Rutanya Alda was born as Rutanya Alda Skrastiņa in Riga, Latvia, the daughter of Vera (née Ozoliņš), a businesswoman, and Jānis Skrastiņš, a poet. She was married to actor Richard Bright from 1977 until his death in 2006; they had one son, Jeremy.
"The Lady of the House" by Lee Gambin, Fangoria magazine #317, October 2012, pages 56–57, 97. Interview of Rutanya Alda regarding her role in Amityville II: The Possession. Three-page article has four photos of Alda, one recent, with additional images related to the film.