Elizabeth Russell (actress)

Elizabeth Russell (August 2, 1916 – May 4, 2002) was an American actress. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was best known for her roles in several of producer Val Lewton's low-budget horror films produced at RKO Pictures in the mid-1940s. She was the sister-in-law of Rosalind Russell.

Elizabeth Russell
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Russell in the 1950s
Born(1916-08-02)August 2, 1916
DiedMay 4, 2002(2002-05-04) (aged 85)
Years active1936–1960
John Russell
(m. 1937; div. 1942)


Elizabeth Russell and Béla Lugosi in The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Russell worked as a photographer's model in New York City before she became an actress.[1] When she was chosen for a part in Cat People (1942), Russell was a model who acted part-time. In his book Fearing the Dark: The Val Lewton Career, Edmund G. Bansak wrote, "Although lasting only moments, the economy of Russell's cameo is wondrous and it remains etched in viewers' memories long after the more essential concerns of plot and character have been all but forgotten."[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Russell was divorced from advertising man John Russell in 1937.[3] In 1942, she was divorced, with a young son.[4]

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Lane, Linda (July 3, 1936). "The Sun Tan Vogue Again Hits Film Capital". The Capital Journal. Oregon, Salem. p. 18. Retrieved November 23, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Bansak, Edmund G. (2003). Fearing the Dark: The Val Lewton Career. McFarland. p. 127. ISBN 9780786417094. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Lee, Flynn, Bergen". The St. Louis Star and Times. October 8, 1937. p. 23. Retrieved November 23, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Mank, Gregory William (2014). The Very Witching Time of Night: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema. McFarland. p. 234. ISBN 9780786449552. Retrieved October 11, 2017.

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