Katharine Ross

Active - 1965 - 2019  |   Born - Jan 29, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Western

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Actress Katharine Ross was trained at the San Francisco Workshop, barely completing her apprenticeship before landing leading roles on television. She made her TV debut as a spoiled teenager implicated in a fatal auto accident in Are There Any More Out There Like You?, a 1963 installment of the NBC anthology Kraft Suspense Theatre. Ross was Oscar nominated for her second film role as Dustin Hoffman's amour in The Graduate (1967). After successfully teaming with Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, she became mired in a series of steadily worsening films. She staged a comeback as Francesca in the 1985 nighttime TV serial The Colbys. At that time, Ross was married to actor Sam Elliott. Together, Ross and Elliot scripted and starred in an above-average Western TV movie Conagher (1991).

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  • Is an only child.
  • Father was a naval officer who also worked for the Associated Press.
  • Trained at the San Francisco Actor's Workshop.
  • Guest starred on several TV Westerns before making her film debut in the Civil War picture Shenandoah (1965). 
  • Director Mike Nichols used Ross' own hippie wardrobe as inspiration for her character's fashion style in The Graduate (1967).
  • Admits to being selective about her roles, and often chooses stage work over film work.
  • Has written several children's books, including The Little Ballerina (1996) and The Little Quiet Book (2003).
  • Is an animal lover who rides horses.
  • Enjoys spending time outdoors and gardening.