Katharine Ross, born January 29, 1940 in Los Angeles , California , is an American movie actress.
She 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 is memorized for her role as Elaine Robinson, the object of Benjamin Braddock's romantic obsession in "The Graduate" (1967). This performance earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and thrust her into the spotlight.
She'd already appeared in "Shenandoah", "The Singing Nun" (both 1965), and "Mister Buddwing" (1966), and was window dressing in John Wayne's action saga "Hellfighters" (1969). She then played third fiddle to Paul Newman and Robert Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (also 1969), and Robert Blake's girlfriend in "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here" (also 1969), but her budding stardom diminished during the 1970s.
Among her credits: "Fools" (1970), "Get to Know Your Rabbit" (1972), "The Stepford Wives" (1975), "Voyage of the Damned" (1976), "The Swarm", "The Betsy" (both 1978), "The Final Countdown" (1980), "Wrong Is Right" (1982), and "Red-Headed Stranger" (1986).
Katherine Ross also starred in the 1980s television series "The Colbys" playing opposite Charlton Heston as Francesca Colby.
Her career took an upturn at the time of her marriage to actor Sam Elliott. They have appeared together in "The Legacy" (1979), "Murder in Texas" (1981), "The Shadow Riders" (1982), and Travis McGee (1983), and produced the telefilm adaptation of Louis L'Amour's "Conagher" (1991) in which they starred.
Ross has appeared in 2001's Donnie Darko and Don't Let Go (2002). A great injustice is that this beauty doesn't act much anymore. Katharine Ross has a screen presence that is rare indeed.