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Katharine Ross Biography

Birth Name:
Katharine Juliet Ross
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, author

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1971BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 1971BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 1969BAFTA Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: nominated
  • 1968Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated
  • 1967Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated