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RENE RUSSO (Toni / Executive Producer), a former top fashion model turned veteran leading actress, grabbed Hollywood's attention in her 1989 feature film debut Major League. After numerous marquee roles, it would be her standout performance as Catherine Banning, the sexy and tenacious insurance investigator in John McTiernan's 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair opposite Pierce Brosnan that would prove unforgettable.

This year, she appears in Raja Gosnell's family comedy Yours, Mine and Ours opposite Dennis Quaid, a remake of the 1968 film starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball. Set for a fall release, she plays a widow with eight children of her own who marries a widower with 10 children.

She showed her penchant for comedy in the 1996 sports romp Tin Cup co-starring Kevin Costner. That year, she stepped into a stellar dramatic role as Kate Mullen, the mother of a kidnapped son in Ron Howard's thriller Ransom, co-starring Mel Gibson. It was her third film opposite Gibson, having starred in the1992 blockbuster film Lethal Weapon 3 as internal affairs investigator Lorna Cole, which received strong critical acclaim. She reprised that role with Gibson and Danny Glover in 1998's Lethal Weapon 4.

She recently appeared in the action comedy Showtime with Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy as well as Barry Sonnenfeld's comedy Big Trouble.

She received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for her role as Secret Service Agent Lillie Raines in the1994 thriller In the Line of Fire, the box-office hit starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich. In 1995, she portrayed Robby Keogh, a doctor on the trail of a deadly virus that threatens to wipe out the entire world in Outbreak. The Wolfgang Petersen thriller also starred Dustin Hoffman and Morgan Freeman. That year, she also received praise for her performance as B-movie actress Karen Flores in the blockbuster Get Shorty. Barry Sonnenfeld's adaptation of the Elmore Leonard bestseller also starred John Travolta, Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito. Her additional film credits include The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Buddy, Mr. Destiny, One Good Cop, and Freejack.

A native Californian, Russo grew up in Burbank. At the age of 18, she was discovered at a Rolling Stones concert and encouraged to become a fashion model. She moved to New York and became a top model for the Ford Agency, gracing the covers of every fashion magazine throughout her successful modeling career in the late '70s and early '80s.

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