Rutanya Alda

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Rutanya Alda
Born Rutanya Skrastiņa
(1942-10-13) October 13, 1942 (age 74)
Riga, Latvia
Other names Ruth Alda, Ruth Avots
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) Richard Bright (1977–2006; his death)
Children Jeremy Bright (b. 1988)

Rutanya Alda (born October 13, 1942) is a Latvian-American actress.


Rutanya Alda was born as Rutanya Alda Skrastiņa in Riga, Latvia, the daughter of Vera (née Ozoliņš), a businesswoman, and Jānis Skrastiņš, a poet.[1] She was married to actor Richard Bright from 1977 until his death in 2006; they had one son, Jeremy.


With a career spanning nearly 50 years in show business and over a hundred roles, Alda might be best known for her performances in The Deer Hunter as Steven's wife, Angela, as well as for the cult classic Mommie Dearest, as loyal Crawford housekeeper Carol Ann, and Amityville II: The Possession, having been nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award two years in succession (1982 and 1983) for the latter roles. She has also won a Clio and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additionally, Alda has appeared on numerous television programs, such as Cold Case, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and as a featured character on the Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton TV series, Beauty and the Beast, as well as commercials and stage work.[citation needed]

Selected filmography[edit]

Selected TV series appearances[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • "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.
  • David Dye. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 4.

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