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What are some facts about actress Katharine Ross?

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Katharine Ross was born on Jan. 29, 1940 in Hollywood, California. She is best known for her roles in films such as "The Graduate," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Donnie Darko."

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Katharine Ross began her acting career in theater, working in productions of plays such as "King Lear," "The Balcony" and "The King and I." In the 1960s, she appeared in episodes of TV shows such as "The Virginia," "Gunsmoke," "Arrest and Trial" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour." In 1967, Ross played Elaine Robinson in "The Graduate," the love interest of Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman. The role granted Ross considerable recognition and acclaim, such as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Ross then played roles such as Etta Place in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and Joanna Eberhart in "The Stepford Wives," for which she won the Saturn Award for Best Actress. Despite her popularity and acclaim, Ross preferred acting on stage, and turned down many high-profile roles throughout the rest of her career. One of her last notable film appearances came in 2001, when she played Dr. Lilian Thurman in "Donnie Darko." In her personal life, she has been married to actor Sam Elliott since 1984. They have one daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott, born in 1984.

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