Marcia S. Ross (born July 1955) is an American casting director and documentary producer.[1]

Marcia S. Ross
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Born (1955-07-27) July 27, 1955 (age 66)
OccupationCasting Director/Film Producer
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)Jeff Kaufman
Parent(s)Joan Flug Ross
Richard C. Ross

Early life and educationEdit

Marcia Ross was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the daughter of Joan (née Flug) and Richard Ross (1927–2012); her father was a New York State Assemblyman for the 88th District.[2] She is of Jewish heritage.[3] She attended Northwestern University, (1973-1975) as a theatre major and has a B.A. from Antioch University Los Angeles (class of 2016).


Her first professional job was as an apprentice in summer stock theatre at the Westchester Playhouse in Yonkers, NY followed by touring with a children's theatre company working as an assistant stage manager for producers Barry and Fran Weissler (1976). She then worked at Circle in the Square Theatre in NYC (1976) and the Monty Silver Talent Agency (1977). Her first casting job was at CBS Television in New York City (1979); she then relocated to Los Angeles to work with casting director, Judith Holstra - starting as her assistant, then associate, and partner in Holstra / Ross Casting[4] (1980-1988).


Marcia Ross' producing credits include the feature-length documentaries Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life, The State Of Marriage, Father Joseph, and The Savoy King: Chick Webb and The Music That Changed America.[5][6][1]

During her nearly 40 years as an independent casting director (Marcia Ross Casting) and casting executive for motion pictures and television, she has worked on hundreds of feature films, network series, pilots, movies for television, and mini-series. She served for 16 years as EVP for Casting for the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group[7] and for 5 years as VP for Casting and Talent Development at Warner Brothers Television. She has introduced such new talent as Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway, Chris Pine, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Amy Poehler, Megan Fox and Jennifer Garner. Some of her credits include Clueless,[8][9][10][11][12] 10 Things I Hate About You,[13][14][8] thirtysomething,[15] The Princess Diaries,[16] Romy and Michele's High School Reunion,[17][18][19][20][21] The Lookout,[22][23] The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,[24] Parental Guidance,[25] Small Time,[26][27] and Oblivion.[28]

Her most recent film is Nasrin, which follows the life and work of the Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, up until the time of her second arrest and imprisonment in Evin Prison in 2018.


She is the recipient of the Hoyt Bowers Award for Career Achievement in Casting by The Casting Society of America[29] (2005), an "Outstanding Achievement in Casting" award from the Hollywood Film Festival[30][31] (2002), and has multiple Artios Award nominations and wins.[32][33][4]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to documentary filmmaker and business partner, Jeff Kaufman. She has one daughter, Alice, and two step-children, John and Michael.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Marcia Ross". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  2. ^ a b "RICHARD ROSS Obituary - Mount Vernon, NY | New York Times". Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  3. ^ Larki, Shadan (June 15, 2021). "Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross on Documenting Human Rights Activist Nasrin Sotoudeh and the beauty of Iranian Culture for 'Nasrin'". There are a lot of Iranian people in Los Angeles, And I’m Jewish, I do know a lot of Iranian Jews in L.A.
  4. ^ a b VOLAND, JOHN (1988-10-28). "Kudos". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Archived from the original on October 15, 2016. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  5. ^ The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America (2012), retrieved 2017-05-25
  6. ^ "Home". Floating World Pictures. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  7. ^ Dunkley, Cathy (2004-04-02). "Buena Vista pix ups Ross". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  8. ^ a b "Whatever, forever: an oral history of Clueless". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  9. ^ Erbland, Kate. "The Below-the-Line Star-Making Power of Modern Classic 'Clueless' | IndieWire". Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  10. ^ Chaney, Jen. "The Definitive Oral History of How Clueless Became an Iconic 90s Classic". HWD. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  11. ^ Luling, Todd Van (2015-05-07). "5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Clueless,' According To The Casting Director". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  12. ^ Clueless (1995), retrieved 2017-05-25
  13. ^ "Heath Ledger's long journey from Perth to Hollywood comes up short". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  14. ^ "Heath Ledger Remembered By 'Brokeback,' '10 Things' Casting Directors". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  15. ^ Thirtysomething (TV Series 1987–1991), retrieved 2017-05-25
  16. ^ The Princess Diaries (2001), retrieved 2017-05-25
  17. ^ Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), retrieved 2017-05-25
  18. ^ Jacobs, Matthew (2017-04-27). "'I Can't Believe How Cute I Look'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  19. ^ "Homecoming queens: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, an oral history". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  20. ^ Marketing, Buena Vista Pictures. "Marcia Ross Promoted to Senior VP of Casting for Disney's Three Motion Picture Banners". Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  21. ^ "The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America (2012) - IMDbPro". Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  22. ^ Turan, Kenneth (2007-03-30). "Smooth talkers". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  23. ^ The Lookout (2007), retrieved 2017-05-25
  24. ^ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), retrieved 2017-05-25
  25. ^ Parental Guidance (2012), retrieved 2017-05-25
  26. ^ "Marcia Ross on Creative Freedom in Casting 'Small Time'". Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  27. ^ Small Time (2014), retrieved 2017-05-25
  28. ^ Oblivion (2013), retrieved 2017-05-25
  29. ^ Chang, Justin (2005-10-30). "Casting org sets kudos". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  30. ^ "Casting Brass: Studios". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  31. ^ Variety Staff (2002-10-10). "Stars shine at fest". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  32. ^ Staff, (2015-02-04). "Murder in Mississippi | Full Cast and Credits". Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  33. ^ "1990 Artios Awards". Retrieved 2017-05-26.