
Reel Horror1985Miss Macy (as Katherine Ross)
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryElaine Robinson


Won Awards

1992Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTelevision Feature FilmConagher (1991)
1990Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureVoyage of the Damned (1976)
1976Golden ScrollAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressThe Stepford Wives (1975)
1971BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
1968Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleThe Graduate (1967)
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Supporting PerformanceThe Graduate (1967)

Nominated Awards

1971Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsStar, Female5th place.
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star11th place.
1969BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsMost Promising Newcomer to Leading Film RolesThe Graduate (1967)
1968OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Graduate (1967)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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