Theresa Russell

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Theresa Russell
Theresa Russell by David Shankbone.jpg
Russell at the Spider-Man 3 premiere, April 2007
Born Theresa Paup
(1957-03-20) March 20, 1957 (age 58)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Nicolas Roeg (1982–?; divorced)
Children 2 sons

Theresa Russell (born March 20, 1957) is an American actress.


Russell was born Theresa Paup in San Diego, California, the daughter of Carole Platt (née Mall) and Jerry Russell Paup.[1] She attended Burbank High School, but did not graduate.[2] She married English film director Nicolas Roeg (born 1928), in 1982. The couple had two sons, Statten (born 1983) and Maximillian (born 1985); Roeg and Russell divorced.[when?] Pete Townshend of The Who says that Russell was the inspiration for his song, "Athena", which was first called "Theresa". She lives in California.


Russell began modeling at the age of 12 and made her film debut in 1976, at age 19, in The Last Tycoon, starring Robert De Niro. Russell's next notable appearance was in Straight Time (1978). Bad Timing (1980) was the first of six films starring Russell directed by Nicolas Roeg, whom she married in 1982. Other Roeg/Russell collaborations include Insignificance, Eureka, Track 29, Cold Heaven, and Aria. She has also been widely praised for her roles in The Razor's Edge (1984), Black Widow (1987), Impulse (1990), and The Believer (2001), as well as the HBO mini-series Empire Falls in 2005 with Ed Harris. Russell appeared in 2007's Spider-Man 3 as the wife of Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church).[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Last Tycoon Cecilia Brady
1978 Straight Time Jenny Mercer
1980 Bad Timing Milena Flaherty
1983 Eureka Tracy McCann Maillot Van Horn
1984 The Razor's Edge Sophie MacDonald
1985 Insignificance Actress
1987 Black Widow Catharine Petersen
1987 Aria King Zog
1988 Track 29 Linda Henry
1989 Physical Evidence Jenny Hudson
1990 Impulse Lottie Mason
1991 Whore Liz
1991 Cold Heaven Marie Davenport
1991 Kafka Gabriela
1994 Being Human The Storyteller
1995 Hotel Paradise Short film
1995 The Grotesque Lady Harriet Coal
1996 The Flight of the Dove Mary Ann Curran
1996 Public Enemies Kate "Ma" Barker
1996 A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Morgan le Fay
1996 Proposition, TheThe Proposition Catherine Morgan
1998 Running Woman Emily Russo
1998 Wild Things Sandra Van Ryan
2000 Luckytown Stella
2001 The Believer Lina Moebius
2002 The House Next Door Helen Schmidt
2002 Passionada Lois Vargas
2002 Now & Forever Dori Wilson
2003 Water Under the Bridge Jackie O'Connor
2003 The Box Dora Baker
2003 Love Comes Softly Sarah Graham
2007 Spider-Man 3 Emma Marko
2007 On the Doll Diane
2008 Dark World Nicole
2008 Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves Mrs. Williams
2008 Jolene Aunt Kay
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Mrs. Marks Scenes deleted
2009 16 to Life Louise
2011 1 Out of 7 Lexi's Mom
2011 Rid of Me Mrs. Lockwood
2011 Born to Ride Frances Callahan
2012 The Legends of Nethiah Nethiah's Mother
2013 A Winter Rose Rachal Love
2013 Moving Mountains Trish Bragg


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Blind Ambition Maureen Dean TV miniseries
1993 A Woman's Guide to Adultery Rose Episodes: "1.1", "1.2", "1.3"
1994 Thicker Than Water Debbie / Jo TV film
1995 Trade-Off Jackie Daniels TV film
1996 Once You Meet a Stranger Margo Anthony TV film
1999 G vs E Reesa Tussel Episode: "To Be or Not to Be Evil"
2000 Nash Bridges Ellen Holiday / Sarah Williams Episodes: "Jackpot: Parts 1 & 2"
2001 Earth vs. the Spider Trixie Grillo TV film
2002 Glory Days Hazel Walker Main role (9 episodes)
2002 Project Viper Dr. Nancy Burnham TV film
2003 Chasing Alice TV film
2003 Love Comes Softly Sarah Graham TV film
2005 Blind Injustice Joanna Bartlett TV film
2005 Empire Falls Charlene TV miniseries
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Regina Reid Episode: "On Fire"
2007 American Heiress Jordan Wakefield Episodes: "Lion King", "Crash and Burn", "Lions and Tigers and Bears..."
2009 Fringe Rebecca Kibner Episode: "Momentum Deferred"
2010 Cold Case Rachel Malone Episode: "One Fall"
2012 Liz & Dick Sara Taylor TV film


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