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Rusty Schwimmer (born August 25, 1962) is an American character actress and singer. She has appeared in films such as A Little Princess (1995), Twister (1996), The Perfect Storm (2000), Runaway Jury (2003), North Country (2005), The Informant! (2009), and The Sessions (2012).

Rusty Schwimmer
Born (1962-08-25) August 25, 1962 (age 56)
Years active1988–present


Early lifeEdit

Schwimmer was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, with her best friend, actress Virginia Madsen.[1]


Schwimmer made her film debut in 1988, appearing in Memories of Me. She had small parts in Highlander II: The Quickening, Sleepwalkers and Candyman, before playing Joey B in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993). In 1995, she starred as Amelia Minchin in A Little Princess directed by Alfonso Cuarón.[2] She went on to appear as Mrs. Thornton (Jo Harding's mother) in Twister (1996), Mrs Pendleton in Amistad (1997), Alice in EDtv (1999), Irene "Big Red" Johnson in The Perfect Storm (2000), Millie Dupree in Runaway Jury (2003), Big Betty in North Country (2005), and as Aunt Martha in Perfect Sisters (2014).

On television, Schwimmer had starring role in the 2006 Western miniseries Broken Trail playing "Big Rump" Kate Becker. From 2001 to 2003, she had a recurring role as Barbara Ludzinski on the CBS legal drama The Guardian. Schwimmer has also appeared in guest starring roles in several television series, including Parker Lewis Can't Lose, In the Heat of the Night, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Tales from the Crypt, Married... with Children, ER, Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, Judging Amy, The X-Files, Gilmore Girls, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, Heroes, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Six Feet Under, Drop Dead Diva, Louie, Lucifer and Grey's Anatomy.


  1. ^ Staff, (5 February 2015). "Rusty Schwimmer - Biography and Filmography - 1962". Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "What happened to the cast of 'A Little Princess'? - Showbiz Geek". Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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